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4.3 out of 5 stars
El Gran Orgo
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on 20 August 2014
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on 20 May 2001
I first got wind of these guys last summer with the One Armed Scissor single and since then have collected every little bit of their music I can lay my grubby paws on. This little gem is not one to be missed by anyone who liked Relationship Of Command. The style of writing has changed over the years but the sound is still very distinguished. Opener Give It A Name is a genuine piece of raw pop-punk with Cedrics vocals reaching an alarming pitch at times and the lyrics are superb as always. Honest To A Fault, Winter Month Novelty and Farenheit rock out in similar fashion. The high point of this for me is the searing Picket Fence Cartel, the riffs here are razor sharp and the backline keeps the whole thing together superbly. If you like the band you should really have this by now as well as the 2 releases on Fearless, particularly the In/Casino/Out album which for me is stronger than Relationship... Rumours abound that these guys wont be around for too long so you should check them out while they are here because theres not a band in their genre that can touch them.
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on 21 March 2001
Since the bands amazing first full length album 'Acrobatic Tenement', the band went through some major changes in their line-up. 'El Gran Orgo' represents At the drive-in at their weekest with a four,instead of five man, line up. This change meant a bigger guitar sound was needed to compensate for the lost rhythm guitar,and a different backing vocalist was needed to fill that important role. The result was this album which focusses on the band's pop-punk side rather than their post-hardcore sound. At the drive-in fans need this album for the simple reason of it explaining how they have come to sound so amazing, this album was a vital contribution to the band's development. It shows their experimental side that is needed to create such creative music as seen in their other albums and EP's. Equally if you prefer the more easily listened to, catchy characacteristics of pop-punk (bearing in mind it's AT THE DRIVE-IN were talking about and not Feeder or something!)then this is an excellent album of this genre with an expected creative musical edge and very intelligent lyrics.
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on 3 July 2006
First of all, this EP is called El Gran Orgo and not El Grango! This is an absolutely stunning collection of six songs, two of which are the first two on the recent best of ATDI 'This Station is Non-Operational' (which cannot be overrecommended). However the best two songs on this ep are the first and last, namely 'Give it a name' and 'Speechless'. Basically get hold of this ep if you're a fan of the band, it is fantastic, and don't worry about the rest of the review comparing it to Green day, it's far better than that. At the Drive-in are an emo band along the lines of Fugazi, if you've never listened to them you are seriously missing out!
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on 22 October 2001
As far as EPs/Mini albums (call them what you will, they all usually have six songs) go, this is second only to Idlewild's Captain. Most of the material here is in a similar vein to In/CASINO/OUT, with in hint of Green Day in places. Whilst not being as heavy as Relationship of Command, it certainly has more infectious songs, and benefits from the rough production much more than Acrobatic Tenement. The opening track, Give It a Name, is very different to much of their material, with an almost Green Day catchiness about it. The other standouts are Fahrenheit, which is nice, heavy and raw, as well as almost too catchy for its own good, and Picket Fence Cartel, which is more akin to Acrobatic Tenement than anything else.
Those who only own Relationship of Command will probably be disappointed by its Green Day ness, but anyone who has heard Acrobatic Tenement will appreciate it for the transition between the former and In/CASINO/OUT that it is.
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on 3 February 2006
well evryone seems to be raving about these guys again so i dug out my copy of relationship of command and then have gone about buying all their cds.this short ep is truly excellent and has some very catchy and somewhat un-at the drive-in like tracks on it.it is however still unmistakably cedric doing the singing, which is always amazing.they are the best band of the past ten years, no doubt.get this release.
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on 22 January 2001
Although the production on this record is not as clear as on Relationship of Command, the rough edges add to the emotion and raw energy of this amazing band. This really captures the unique power of their live shows (of which everyone is raving about) and brings it into your bedroom. I would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of good music.
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