Dec 29, 2008

When you write record reviews for various zines, you find yourself in the position of hearing a lot more bands than your average music fan. Most are forgettable, some are great or even downright amazing, and then there is that small handful of bands that change your life. Dillinger Four is one of those bands. I can remember exactly where I was when I first listened to Midwestern Songs of the Americas and I remember how it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. In the ten or so years since then, I’ve anticipated every record the band has released. I buy them, listen to them, and quickly grow to love them, but they have all seemed to be missing that little spark that the first one had. I can tell you right now that Civil War is now my second favorite D4 record. It is really close to having that same feeling that the first record has. My heart skipped a couple of time when I listened to it, and that’s a good sign. The band slowed the overall tempo the tiniest bit and the songs don’t switch up as quick as an ADD kid with the channel changer, but it doesn’t take away from the power of the entire record. I also think that (like Midwestern Songs…) it is meant to play as an album as a whole. It all goes together. Now they just need to work on shortening the time between records!

 –ty (Fat)