At The Drive-In are seen as one of the most influential bands of all time, and this Anthology proves it. It is literally a must have for any ATDI fan. Rather than picking a few tracks from their albums (Acrobatic Tenement, El Gran Orgo, In/Casino/Out, Vaya and Relationship of Command) they have gone a step further and incorporated extra tracks from singles, remix's and covers. The anthology starts strong with the track Fahrenheit winding through most of the best ATDI tracks such as 198d and one armed scissor to a smiths cover of this night has opened my eyes to a strong ending with the Pink Floyd cover of take up thy stethoscope and walk. You may think 18 tracks of pure bliss is enough but they have incorporated a DVD with 3 music videos, bonus ATDI footage, discography and extras for your computer. For the price I would recommend this for new ATDI fans as there are some great tracks on there but id also recommend buying relationship of command too. Then buy all there other albums. This Anthology will stay in your CD player for quite some time. Buy and enjoy
ATD-I were one of the few bands of the last 10 years that actually lived up to the media hype surrounding them. This best of provides an excellent intro for anyone who missed out first time around, but is a bit of a letdown for the more dedicated fan. You cannot argue with the quality of songs on offer here, but to be honest you could pick any 11 tunes from the ATD-I back catalogue and have an equally strong set. The chronological track listing shows how the band developed their distinctive sound over the course of their existence, from the more straight up emo-ish sound (that's emo in the mid-80s Dischord sense of the word) of the El Gran Orgo days to the glorious racket of Relationship of Command. However, for no adequately explained reason debut lp Acrobatic Tenement is not represented on the track listing here, or even referenced in the discography. Weird. The running order also highlights the one minor flaw with Relationship of Command, whilst the songs were unbelievably good, Ross Robinson's production did not do them full justice, and this is even more apparent alongside Alex Newport's sterling work on In/ Casino/ Out and Vaya.
The bonus tracks on offer here are a mix of b-sides, radio sessions and odd tracks from split eps. The 5 original tracks again are of the highest quality, but the Smiths and Pink Floyd covers are under whelming, and the remix of Rascuache is somewhat pointless.
The DVD is good in what it shows (3 videos and a press release), but considering what an incendiary live act ATD-I were, it would have been quite nice to have a couple of live performances on here (perhaps even that nigh on legendary rendition of One Armed Scissor from Later...)