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The Airborne Toxic Event - Deluxe Edition CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition

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  • Audio CD (9 Nov. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B002HQZ9BA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,087 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Wishing Well
2. Papillon
3. Gasoline
4. Happiness Is Overrated
5. Does This Mean You're Moving On?
6. This Is Nowhere
7. Sometime Around Midnight
8. Something New
9. Missy
10. Innocence

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This is a Deluxe CD/DVD Edition of the frst full-length album from Californian five-piece Airborne Toxic Event. This self-titled effort contains powerful, well-crafted guitar music that is reinforced by surging strings and emotive, thought provoking lyrics. Single "Sometime Around Midnight" is as triumphant as it is an outcry from a band demanding to be heard. An outstanding debut record. This re-released version contains three exclusive UK tracks.

This new version is packaged in a digipack sleeve, and the bonus DVD features acoustic performances of each track on the record, including the single "Sometime Around Midnight".

Taking their name from a chapter in Don DeLillo’s classic post-modern campus novel White Noise, resolutely independent Los Angeles quintet The Airborne Toxic Event (hereafter referred to as TATE) had a unexpected and unlikely US hit when the gloriously self-conscious "Sometime Around Midnight" was picked up for a television soundtrack. A sloppy epic of self-abnegation, criticised by some for lyrics little deeper than a greeting card verse, it sure sounds like the late-night thoughts of a man feeling unworthy of himself let alone the girl who keeps treading all over him. No wonder the public identified with it. Mikel Jollett, the former journalist who leads TATE, started writing this album as a novel before changing format and his songs are little vignettes and character sketches not dissimilar to fellow Angelenos Rilo Kiley. They work too. Tunes like "Wishing Well" and the single aspire to The Arcade Fire’s widescreen indie sound, while "Papillon", the pop-punk of "Gasoline", the cute and tinny "Something New" and the delightful self-pity of "Does This Mean You’re Moving On?" are as convincingly reductive as the Strokes’ early efforts. But they are all extremely catchy, and at times unexpectedly wise. The Airborne Toxic Event is hardly an event, but it will certainly stick with you. --Steve Jelbert

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. TG Crawshaw on 16 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having seen this band at the Latitude Festival in 2009 I could not wait to buy their music to confirm that they were as good as they seemed on that Summer's afternoon. Their energy on stage was fantastic, the songs instantly appealing. Turned out, though, that I would have to wait as I could not find any UK stockist of the album until I saw it on Amazon recently. It was worth the wait! This is a really good album which with several stand-out tracks suggesting a variety of influences. Some times there are echoes of Arcade Fire, other times made me recall songs by The Strokes, Franz Ferdinand, The White Stripes, U2. The excellent "Sometime Around Midnight" builds in a way reminiscent of "heroes" by Bowie to a spine tingling final verse. "Gasoline" is another favourite, which demonstrate not only their ability to write great tunes, but also to write really good lyrics with a sensitivity which can be quite touching - even when they are "rocking out"!! The only down side on the album for me personally is the song "Something New" - it did not sound new to me as it is very reminiscent of a White Stripes song on "White Blood Cells" (and not one of the best, at that)
I hope they can follow this up and avoid the perils of the second album. They are well placed to do so - they demonstrate fine musicianship and they look so damned good too. Great stuff!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. C. Maclennan on 19 Dec. 2009
Format: Audio CD
I saw them at the recommendation of a friend in Glasgow ABC in 2009 and was impressed. Good CD if you like guitar based Indie music. The lead singer/ songwriter has a journalism background so lyrics are more involved than usual with such bands. Still not up to the Eels standards but close. Worth a listen if you like this kind of music.
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