Broken (Soulsavers Album)
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Broken Soulsavers Album

Broken
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Studio album by
Released17 August 2009
Recorded2008-2009
Studio
GenreElectronica, alternative rock
Length64:52
LanguageEnglish
LabelV2 Records/Cooperative Music
ProducerSoulsavers
Soulsavers chronology
Mark Lanegan chronology
Sunday at Devil Dirt
(2008)
Broken
(2009)
Blues Funeral
(2012)
Singles from Broken
  1. "Sunrise"/"You Will Miss Me When I Burn"
    Released: 3 August 2009
  2. "Death Bells"
    Released: 14 September 2009
  3. "Unbalanced Pieces"
    Released: 2 November 2009
  4. "Some Misunderstanding"
    Released: 22 March 2010

Broken is the third full-length studio album from electronica production duo Soulsavers, released by V2 Records in the UK on 17 August 2009, and released by Columbia Records in the US in September as a digital download.[1]

Background

As with their 2007 album It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land, a collaboration with Mark Lanegan and a host of guest vocalists, Broken once again features Lanegan as the primary vocalist, as well as contributions from Bonnie "Prince" Billy (Will Oldham), Jason Pierce (of Spiritualized and Spacemen 3), Mike Patton (of Faith No More), Richard Hawley, and Gibby Haynes (of Butthole Surfers).[2] The non-album single "Sunrise", a song written by Lanegan and sung by Will Oldham, preceded the album release on 3 August 2009. The AA-side is a cover of Palace Brothers' "You Will Miss Me When I Burn", written by Oldham and sung by Lanegan, that also features on the album.

In a press release for the album, Rich Machin described Broken as the result of Soulsavers' live incarnation. "Touring has definitely brought the guitars to the front of Broken and it's got a more soulful twist too. And though it clearly has some very dark overtones, I don't think it's quite as dark as the last.[3] The album was recorded over 2008 and 2009 in Los Angeles and North England, and also features the vocals of newcomer Red Ghost, the performing moniker of Rosa Agostino. According to Rich, "This young Australian girl from Sydney kept on sending me demos... and she was better than most everything else we'd heard. We traded ideas, and it really gelled."[3]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.6/10[4]
Metacritic78/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
BBC(positive)[6]
Clash(8/10)[7]
Drowned in Sound9/10[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
musicOMH4.5/5 stars[10]
NME(8/10)[11]
Pitchfork(6.3/10)[12]
PopMatters(7/10)[13]
The Scotsman4/5 stars[14]
The Times Online5/5 stars[15]

Initial critical response to Broken was positive. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 78, based on 11 reviews.[16]

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
1."The Seventh Proof"Ian Glover, Rich MachinInstrumental3:03
2."Death Bells"Glover, Lanegan, Machin, Richard WarrenMark Lanegan & Gibby Haynes4:50
3."Unbalanced Pieces"Glover, Lanegan, MachinMark Lanegan & Mike Patton4:07
4."You Will Miss Me When I Burn"Will OldhamMark Lanegan & Red Ghost3:48
5."Some Misunderstanding"Gene ClarkMark Lanegan7:57
6."All the Way Down"Glover, Lanegan, MachinMark Lanegan4:49
7."Shadows Fall"Glover, Lanegan, Machin, WarrenMark Lanegan & Richard Hawley6:36
8."Can't Catch the Train"Glover, Lanegan, MachinMark Lanegan3:34
9."Pharaoh's Chariot"Glover, Lanegan, MachinMark Lanegan & Jason Pierce4:32
10."Praying Ground"Mike Johnson, Lanegan, Keni RichardsRed Ghost3:44
11."Rolling Sky"Glover, Lanegan, MachinMark Lanegan & Red Ghost7:05
12."Wise Blood"Glover, MachinInstrumental5:37
13."By My Side"Rosa Agostino, Glover, MachinRed Ghost5:15
iTunes bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
14."Sunrise"LaneganWill Oldham3:41
15."Highway Kind"Townes Van ZandtMark Lanegan2:48
Japanese bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)VocalsLength
14."Highway Kind"Van ZandtMark Lanegan2:51
15."Death Bells" (Mogwai Remix)Glover, Lanegan, Machin, WarrenMark Lanegan5:00

