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Swan Songs (Hollywood Undead album)

Swan Songs is the debut album by Hollywood Undead released through Octone Records and Polydor Records. The album was released on September 2, 2008.[1] "Everywhere I Go" was the first single to be released, it was a web single and was available for download only on iTunes.[2] The band released four music videos for four songs on the album, "No.5", "Undead", "Young", and "Everywhere I Go"[2] When purchased through Amazon.com and at some other retailers, the album includes a bonus track and an option to unlock music videos.[1] Swan Songs is the only studio album to feature vocalist Deuce, excluding the half-studio album Desperate Measures.

Swan Songs
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 2, 2008
RecordedJanuary–May 2008
Studio
  • Hammer & Sickle Studios, Hollywood, California
  • Castle Renholdër, Laurel Canyon, California
  • Perfect Circle Studios, Hollywood, California
  • NRG Studios, North Hollywood, California
Genre
Length49:35
LabelOctone, Polydor
ProducerDeuce (exec.)
Hollywood Undead studio album chronology
Swan Songs
(2008)
Swan Songs B-Sides
(2009)
Singles from Swan Songs
  1. "Undead"
    Released: August 26, 2008
  2. "Young"
    Released: April 13, 2009
  3. "This Love, This Hate"
    Released: Late 2009
  4. "Everywhere I Go"
    Released: July 29, 2009
  5. "Black Dahlia"
    Released: September 13, 2010

Contents

OverviewEdit

Swan Songs was supposed to be released on the band's original label, MySpace Records in 2007, however it was postponed by the record label when they requested to have some of the songs removed and others censored. The band declined and switched labels to Octone which wouldn't require them to censor their songs.[3] The album peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard 200 and sold 21,000 copies on its debut week.[4] Swan Songs was released by Polydor Records on May 18, 2009 in the United Kingdom with two bonus tracks.[5] After 64 weeks, the album fell off of the Billboard Top 200, but returned four weeks later at No. 154. Swan Songs ended up spending 82 weeks in total on the Billboard 200. In 2009, it was certified gold by the RIAA. On January 18, 2013, it reached the Platinum sales mark.[6]

The song "Undead" is featured in the video games UFC Undisputed 2009 and Madden NFL 09.[2] The song "Young" is featured as downloadable content for Rock Band 2.[7] According to an e-mail sent out to fans from the official website April 4, 2011, the album has been re-released on iTunes as a Collector's Edition. This features all the tracks available on the original Swan Songs plus Swan Songs B-Sides EP, Swan Songs Rarities EP, and the Black Dahlia Remixes EP.

Critical receptionEdit

Swan Songs received mostly mixed reviews. Dave Donnelly of Allmusic gave the album a 2 out of 5 stars, saying that the lyrics were uninteresting and that the album was "given over to ironic frat-boy party rap" (using the singles "Everywhere I Go" and "No. 5" as examples).[8]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [8]
Rock Sound          [9]
Ultimate Guitar          

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written and performed by Hollywood Undead, with specific writers detailed for each track.

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Undead"
  • Matthew Busek
  • Jorel Decker
  • George Ragan
  • Aron Erlichman
  • Jordon Terrell
4:25
2."Sell Your Soul"
  • Decker
  • Ragan
  • Erlichman
  • Lohner
3:14
3."Everywhere I Go"
  • Busek
  • Terrell
Don Gilmore3:30
4."No Other Place"
  • Dylan Alvarez
Erlichman3:16
5."No. 5"
  • Alvarez
  • Matthew Busek
  • Ragan
  • Terrell
Erlichman3:05
6."Young"
  • Lohner
  • Ragan
  • Lohner
3:16
7."Black Dahlia"
  • Decker
  • Ragan
Erlichman3:46
8."This Love, This Hate"
  • Jimmy Yuma
Erlichman3:57
9."Bottle and a Gun"
  • Alvarez
  • Busek
  • Terrell
Erlichman3:22
10."California"
  • Decker
  • Ragan
  • Terrel
Gilmore3:17
11."City"
  • Busek
  • Decker
  • Ragan
  • Terrell
  • Erlichman
  • Lohner
3:34
12."The Diary"
  • Ragan
Erlichman4:35
13."Pimpin'"
  • Alvarez
  • Decker
  • Ragan
  • Terrell
Erlichman3:07
14."Paradise Lost"
  • Gilmore
  • Ragan
Gilmore3:11
Total length:49:35

