Decomposer (album)

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Decomposer
Studio album by The Matches
Released September 11, 2006 (International)
September 12, 2006 (U.S.)
Genre Pop punk
Indie rock
Post-punk revival
Art punk
Length 44:45
Label Epitaph
Producer See Personnel
The Matches chronology
E. Von Dahl Killed the Locals
(2004)
Decomposer
(2006)
A Band in Hope
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (95%) [1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]
Rocklouder 4/5 stars [3]

Decomposer is the second album by The Matches, released by Epitaph Records on September 11, 2006 worldwide and on September 12, 2006. The band took an unusual approach to the album and enlisted the help of nine producers including John Feldmann of Goldfinger, Mark Hoppus of +44 and Blink-182, Nick Hexum of 311, Tim Armstrong of Rancid and Brett Gurewitz of Bad Religion.

Decomposer also marks a vast departure from The Matches' previous strict alternative/punk sound and a growth into a more avant-garde and art rock sound. Additionally, many of the lyrical themes explored on Decomposer were resurrected for their next offering, 2008's A Band in Hope.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by The Matches. Producers in parentheses.

  1. "Salty Eyes" (Matt Radosevich) – 2:38
  2. "Drive" (Mike Green[disambiguation needed]) – 3:26
  3. "Papercut Skin" (John Feldmann) – 3:25
  4. "Clumsy Heart" (Miles Hurwitz) – 3:31
  5. "Little Maggots" (John Feldmann) – 2:44
  6. "What Katie Said" (Mark Hoppus) – 2:53
  7. "Sunburn vs. the Rhinovirus" (Mark Hoppus) – 3:45
  8. "Lazier Than Furniture" (Divine Genius) – 2:36
  9. "Didi (My Doe, Part 2)" (Nick Hexum) – 3:11
  10. "You (Don't) Know Me" (Tim Armstrong) – 4:05
  11. "My Soft and Deep" (Brett Gurewitz) – 3:36
  12. "Shoot Me in the Smile" (Matt Radosevich) – 3:31
  13. "The Barber's Unhappiness" (Mark Hoppus) – 5:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Tim Armstrong – percussion, vocals, producer
  • Tom Baker – mastering
  • Dean Butterworth – percussion, loop
  • Jon Devoto – guitar, vocals, vibraphone
  • Ryan Divine – producer, engineer
  • Fatalistic Choir – performer
  • John Feldmann – percussion, choir, chorus, producer, engineer, drum programming, mixing
  • Johnny Genius – percussion, producer, engineer
  • Mike Green – programming, producer, engineer
  • Brett Gurewitz – percussion, vocals (background), producer
  • Shawn Harris – guitar, vocals, artwork, design
  • Nicholas Hexum – producer
  • Chris Holmes – engineer, drum programming
  • Mark Hoppus – percussion, producer, drum programming
  • Miles Hurwitz – producer, executive producer
  • Dan Kinzie – choir, chorus
  • Ben Kramer – trumpet
  • Marco Martin – engineer
  • Pete Martinez – engineer
  • John Morrical – engineer
  • Anton Patzner – violin, viola, string arrangements
  • Lewis Patzner – cello
  • Matt Radosevich – organ, producer, engineer, tympani [timpani], string arrangements, mixing
  • Ben Richards – keyboards
  • Chris Roach – engineer, assistant
  • Michael Rosen – engineer
  • George Sanders – author
  • Justin San Souci – bass, vocals
  • Emilee Seymour – artwork, design
  • Josie Shafer – fender rhodes
  • Josh Smith – engineer
  • Stevie Smith – author
  • Giff Tripp – engineer
  • Jason Walters – engineer
  • Matt Whalen – percussion, drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ AbsolutePunk review
  2. ^ Apar, Corey. Decomposer (album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Rocklouder review