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Burning Airlines
Mission: Control!
DeSoto Records

Rating: 8.2/10 ?

October 1, 2004
Finally, a full-length from Burning Airlines. Although I am traditionally against the idea of a song appearing on more than one release, I was kind of relieved to find that the two songs from the debut 7-inch were included on the full length, since the single is now out of print and those songs are two of my favorites.

The rest of this record picks up where the two 7-inch songs left off. Invariably, people are going to scream Jawbox when they hear this record, and to be honest it does sound very similar. But how could it not, with J and Bill making up 2/3 of the band? J's voice is J's voice. Needless to say, if you ever liked Jawbox you'll like Burning Airlines, and if you didn't like Jawbox... well, I don't know what in the hell is wrong with you.

Everything is present on this record. Songs like "The Escape Engine" are the driving rockers you would expect. "3 Sisters" has a very radio-friendly sound and features a plethora of J's patented melodramatic lyrics. "(my pornograph)" is a funny snippet of dialog from Orson Welles' "The Trial." In sort of a throw back to 1995, when it was all the rage, there is a 'hidden' track after song number twelve, some sort of little noisy 4-track sounding ditty. Another plus is the nice clean layout and design of the cover and sleeve, which doesn't really have anything to with the music but is nice just the same. The only down points for me, personally, are the second and third songs, which I find kind of annoying with some mid-range guitar jangling.

It took them forever to come out with this bad boy (maybe because they were touring Europe with Bra!d for two months) although the songs have been recorded for a little while. When you get this record, and you know you will buy it, you'll forgive them for taking so long.

Reviewed by Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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