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Not the best, but evident of experimentation and development
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.