The Dismemberment Plan - Emergency & I
Critic Score
Based on 8 reviews
1999 Ratings: #1 / 98
User Score
Based on 320 ratings
1999 Ratings: #10
October 26, 1999 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
Pitchfork

Though its influence on music at large has been difficult to chart, if we're to gauge a work's import by what it's meant to the people that come across it, Emergency & I is one of indie's key LPs.

100
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.
100
Sputnikmusic
The album, ahead of its time to this day, used fairly standard rock instruments (keyboards, guitars, drums, etc.) to make something entirely new.
100
Tiny Mix Tapes

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

95
Beats Per Minute

From beginning to end, Emergency & I showcases a balance between heartfelt emotion and biting wit in such equal measure, that no album by any of The Plan’s countless imitators can truly compare.

90
AllMusic
It can be late-night jazzy mood-out or sudden thrash, but the quartet handles all approaches with aplomb and creative arrangements to boot.
90
PopMatters

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

80
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.
fakeplasticrose
90
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
musicmagpie55
98
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
Strangelightsyd
85
imagine giving this a 75 haha
haha ha...
MusicSucks
77
I expected it to be way better than what it is.
There are some interesting ideas and the aesthetic is a fun take at the emo punk indie rock whatever thing from back in the day, which really adds to it.
My favourite part was the vocals. I think that the singer did a good job keeping things interesting both in the phrasing and in the tone. This really grew on me after the first impression, but sometimes it felt a bit draggy.

Overall, not the classic I was expecting,but still a good listen.

FAV ... read more
JoaoSantos
59
It took 10 songs to have an interesting track...

Favorite Tracks: Girl O' Clock, Back and Forth

Least Favorite Tracks: The Jitters, The City
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Year End Lists

#1/Pitchfork
#8/Paste

Track List

  1. A Life of Possibilities 
  2. Memory Machine 
  3. What Do You Want Me to Say 
  4. Spider in the Snow 
  5. The Jitters 
  6. I Love A Magician 
  7. You Are Invited 
  8. Gyroscope 
  9. The City 
  10. Girl O Clock 
  11. 8 1/2 Minutes 
  12. Back And Forth
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