Emergency & I

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"Memory Machine" redirects here. Emergency & I_sentence_0

For the album by Julia Stone, see The Memory Machine. Emergency & I_sentence_1

Emergency & I is the third album by American indie rock band The Dismemberment Plan, released in 1999 by DeSoto Records. Emergency & I_sentence_2

It was produced by J. Emergency & I_sentence_3 Robbins and Chad Clark. Emergency & I_sentence_4

At its release, the album was met with critical acclaim. Emergency & I_sentence_5

On January 11, 2011, Barsuk Records reissued the vinyl edition of Emergency & I, which includes an oral history of the band conducted by The A.V. Emergency & I_sentence_6 Club's Josh Modell. Emergency & I_sentence_7

Recording Emergency & I_section_0

In 1998, The Dismemberment Plan signed a record deal with Interscope Records. Emergency & I_sentence_8

Emergency & I was recorded during the band's time with Interscope and was meant to be the first of the two albums they would record with the label. Emergency & I_sentence_9

Using the money from Interscope, the album was recorded at Water Music Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey. Emergency & I_sentence_10

Some songs went through different stages during recording. Emergency & I_sentence_11

"Spider in the Snow" was originally going to have real strings. Emergency & I_sentence_12

However, Travis Morrison thought that using strings was "too fancy" and decided to use Casio keyboards instead. Emergency & I_sentence_13

"What Do You Want Me to Say?" Emergency & I_sentence_14

was originally going to have turntable scratching, but the plan was scrapped after producer Chad Clark thought using samples was kitsch. Emergency & I_sentence_15

Chad Clark also originally did not want "You Are Invited" to be on Emergency & I, finding the song too sentimental. Emergency & I_sentence_16

Lyrical themes Emergency & I_section_1

PopMatters' Zachary Houle noted that the album had themes of growing pains experienced by people in their 20s. Emergency & I_sentence_17

Jeremy Larson of Consequence of Sound noted the influence of Stephen Malkmus on the album's lyrics. Emergency & I_sentence_18

Paul Thompson of Pitchfork related the album title to the encroaching chaos of modern life with the self. Emergency & I_sentence_19

With regards to individual songs, the track "Back and Forth" is based on Bob Dylan's "It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)". Emergency & I_sentence_20

"You Are Invited", a song about an anonymous invitation that comes through the mail, deals with belonging and selflessness. Emergency & I_sentence_21

"The City" deals with Morrison's loneliness living in a city, his longing for a wanderlust lover, and his inability to leave the city without abandoning everything that makes him who he is. Emergency & I_sentence_22

Zachary Houle argued that songs such as "Memory Machine" and "What Do You Want Me to Say?" Emergency & I_sentence_23

deal with themes of disconnectedness in the information age, including predicting the social media phenomenon that would be prominent in the following decade. Emergency & I_sentence_24

Release Emergency & I_section_2

When Geffen Records and A&M Records merged into Interscope in 1999, Universal Music Group announced that they would cut numerous artists from Interscope. Emergency & I_sentence_25

The Dismemberment Plan were one of the artists affected by the cut. Emergency & I_sentence_26

In turn, the band decided to release Emergency & I on their former label DeSoto Records. Emergency & I_sentence_27

2011 reissue Emergency & I_section_3

The band originally wanted Emergency & I to be released on vinyl back in 1999, but decided against that after seeing that vinyl was not a commercially viable option. Emergency & I_sentence_28

After seeing a resurgence in vinyl records, the band decided to release the album on vinyl in 2011. Emergency & I_sentence_29

Morrison cited sound quality and packaging as reasons he wanted it to be a vinyl release. Emergency & I_sentence_30

The vinyl reissue came with 4 bonus tracks. Emergency & I_sentence_31

"Since You Died" was the B-side to the vinyl 7-inch release of "What Do You Want Me to Say?" Emergency & I_sentence_32

that came out before Emergency & I was recorded. Emergency & I_sentence_33

"Just Like You" was originally released on the compilation EP Ft. Reno Benefit Compilation. Emergency & I_sentence_34

"The First Anniversary of Your Last Phone Call" was originally released on The Ice of Boston EP. Emergency & I_sentence_35

"The Dismemberment Plan Gets Rich" was originally from Juno & The Dismemberment Plan, a split EP between Juno and The Dismemberment Plan. Emergency & I_sentence_36

Reception and legacy Emergency & I_section_4

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Professional ratingsEmergency & I_table_caption_0
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SourceEmergency & I_header_cell_0_1_0 RatingEmergency & I_header_cell_0_1_1
AllMusicEmergency & I_cell_0_2_0 Emergency & I_cell_0_2_1
Alternative PressEmergency & I_cell_0_3_0 4/5Emergency & I_cell_0_3_1
Beats Per MinuteEmergency & I_cell_0_4_0 95%Emergency & I_cell_0_4_1
Consequence of SoundEmergency & I_cell_0_5_0 Emergency & I_cell_0_5_1
PitchforkEmergency & I_cell_0_6_0 9.6/10 (1999)

