DeSoto Records
Release date
1 Jan 1999
Running length
12 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 A Life of Possibilities 4:33 66,159
2 Memory Machine 2:42 58,556
3 What Do You Want Me to Say? 4:18 44,179
4 Spider in the Snow 3:49 57,201
5 The Jitters 4:18 50,457
6 I Love a Magician 2:38 48,524
7 You Are Invited 4:51 57,031
8 Gyroscope 2:29 57,654
9 The City 4:25 65,943
10 Girl O' Clock 2:54 41,705
11 8 1/2 Minutes 2:56 21,866
12 Back and Forth 5:06 44,635

About this album

Emergency & I came out 26 Oct 1999. It is The Dismemberment Plan’s third LP chronologically speaking, and it’s arguably the band’s most famous, best-liked record as well. The now-defunct DeSoto imprint lovingly supported this band’s intelligent and sophisticated art-punk sound on this album with a cleaner production level than prior LPs. This brought more attention to this group’s ability to rock, write a good tune, and tickle your brain with complexities they brought above and beyond other groups of their time.

The record’s fame came from a - relative to now - rather new source of music news: there was a heavy amount internet buzz starting prior to the album’s release. Especially from the online magazine Pitchforkmedia, as they even placed the record their first list for Top 100 Records of the 90s before October was over and the record was available for purchase. They justified this so-claimed audacity with hyperbole, calling them “The Next Incarnation of the Talking Heads” among other things.

While it is certainly logical to leap back to refer to The Dismemberment Plan’s indebtedness to Talking Heads, they bore more similarities to some post-grunge era bands that adopted the post-punk palette of Gang of Four with even more erratic tempos and occasional forays into electronica-influenced sounds. Brainiac is probably a more apt comparison to the Plan, as they’re roughly of the same era.

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  • Equinoctial

    Another year has passed and now I think this might be my favorite album.

    24 Nov 2013 Reply
  • WS9167

    First listen. Really loving it. Actually, I'd argue that this isn't remembered as well as it should be, seeing as it was on top of many music lists in '99.

    23 Nov 2013 Reply
  • mindbattery

    Goddamnit, I sit down to listen to one song off this album and then I listen to half of it. Frickin' every song on this album, just, uhgglgjljgdljf <3

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Stugard

    It took me 9 months of repeated listening, interview reading, and soul-searching to truly get inside and appreciate this album. In that time, it transformed from a total head-scratcher to one of my absolute favorite records ever. There isn't anything else on Earth quite like it, and there probably never will be.

    29 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Virvellian13

    so glad i found this record at this time in my life

    20 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Modestmilk

    still the best album of all time

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • DrinkJustSix

    This album is like a nostalgia sponge.

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • barbwireboy2

    Yeah, i feel like i've really started to like the album, but i'm not sure if i really "get" it yet either.

    11 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Stugard

    At first listen I didn't really understand it. Even after plenty of listening I liked it a lot, but still wasn't really sure I "got" it (at least not as much as I "got" Change). But now I think E&I is finally starting to click. And man, is it a glorious feeling...

    10 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Equinoctial

    Will probably always be one of my favorites.

    24 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Pusstulio

    still an incredible album

    12 Nov 2012 Reply
  • mcdeece

    Thanks anon for recommending me this album!

    12 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Acabus

    the album cover is 2deep4u, plebeian

    28 Sep 2012 Reply
  • ataritouchme

    that album cover is absolutely atrocious.

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
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  • diehappyx33

    This is the most important album in my life right now. Besides The Lonesome Crowded West, I can honestly say that Emergency & I is my favorite album in existence.

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • crackityjones92

    Catchy but not Cheesy,one of my all-time favs.

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • EdgeLike

    im listening to this cause of p4k. like it a lot.

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • Jak-2-0-0-6

    This album deserves every single accolade of perfection it gets [3].

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
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