Super Ultra Mega Crazy Collectors’ Edition*
* AKA The Ultimate Bundle
The Ultimate Bundle of The Physical World retails for almost $90 but is almost completely worth it. In addition to the epic new album you get: A set of 12 vinyl stickers, each a track from the album, A DFA1979 T-shirt, Physical World patch, Elephant Head Pin and Belt Buckle. To top it all off, it includes a Physical World Poster signed by the band! The one downside to this bundle was the way the packaging was handled, my stickers ended up sticked to the print on the shirt which caused some major wrinkling, and my CD wasn’t included with the rest of the swag. Fortunately the fine folks at Kill the 8 were nice enough to replace my sticker sheet and send my cd free of charge after I tracked down their customer service.
The Physical World
The album itself is unassuming, a plain red disc with the band’s name, and album title. I was pleasantly surprised when I stuck it in the player and the loud, proud noisy sound that put Death From Above on the radar with 2004′s You’re a woman, I’m a Machine started up. The Physical World is eleven tracks, with a running time of just over a half hour. In a slight departure from their past work, tracks like Gemini and White is Red give the album an interesting pop twist. Death From Above 1979 claimed that their new album would be different from what they’ve done in the past, and it is, but in a good way. Kind of like how cupcakes are different from cake, but not really. One important thing to note was that the digital album I received for The Physical World was mp3 at 256kbps so if you’re an audiophile, you’ll want to rip your own copy.
The Final Verdict
If you’re a long time lover of the dynamic duo, or new to their sounds, The Physical World is worth every cent you choose to spend on it. You can pick it up, along with all kinds of other DFA1979 Swag from Kill The 8 Here, stream it from Google Play Here, and pick it up from iTunes Here.