The first word that came to mind when I started listening to this CD was "hyper", but that's not a bad thing. There was something about this CD that reminded me of the early 90s, and other reviewers have it right on when they said it's got a flavor that is very Cure, or perhaps The Smiths. It's hard to pinpoint just where their influences are. This is the kind of CD that you pop into the CD player on a road trip and keep everyone happy. Your indie rock friends won't be impressed by the great find and your wonderful taste in music, but they won't sticking their fingers in their ears and accusing your of trying to kill them. Your top 40 friends won't be running out to buy the CD, but this isn't so inaccessible that they will be questioning your sanity and asking you if you are sure that you put the CD in right side up.
This CD is definitely good enough for me to add to the Zune (yes, I'm one of the few people on earth who has a Zune) and I would even consider purchasing the sophomore effort from this band, just to see which direction their musical compass ends up pointing.
I will suggest, if you are looking at this CD, buy a hard copy versus a download. The liner notes are more than just a list of songs and credits.
... but just couldn't bring myself to do it. ABTE isn't a bad group ... they are actually rather talented musicians. I love the guitar work of Boxcars and the classic rock treatment of Circle of Life, but the album as a whole just didn't grab me. I gave it a number of repeat listens over the span of a month, but it still hasn't clicked for me. To contrast, Porcupine Tree's latest release, The Incident had me hooked from the 2nd listen and I can play it on repeat without wanting to pop-in a different … more
Airborne Toxic Event's self-titled debut is not an amazing album, but it's a good album. It's notoriously scathing Pitchfork review might have you believe that it's the worst album ever made, but that review has a lot more to do with posturing on the part of the reviewer than an actual critique of the music. The only thing I can say is that Pitchfork has reached a new level of pretension and I wouldn't let it dissuade you from giving ATE a chance. Yes, this band is not original … more
"Occasionally you get lucky and stumble across a band at the very moment they ignite the engines and blast off into the heavens. The Airborne Toxic Event just gets louder and richer until the music practically bursts at the seams and spills its steaming guts across the stage."