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Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far)

Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far) is the fifth studio album by Omar Rodríguez-López, and the fourth released in the "Amsterdam series".[1] The album was released in Japan on December 15, 2007 with a following U.S. release later on February 5, 2008, merely a week after The Mars Volta's The Bedlam in Goliath. The album art was illustrated by graffiti artist GREY, a childhood friend of Rodriguez-Lopez's.[2] According to the label, the original title given to them by Omar was "Calibration Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far" but the "Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far" part of the title appeared nowhere on the physical release.[3]

Calibration
(Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far)
Calibrationcover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 15, 2007
Recorded2005 in Amsterdam – 2007
GenreExperimental rock, acid jazz, electronica
Length53:33
LabelRodriguez Lopez Productions
ProducerOmar Rodríguez-López
Omar Rodríguez-López solo chronology
The Apocalypse Inside of an Orange
(2007)
Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far)
(2007)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Jeremy Michael Ward
(2008)
Omar Rodríguez-López chronology
Amputechture
(2006)
Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far)
(2007)
The Bedlam in Goliath
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars link
Artist direct4/5 stars link
Twisted Ear4/5 stars link
Alternative Press3/5 stars

Contents

Track listingEdit

  1. "Mexico" – 3:00
  2. "El Monte T'aï" – 2:33
  3. "Una Ced Lacerante" – 2:47
  4. "Calibration" – 3:36
  5. "Grey (Canción para Él)" – 3:29
  6. "Glosa Picaresca Wou Mên" – 3:27
  7. "Sidewalk Fins" – 6:32
  8. "Lick the Tilting Poppies" – 5:17
  9. "Cortar el Cuello" – 3:24
  10. "...Is Pushing Luck" – 8:11
  11. "Las Lágrimas de Arakuine" – 11:11

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label
Japan December 15, 2007 /Re-Issued April 25, 2011 N2O Records
United States February 5, 2008 /Re-Issued April 25, 2011 N2O Records
United Kingdom February 25, 2008 /Re-Issued April 25, 2011 N2O Records
United States (2LP vinyl) November 11, 2008 N2O Records

SalesEdit

Calibration was Omar's second album to chart on a Billboard music chart and his highest charting yet, peaking at #29 on the Top Heatseekers chart [1].

PersonnelEdit

  • Omar Rodríguez-López – guitars, bass (6–8), synthesizer (1, 3, 6–8, 11), Mexican harp (1), vocals & lyrics (2,7,8), vocals (4), Wurlitzer (3), tea kettle (3), TVs (5), Rhodes (7), drum machine (7), clavinet (8)
  • Juan Alderete – bass (1, 2, 4, 7, 10, 11)
  • Thomas Pridgen – drums (1, 7, 11)
  • Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez – drums (2, 4, 6, 8, 10), percussion (2, 6, 10), synthesizer (1, 6, 7, 11), clavinet (6)
  • Adrián Terrazas-González – woodwinds & percussion (2, 10)
  • Money Mark – synthesizer (2, 10)
  • Cedric Bixler-Zavala – vocals & lyrics (4, 10)
  • John Frusciante – vocals & lyrics (6)
  • Sara Christina Gross – saxophone (7)
  • Tina Rodriguez – voice (1, 6)
  • Kim Humphreys – violin (2, 5, 8, 10, 11)

ReferencesEdit