10/10 (2011)Emergency & I_cell_0_6_1

PopMattersEmergency & I_cell_0_7_0 10/10Emergency & I_cell_0_7_1
Rolling StoneEmergency & I_cell_0_8_0 Emergency & I_cell_0_8_1
The Rolling Stone Album GuideEmergency & I_cell_0_9_0 Emergency & I_cell_0_9_1
Tiny Mix TapesEmergency & I_cell_0_10_0 5/5Emergency & I_cell_0_10_1
The Village VoiceEmergency & I_cell_0_11_0 A−Emergency & I_cell_0_11_1

Critical response Emergency & I_section_5

Emergency & I received overwhelming critical acclaim. Emergency & I_sentence_37

The album has been described by Rolling Stone as "a game-changer for indie rock fans", and Pitchfork describes it as "one of indie's key LPs". Emergency & I_sentence_38

Glide Magazine called the album "[The Dismemberment Plan's] landmark masterstroke, still cited by many bands and critics as a turning point in the evolution of indie rock." Emergency & I_sentence_39

Brent DiCrescenzo of Pitchfork originally gave the album a 9.6 out of 10, with a short review that read simply, "If you consider yourself a fan of groundbreaking pop, go out and buy this album right now. Emergency & I_sentence_40

Now. Emergency & I_sentence_41

Get up. Emergency & I_sentence_42

Go." Emergency & I_sentence_43

Ned Raggett of AllMusic called the album a "firecracker" which shows the band's "at once passionate and sly approach to music—take in everything, put it back out, and give it its own particular sheen and spin—is in no danger of letting up." Emergency & I_sentence_44

Robert Christgau of The Village Voice wrote "The only way [The Dismemberment Plan are] punk anymore is that there aren't very many of them and that none of them seems to be playing a keyboard even though most of them can. Emergency & I_sentence_45

What they are instead is a much rarer thing [...] thoughtful, quirky, mercurial young adults skilled at transforming doubt into music." Emergency & I_sentence_46

Accolades and retrospective reviews Emergency & I_section_6

Emergency & I was ranked the best album of 1999 by Pitchfork. Emergency & I_sentence_47

On the same website, the album was ranked #16 their "redux" version of the Top 100 Albums of the 1990s list, with William Morris writing "The album's lyric book reads better than half the modern volumes on my bookshelf. Emergency & I_sentence_48

Modern R&B should have as much rhythm. Emergency & I_sentence_49

Modern rock should have as much balls." Emergency & I_sentence_50

In addition, the website ranked the track "The City" #64 on their list of the Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s. Emergency & I_sentence_51

In December 2007 the album was ranked number 95 on Blender's 100 Greatest Indie-Rock Albums Ever list. Emergency & I_sentence_52

The album's 2011 vinyl reissue brought about numerous positive reviews as well. Emergency & I_sentence_53

Zachary Houle of PopMatters wrote that "Just in terms of a sheer personal enjoyment factor, I would almost argue the case for a new rating: the Spinal Tap-esque 11. Emergency & I_sentence_54

Emergency & I is just a relentless record, full of youthful abandon and insightful penetrations into the technology-addled brain. Emergency & I_sentence_55

I just can't get enough of it." Emergency & I_sentence_56

In another review of the reissue, Consequence of Sound's Jeremy D. Larson wrote: "The Plan colors this record with 12 songs that serve as hitching posts for whatever ails you. Emergency & I_sentence_57

Life medicine never sounded better ... Emergency & I_sentence_58

Emergency & I continues to arch its influence even after a 12-year gap." Emergency & I_sentence_59

Pitchfork gave the reissue a perfect 10/10 with a "best new reissue" designation," while Sputnikmusic's Alex Robertson rated the album "classic" with a perfect 5.0. Emergency & I_sentence_60

The album was ranked at number 26 on Spin's "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)" list. Emergency & I_sentence_61

Track listing Emergency & I_section_7

All music is composed by Travis Morrison, Jason Caddell, Eric Axelson and Joe Easley. Emergency & I_sentence_62

"A Life of Possibilities", "What Do You Want Me to Say? Emergency & I_sentence_63

", "The Jitters" and "The City" are all also featured in remixed form on A People's History of the Dismemberment Plan with bonus tracks "Just Like You" and "The First Anniversary of Your Last Phone Call" being on The Ice of Boston EP. Emergency & I_sentence_64

Personnel Emergency & I_section_8

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  • Eric Axelson – bass guitar, keyboardsEmergency & I_item_0_0
  • Jason Caddell – guitar, keyboardsEmergency & I_item_0_1
  • Joe Easley – drumsEmergency & I_item_0_2
  • Travis Morrison – vocals, guitar, keyboardsEmergency & I_item_0_3


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