View Full Version : (Indie) At the Drive-in - Vaya

12-01-2003, 07:09 AM
This is the 6th album that the boys from El Paso released, and my second review on them. Vaya, meaning ‘go’ in Spanish, I feel, is a great album, but far too short. Comprised of only seven songs, and the length of the album spanning under 24 minutes, you will feel you have not got your money’s worth after purchasing this CD. But, as many wise people have said over the years, Quality is preferred over Quantity, and this CD is the perfect example of that.
Song list on Vaya:
1 Rascuache
2 Proxima Centauri
3 Ursa Minor
4 Heliotrope
5 Metronome Arthritis
6 300 Mhz
7 198d

All songs written by At the Drive-in
ATDI are:
Cedric Bixler – Vocals
Omar Rodriguez – Guitars
Jim Ward – Guitars, Pianos
Paul Hinojos – Bass
Tony Hajjar – Drums

Once again I will be employing the ‘weird lyric’ factor in my review.

Weirdness factor Rating
Hmm 1
Hmmm! 2
Huh? 3
What the...? 4
****ing hell! 5

Rascuache (3:21)
This track starts off quite un-at the Drive-in like. It is quite ‘spacey’ and contains a sort of distorted bass and some keyboard and guitar. It’s not a real good opener to the album. The lyrics do not come in until 0:40. then we hear the REAL atdi. Heavy guitars and whiney lyrics. Whiney doesn’t necessarily mean bad though. And we reach the chorus, ahh Bixler is screaming his nuts off to heavy music. A good track, but not one of my favourites.
Weird Lyric: salt ring probing/in case of emergency/stampede is coming/mastadon infantry
Weirdness Factor: What the...?

Proxima Centauri (2:45)
Again, very un-at the Drive-in like intro. Maybe they have matured? Nah. This is one of my favourite tracks off the album. Mainly because of the chorus… ‘utopia!!!’ it is pretty cool. It is pretty high tempo throughout the entire song, so I rate it highly.
Weird Lyric: Utopia the landfill crawls/Omens that back the truth/Erase the veins of this dateline
Weirdness Factor: Huh?

Ursa Minor (3:22)
Sharing the name of a constellation, Ursa Minor is in contrast to ‘Proxima Centauri’ in that there no screaming and is fairly slow paced. With that in mind, Ursa Minor is quite a good song. I especially like the chorus lyrics (autopsy…) and the bridge is very good. But after a few listens, I found it pretty boring, so this song doesn’t rate highly with me.
Weird Lyric: propeller snapped/decapitated while you slept/upon your pillow
Weirdness Factor: ****ing hell!

Heliotrope (3:12)
THE BEST At the Drive-In song in my opinion. Even better than Cosmonaut. It is very similar to Cosmonaut, it is very quick, with a catchy riff, and yelling vocals. The choruses are similar also, they slow down in contrast to the rest of the song. I especially love the last bit, where it goes all quiet, then ends with an array of yelling and heavy guitars and drum pounding (turn slowly for maximum vend...)
Weird Lyric: the ouija board had/spelled its name/in tiki torches set aflame
Weirdness Factor: Huh?

Metronome Arthritis (4:00)
This is the typical crap song of the album, in my opinion. Well, you can’t expect everything to be perfect can you? This song is the ‘Non-Zero Possibility’ of Vaya. Oh well. I won’t review it much because I dislike it. At least it gets good towards the end. The lyrics are quite meaningful at the end, and pretty cool… (what if forensics finds the answers/what if they stole my fingerprints?/where did i leave my book of matches?/we'll find you...)

300Mhz (3:02)
I don’t understand this song. Why did they put the lyrics backwards? It sounds like he’s breathing too heavily and says ‘f.uck’ a lot. And throughout most of the song his voice is all distorted. The guitars in this song is absolute genius. This is the only song on the album that says the title of the song in the song.
Weird Lyric: these decibels were rotted/in the canals of my teeth/amnesia proletariat
Weirdness Factor: Hmmm!

198d (4:04)
I LOVE this song! It is excruciatingly slow for an atdi song, but it really shows their musical talent and diversity and how they don’t play in one style and one style only. The piano work I love, especially the end bit where it gets all quiet (2:40), then ends with a bang. A good and appropriate finish to the album.
Weird Lyric: born in hearts/etched in cold/swingsets pay/the playground toll
Weirdness Factor: Hmmm!

That’s all you say? Yep! I told you it was short.
Rating: 3.5/5 – quite a good album, but it’s over before you know it. I'd recommend purchasing 'Relationship of Command' before you buy this.

12-01-2003, 12:45 PM
What the.......?

God the lyrics....what the..... huh.....!

Look Todd these lyrics are mad, they are wacky, Cedric your so..........crazy!

12-03-2003, 11:22 PM
"Vaya" is an EP. It's supposed to be short.

12-04-2003, 08:15 AM
Originally posted by Moroii
"Vaya" is an EP. It's supposed to be short.


04-18-2004, 03:32 PM
It's very much quite like this. CD reviews are baised, and they are supposed to be. Just this very moment, I have realized that they are only one person's opinion and should not be taken as serious. It is funny to think how you will come back to this CD and find the songs you did not like might become your favorite. Ahh nevermind, I should have posted this in your review of Relationship Of Command.

04-18-2004, 03:59 PM
Way before I was ever into ATDI my friend gave me this CD, I listened to it once then dismissed it. In the past month its been one of my favourite CDs that I own and its contsantly in my CD player. Although it is an EP and is short, it definetly doesn't lack in any other departement. I agree with manuscriptreplica, helitrope is an unbeliveable song. This whole EP is awesome. 4.5/5 :thumb:

04-19-2004, 02:48 PM
I personally dont like At the Drive-In with the exception of a few songs and the majority of those songs are on this EP. I think that Rascuache, Metronome Arthritis, and 198d are ****ing awesome.

05-09-2004, 06:52 AM
Metronome Arthritis is fucking amazing you bastard..

The video, and everything ahhh I love it..probably one of my favorite songs to hear them play live..

05-10-2004, 05:09 PM
i've been wondering whether i should buy one of their cd's for a while. Now I probably will this weekend, could anybody tell what their best album probably
would be?

05-10-2004, 05:34 PM
If you want to get into them buy Relationship of Command

06-07-2004, 04:36 PM
I downloaded "Metronome Arthritis" and thought it was pretty good, at least towards the end. The singing sounds a lot different from the singing on Relationship of Command; more like the style in The Mars Volta.

06-07-2004, 06:08 PM
In/Casino/Out is in my opinion their best YDload..

It is hard,soft, and melodic. Also overall the lyrics are easier to relate to and in my opinion are more creative.

It's just RoC is very catchy and easy for people to get into the band with..

slim thugga
06-08-2004, 06:43 PM
Yeah, I recently bought In/Casino/Out and I've been listening to it non-stop.

You did a good review.

CD gets a 3.5/5

08-21-2004, 09:29 AM
An incredibly good album. Their best release I would say even over RoC. Seriously though Metronome Arthritis a crap song? To each his own I guess but I thought it was ****ing incredible. 5/5

08-21-2004, 09:18 PM
decent review, great album. though i would give metronome arthritis a 5/5... but hey that's just me...

10-27-2004, 07:51 PM

Metronome Arthritis is my favorite ATD-I song!

10-27-2004, 08:15 PM

Metronome Arthritis is my favorite ATD-I song!

And my second favorite!
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