"Emergency & I" Album Pack
The Dismemberment Plan is a band that truly has a sound of their own -- an impressive and rare honor that cannot be said about many groups. I first uncovered this indie rock group from Washington D.C. over the summer and have very quickly grown to appreciate their incredible music. Today, let's kick off the Thanksgiving Festival by completing their most well-known and highly acclaimed album, 1999's Emergency & I.
I originally charted the full album as one track only for drums, as drums are the standout instrument in most of the songs, but thanks to yaniv297, GreenPanda12, and Meta123, all tracks from the album can now be played individually on any instrument!
Please note that any minor errors in the chart preview videos are most likely fixed in the downloadable versions of the tracks.
The album starts on an off-kilter and sudden note, with a fat, synthesized bass sound, weird and jumpy falsetto, and a strange drum beat. Despite this, the opening track is fantastic, especially when it all comes together at the end.
The album's second track features the first of many phenomenal choruses on Emergency & I, from the keyboards to the disco beat on drums. It's a more energized and anxious track than the first while still managing to be a very cool song.
Perhaps the most accessible and straight-forward song on the album, this absolute anthem is a straight-up banger that anybody could probably get down with. The groovy bass in the verses, the belting vocals in the choruses, and the tremolo tension in the bridge put this together as an all-around bop and certainly a standout entry-level track.
Who knew loneliness and depression could be so beautiful? The more fast-paced and personal vocals on this slower and calmer track tie in the themes of the album very well, and the recurring keys during the choruses make it sound even more complete.
It's fitting for an outcast-like track to sound awkward and cumbersome, and that's exactly the case here. There may not be much variety instrumentally on this one, but it perfectly encapsulates that off-kilter yet beautiful sound that goes with the song so well.
In stark contrast to the last track, this one is all over the place. The frantic vocals and drums as well as the jumpy bass make this a nervously charged song that keeps you on your toes.
Definitely the most basic track on the album instrumentally, as it has only light guitar work, programmed drums, and vocals for the vast majority of it. That big chorus when everything comes together and the whole band gets to play, though? Totally awesome. Totally worth it. Bassists can feel free to leave after the second chorus on this one
Perhaps the most obvious use of time signature tomfoolery on the album, this fast-paced and fun track has complex rhythms that keep it interesting throughout. The drums and vocals are punchy and the guitar gets a little hectic in the choruses, adding to the fun.
Absolutely one of their most iconic and well-known tracks (despite the lack of a bass part), and for good reason. The keys riff is instantly catchy and gives the song a great hook, the drums are very tricky and have a complex, unorthodox beat for the majority of the song, and the vocals are not only introspective and touching but also impressive in range. The second the very first notes on guitar play, this song sets a tone of excellence that it only builds on.
Pure chaos. That's what this song is -- unadulterated, unrestricted, unchained chaos. The incessant stuttering and frantic ohs on vocals make the song sound panicked, frantic, and worried. The guitar has some very strange segments towards the beginning and end. And of course, the drums are insane. When you aren't having to cross under to hit the toms in the main hi-hat beat, you'll be juggling around a very quick and varied disco beat, trying to keep up. It's extremely fun once you get the hang of it, though! Maybe don't play this one for a huge, unexpecting crowd though.
There really nothing quite like the end of the world, is there? Although "8½ Minutes" isn't actually, well, 8½ minutes long, it still packs quite a punch. Every instrument here has something of note, with the ever-underappreciated keys even getting a pretty cool solo. Once again, maybe don't play this one in front of the whole family.
And here we are the album's final song. It's by far the most repetitive track instrumentally -- guitar, bass, and drums basically hover around the same pattern for most of the track -- but it's a damn good one in its own right. It just sounds triumphant and as if it's pushing forward the whole time, and it's a lyrical masterpiece. Especially that last verse, man.
I hope you all enjoy this album even a fraction of as much as I do! If you would like to download the entire album as a pack (rather than individual songs), you can do so here.