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  • Audio CD (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Partisan Records
  • ASIN: B00E8UIYYC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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After a good ten year hiatus, The Dismemberment Plan have reunited to release ‘Uncanney Valley’, and the result is an album that maintains the band’s unique sound while simultaneously allowing them to open up and expand on the foundation of their celebrated back catalogue

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The D-Plan are one of those bands that are cursed by their own brilliance; this record has a hard time living up to E&I or Change, but it has some absolute crackers in it. White Collar White Trash is a personal favourite.
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By Wayne T on 6 Nov. 2013
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Fantastic return album. Favourite tracks are probably Waiting and Invisible but this changes daily. Can't wait too see them this month.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Not Recommended for Fans of The Dismemberment Plan 19 Nov. 2013
By Drischord - Published on Amazon.com
I'm not gonna lie: this album is disappointing. It's not terrible, but it's merely okay, and merely okay is less than what I expect from the Dismemberment Plan. There are two major problems dogging Uncanney Valley. The first is a semi-abandonment of the quirky musical style that made the Plan unique in their first go-round. These songs are really reflective of the musical trends that have graced the pages of Pitchfork in the time since that publication gave Travis Morrison's solo debut a 0.0. And it sounds like they caught his attention in the process. So there's sadly a strong "boring kids from Brooklyn with keyboards" strain woven into Uncanney Valley. The band seems determined to create an indie dance hit, and they pursue that at the expense of the the offbeat style that got them popular in the first place.

The second problem is Travis Morrison's lyrics. They've nosedived off a cliff. Particularly embarrassing stretches include an unending roll call of northern Virginia suburbs: "Doin' it in Quantico/ Doin' it in Ashburn... Doin' it in Springfield/ Doin' it in Burke, etc." He pauses only to work in a monosyllabic rhyme every once in a while. (ie. "Burke" with "work.") Even worse is the opening stanza that kicks off the record: "You hit the spacebar enough and cocaine comes out/ I really like this computer/ I'm like a fat nun on drugs/ Drowning in hugs" Painful. I don't know what happened to the smart, introspective guy who wrote Sentimental Man, The City, What Do You Want Me To Say?, Pay for the Piano, or Following Through. The vapid, trend-obsessed guy who replaced him is disappointing.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A welcome return 15 Oct. 2013
By J.S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As a huge Plan fan for about a dozen years, I'm not really sure how to review this album. Is it a return to their old sound? No, but no one who's followed the band should expect that. These guys are 40ish, with good day jobs and stable lives (as far as I know). They're not the existentially agitated 20-somethings who created ...Is Terrified and Emergency & I, or even the more adult-themed Change.

In short, this album largely sounds like a Travis Morrison solo album backed by the Plan. Synths and Morrison's vocals dominate the sound. Jason Caddell's angular guitar and Eric Axelson's liquid, funky bass don't get much air time. Joe Easley still manages to do some impressive drum work, but he's largely buried in the mix. Morrison still has a knack for catchy melodies, but there's something forced about his delivery and his lyrics too often veer into cheesy and corny territory.

Those quibbles aside, taken on its own merits, this album is still a welcome return. There are flashes of the old Plan, particularly on the alternately twitchy and muscular Mexico City Christmas. Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer has an irresistable pop hook, briging to mind Gyroscope from Emergency & I. Go and Get It has a chugging bassline, big octave-sliding synth line, and singalong chorus that brings to mind Back and Forth. In fact, this album gets significantly better as it goes along, with four of its strongest songs pinned at the end, making the album sound like a metaphor for these guys shaking off the cobwebs and refinding their footing over the course of about 40 minutes.

Bottom line: If you're not expecting a new classic (and you shouldn't be), you might be pleasantly surprised by Uncanney Valley.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Exactly The Right The Album 24 Oct. 2013
By Louis Miles - Published on Amazon.com
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People have been saying over and over again that this album is just not "the same d-plan that I fell in love with back in the day".

Yeah, it's different. And it damn well should be. These guys have grown up, they're not kids anymore. so yes, the tone of the album is different. But it should be! Honest musicians are honest people, and honest people change.

What hasn't changed, however is the candid tone of Travis' lyrics. Go ahead and listen to songs like "Lookin'" and "Daddy Was a Real Good Dance" and you'll find some of the most poignant and vivid lyrical compositions out today.

Their songs are still catchy as ever and contain a freshness that only a zany group of guys like the D-Plan can ever come up with. Songs like "Waiting" hearken back to their old school flair and affinity for goofy noises being interjected throughout their tracks and then we get an instant shout-classic "Mexico City Christmas" where the instrumentation that backs up Travis as he belts out during the chorus is masterfully done.

So is the album different? Of course, and thank goodness for that because these guys aren't pretending to be immature punks in their 20's. This music comes straight from who they are. It's obvious, and to quote an old song of theirs "it's beautiful is what it is."
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Fantastic 18 Oct. 2013
By asaltydog - Published on Amazon.com
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OF course if you're expecting it to sound the d-plan of 15 years ago you might be disappointed. But just to have a new album of tunes from them is amazing. Even i thought it would need time to grow on me, but not so. Perfect from the first listen. It is much more keyboard-heavy than their previous records, but still funky where it needs to be. Brilliant lyrics as always. It may not be a masterpiece as such, but it is a quick burst of great songs, and any true fan should enjoy the crap out of it.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Welcome back, guys! Nice album, and even better live 17 Oct. 2013
By Paul Allaer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Washington DC's Dismemberment Plan dismembered in 2003, after a nice 10 year run that produced 4 albums, including the classic "Emergency & I" in 1999. I truly thought we'd never hear from them again, but lo' and behold, after a long hiatus, the band is back together again, and here comes their first studio album in 12 years.

"Uncanney Valley" (10 tracks; 38 min.) starts off with a hard-charging "No One's Saying Nothing" and with that it immediately feels like the band is making a musical statement that they're back. "Waiting" has some quirky sounds in it (including a silly but fun synthesizer). "White Collar White Trash" just plain rocks. The first half of the album concludes with "Living In Song", another driving tune and one of my favorite tracks on here. The second half continues the good vibes, including a great "Daddy Was a Real Good Dancer" (chorus: Daddy was a real good dancer/until he had me/and then he put his dancing shoes away", ha!). "Go and Get It" is boisterous. The album concludes with "Let's Just Go to the Dogs Tonight", which just about perfectly sums up the album. In all, this is quite the nice return album. At less than 40 min., this flies by in no time and before you know it, you'll find yourself playing this again and again.

I had the good fortune of seeing the Dismemberment Plan last month live at the Laneway Festival at the Meadow Brook near Detroit. The band played a mid-afternoon set that brimmed with energy, and you could tell the guys were enjoying themselves. The set consisted primarily of new songs from the then yet unreleased album (including Waiting, Invisible, Mexico City Christmas, and Daddy) and songs from "Emergency & I", with a couple of other assorted nuggets for good measure. A great set all around. If you have the chance to see these guys in concert, do not miss them!
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