Easy (Grinspoon album)

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Easy
Studio album by Grinspoon
Recorded August–September 1999
Genre Post-grunge
Alternative metal
Nu metal
Length 50:16
Label Universal
Producer Jonathan Burnside
Grinspoon chronology
Pushing Buttons
(1998)
Easy
(1999)
New Detention
(2002)
Singles from Easy
  1. "Ready 1"
    Released: 18 October 1999
  2. "Rock Show"
    Released: 2000
  3. "Secrets"
    Released: 2000
  4. "Violent and Lazy"
    Released: 13 November 2000

Easy is the second studio album released by Australian rock band Grinspoon. The album was released in September 1999,[1] debuting at #4 on the Australian album charts[2] and eventually achieving platinum sales in Australia.[3]

Work on the album commenced in August 1999 with producer Jonathan Burnside (Nirvana, Melvins, Depeche Mode, Meat Beat Manifesto).[4] The album was recorded in Sydney and mixed in Melbourne.[4] The initial release of the album included a bonus disc containing eleven live tracks from the band's New Year's Eve performance at the 1998 Falls Festival.

Four singles were released from the album, "Ready 1", "Rock Show", "Secrets" and "Violent and Lazy", of which only "Ready 1" charted in the ARIA Singles Chart where it peaked at No. 36.[2] "Rock Show" and "Secrets" however both charted on Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2000, where they reached No. 33 and No. 73 respectively.

The album received two nominations at the Aria Awards in 2000, 'Best Rock Album' and 'Engineer of the Year'.[5]

Reception[edit]

Easy gained positive reviews from outlets such as Sputnik Media to Rolling Stone Australia.[citation needed] According to the Worldwide Home of Australasian Music and More Online (WHAMMO), Easy "finds [Grinspoon] in great grungy form with such tracks as 'American Party Bomb', 'Undercover', 'Secrets' and the excellent 'Ordinary' — a word which has nothing to do with this disc".[6]

Professional reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Ultimate Guitar 7.3/10 stars[7]
Sputnik Music 4.1/5 stars[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "American Party Bomb"   Phil Jamieson/Joe Hansen 2:05
2. "Ready 1"   Jamieson/Pat Davern 2:36
3. "Undercover"   Jamieson/Davern/Hansen 3:47
4. "Tang"   Jamieson 3:19
5. "Secrets"   Jamieson/Davern 3:08
6. "Ordinary"   Jamieson/Hansen 2:39
7. "Rock Show"   Jamieson/Davern/Burnside 4:08
8. "Overdriver"   Davern/Hansen 5:17
9. "Better Off Dead"   Jamieson 3:21
10. "Violent and Lazy"   Jamieson 3:33
11. "All the Time"   Jamieson/Hansen 2:00
12. "Signpost"   Jamieson/Davern/Hansen 3:26
13. "Dial Tone"   Jamieson 9:33
14. "That Guy's a Fuckwit" (hidden track)    
Bonus disc - Live at the Falls '98
No. Title Length
1. "American Party Bomb" (live)  
2. "Black Friday" (live)  
3. "Pedestrian" (live)  
4. "More Than You Are" (live)  
5. "Butcher" (live)  
6. "Ready 1" (live)  
7. "Repeat" (live)  
8. "Boundary" (live)  
9. "Just Ace" (live)  
10. "PEA" (live)  
11. "DCX3" (live)  

Releases[edit]

Format Country Label Catalogue No. Release Date
CD AUS Grudge/Universal
(Limited edition release - includes bonus CD)
542 097-2 September 1999
Grudge/Universal 542 097-2 November 1999
US Universal 5420972 2002

Chart performance and certifications[edit]

Album
Year Peak chart positions Certifications
AUS[2]
1999 4 AUS: Platinum[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Grinspoon". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "Discography Grinspoon". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 15 November 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 17 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b Nimmervoll, Ed. "Grinspoon". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Winners by Year - 25th ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Grinspoon – Easy". Worldwide Home of Australasian Music and More Online (WHAMMO). Archived from the original on 29 July 2004. Retrieved 23 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Easy Review". Ultimate Guitar. 4 December 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Grinspoon - Easy". Sputnik Music. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2012.