Crazy Clown Time

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Crazy Clown Time
A greyscale picture of a hand with a red dice in its palm.
Studio album by David Lynch
Released November 7, 2011 (2011-11-07)
Recorded 2010 (2010)–2011 (2011)
Genre Alternative rock, experimental, electronica, trip hop
Length 68:50
Label Play It Again Sam
Producer Dean Hurley
David Lynch chronology
BlueBob
(2001)
Crazy Clown Time
(2011)
The Big Dream
(2013)
Singles from Crazy Clown Time
  1. "Good Day Today/I Know"
    Released: November 29, 2010 (2010-11-29)
  2. "Pinky's Dream"
    Released: August 6, 2012 (2012-08-06)

Crazy Clown Time is the debut studio album by the American film director David Lynch, released on November 7, 2011 on Play It Again Sam.

Description[edit]

Crazy Clown Time is the first solo album by Lynch. Two songs, "Good Day Today" and "I Know", were released in November 2010.[1] The album contains music that evolved from "home-studio jam sessions and sporadic experiments" which Lynch says he will not attempt to recreate in a live setting.[2][3]

The album features the voice of David Lynch and guest vocals by Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O, over "reverb-soaked guitar twangs" and "electronic washes".[4][3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork (6.1/10)[8]
Vice Best Album of the Month (November 2011)[9]

The album received mixed to positive reviews. Metacritic assigned it an average score of 62 out of 100, based on 32 reviews.[5] A BBC music critic writes that the album "hangs together" and "transfers something of Lynch's uncanny cinema to the musical medium" but it is "not without its duff tracks" in particular, the song "Strange and Unproductive Thinking", which includes lyrics about Transcendental Meditation read through a vocoder machine.[4] Another music critic described it as "unsettling, brilliant, beautiful, everyday, avant-garde vision" that is "close to Electro-Pop" and yet "unlike any Electro-Pop".[1] A critic at Time Entertainment commented: "though it won't make you think that he's a musician first and a filmmaker second... this disc is at least worth picking up" despite its "bluesy weirdness".[10] Other critics have referred to the recording as "untranscendental, unmeditative", "transfixingly odd", and "the white man's blues" with a "sameness to the musical bed and feeling" on a lot of the musical tracks.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by David Lynch

No. Title Length
1. "Pinky's Dream"   4:00
2. "Good Day Today"   4:39
3. "So Glad"   3:35
4. "Noah's Ark"   4:54
5. "Football Game"   4:20
6. "I Know"   4:03
7. "Strange and Unproductive Thinking"   7:29
8. "The Night Bell with Lightning"   4:59
9. "Stone's Gone Up"   5:21
10. "Crazy Clown Time"   7:00
11. "These Are My Friends"   4:58
12. "Speed Roadster"   3:55
13. "Movin' On"   4:14
14. "She Rise Up"   5:16
Total length:
68:50
iTunes[12] bonus track
No. Title Length
15. "Sparkle Lounge Blues"   3:49
Total length:
72:39

Personnel[edit]

All personnel credits adapted from Crazy Clown Time's liner notes.[13]

Performers
Production
Design

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Vl)[14] 68
Belgian Albums Chart (Wa)[15] 5
French SNEP Albums Chart[16] 96
Swiss Hitparade Albums Chart[17] 96
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[18] 3
US Billboard Independent Albums[18] 50

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shaw, Andrew (November 8 2011) MUSIC REVIEW: DAVID LYNCH - 'CRAZY CLOWN TIME' Buzzine
  2. ^ deFore, John (November 8 2011) "To Lynch’s long, weird résumé, add a rock recording" The Bulletin
  3. ^ a b Smirke, Richard. "Q&A: It's Crazy Clown Time". Billboard.com. Retrieved November 8, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Louis Pattison (November 4, 2011). "David Lynch Crazy Clown Time Review". BBC. 
  5. ^ a b Crazy Clown Time at Metacritic Retrieved November 11, 2011.
  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "Crazy Clown Time". Allmusic.com. Retrieved November 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ Cataldo, Jesse (November 6, 2011). "David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time". Slant Magazine. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ Powell, Mike (November 8, 2011). "David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 20, 2011. 
  9. ^ Corn, Cream (November 10, 2011). "David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time". Vice. Retrieved November 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ Kivel, Adam (November 8 2011) David Lynch's Crazy Clown Time Is Just as Creepy As You Thought It Would Be Time Entertainment
  11. ^ Willman, Chris (November 9 2011) "David Lynch Makes Untranscendental Unmeditative, Transfixingly Odd Solo Album" The Wrap
  12. ^ "Music – Crazy Clown Time by David Lynch". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  13. ^ Crazy Clown Time (CD). David Lynch. Play It Again Sam. 2011. PIASA50CD. 
  14. ^ "David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time". Ultratop (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 19, 2011. 
  15. ^ "David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time". Ultratop (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved December 4, 2011. 
  16. ^ "David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  17. ^ "David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time". Hitparade (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 27, 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "Crazy Clown Time – David Lynch: Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved October 27, 2012.