• Record Label: De Soto
  • Release Date: Oct 23, 2001
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. It’s hard to imagine what the Plan could do to top Change, but one thing is for sure: growing up and looking forward has rarely sounded so universally satisfying.
  2. Showcases a band testing themselves by going down an untravelled road while still maintaining their identity.
  3. With Change... The Dismemberment Plan feel little need to show off with self-conscious musical ostentation and excess, instead choosing to focus themselves on making a fantastic, understated and involving record.
  4. Change, while unquestionably more mature than anything the Dismemberment Plan have released in the past, is also, at times, an incredibly powerful record that can make mundane ruminations seem like Socratic philosophy.
  5. This is pop music pushing the boundaries of what pop music should be, without having to resort to overproduced and mass-marketed gloss.
  6. Change may be audibly bigger-sounding -- in a slick, professional way -- than previous efforts, but the new angle just drives the point home: The Dismemberment Plan deserve to be huge. [Jan 2002, p.82]
  7. 80
    The music seems to matter, and for the listener, that's welcome relief from indiedom's groveling. [#52, p.82]
  8. Over the course of 11 tracks, it rarely rocks out at all, but instead moves through different styles with a more assured hand.
  9. While the nervous energy that has always been a key ingredient of the group’s sound (on record and otherwise) remains firmly intact, a newfound sense of responsibility and road-worn weariness occasionally rears its head, putting a bit of a damper on this otherwise upbeat record.
  10. For anyone who loved Emergency and I, or any of the Dismemberment Plan's other two records, Change sounds like The Dismemberment Plan on Quaaludes.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. May 8, 2011
    10
    Wow. This one is a keeper. It's very different from their previous masterpiece "Emergency & I" but I still give it a 10 out of 10. It hasWow. This one is a keeper. It's very different from their previous masterpiece "Emergency & I" but I still give it a 10 out of 10. It has interesting beats, beautiful lyrics, and catchy chords. It is a lot more calm that any other Dismemberment Plan album. The best tracks are "Superpowers", "Secret Curse", "Following Through", "Time Bomb", and "The Other Side". Don't hesitate to listen/buy this album. It will blow you away. Full Review »
  2. Tyler
    Jan 6, 2007
    9
    Tis a true shame they broke up.
  3. BlakeJ
    Sep 7, 2006
    10
    Yeah - very rarely is an album this perfect after this many listens. I've had it on repeat pretty much for the past few months and the Yeah - very rarely is an album this perfect after this many listens. I've had it on repeat pretty much for the past few months and the music is sometimes kinetic, sometimes hushed and bracing - but the lyrics are always complete poety. This is, hands-down, the best album of the decade this far. Yes, I will go so far as to say that. It beats out The Glow Pt. 2 and Kid A and stuff like that...I don't remember listening to Kid A for three months straight... They will be sorely missed (frowny face) Full Review »