DILLINGER FOUR: Civil War: CD

So, this is it. It’s finally here. It’s been six long years since Situationist Comedy came out (well, honestly, I’ve only been waiting for a new record for maybe three of those years. I was not quite yet twelve when Situationist Comedy came about, and I was still listening to Pennywise records), and now we can finally breath easy. I would like to think that roughly two months after this has come out, I’m over the excitement of first hearing it and can now do a hype-free review. I had no idea what to expect going into this. All I wanted out of this was for it to not be a total shit-fest. It’s not. In fact, it’s one of the best albums they’ve put out yet. Granted, it’s no Midwestern Songs of the Americas, but what else possibly could be? I feel like this is either on par with or not far behind Versus God. However, this isn’t your average Dillinger Four record here. The most noticeable change is that the “wall of noise” that they were known for has been replaced with cleaner production. However, the record still has just as many hooks and just as much bite as any record before it. Credit is due to the artwork as well. It’s hard to appreciate it when looking at the CD cover, but the LP sleeve shows how much went into creating this (yes, the penguins really were painted right on to the flag). This is getting to be a rather long-winded review, especially as far as my style goes, so I’m going to wrap this up. The music world in 2008 was a place of violent ups and downs, but when the needle plunked down onto this for the first time, I knew everything would be alright.

 –Dave Dillon (Fat)