... 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 CD.
I suppose it comes down to the music. It just doesn't have the hooks to give it a dynamic that keeps me interested. As I stated before, the quality of musicianship is there, but it is all pretty obvious. By that I mean repeat listens really doesn't give me anything new. You could do worse than ABTE and it makes for pleasant background modern alt rock, but if you want groundbreaking music that gets stuck in your head, you probably need to look elsewhere.
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 … 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."