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4.0 out of 5 stars NO LET UP!!, 19 April 2010
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The Dillinger Escape Plan are back with album number 4, the third featuring Greg Puciato on Vocals which is good going when you consider the high turnover of members and bad luck they have had. Already is staking a claim for all those year end best of polls and after a couple of listens it's easy too see why.

On 2007's "Ire Works" DEP threw in a few surprises the most obvious being "Black Bubblegum" which sounded like it was heavily influenced by Mike Pattons Faith No More or even Tomahawk, i even knew some people who purchased the album thinking that this must be their normal sound, it would be a pity if those fans were disappointed and gave up as all long term DEP fans know that this band is capable of alot of different styles, and are maturing more and more on each album, as is evident on album opener "Farewell Mona Lisa" which starts in typical DEP fashion and then suddenly changes direction as Greg changes to singing heartfelt lyrics and just for a moment it comes close to a ballad, it really sets the album up brilliantly! Its then on to proper business with "Good Neighbour" which is full force and will have you turning up the volume even louder. "Gold Teeth On A Bum" is a real gem as Puciato changes pace for the chorus.

The song that will turn alot of heads is "Widower", Which has Ben playing some jazzy piano lines alongside Mike Garson(he also plays piano on "I Wouldn't If You Didn't") an American Pianist who famously played with David Bowie on the Ziggy Stardust tour as well as playing on his album Aladdin Slane and has also worked worked with Nine Inch Nails and many more, and at 6 minutes long "Widower" has plenty of changes of pace along the way and you just know how its going to finish! The final four songs are all classic DEP, featuring all the elements that make them great, in particular "Parasitic Twins" which has Jeff Tuttle on added vocals and shows off how good they have now become. Ex lead vocalist Dimitri Minakakis provides the artwork for the album which is top notch as always.

The Dillinger Escape Plan are not for everyone but for us people who love them we feel fortunate and know other people are missing out and "Option Paralysis" could be their best work yet.
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Initial post: 25 Dec 2010 21:40:48 GMT
Totally agree with you, although they brought in Mike Garson (a 65 year old pianist who used to play keyboards for David Bowie, and did stuff for NIN and the Smashing Pumpkins) to play the piano on Widower, and it sounds like he layed down some stuff on a couple of other tracks too. Easily the best album I've heard all year though, good review!

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Dec 2010 20:13:13 GMT
nin/ja77 says:
Thanks Duncan, didn't know Mike Garson played piano on this, should have read the credits better!!, I Know Garson for playing on 3 tracks on Nine Inch Nails album The Fragile(one of my favourite album's). Option Paralysis was a my favourite album of 2010. Thanks for pointing that out and have now edited my review.
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