Bang Bang [Universal]

Bang Bang [Universal]

by Dispatch
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Bang Bang [Universal]

The New England trio Dispatch are back with their second full-length album, Bang Bang, a sharp collection of ten songs that is pleasing on all ends of the musical spectrum, from instruments to vocals to songwriting. Rarely does the record fall into a pattern, and instead Dispatch rotate their sound, from Guster-esque mellowness to the quick style of Sublime. And sometimes they make the transition within the same song. "Bats in the Belfry" is a perfect example of this musical mix, with the trombones and a Sublime-like tempo during the chorus, and a more mellow speed orchestrated perfectly by lead singer Brad Corrigan for the rest of the song. Conversely, the album's next track, "The General," performs the opposite by reserving the mellowness for the chorus and hitting the fast tempo right from the song's onset. The standout song on the album is, in fact, one of the simpler tracks. It's absent the percussion and other ska-influenced sounds that are abundant on the rest of the album. This by no means implies that these sounds don't work perfectly on the record, because they do, but "Two Coins" is special because it's just an acoustic guitar and vocals, in addition to pretty powerful lyrics. The original and ear-pleasing "Two Coins" marks a transition of sorts for the album, as the final three tracks are closer to rock and pop songs than ska songs. "Whirlwind" is far more musically diverse than the stripped-down "Two Coins." At just under five minutes, it's the record's longest track, and well worth the listening time. The album then concludes on a strong note with "Out Loud," which returns to the acoustic guitar in the lead and relies on Corrigan's wonderful voice, creating a song that certainly will be heard by the audience at any of Dispatch's live shows. Dispatch have identified themselves as a mainstay in the music world because of their diverse sound and willingness to experiment. Bang Bang has only allowed them to grow, and they should continue to do so in future efforts. [For the 2004 reissue on Universal Records, Dispatch substituted a 1996 live version of "Out Loud" for the original studio recording and added two bonus tracks: the haunting "The Way It Goes," from the same 1996 concert, and a first-take acoustic version of "Bats in the Belfy" that stretched the key song out to five and a half minutes.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
Label: Umvd Labels
UPC: 0602498643907
catalogNumber: 000365502

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dispatch   Primary Artist
Brad Corrigan   Percussion,Drums,Vocals
Pete Heimbold   Guitar,Vocals
Chad Urmston   Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Ric Ocasek   Composer
John Paul Gauthier   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Jourgensen   Composer
David Samuels   Composer
Steve Tibbetts   Composer
Dispatch   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Brad Corrigan   Composer
Pete Heimbold   Composer
Chad Urmston   Composer
Mark B. Christensen   Engineer
Steve Cochrane   Composer

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Bang Bang 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After having been introduced to Dispatch (the music not the people), I fell in love with it's natural qualities as well as the raw talent and evident love of the art from the musicians. The band is no longer together, but the three offsprings are great as well. They are so into their fans, and have risen high through word of mouth and sheer passion. I highly suggest the purchase, in order to support those who understand the value of hard work and have an appreciation of the music and the people who hear it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago