Vehicles & Animals

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Vehicles & Animals
Studio album by Athlete
Released 7 April 2003
Recorded Late 2001–early 2003
Genre Indie rock, Post-britpop
Length 45:38
Label Parlophone
Producer Victor Van Vugt, Athlete, Bird & Bush
Athlete chronology
Athlete EP
(2002)
Vehicles & Animals
(2003)
Tourist
(2005)
Singles from Vehicles & Animals
  1. "You Got the Style"
    Released: 10 June 2002
  2. "Beautiful"
    Released: 4 November 2002
  3. "El Salvador"
    Released: 24 March 2003
  4. "Westside"
    Released: 23 June 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100[1]
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Q magazine 4/5 stars
Pitchfork Media (6.4/10) [3]
PopMatters 6/10 [4]

Vehicles & Animals is the debut studio album album by British indie rock band Athlete. It was released on 7 April 2003.

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

Critical reception[edit]

Critical reaction to Vehicles & Animals was generally positive. Review aggregtator Metacritic, which assigns a normalised score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, awarded the album a rating of 63 based on 17 reviews, suggesting "generally favorable reviews".[1] Time Out called the album a "gloriously understated and wonderfully consistent debut".[5] Playlouder gave the record four out of five, hailing the tracks as "impeccably polished radio-friendly gems"[6]The Times similarly labelled the album a "British pop gem". Ben Gilbert of Dotmusic gave the album seven out of ten, describing the album as a "promising debut".[7]

Awards[edit]

In 2003 the album was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, an annual award honouring the year's best albums from the UK and Ireland – the prize was ultimately won by Boy in Da Corner by Dizzee Rascal. In April 2005, Vehicles & Animals was awarded platinum certification by the British Phonographic Industry for having sold over 300,000 units in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Athlete. 

No. Title Length
1. "El Salvador"   3:25
2. "Westside"   4:00
3. "One Million"   4:17
4. "Shake Those Windows"   5:04
5. "Beautiful"   3:47
6. "New Project"   3:37
7. "You Got the Style"   3:28
8. "Vehicles & Animals"   3:52
9. "Out of Nowhere"   3:11
10. "Dungeness"   4:17
11. "You Know"   4:11
12. "Le Casio"   2:29
Total length:
45:38

Singles[edit]

UK Singles Chart[9]
Title Released Peak
position
"You Got the Style" 10 June 2002 37
"Beautiful" 4 November 2002 41
"El Salvador" 24 March 2003 31
"Westside" 23 June 2003 42
"You Got the Style" (re-released) 22 September 2003 42

Personnel[edit]

The following people are credited on the album:

Production

Artwork

Release history[edit]

The album was released in various countries:

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 7 April 2003 Parlophone LP 582 2911
CD 582 2912
CD digipak 584 2112
United States 18 May 2004 Astralwerks CD ASW 82291
Australia 14 March 2005 Capitol Records CD 582 3412

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Vehicles & Animals – Athlete". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Athlete: Vehicles & Animals > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  3. ^ Loftus, Johnny (10 June 2004). "Athlete: Vehicles & Animals". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/athlete-vehicles
  5. ^ "Athlete jumps into the chart at No. 21". Evening Chronicle (Newcastle upon Tyne: Trinity Mirror). 25 August 2003. Archived from the original on 23 September 2013. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  6. ^ Williams, Simon (4 April 2003). "Vehicles and Animals". Playlouder. Archived from the original on 16 July 2007. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Gilbert, Ben (10 April 2003). "Athlete – "Vehicles and Animals"". Dotmusic. Archived from the original on 15 January 2004. Retrieved 23 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Athlete: Vehicles & Animals [US Bonus Tracks] at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  9. ^ "Athlete". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 

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