Change (The Dismemberment Plan album)
Change is the fourth album by The Dismemberment Plan.
It was released on October 23, 2001 on DeSoto Records.
Compared to The Dismemberment Plan's previous album Emergency & I, Change is more somber musically, with more introspective lyrics.
Reception and legacy
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Change was met with universal critical acclaim.
On the review aggregate site Metacritic, the album has an 83 out of 100 based on ten reviews, indicating "universal acclaim."
Nick Southall of Stylus Magazine called the album more focused than Emergency & I, writing, "With Change, however, The Dismemberment Plan feel little need to show off with self-conscious musical ostentation and excess, instead choosing to focus themselves on making a fantastic, understated and involving record."
Pitchfork's founder Ryan Schreiber praised the album's more sentimental sound, writing "But metamorphosis can be a beautiful thing, and like the butterfly retains a part of the caterpillar, Change retains a part of the pre-mutated Dismemberment Plan.
You see, they're still the same band they always were.
They're just prettier now."
Ted Alvarez of AllMusic also commended the album's new sound, writing "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."
Michael O' Brien of PopMatters, on the other hand, was less positive about the album's new sound, writing, "For anyone who loved Emergency & I, or any of The Dismemberment Plan's other two records, Change sounds like The Dismemberment Plan on Quaaludes."
O' Brien also called the album, "an enjoyable record, a necessary record in the evolution of the band, but far from an essential listen."
Robert Christgau of The Village Voice gave the album a three-star honorable mention rating, indicating "an enjoyable effort consumers attuned to its overriding aesthetic or individual vision may well treasure."
Change was named the 14th best album of 2001 by Pitchfork.
The same website also placed the album at number 97 on their list of the top 200 albums of the 2000s.
All music is composed by Travis Morrison, Jason Caddell, Eric Axelson and Joe Easley.
The following people contributed to Change
The Dismemberment Plan
- Eric Axelson – bass, keyboards
- Jason Caddell – guitar, keyboards
- Joe Easley – drums
- Travis Morrison – vocals, guitar, keyboards
- Bill Barbot - Label Design
- Chad Clark - Mixing
- Kim Coletta - Label Design
- J. Robbins - Engineer
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