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4.0 out of 5 stars
austin's yellow brick road, 27 Feb 2004
i don't know why i took so long to get hold of this, considering i have owned and worshipped 'relationship' since it's release and would definately place ROC in my top five favourite albums... this album had a lot to live up to to make the same impression on me.
as it turns out, i went through exactly the same process in getting to know it; on the first spin i wasn't immediately blown away and started to think i should have spent my hard scrounged money on something else. i didn't 'get' it stright away. i persevered though... suddenly on about the third play i fell in love. particularly track 9, 'lopsided' which makes me feel all funny inside in a way that only my very favourite music can.
i/c/o has the same depth of substance that keeps you coming back for more that made ROC a favourite.. the sound is rawer, and the songs slightly more straightforward but this is no bad thing. the songs sound great, are stunningly origional, the lyrics captivating. the musicianship and intricate rhythms leave no doubt that ATDI were a truly great band.
bad points; perhaps that the 'singing' parts of the vocals (eg. in between the 'shouting' and 'talking' parts) are ever so slightly suspect- eg. flat- in a couple of places, but somehow this adds to the personality and feel of the album for me. unlike ROC i don't feel that the unbelievable quality of the songs are maintained through every moment of every track- tracks 5 & 6 i don't always listen to (this perhaps could be excusable in a longer album, but as this is a consise recording thus 4 stars).
this is a very worthwhile perchase and although not instantly accessible, i am confident that anyone who 'gets' relationship of command should find a place in their collection for this absolute gem.
ATDI is truly the thinking (wo)man's rock out band of choice!