The Dismemberment Plan: “The People’s History of the Dismemberment Plan”


Disc One’s retrospective displays what made the Plan so incredible in the first place: air-tight melodies, searing hooks, mercurial vocals delivering sharp lyrical narratives and drum work that’s as muscular as 100 nail guns performing the Art Blakey catalog. On the remix disc, fans digitally dismember these same tracks, rendering them nearly unrecognizable. Spastic punk and minor-key pathos become spooky dub, silicon-sputtering acid-jazz or the occasional laptop meltdown. The reconfiguration of “Superpowers,” however, is one of few to retain the feel of the original. Fusing a bare vocal track to an acoustic guitar sample (The Faces’ “Ooh La La,” perhaps?), this intimate synth-pop anthem is transformed into a bohemian folk ballad.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

"The People's History of the Dismemberment Plan" | The Japan Times Online

About Jason A Jenkins

Writer, father and informavore, Jason likes working in, around and between Tokyo's creative forces. He is an avid fan of live music, carry-on luggage, people-watching and Taiwanese high-mountain oolong tea.
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