Desensitized (Drowning Pool album)

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Desensitized
Studio album by Drowning Pool
Released April 20, 2004
Recorded December 2003-March 2004
Genre Alternative metal, post-grunge, hard rock, heavy metal
Length 38:38
Label Wind-up
Producer Johnny K
Drowning Pool chronology
Sinner
(2001)
Desensitized
(2004)
Full Circle
(2007)
Singles from Desensitized
  1. "Step Up"
    Released: June 22, 2004
  2. "Love and War"
    Released: 2004
  3. "Killin' Me"
    Released: 2004
Alternative cover
The cover of the clean version.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]

Desensitized is the second studio album by American heavy metal band Drowning Pool. It was their first album since the death of vocalist Dave Williams as well as the only album to feature replacement vocalist Jason 'Gong' Jones. The album debuted at No. 17 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album marked a small yet noticeable change in the band's image, as notable by its cover design, which features porn star Jesse Jane, as well their musical style in part due to Jones' different vocal style, showing a departure from the band's earlier nu metal style, shifting into a more post-grunge and hard rock sound. In place of the previous dark, grimacing, anti-social demeanor, Drowning Pool shifted toward a masculine rock star vanity and sex appeal.

Jason left the band soon after the album's release because of personal and musical differences. "Step Up" is the only song from the album that is still played during live performances.

Writing and recording[edit]

Writing for the album began in 2003. Recording began towards the end of the year and was finished in March 2004.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by S. Benton, J. Jones, M. Luce, and C. J. Pierce. 

No. Title Length
1. "Think"   3:32
2. "Step Up"   3:17
3. "Numb"   3:31
4. "This Life"   3:44
5. "Nothingness"   3:25
6. "Bringing Me Down"   3:08
7. "Love and War"   3:39
8. "Forget"   3:23
9. "Cast Me Aside"   4:13
10. "Killin' Me"   3:08
11. "Hate"   3:42
Total length:
38:38

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2004 US Billboard 200 17
UK Album Charts 66
Top Internet Albums 17

Singles charts[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Step Up" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
UK Singles Chart 79
"Love and War" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 21
"Killin' Me" 28

Credits[edit]

Drowning Pool
Production
  • Produced and Recorded by Johnny K
  • Mixed by Randy Staub
  • Additional Engineering by Tadpole and James Murray
  • Assistant Engineer at Groovemaster Recording: James Winans
  • Assistant Engineers at Ocean Studios: Jason Cupp and Alex Pavlides
  • Assistant Engineer at Armoury Studios: Misha Rajaratnam
  • Guitar Tech: Tony McQuaid
  • Recorded at Groovemaster Recording, Chicago, IL, and Ocean Studios, Burbank, CA
  • Mixed at Armoury Studios, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering, Hollywood, CA
  • Demos / Pre-Production by Ben Schigel at Last Beat Studios, Dallas, TX
  • A&R: Diana Meltzer
  • A&R / Wind-up Production Supervisor: Gregg Wattenberg
  • A&R Administration: Chipper
  • Band Photos: Clay Patrick McBride
  • Cover Star: Jesse Jane
  • Jesse Jane Photos by JOONE, courtesy of JOONE.Tv
  • Art Direction: Ed Sherman
  • Management: Paul Bassman for Bassmanagement
  • Legal: Nicholas C. Ferrara for Serling, Rooks & Ferrara, LLP
  • Booking Agent: Scott Sokol at Pinnacle Entertainment

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Desensitized - Drowning Pool". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Richardson, Sean (2004-04-23). Desensitized Review. Entertainment Weekly. p. 82. Retrieved 2012-06-24.