A Song Is a City

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A Song Is a City
Studio album by Eskimo Joe
Released 17 May 2004 (2004-05-17)
(see release history)
Recorded at Milkbar Studios and Big Jesus Burger Studios, Aug/Sep 2003
Genre Rock
Length 38:34
Label Warner, Mushroom
Producer Paul McKercher and Eskimo Joe
Eskimo Joe chronology
A Song Is a City
Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Singles from A Song Is a City
  1. "From the Sea"
    Released: 22 March 2004
  2. "Smoke"
    Released: 2004
  3. "Older Than You"
    Released: 4 October 2004
  4. "Life Is Better with You"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

A Song Is a City is the second studio album by Australian rock band Eskimo Joe, released on 17 May 2004.

The debut single "From the Sea" made it to the top 40 of the Australian singles charts and was number one on the Triple J Net 50 between March and May.[citation needed] The album A Song Is a City debuted on the ARIA Australian top 50 album chart at number 2 on 24 May 2004.[citation needed] The track "Smoke" was released as the second single and reached the top 5 in the Net 50 in May 2004.[citation needed] The third single released was "Older Than You", which returned them to the Australian Top 50.[citation needed] There was also a fourth single, "Life Is Better with You". The album has been certified 2x Platinum in Australia.[2]

Making of the album[edit]

Eskimo Joe recorded the album with Paul McKercher on production. Vocalist and bassist Kavyen Temperley said on the Festival Mushroom Records website that the album is based on his experiences living in Fremantle.

The whole album is really about me, my friends, the people I love, and Fremantle. It's the stories that go on between us. It's similar to the people in every place all over the world. For me, that's what I'm writing about. I'm definitely not writing about New York. I'm writing about Fremantle.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Eskimo Joe. 

A Song Is a City
No. Title Length
1. "Come Down"   3:31
2. "From the Sea"   3:25
3. "Life Is Better with You"   4:43
4. "Older Than You"   2:32
5. "A Song Is a City"   3:44
6. "Don't Let It Fly"   2:48
7. "I'm So Tired"   2:34
8. "Seven Veils"   3:12
9. "Smoke"   3:40
10. "Carousel"   1:20
11. "This Room"   3:33
12. "Car Crash"   3:48

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia 17 May 2004 Warner, Mushroom CD, Digital download 337992


  1. ^ Clayton Bolger. "A Song Is a City - Eskimo Joe". Allmusic. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2006. Archived from the original on 29 June 2007. Retrieved 23 June 2007.