VHS is the debut studio album by American rock band X Ambassadors, released on June 30, 2015 by KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records. The album has spawned three singles, "Renegades", "Unsteady", and "Low Life". A special edition titled VHS 2.0 was released on June 10, 2016 with five additional tracks and the interludes removed. It is the only album to feature Noah Feldshuh before he took an indefinite hiatus in 2016.

VHS
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 30, 2015 (2015-06-30)
Genre
Length47:33
Label
Producer
X Ambassadors chronology
The Reason
(2014)
VHS
(2015)
Orion
(2019)
Singles from VHS
  1. "Renegades"
    Released: March 3, 2015
  2. "Unsteady"
    Released: October 13, 2015
  3. "Low Life"
    Released: June 28, 2016
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Alternative Addiction[3]
Billboard[2]
Brent Music Reviews[4]
Everything Mainstream[5]
Surviving the Golden Age[6]

Track listingEdit

VHS – Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Y2K Time Capsule" (intro)
0:31
2."Renegades"
Alex da Kid3:14
3."Moving Day" (interlude)
  • S. Harris
  • R. Harris
  • Casey Harris
  • Margaret Wakeley
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
0:19
4."Unsteady"
  • X Ambassadors
  • Grant
Alex da Kid3:13
5."Hang On"
  • X Ambassadors
  • Grant
  • Jayson DeZuzio
  • Alex da Kid
  • DeZuzio
3:00
6."Gorgeous"
  • X Ambassadors
  • Grant
Alex da Kid3:17
7."First Show" (interlude)
  • S. Harris
  • Noah Feldshuh
  • Nicholas Farhi
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
0:11
8."Fear" (featuring Imagine Dragons)
Alex da Kid2:41
9."Smoke" (interlude)
  • S. Harris
  • Feldshuh
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
0:24
10."Nervous"
  • X Ambassadors
  • Grant
Alex da Kid3:33
11."Low Life" (featuring Jamie N Commons)
  • Alex da Kid
  • DeZuzio
4:40
12."Adam & Noah's Priorities" (interlude)
  • Adam Levin
  • Feldshuh
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
0:27
13."B.I.G."
  • X Ambassadors
  • Grant
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
3:29
14."Feather"
  • X Ambassadors
  • Grant
Alex da Kid3:16
15."Superpower"
  • X Ambassadors
  • Grant
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
3:12
16."Loveless"
  • X Ambassadors
  • Grant
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
3:19
17."Jungle" (with Jamie N Commons)
  • Alex da Kid
  • Del Rio
3:09
18."Good News on the Remix" (interlude)
  • S. Harris
  • Grant
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
0:51
19."Naked"
  • X Ambassadors
  • Grant
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
3:21
20."VHS Outro"
  • C. Harris
  • S. Harris
  • Levin
  • X Ambassadors
  • Alex da Kid
1:25
Total length:47:33
VHS Target exclusive bonus tracks[7]
No.TitleLength
21."Skin"4:26
22."Heist"3:34
Total length:55:33
VHS 2.0
No.TitleLength
1."Renegades"3:14
2."Unsteady"3:13
3."Hang On"3:00
4."Gorgeous"3:17
5."Fear" (featuring Imagine Dragons)2:41
6."Nervous"3:33
7."Low Life" (featuring Jamie N Commons)4:40
8."B.I.G."3:29
9."Feather"3:16
10."Superpower"3:12
11."Loveless"3:19
12."Jungle" (featuring Jamie N Commons)3:09
13."Naked"3:22
14."Low Life 2.0" (featuring Jamie N Commons & A$AP Ferg)3:26
15."Kerosene Dreams"3:53
16."Collider" (featuring Tom Morello)3:19
17."Gorgeous (Upstate Sessions)"3:44
18."Eye of the Storm"3:46
Total length:61:33

PersonnelEdit

X AmbassadorsEdit

  • Sam Harris – lead and backing vocals, acoustic, bass and electric guitars, saxophone, additional percussion
  • Casey Harris – piano, backing vocals, keyboards, synthesizers
  • Adam Levin – drums, percussion
  • Noah Feldshuh – bass and electric guitars, backing vocals

Additional musiciansEdit

  • Jamie N Commons – additional guitar and vocals (on "Jungle" and "Low Life")
  • Imagine Dragons – additional vocals and instrumentation (on "Fear")

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[20] 2× Platinum 160,000 
Poland (ZPAV)[21] Gold 10,000 
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000 

  Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
United States June 30, 2015 [23]
United Kingdom January 1, 2016 Digital download [24]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ allmusic
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  3. ^ "Album Review of VHS by X Ambassadors". Alternative Addiction. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  4. ^ "Overall, X Ambassadors' debut album is a strong showing". Brent Music Reviews. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  5. ^ Freecheck, Joel (June 22, 2015). "VHS – X Ambassadors, Everything Mainstream Album Review". Everything Mainstream. blog. Retrieved June 22, 2015.
  6. ^ "The lyrics pop out, urging you to sing along as it distracts the fact that the music itself is quite mundane". Surviving the Golden Age. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "X Ambassadors - VHS - Target Exclusive". Target.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – X Ambassadors – VHS" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved February 6, 2016.
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  10. ^ "Lescharts.com – X Ambassadors – VHS". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
  11. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – X Ambassadors – VHS" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 4, 2016.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 16, 2016.
  13. ^ "X Ambassadors Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2015.
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  15. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  16. ^ "Top Rock Albums – Year-End 2015". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  17. ^ "Top Canadian Albums – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  18. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
  19. ^ "Top Rock Albums – Year-End 2016". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2020.
  20. ^ "Canadian album certifications – X Ambassadors – VHS". Music Canada.
  21. ^ "Wyróżnienia – Złote płyty CD - Archiwum - Przyznane w 2018 roku" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved March 28, 2018.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – X Ambassadors – VHS". Recording Industry Association of America.
  23. ^ "X Ambassadors - VHS [Explicit] - Amazon.com Music". Amazon.com.
  24. ^ "iTunes - Music - VHS by X Ambassadors". iTunes Store (GB).