swilly | Adams, MA. United States | 10/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a Big fan of this band. This album is one of their most impressive efforts if not their best. I've listened through only a couple times now but there are some stunners on this record. This album smells and tastes a little different than previous albums due impart to it's great recording quality and also to a sort of evolution in the song writing. They're trying new stuff on this album and it works. But the band still retains a fearless full frontal flagellating mission I have always enjoyed. This album is still very much Dillinger Four, but like any band worth listening to they are not writing stagnant riffs that echo all albums past(well maybe a few). And hate me for saying it, but some of this stuff is just damn beautiful. Beautiful like honest, unadulterated human expression can be. They're still cleverly deriding church, state and vapid celebrities but there is also some more personal work here that is really brilliant. Six years since they're last release- Which sucks. But after having heard this record, all is forgotten."
It's Bigger Than Me...and You
Daniel Schmidt | Norfolk, VA | 10/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As was mentioned below - six years in the making. As was mentioned below - it was a great even when it was a theory. As mentioned below - the recording quality is lacking, but does not take away from the overall feel.
The album is is irreverent yet heartfelt. You will laugh, you will cry. Yes, this is better than a lot of new albums dropped, even by veterans like Dilling Four.
So where is the meat? "A Jingle For the Product" is, like "Who Killed Bambi" or "Noble Stabbings!" a perfect opener, and one of my favorites from the record. Other standout's include: "Parishiltonisametaphor,"The Classical Arrangement," "Americaspremierfaithbasedinitiative," and, in my opinion, the best track, "The Art of Whore."
Every song (except "Fruity Pebbles") rocks hard, doesn't linger into oblivion, doesn't exploit itself - all the best qualities of Dillinger Four. A triumph in every way, shape and form. I cannot, especially for fans or one time fans who may have forgotten about Dillinger Four, I cannot recommend this album enough. I'm a huge Bob Dylan fan, but I'll go out and say that "CIVIL WAR" kept my attention longer and entertained and enlighted (maybe) more than Dylan's newest bootleg series (Tell Tale Signs). There is no comparison - but it may be closer than you think."
Uthor | 10/19/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"6 years waiting for this, I can't help but feel mild disappointment. The sound is way more polished than previous D4 albums, which sucks the energy out of the music.
It's pretty middle of the road for D4 (which automatically makes it more enjoyable than most punk albums of late). Going back and listening to Midwestern Songs of the Americas, however, just shows me how much better it could have been."