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Into the Sun is the fourth studio album by Seattle post-grunge band Candlebox. Released in 2008, it is their first album since 1998's Happy Pills and would mark both the band's studio return after a seven-year hiatus as well as their first album with Silent Majority Group.

Into the Sun
Into the Sun (Candlebox album).jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 22, 2008
Recorded2007
GenrePost-grunge
Length49:05
LabelSilent Majority Group
ProducerRon Aniello
Candlebox chronology
Happy Pills
(1998)
Into the Sun
(2008)
Love Stories & Other Musings
(2012)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AbsolutePunk.net74% link
Allmusic2.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars link

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Recording and backgroundEdit

In 2005, Kevin Martin wrote a song entitled "Stand." However, he felt the track didn't suit his current band, Hiwatts, and that it was "just too Candlebox." By the following year, Rhino Records, through Warner Bros., contacted Martin regarding an upcoming Candlebox best-of compilation. Martin and Klett favored the idea and decided the band should tour for its promotion, thus ending their indefinite hiatus.

After a successful tour, bassist Bardi Martin left the band to continue his education, allowing Adam Kury to take his place. Candlebox wrote new material from November 2006 through January the following year; however, this would all be discarded as it was considered poor. They began writing more material soon after, prompting Martin to introduce "Stand" to his bandmates. While chemistry did not set in immediately during the writing process, Klett noted that old issues between bandmates were able to gradually subside.[1]

Much like with their debut album, Candlebox performed the new songs live for several months to ensure their quality.[2] Recording for Into the Sun began that year and took a mere five weeks.[3] Peter Klett came up with the working title Play the Movie which gained some support but was ultimately discarded.

Into the Sun features three of the founding four members of Candlebox; only Martin has been replaced by Kury. Tracks 1,3,4,6,7,8,9, and 10 all feature drums by Dave Krusen, who previously joined the band from 1997 to 1999.

Music and lyricsEdit

Kevin Martin described Into the Sun in a 2007 interview:

Touring and promotionEdit

Candlebox toured extensively in promotion of Into the Sun including the Heritage and Freedom Fest in front of a record crowd. On August 9, 2010 the band also kicked off a five-show stint overseas performing for U.S. troops at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait and continued on to Iraq.

The song "Stand" was released as a single and found considerable radio play. According to Martin, the song was "inspired by the second elected term of George Bush, and how people didn’t figure out the first time around that he’s a complete and utter buffoon. But more so, it’s about society in general, and the fact that you’ve got to pull your head out of the sand and reclaim this country."

To provide the album further exposure, the band released five songs, two weeks apart, leading up to the release Into the Sun.[5] "Surrendering," "Miss You," and "A Kiss Before" were also released as singles.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Stand" – 3:30
  2. "Bitches Brewin'" – 3:37
  3. "Surrendering" – 3:29
  4. "Into the Sun" – 4:53
  5. "Underneath It All" – 3:36
  6. "Miss You" – 5:07
  7. "How Does It Feel" – 3:57
  8. "A Kiss Before" – 3:27
  9. "Breathe Me In (Intro)" – 3:19
  10. "Breathe Me In" – 5:12
  11. "Lover - Come Back to Me" – 4:43
  12. "Consider Us" – 4:09
Amazon Store & iTunes Store bonus track
  1. "The Answer" – 6:37

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Interview with Peter Klett of Candlebox Archived 2010-11-10 at the Wayback Machine Blogs N' Roses (2008). Retrieved on 12-10-10.
  2. ^ Candlebox Interview Archived 2011-01-01 at the Wayback Machine Garage Radio Magazine (2007). Retrieved on 12-12-10.
  3. ^ Rekindled :: Candlebox's Kevin Martin talks to AAM Archived 2010-11-20 at the Wayback Machine All Access Magazine (July 24, 2008). Retrieved on 12-10-10.
  4. ^ Korbin, Heather Kevin Martin of Candlebox They Will Rock You (July 5, 2008). Retrieved on 12-10-10.
  5. ^ Korbin, Heather Kevin Martin of Candlebox They Will Rock You (July 5, 2008). Retrieved on 12-10-10.