Charts

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[17] 28
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 58
UK Albums Chart[19] 78

Singles

  • "Sunrise"/"You Will Miss Me When I Burn" (7" vinyl, 3 August 2009)
    1. "Sunrise" (Lanegan) - 3:42
    2. "You Will Miss Me When I Burn" (Oldham) - 3:48
  • "Death Bells" (digital download, 14 September 2009)
    1. "Death Bells" - 4:49
    2. "Death Bells" (Mogwai Remix) - 4:59
  • "Unbalanced Pieces" (promo CD and music video only, 2 November 2009)
    1. "Unbalanced Pieces" (Radio Edit) - 3:58
  • "Some Misunderstanding" (promo CD only, 22 March 2010)
    1. "Some Misunderstanding" (Radio Edit) - 4:07

Credits

Musicians
  • All music by Rich Machin and Ian Glover.
  • Strings arranged by Daniele Luppi.
  • Mark Lanegan - vocals on tracks 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11.
  • Rosa Agostino - vocals on tracks 4, 10, 11, and 13.
  • Jason Pierce - vocals on track 9.
  • Mike Patton - vocals on track 3.
  • Richard Hawley - vocals on track 7.
  • Gibby Haynes - vocals on track 2.
  • Wendi Rose, Carmen Stuart, T'jae Cole, and Eleanor Palmer - vocals on tracks 5, 6, and 7.
  • Dustin O'Halloran - additional piano on tracks 4 and 8.
  • Martyn LeNoble - additional bass on tracks 5, 6, 7, 9, and 13.
  • Kev Bales - additional drums on tracks 2, 5, 7, 11, and 12.
  • Ian Compton - additional organs on tracks 5, 7, and 10.
  • Ray Dickaty - additional saxophone on tracks 2, 3, and 11.
  • Anton Riehl - additional cedar flute on track 12.
  • Sonus Quartet - additional strings on tracks 1, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12, and 13.
  • Rich Warren - additional guitar on tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 13; additional bass on track 2; and additional harmonica on track 7.
Production
  • Produced by Soulsavers.
  • Mixed by Danton Supple and Soulsavers, except "Death Bells" mixed by Soulsavers.
  • Mastered by Mike Marsh at The Exchange.
  • Engineered by Eric Weaver, Josh Blanchard, Anton Riehl, Peter Fletcher, Phil Hartley, and Mike Morgan.
  • Recorded 2008-2009 at:
    • Glenwood Studios and The Hobby Shop, Los Angeles
    • Mike Patton's place, San Francisco
    • Gibby Haynes' place, New York
    • Dustin O'Halloran's place, Berlin
    • Strongrooms; Assault and Battery; Casa G; First Love Studios; Highfield St., United Kingdom
    • Studios 301, Sydney
  • Design by Ryan Besch at Hero Design Studio.
  • Live audio engineer for '09 tour by John Lee Hardee

References

  1. ^ News in Brief: Soulsavers, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, the Howling Bells, Teenbeat Takeover
  2. ^ Mark Lanegan and Bonnie 'Prince' Billy for new Soulsavers album
  3. ^ a b "Soulsavers' Broken - Press Release". Archived from the original on 20 July 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  4. ^ "Soulsavers: Broken". AnyDecentMusic?. anydecentmusic.com. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "BROKEN by Soulsavers". Metacritic CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ BBC review
  7. ^ Clash review
  8. ^ Takru, Radhika (17 August 2009). "Soulsavers: Broken". Drowned in Sound. drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ The Guardian review
  10. ^ Hogwood, Ben (17 August 2009). "Soulsavers - Broken". musicOMH. musicomh.com. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ NME review
  12. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  13. ^ PopMatters review
  14. ^ "Album review: Soulsavers - Broken". The Scotsman. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ The Times Online review
  16. ^ Broken reviews at Metacritic.com
  17. ^ "Soulsavers - Broken" (in Flemish). Ultratop. Hung Medien.CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)
  18. ^ "Soulsavers - Broken". http://dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2009.
  19. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Broken by Soulsavers Search". The Official Charts Company. 12 April 2015.

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