NOW PLAYING: The Dismemberment Plan – “A Life Of Possibilities”
I’ve been listening to a lot of The Dismemberment Plan lately, specifically their 3rd album ‘Emergency & I’ (1999). It’s a brilliant album, one that isn’t a classic because of its influence but because it perfectly captures that timeless early-20’s, post-college anxiety of dealing with the everyday mundane of early adult life. Work is boring, all your friends are somewhere else, you don’t know what you want to do with your life, etc. The album opener “A Life Of Possibilities” details that fear of having too many options and no sort of direction, and singer Travis Morrison’s shakey voice reads like a mindreader telling me everything that I’ve always felt but never wanted to admit outloud. The whole album is great, but this song to me is the grown-up equivalent to Blink-182’s “Going Away To College”. And like Blink, Morrison knows that nobody likes you when you’re 23.
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