The Airborne Toxic Event
The Airborne Toxic Event


3.5
great

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
May 17th, 2009 | 21 replies | 9,316 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


3 of 3 thought this review was well written

The Airborne Toxic Event. Already people have a black or white response to the name when hearing it and the band has only been around for a mere couple years. Ignoring the random and rapid success, the story of the band is almost satirical. Basically Mikel Jollett is a novelist who couldn’t express what he needed in prose, so he forms a band and immediately begins touring with major acts such as Silversun Pickups and Kaiser Chiefs. Whatever it is with this one album, people are ever so keen to find out why it’s such a buzz topic. The answer to that is simple: nostalgic post grunge/shoegaze is enough for anyone of the generation to indulge in, especially for the summer.

Drawing obvious influences from My Bloody Valentine, Silversun Pickups, Smashing Pumpkins and probably Pavement as well, the music reflects a sad happy stream of consciousness after the disasters. Even the casual mainstream music listener will instantly find themselves bobbing along to the rhythms, for whether it’s the bittersweet lead parts, the infectious drum patterns, or the heartbreaking lyrics, literally anyone can relate to this music, which is something many bands try to accomplish in their whole career let alone their debut record. The music and lyrics flow extremely well together, and given Jollett’s previous career this comes as no surprise. Though, due to his usual prose writing he tends to repeat a few words more than necessary, and just because of the forum of the lyrics it comes across in a negative way, but nonetheless something he can overcome in the future. Musically you can expect anything from lead driven songs with keyboards drenching the tones as to purge into more melancholic muses (Wishing Well, Papillion), or very simple one-chord-progression track crescendos with ever-building layers (Sometime Around Midnight, Missy). Whatever the band plays, they do so effortlessly, wearing their influences like band shirts.

Essentially there’s not really anything wrong with the record, especially for a debut. The only thing the band need to do at this point is find a more individual perception on music rather than depending too much on their influences to drive the songs. There’s not a personality crisis, but there is a lack of Airborne Toxic Event, if that makes sense. Jollett is a great lyricist, and has the potential to be exceptional given that he’s learning from his experiences of being in an active band. Also, Innocence does not need to be seven minutes long as is, but the band needs to learn. And all we have to do is wait.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
May 17th 2009



7313 Comments


sounds good i'll listen

fireaboveicebelow
May 17th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thank you

foreverendeared
May 17th 2009



14678 Comments


good review. i've heard about these guys and been wanting to check them out for a while but kept forgetting

Nikkolae
May 17th 2009



4767 Comments


im so fucking glad someone reviewd this album, im loving this band for quite a wile now, and something around midnight's intro is breath taking, awesome review

Digging: We Came Out Like Tigers - Ever-Crushed at Pecket's Well

fireaboveicebelow
May 17th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks guys, and I'd agree Nikkolae, captivation is a strong suite with these guys

kitsch
May 17th 2009



5107 Comments


i thought this was going to be you repping another darkwave band haha

MassiveAttack
May 17th 2009



2688 Comments


what up playa? Good review =)

fireaboveicebelow
May 17th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i thought this was going to be you repping another darkwave band haha
hey, I'll never turn down an opportunity to promote darkwave but I figure some indie and power metal (next submission) deserves some limelight
what up playa? Good review =)
thanks, and it's not metal so don't complain anymoreThis Message Edited On 05.17.09

MassiveAttack
May 18th 2009



2688 Comments


I SHALL ALWAYS COMPLAIN!

Dirk32
June 13th 2009



59 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great Review!

I just picked this album up today. I had no idea who they were and it was kind of a thought of I wanted to find a different band then what I had been listening to as of late. These guys are very original and disappoint.

Pastor of Muppets
June 13th 2009



237 Comments


I thought that song was a practical joke on me.....

iarescientists
June 13th 2009



5863 Comments


i've seen/read a few interviews with the lead singer and he seems pretty deluded. He has a deep disdain for hipsters and seems to think he's above them because the band wears suits when they play live, although based on that and what i've heard of their music, they're a cheap knockoff of Arcade Fire

fireaboveicebelow
June 14th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

arcade fire is a little better

ebay
August 13th 2009



501 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"sometime around midnight" is an incredible song and "wishing well" is alright. other than that this album really disappointed me and some of these song are downright awful. "papillon" is one of the worst songs i have ever heard and it just seems bizarre to me that a band can write a couple songs that are so good and then miss the mark by so much on the rest of the album.

Curse.
Contributing Reviewer
August 13th 2009



7970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Missy is the best song on this album

CelestialDust
September 20th 2009



3155 Comments


i can't get over how awesome sometime around midnight sounds, looks like this may be worth checking
out

CelestialDust
September 20th 2009



3155 Comments


by the way, there are two different versions of the same band in the sputnik database, i noticed while
searching for them

HolidayKirk
Contributing Reviewer
March 27th 2010



1592 Comments


"Jollett is a great lyricist, and has the potential to be exceptional"

Are you FUCKING KIDDING ME!?!? This album has the SHITTIEST lyrics I have ever heard!

Molok
April 23rd 2013



11 Comments


I heard "I was twenty-one, I wasn't having any fun" and promptly ejected the cd from my stereo. It has never returned. Good lyricist my ass.

sixdegrees
April 23rd 2013



16777 Comments


but it's "Rock Reborn"

Digging: Ted Nugent - Shutup&jam!



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