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Sentimental Man
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The Face of the Earth
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Superpowers
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Pay for the Piano
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Come Home
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Secret Curse
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Automatic
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Following Through
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Time Bomb
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The Other Side
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Ellen and Ben
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 47:12

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totally underrated

ernie-c

and a perfect farewell.

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love this record

cdsforever

really a solid album. singing is really top notch and a lot of original ideas. I revisit this album often because there are so many great songs. And yes they were great live, saw them on the "Death and Dismemberment tour" with Death Cab several years ago.

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near perfect

alreadyused

half star summed it up pretty well, they work because they just work. everything is perfectly blended and balanced, one aspect supports the next. the closing song, Ellen & Ben, is a little weak, but not bad enough for me to downgrade this to 4*. It's not that it lacks talent, it just doesn't wow me like the rest of the songs do.

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Greatest alt album ever?

Half-Star

There are no words to express how freaking fantastic this band (and, in particular, this album) is. --- The vocals are... phenomenal --- The guitar is...phenomenal --- The bass is... phenomenal --- The drumming is... phenomenal The harmonies are... phenomenal --- The melodies are... phenomenal --- Also, do yourself a favor and look up the lyrics to all of the tracks. Just wow.

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Fantastic

jeem8

This is a consistently great album!

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personal top 10

austinwendell

From the pulsating opening track this album grabbed me and never let go. Change is the best album mixing alternative and dance music since the Talking Heads in their heyday. The plan added another layer of substance to their already excellent songwriting with this effort. In the penultimate track "The Other Side" they write of "songs that make your skull ring like a dropped cup" and that's what this disc was for me. A true gift to music lovers.

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Download now!

Oldman-41

This is a fantastic record coming from someone who has never written a review before. If you are into engrossing, non-chategorizable pop music you must check this out. It will be worth your while.

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Washington, D.C.’s the Dismemberment Plan have always felt like a band in constant evolution. !, their first album, was a scatterbrained post-punk freak-out with brilliant moments of melody peeking through; their follow-up, The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified, refined that melody and blended it seamlessly with their angular catharsis. Their third release, Emergency & I, saw the Plan infuse their music with the disparate funk and soul undercurrents that always bubbled just below the surface, and they garnered widespread critical and commercial praise on an underground scale. It’s only fitting, then, for the Dismemberment Plan to pull an about face and refocus their musical spasms and manic energy toward quiet introspection and even deeper soul on their fourth record. The aptly titled Change showcases a band testing themselves by going down an untravelled road while still maintaining their identity. Singer/guitarist/keyboardist Travis Morrison has called it a “night album,” and with its somber guitars and pulsing keyboards, it’s tailor-made for long, lonely walks under orange streetlights or melancholy evenings spent stargazing from a bedroom. Indeed, heartbreak and loss recur as themes throughout, from the plaintive, ambient “Automatic” to the apocalyptic depression of “Time Bomb.” Travis Morrison’s lyrics, consistently the best and most innovative in modern rock, plumb the depths of his own experience to embody the emotional cuts and bruises that everyone has felt. In “Come Home,” Morrison copes with a breakup by begging his lover to “Come home/I cannot remember why you left/And I’d rather be happy than right this time.” Alternately, in “Time Bomb,” he vows revenge, claiming, “I am a time bomb and I lay forgotten at the bottom of your heart/I’m fine/Ticking away the years/’Til I blow your world apart,” but he allows us to glimpse the pain beneath the anger with the final lyric, “I am a lost soul, and I send out a sickened light for anyone to see, a cry for help.” At his best, Morrison achieves a brilliant sort of meta-poetry within the modern constraints of a rock song, and each track bristles with too many lyrical golden nuggets to mention. Instrumentally, the Plan has never been stronger; Morrison and Jason Caddell’s guitars snarl and tremble on the paranoia-fueled “Secret Curse,” and bassist Eric Axelson can morph to any shade between a rubbery, loping bounce and a tight, aggressive bite. Drummer Joe Easley skitters and bops throughout, and his live drum-and-bass performance on “The Other Side” is a rhythmic marvel. The group employs keyboards in dynamic ways that other bands can only hope to aspire to; part of this dynamism and variation likely stems from the band’s rotating keyboard duties (Axelson, Morrison, and Caddell all take turns). They give the funky, springy “Ellen and Ben” extra kick with blips and squiggles that recall vintage video games, and the beautiful “Superpowers” is built around a soft, trilling keyboard riff. It’s difficult to chart the Dismemberment Plan’s next move; their boundless creativity is their only fence. They could turn down an entirely new musical path, or they could always revisit their equally brilliant old territory. Either way, listeners are in for an original musical experience. – Ted Alvarez

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