Dispatch
Bang Bang


5.0
classic

Review

by SquierStrat3k1 USER (2 Reviews)
July 28th, 2005 | 45 replies


Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist


I give this album 5 with great pleasure, as there are few albums i would ever consider giving a perfect review, this is definately one of my favourite albums that ive heard so far in my life.

"Bang Bang" is Dispatch's second studio album, and was never released on a record label until recently, when they broke up and agreed for Universal to re-release all their old albums, which they sold on tour, and placed in shops in cities their toured.

Influences from reggae are more prominent in this album, and this makes them that much more unclassifiable. This cd contains a vast mix of reggae, conventional rock, funk and first wave ska. At times this album can be very catchy, thought provoking, and chilled out, and because of their sheer originality in some songs, it is a great listen.

Bang Bang starts up with the energetic and bass driven "Here We Go" in which after a long buildup of an introduction, it goes straight into the chorus, which is undeniably catchy. One of the more energetic songs on the album, and is also very funky, with the bass line fueling the song. All members of the band sing, and at the beginning, harmonising together to bring the song into the chorus.

Next, "Bats in the Belfry" one of the fan favourites, and is a very unique song. It seems to take alot of influence from ska and reggae, and has a typical chant along chorus. It is very upbeat, and has an enjoyable breakdown and saxophone solo after the 2nd chorus.

"The General" can be easily classified as Dispatch's hit song. If you've heard one song from this band, this would be it. It is a very chilled out, somewhat acoustic song about a reputable general who has all of his soldiers respect, and shocks them with his decision not to fight in a battle, and to back down in fear for the safety of his troops. As well as the very very well written story in the lyrics, this song appears to have it all. The song starts with an acoustic riff filled with runs into chords, and as well as this song being extremely infectious, the two part chorus adding to that, the song finishes with the chant of "Go now, you are forgiven", after the breakdown. One of the best tracks on the album, and the track they would be known for if they were mainstream.

Title track, "Bang Bang" is a chilled out acoustic song, again telling a story throughout the lyrics. However this story is less meaningful, and is more like a daydream being written down into words. Often not quite making sense, it has very memorable bits to the song, and an reputable riff that fits well throughout the whole song.

Bringing back the electric guitar, we have "Mission" and once more on the album there is a catchy rock song. Fuelled by the sole electric guitar riff, and complimented by the bassline, this is one of my personal favourites on the album. Lyrics are also very original, and in this song, all members of the band sing.

"Drive" starts off with the beat from bongo drums, and is a strange mix of African drumming, acoustic guitars, and singing. There's even an electric guitar playing a funk filled solo in the midst at one point. It's a very experimental song, but is also very good, being original, and also being infectious.

A softer song, but also a fan favourite "Two Coins" has a very soft rock feel. A very simplistic song, and not my favourite, but it compliments the album, and is very poppy. Contains the singalong of "I reach into my pockets for some small change." Perhaps too meaningless.

When you hear the bass leading into an upbeat, saxophone led, ska-influenced song, you're hearing the beginning of "Railway" this song is well made, with a singalong of "Yeah Yeah, I think i heard you," and with all three of the members singing, often stopping the instruments to chant a lyric loud, such as "She was a black tanned bomb shell outta bombay" and to further make the song interesting and unconventional.

"Whirlwind" again starts off with bongo drums and acoustic guitar, and turns out to be a poppy acoustic song, however it comes across well, and although overshadowed by the rest of the album, with the rest being easily accessible, after time, this song really does start to manifest itself.

And to finish the album, the acoustic and very harmonious "Out Loud," complete with a simple chordal riff, and an almost beautiful love story, about a person calling after his girlfriend, and hoping she will respond in the way he would.


This album is a subtlely amazing album showcasing a nice blend of styles, and i thoroughly recommend it to anyone who hasnt heard them before.

5/5


Standout Tracks: I would like to say there are none, however for introductory purposes:

"Railway", "The General", "Mission" and "Out Loud".


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Dispatch is one unique band who creates a fresh new sound and timeless jams in their sophomore album...


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mx
Moderator
July 28th 2005


739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Simplistic, but one of my favorite albums. There is an earnestness, and a sheer joy of making music in these songs that's hard to explain. Are they the best musicians in the world? No. But they have a ton of heart and have made a lasting impression on me.

SquierStrat3k1
July 29th 2005


20 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah, i agree with your comment. Their songs really are quite something, and there is a definate love of music and emotion in their songs.



They really hold their own in their live performance however, when they expand on songs, and follow the flow of the song into jams, and really involve the crowd.

ggd02ms
July 30th 2005


1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I agree, good review



one of the best albums I've heard in a long time, really breaks down the barriers between genres, even my rap/hip-hop mates are into this!

kolzig33189
October 12th 2005


335 Comments


great review-one of the most original sounding bands that ive ever heard and they are excellent musicians

YourBandSucks
April 4th 2006


8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

great review-one of the most original sounding bands that ive ever heard and they are excellent musicians



I agree

ktstein
April 15th 2006


459 Comments


If you guys are into Dispatch, check out their double live album. I cant remember the name right now (cause i'm at work and dont have my cd's) but it's damn good.

mx
Moderator
April 15th 2006


739 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yep, Gut the Van

ktstein
April 15th 2006


459 Comments


Dispatch and O.A.R. was one of the best mushroom induced days of fun I've ever had...I dumped my ex for making out with the bass player though.


ktstein
April 16th 2006


459 Comments


I've heard Gut the Van, but the one I have is called All Points Bulletin

dub sean
February 21st 2007


992 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

rockin album

FriendofTheDevil70
June 30th 2007


388 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, good review. Dispatch are a great band.

Intransit
July 11th 2007


2797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Very good album.

IsItLuck?
Emeritus
July 11th 2007


4939 Comments


Out Loud is fantastic. Only song I've heard by Dispatch though.

dub sean
July 11th 2007


992 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

This whole album is fantastic.





EDIT: This is by far my favorite album of all time. This Message Edited On 07.30.07

IAmInsect
November 7th 2008


3800 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this album gives me a huge boner

CrazyFool84
November 10th 2008


1081 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

nice job on this, read the review and had to get the album, it's pretty much right up my alley. Thank ya.

ebay
July 14th 2009


501 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this band is SWEET

shindip
September 19th 2009


3536 Comments


imma gonna get me this

CelestialDust
November 13th 2009


3159 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

loooove this band

EVedder27
November 13th 2009


6088 Comments


I should listen to this. "The General" is an awesome song.



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