Beautiful Creatures (album)

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Beautiful Creatures
Studio album by Beautiful Creatures
Released August 16, 2001 (2001-08-16)
Recorded 2000-2001, at Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village, Los Angeles, California
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal
Length 44:29
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Sean Beavan
Beautiful Creatures chronology
Beautiful Creatures
(2001)
Deuce
(2005)
Singles from Stone Sour
  1. "Wasted"
    Released: 2001

Beautiful Creatures is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Beautiful Creatures. It was produced by Sean Beavan at Bay 7 Studios in Valley Village, Los Angeles, California,[1] and was released on August 16, 2001, through Warner Bros. Records.[2] The album peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers,[3] while the single "Wasted" peaked at number 37 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks.[4]

Following the release of the album, Beautiful Creatures went on to promote the album, performing at Ozzfest 2001, from June 8—August 12, 2011,[5][6][7] the Rolling Rock Tour as well performing in Japan. The album received mixed reviews.

Background[edit]

Former BulletBoys guitarist DJ Ashba and Bang Tango vocalist Joe LeSte first formed Beautiful Creatures, initially as Hellstar, in 1999.[5][6] After adding bassist Kenny Kweens, guitarist Anthony Focx and drummer Glen Sobel, the band opened for Kiss during their reunion tour and, after one show, changed their name to Beautiful Creatures.[5][6] After signing with Warner Bros. Records, the band began recording their album with producer Sean Beavan at Bay 7 Studios, Valley Village, Los Angeles, California.[1][5][8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[8]
Canoe.ca favorable[9]
Exclaim! favorable[10]
PopMatters mixed[11]

Beautiful Creatures received generally mixed reviews upon release. Reviewing the album for Allmusic, Tom Semioli complimented on their "overwhelming appeal [that] lies in their command of traditional pop/rock songcraft bolstered by expert musicianship" and that "the songs found on this self-titled first offering would be praiseworthy in any genre."[8] Mike Bell of Canoe.ca stated the band were similar to Guns N' Roses and that they were "borrowing unapologetically and gluttonously from the Big Book of Rock Cliches." However, he also felt that "there's still something to them that you can't help but enjoy."[9] Exclaim! reviewer Craig Daniels stated that "the opening song, "1 A.M.," could easily be mistaken for vintage G'n'R, and actually stands alone as a pretty solid little rocker" and that LeSte "alternates from an AC/DC growl to an Axl howl."[10] Andrew Ellis, reviewing for PopMatters described the album was a "a rough and ready collection of uninspiring rockers, old school guitar licks and gravelly vocals" that "attempts to merge the aggression, street sass and sound of the incomparable Appetite for Destruction with the modern leanings of the contemporary rock scene." Though he states that "there’s plenty of effort and determination shown by the band on solid rockers like "1 AM" and "Kick Out"" there was a "distinct lack of originality throughout the album."[11]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Metal Hammer United Kingdom Top Albums of 2001[12] 2001 11

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by DJ Ashba and Joe LeSte, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "1 A.M."   Ashba, LeSte, Jeff Blue 3:25
2. "Wasted"   Ashba, LeSte, Blue 3:28
3. "Step Back"   Ashba, LeSte, Blue 3:20
4. "Ride"     3:10
5. "Wish"   Ashba, LeSte, Blue 4:23
6. "Kick Out"     3:35
7. "Blacklist"   Ashba, LeSte, Kenny Kweens 3:40
8. "Kickin' For Days"     4:48
9. "Time and Time Again"   Ashba, LeSte, Blue 4:12
10. "Goin' Off"   Ashba, LeSte, Blue 3:43
11. "New Orleans"     4:01
12. "I Got It All"   Ashba, LeSte, Kweens 2:44
Total length:
44:29

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
Position
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 29[3]

Personnel[edit]

All information is excerpted from the album's stated information and Allmusic.[1][13]
Beautiful Creatures
Production personnel
  • Sean Beavanproducer, engineer, mixer
  • Ed Roth - producer, keyboard
  • Matt Ellingsen — engineer
  • Eric Miller — engineer
  • Jim Monti — assistant engineer
  • Daniel M. Serta — assistant engineer
  • Ted Jensenmastering
  • Jeff BlueA&R
  • Natalie Preston — A&R coordination
  • Frank Maddocks — art direction, design
  • James Minchin III — photography
  • Melanie Nissen — photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Beautiful Creatures (cover). Beautiful Creatures. Warner Bros. Records. 2001. 
  2. ^ "Pop Albums". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. August 16, 2001. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Beautiful Creatures Charts and Awards: Billboard albums". Allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  4. ^ "Beautiful Creatures Charts and Awards: Billboard singles". Allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  5. ^ a b c d Loftus, Johnny. "Beautiful Creatures Biography". Allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  6. ^ a b c Rademacher, Brian (October 2007). "Interview with D.J. Ashba". Rock Eyez. 
  7. ^ Rademacher, Brian (March 12, 2001). "Archive News". Blabbermouth.net (Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  8. ^ a b c Semioli, Tom. "Beautiful Creatures Review". Allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  9. ^ a b Bell, Mike. "Album Review: Beautiful Creatures". Canadian Online Explorer. Sun Media. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  10. ^ a b Daniels, Craig. "Beautiful Creatures - Beautiful Creatures". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  11. ^ a b Ellis, Andrew (April 24, 2002). "Beautiful Creatures: self-titled". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-12-17. 
  12. ^ Hammer, Dan (December 21, 2001). "Metal Hammer’s Top Albums Of 2001". Metal Hammer. Future plc. Retrieved 2011-12-19. 
  13. ^ "Beautiful Creatures Album Credits". Allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 2011-12-19.