Something weird is brewing in D.C., some sort of alchemic concoction no less dramatic than turning lead into gold, if not quite as profitable. The members of The Dismemberment Plan are grabbing any and every sound they hear out of the air and filing them in their collective memory so they can access them and use them to their own ends later. Listen to The Dismemberment Plan Is Terrified and you get an idea what sounds they're accessing: The Stax sound, the emo-punk sound, the new-wave sound, the no-wave sound, it's all there. Even lyrics taken from the video game Punch-Out! can be found. The album is weird and funny and danceable and full of interesting stories, and overall, it's great. Odds are good that you'll find something you like right off the bat, and the rest will grow on you before you realize it.

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