Holes in the Wall

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Holes in the Wall
Studio album by The Electric Soft Parade
Released February 4, 2002
Recorded 811 Sound Studio, Arc Studio, Mockin' Bird Studio, Raezor Studio, River Studio, Tom's bedroom
Genre Indie rock
Length 55:42
Label DB
Producer The Electric Soft Parade, Chris Hughes, Mark Frith
The Electric Soft Parade chronology
Holes in the Wall
(2002)
The American Adventure
(2003)

Holes in the Wall is an album by The Electric Soft Parade, released in February 2002. The album was released on DB Records and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. The album features a wide array of sounds, ranging from hard-edged guitar rock (namely "Start Again" and "Why Do You Try So Hard to Hate Me"), anthemic pop (the epic "Silent to the Dark"), and somber acoustic tracks like "It's Wasting Me Away".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 73/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (7.0/10) link
NME (9/10)[2]

Upon its release, Holes in the Wall received some critical acclaim. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews and ratings from mainstream critics, the album has received a metascore of 73, based on 9 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Start Again" – 3:54
  2. "Empty at the End" – 3:01
  3. "There's a Silence" – 2:52
  4. "Something's Got to Give" – 3:49
  5. "It's Wasting Me Away" – 4:17
  6. "Silent to the Dark" – 9:00
  7. "Sleep Alone" – 4:09
  8. "This Given Line" – 4:12
  9. "Why Do You Try So Hard to Hate Me" – 4:38
  10. "Holes in the Wall" – 5:14
  11. "Biting the Soles of My Feet (Same Way Every Day)" – 6:25
  12. "Red Balloon for Me" – 4:12


Vinyl Track listing[edit]

SIDE A

  1. "This Given Line" – 4:12
  2. "Empty at the End" – 3:01
  3. "Something's Got to Give" – 3:49
  4. "There's a Silence" – 2:52

SIDE B

  1. "It's Wasting Me Away" – 4:17
  2. "Silent to the Dark" – 9:00

SIDE C

  1. "Sleep Alone" – 4:09
  2. "Why Do You Try So Hard to Hate Me" – 4:38
  3. "Holes in the Wall" – 5:14

SIDE D

  1. "Biting the Soles of My Feet (Same Way Every Day)" – 6:25
  2. "Red Balloon for Me" – 4:12

Singles[edit]

In the UK, there were several singles released:

  • "Silent to the Dark" (April 30, 2001)
  • "Empty at the End" (July 23, 2001)
  • "There's a Silence" (October 29, 2001) UK #52
  • "Silent to the Dark II" (March 4, 2002) UK #23
  • "Empty at the End" / "This Given Line" (May 20, 2002) UK #39
  • "Biting the Soles of My Feet (Same Way Every Day)" (September 30, 2002)

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