Change - Dismemberment Plan
Metascore
83

Universal acclaim - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Showcases a band testing themselves by going down an untravelled road while still maintaining their identity.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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]
  5. 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.
  6. 80
    The music seems to matter, and for the listener, that's welcome relief from indiedom's groveling. [#52, p.82]
  7. 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.
  8. This is pop music pushing the boundaries of what pop music should be, without having to resort to overproduced and mass-marketed gloss.
  9. Over the course of 11 tracks, it rarely rocks out at all, but instead moves through different styles with a more assured hand.
  10. 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.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 14 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 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 »