PersonnelEdit

Credits for Swan Songs adapted from Allmusic.[8]

Hollywood Undead

  • Aron "Deuce" Erlichman – lead vocals, bass guitar, keyboards, executive producer, engineering (tracks: 1–2, 4–9 and 11-13, bonus tracks 15-21), programming (tracks: 1–2, 4–9 and 11-13, bonus tracks 15-21), mixing (track: 13, bonus tracks 15-21), guitar (track 8)
  • Jordon "Charlie Scene" Terrell – vocals (tracks: 1, 3–5, 7, 9-11, and 13, bonus tracks 15-19), guitars (on all tracks expect on track 8)
  • Jorel "J-Dog" Decker – vocals (tracks: 1-2, 5–7, and 9-11, bonus tracks 16-20), keyboards (tracks: 1, 6-7, and 11, bonus track 20)
  • George "Johnny 3 Tears" Ragan – vocals (tracks: 1-2, 5-7, and 9-14, bonus tracks 15-16, 18-19, and 21)
  • Dylan "Funny Man" Alvarez – vocals (tracks: 1, 4–5, 9, and 13, bonus tracks 16 and 19)
  • Matthew "Da Kurlzz" Busek – vocals (tracks: 1-3, 5-6, and 9-11, bonus tracks 16-17 and 19), drums, (tracks: 5, 7, 9, and 11, bonus tracks 16-19) percussion (tracks: 5, 7, 9, and 11, bonus tracks 16-19)


Production

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2008) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[10] 85
US Billboard 200[11] 22
US Top Alternative Albums[11] 5
US Top Digital Albums[11] 22
US Top Hard Rock Albums[11] 3
US Top Rock Albums[11] 3
Chart (2011) Peak
position
US Top Catalog Albums[11] 13

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalog Ref
United States September 2, 2008 A&M/Octone CD, Digital download 001133102 [12]
CD with Bonus Tracks 001199002 [13]
Japan May 6, 2009 CD, Digital download B001133102 [14]
European Union May 18, 2009 Polydor Group B002436WEE [15]
Germany July 31, 2009 A&M/Octone
European Union December 1, 2009 Polydor Group Vinyl B002M81UA2 [16]
United States May 11, 2018 A&M/Octone B0027938-01 [17]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Swan Songs: Hollywood Undead". Amazon.com. Retrieved August 5, 2008.
  2. ^ a b c "Hollywood Undead Official Website". Hollywoodundead.com. Retrieved August 9, 2008.
  3. ^ "ARTISTdirect Interview: Hollywood Undead". Artistdirect.com. Retrieved September 2, 2008.
  4. ^ "Young Jeezy Nets Second Album Chart-Topper.". Billboard. Retrieved September 13, 2008.
  5. ^ "Buy Hollywood Undead - Swan Songs online at Play.com and read reviews. Free delivery to UK and Europe!". Play.com. Archived from the original on February 25, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  6. ^ "Photo by mattykurlzzhu • Instagram". Instagram.com. Archived from the original on January 21, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  7. ^ Official song listing Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine for the Rock Band series.
  8. ^ a b c Dave Donnelly. "Swan Songs — Hollywood Undead". Allmusic.
  9. ^ Lewis, Faye (June 2009). "Hollywood Undead – Swan Songs." Rock Sound (123): 83. ISSN 1465-0185.
  10. ^ "Chart Stats - - Swan Songs". Chart Stats. May 30, 2009. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Swan Songs - Hollywood Undead". Nielsen SoundScan. Billboard. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  12. ^ "Overview: Swan Songs - Hollywood Undead". Allmusic. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  13. ^ "Overview: Swan Songs (Bonus Tracks) - Hollywood Undead". Allmusic. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  14. ^ "Swan Songs (CD) - Hollywood Undead - HMV Online Shopping & Information Site". HMV Online Japan. Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  15. ^ "Swan Songs: Hollywood Undead: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon (UK). Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  16. ^ "American Tragedy (Deluxe Edition): Hollywood Undead: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon (UK). Retrieved May 15, 2011.
  17. ^ "Hollywood Undead - Swan Songs 10th Anniversary 2LP - Limited Edition Blue Vinyl". uDiscover. Retrieved August 14, 2018.