The Airborne Toxic Event - The Airborne Toxic Event
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the Southern California rock quintet.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. You'll find an occasionally derivative album that's enthralled with guitar noise, overflowing with lit-mag lyrics, and unafraid to be ugly. It's also sewn through with an endearing passion that screams of potential.
  2. 'Midnight's' gut-wrenching sight of an ex not leaving a party alone is a case in point, but any of one of these 10 tracks is equally illuustrative. [Mar 2009, p.93]
  3. 80
    TATE's debut touches on Stooges garage rock, sultry blues, Strokesian pop, all swaddled in opulent Americana. [Mar 2009, p.87]
  4. The Airborne Toxic Event is the sound of a band that’s not exactly sure what it wants to sound like, trying on different styles and approaches for size. It so happens that, more often that not, those approaches make for a good fit.
  5. As debut albums go--and while compiling the record the band disposed of nearly thirty songs--this is a fine, upstanding introduction to the tormented world of The Airborne Toxic Event and one that vivaciously whets the appetite in anticipation of what might come next.
  6. 60
    On the album’s best moments, he pours his hopeless longing into sweaty, inebriated celebrations of love’s boundless optimism.
  7. The Airborne Toxic Event is an album that's almost insulting in its unoriginality.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Aug 15, 2012
    9
    As A musician myself I don't understand these negative/low reviews, The airborne toxic event are one of the most unique bands I've heard in awhile, all of there songs are enjoyable and catchy, They've quickly become one of my favorite bands, next to sublime, SOAD, Foo Fighters and Blue October.. Expand
  2. Feb 13, 2011
    9
    Just... Yes. I adore the entire album. Gasoline and Missy are my favorite tracks. I enjoy the mix of melancholy in some tracks and energy in the other. The lyrics were surprisingly good, too!

    Can't wait for the new album!
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  3. Apr 2, 2011
    5
    The Airborne Toxic Event's self titled debut album sounds way too much like any other band. It sounded like Interpol, The Strokes, and other similar bands which would usually be fine with me, but for this album, it just sounds plain unoriginal. The album isn't TERRIBLE, but it just sounds like a knockoff of other really good bands. All In All, It has a few good ideas, some of the lyrics are worth noting, and Mikel Jollett's vocals sounded really good at times, but this debut album has nothing to show for it. No sense of creativity or originality. I still have hope for The Airborne Toxic Event and I do await a second album only if it's a lot different from this one. C Expand

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