The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
1999 Ratings: #1 / 117
User Score
Based on 658 ratings
1999 Ratings: #13
Liked by 45 people
October 26, 1999 / Release Date
LP / Format
DeSoto / Label
J. Robbins and Chad Clark / Producer
Indie Rock / Genres
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Consequence of Sound
The Plan colors this record with 12 songs that serve as hitching posts for whatever ails you. Life medicine never sounded better.
The album, ahead of its time to this day, used fairly standard rock instruments (keyboards, guitars, drums, etc.) to make something entirely new.
Tiny Mix Tapes

Emergency & I was and continues to be an absolutely stellar album.


If you consider yourself a fan of groundbreaking pop, go out and buy this album right now. Now. Get up. Go.

It can be late-night jazzy mood-out or sudden thrash, but the quartet handles all approaches with aplomb and creative arrangements to boot.

The Dismemberment Plan have made a masterpiece that the kids will be talking about and garage bands imitating for years to come. 

Rolling Stone
A link between the tense, complex emo-punk of Fugazi and Jawbox and the talky, preppy tunefulness of the Hold Steady and Vampire Weekend.

I've never had many friends. In theory that doesn't matter to me, I can take care of myself for myself, I have music at least. I'm not around many people I have tons of common interests with, so logically I just keep myself to myself. However, there's a part of me. That part of me has this urge. An urge which will only ever be satisfied when everyone in the world considers me their best friend. It's currently nearing the end of summer break. The few people I currently consider "real ... read more


Paranoia is a big problem for me. I would call myself a very paranoid person, someone who worries about everything, catastrophises even. I panic a lot. On my first listen of The Dismemberment Plan’s Emergency & I, I felt that same paranoia thrown back at me, and I mean that in the best way possible.

“You dig down underground now
Through the soil, through the cooling clay
As the din fades above you
You're moving, you're secret, you're nowhere, it's all good”
This album is ... read more


The Dismemberment Plan's Emergency & I is my favorite album of the late 90s. Travis Morrison's earnest vocals and paranoid lyrics capture the heightened anxieties of growing up in the digital age. It sounds like a Y2K fever dream as the band highlights our fears and reliance on a technologically connected culture. By blending the heavier edges of emo with inventive pop melodies, The Dismemberment Plan created an endlessly listenable, emotionally cathartic, and quintessential object of the ... read more


'Emergency & I' is definitely at it's best when it sticks to more formulaic Weezer-esk hooks, not getting too experimental.

The more simple tracks are definitely the highs, while the experimental cuts don't land as well. Paranoid and self aware, Dismemberment Plan released what is the height of their career, a near masterpiece if you ask me.


"Emergency & I" sounds stale and even generic at times (Girl O'Clock). It is musically a bit more interesting than the typical emo album, but that doesn't change the fact that is an emo album, which means it's cheesy as hell. The vocals are pretty generic too.

Highlights: "Memory Machine", "The Jitters", "I Love a Magician", "8 1/2 minutes"


First impressions:
This album is making me wonder what the fuck is that, until the song hits some random ass point where it suddenly amazes me and makes me shit myself.
This album has a weird as blend of genres that at first might seem they shouldn't get along, but somehow they make it work.
So yeah, a song can start sounding like any innocent indie rock song and suddenly have a post-whatever passage with some math rock riffing here and there.......... And still sounding cohesive.
This is so ... read more

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Added on: August 22, 2012