Artificial Heart (album)

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Artificial Heart
Studio album by Jonathan Coulton
Released September 2, 2011 (digital), November 8, 2011 (CD)
Recorded September 2010 - June 2011
Genre Folk rock, alternative rock, indie folk[1]
Producer John Flansburgh
Jonathan Coulton chronology
The Aftermath
(2009)
Artificial Heart
(2011)

Artificial Heart is the eighth studio album by rock musician Jonathan Coulton. After taking a long hiatus from songwriting after his successful 2006 Thing a Week project (with the exceptions of "Still Alive" and ten songs recorded between 2007 and 2009), Coulton started production on Artificial Heart after encouragement from John Flansburgh (of They Might Be Giants), also the album's producer. Unlike much of Coulton's previous work, Artificial Heart's original lyricism is largely non-comedic and contains few references to geek culture overall, instead opting for heavy themes of betrayal, commitment, abandonment, and surrender.[2]

History[edit]

The album began production after Coulton opened a few shows for They Might Be Giants in 2010. Sometime during these shows, Flansburgh suggested to Coulton that he put together a band and record an album professionally, to be produced by Flansburgh. In 2010, Coulton announced that he was about to start recording his first album in four years.[3]

Artificial Heart is a collaboration between Coulton and John Flansburgh, who encouraged Coulton to step outside the independent realm of his previous work and try many new things for the album, including recording with a full band in a professional studio. Thus, Artificial Heart is the first Coulton album to be produced by someone other than Coulton himself, the first to be recorded in a studio (owned by Flansburgh's collaborator Patrick Dillett), and the first to be written for (and recorded by) a full band. Artificial Heart is also the first Coulton album to feature guest lead vocals and a duet.

Artificial Heart has become Coulton's first album to chart, placing #1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums, #26 on Billboard's Rock Albums, #16 on Billboard's Alternative Albums, and #125 on the Billboard 200.[4]

Track List[edit]

No. Title Lead Vocal(s) Length
1. "Sticking It to Myself"   Jonathan Coulton 2:19
2. "Artificial Heart"   Jonathan Coulton 2:33
3. "Nemeses"   John Roderick 3:01
4. "The World Belongs to You"   Jonathan Coulton 2:11
5. "Today with Your Wife"   Jonathan Coulton 2:57
6. "Sucker Punch"   Jonathan Coulton 1:42
7. "Glasses"   Jonathan Coulton 2:47
8. "Je Suis Rick Springfield"   Jonathan Coulton 2:28
9. "Alone at Home"   Jonathan Coulton 2:02
10. "Fraud"   Jonathan Coulton 3:00
11. "Good Morning Tucson"   Jonathan Coulton 2:27
12. "Now I Am an Arsonist"   Jonathan Coulton, Suzanne Vega 2:53
13. "Down Today"   Jonathan Coulton 2:22
14. "Dissolve"   Jonathan Coulton 2:58
15. "Nobody Loves You Like Me"   Jonathan Coulton 2:19
16. "Still Alive"   Sara Quin 4:15
17. "Want You Gone"   Jonathan Coulton 2:22
18. "The Stache"   Jonathan Coulton 3:00

Personnel[edit]

Availability[edit]

The album was released on September 2, 2011. The initial release is available as part of a "premium superfan pack" with extra merchandise, including a vinyl pressing and T-shirts, also designed by Sam Potts.[5]

The first track to be released from the album, Nemeses, was released online via Paste Magazine on July 28, 2011.[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/artificial-heart-mw0002231981
  2. ^ http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/Interpretation_of_the_Diagnostic_Metrics
  3. ^ "OK, So It's a New Record". JonathanCoulton.com. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  4. ^ "Jonathan Coulton is on Fire (But Only Figuratively)". Wired.com. 2011-11-17. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  5. ^ "Many JoCo News Items". JonathanCoulton.com. 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  6. ^ "Song Premiere: Jonathan Coulton - 'Nemeses'". Paste Magazine. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-08-13. 
  7. ^ "First Track from Artificial Heart". JonathanCoulton.com. 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2011-08-13.