...And the Circus Leaves Town

...And the Circus Leaves Town is the fourth and final studio album by American stoner rock band Kyuss, released on July 11, 1995, nearly a year before their breakup. Drummer Alfredo Hernández (Yawning Man) replaces Brant Bjork, who left Kyuss in 1993. The album features a tighter and more straightforward sound, both in songwriting and production, than the band's preceding efforts.[4] The album was not as commercially or critically successful as the previous Blues for the Red Sun and Welcome to Sky Valley. Critic Dean Brown attributes this partly to a lack of promotion and the band's breakup, but also notes that the album "deserves to be cherished as much as the two molten hot records that came right before it."[5] A video was released for "One Inch Man", the album's only official single.

...And the Circus Leaves Town
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 11, 1995 (1995-07-11)
RecordedMarch 1–20, 1995
StudioSound City Studios, Van Nuys, California
GenreStoner rock
Length71:59
LabelElektra
ProducerChris Goss, Kyuss
Kyuss chronology
Welcome to Sky Valley
(1994)
...And the Circus Leaves Town
(1995)
Kyuss / Queens of the Stone Age
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[2]
Metal Hammer7/7 stars[3]

Track listingEdit

Writing credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[6]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Hurricane"Josh Homme, John Garcia2:41
2."One Inch Man"Garcia, Scott Reeder3:30
3."Thee Ol' Boozeroony"Reeder2:47
4."Gloria Lewis"Homme, Garcia4:02
5."Phototropic"Homme5:13
6."El Rodeo"Homme, Garcia5:35
7."Jumbo Blimp Jumbo"Homme4:39
8."Tangy Zizzle"Homme2:39
9."Size Queen"Homme3:46
10."Catamaran" (originally performed by Yawning Man)Alfredo Hernández2:59
11."Spaceship Landing" (ends at 11:14)
"M'deea" (hidden track, starts after 3:35 of silence)
"Day One" (hidden track, starts after 17:13 of silence)
Homme

Reeder
34:04
Total length:71:59

NotesEdit

The song "Catamaran" is a cover of a song originally recorded by drummer Alfredo Hernandez' previous band Yawning Man.

Hidden track "Day One" was originally released in Germany as part of the "Demon Cleaner" extended CD single under the title "Day One (To Dave and Krist)". It was dedicated to the remaining Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, after Kurt Cobain's suicide.

The song "Hurricane" is featured in the 2006 video game, Need for Speed: Carbon. An early recording of the song, as well as "El Rodeo," was released on the "Demon Cleaner" single in 1994.

The idea for the album's cover came up when John Garcia, together with Scott Reeder's wife, went on a trip to Bombay Beach. They discovered the place submerged in water due to fluctuations of sea level. Once they came back they told Josh and Scott about it and a photo that was later taken there eventually became the album cover.

ReceptionEdit

The album received a positive review in Tharunka, an Australian student publication in August 1995. The review described the lead single, One Inch Man, as "unrepresentative" of the album's sound. Two of the tracks, Jumbo Blimp Jumbo and Catamaran were compared favorably to Black Sabbath and Sonic Youth, respectively and the reviewer noted, "What is admirable here too is singwriter/guitarist Josh's seeming ability to formulate brilliantly executed songs, despite the regular adoption of atypical song-writing structures."[7]

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[6]

Kyuss

Production

Artwork

  • Jill Jordan – painting
  • Michael Anderson – photography

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Demalon, Tom. "...And the Circus Leaves Town Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ Brackett, Nathan (November 2004). "Kyuss". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. p. 473.
  3. ^ Kavka, Marcus (July 1, 1995). "...And The Circus Leaves Town". Metal Hammer. Retrieved December 28, 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Xander_Christ. "Kyuss: ...And the Circus Leaves Town (Review)". Sputnik Music. Retrieved May 26, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Brown, Dean (February 23, 2015). "20 Years On: And The Circus Leaves Town By Kyuss Revisited". The Quietus. Retrieved May 26, 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ a b Kyuss (1995). ...And the Circus Leaves Town (CD liner notes). Beverly Hills, California: Elektra Records. 7559-61811-2.
  7. ^ RB (August 29, 1995). "Kyuss **...And The Circus Leaves Town**". Tharunka. 41 (10). Kensington, NSW: University of New South Wales. p. 35. Retrieved June 16, 2020.