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|1. Wishing Well|
|4. Happiness Is Overrated|
|5. Does This Mean You're Moving On?|
|6. This Is Nowhere|
|7. Sometime Around Midnight|
|8. Something New|
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