Humanoid (album)

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Humanoid
Studio album by Tokio Hotel
Released October 2, 2009
Recorded 2008-2009
Length 45:12 (Standard edition)
58:38 (Deluxe editions)
Language German, English
Label Cherrytree, Island
Producer Tom Kaulitz, Bill Kaulitz, David Roth, Patrick Benzner, David Jost, Peter Hoffmann
Tokio Hotel chronology
Scream
(2007)
Humanoid
(2009)
Humanoid City Live
(2010)
Singles from Humanoid (German)
  1. "Automatisch"
    Released: September 18, 2009
  2. "Lass Uns Laufen"
    Released: January 22, 2010
Singles from Humanoid (English)
  1. "Automatic"
    Released: September 22, 2009
  2. "World Behind My Wall"
    Released: January 8, 2010

Humanoid is the third German studio album and the second English studio album by German band Tokio Hotel. Released through Island Records and Cherrytree Records, the album was recorded in both German and English with both versions set for a simultaneous worldwide release bearing the same title, Humanoid. The German version of the album was released on October 2, 2009 in Germany and other European countries, while the English version was released in the United States on October 6, 2009. Unlike their previous English-language album, Scream, Humanoid had no UK release in 2009.[1][2] Humanoid was digitally released on UK iTunes on January 27, 2014.[3]

The first single, "Automatisch" was released on September 18, 2009, and "Automatic" was released on September 22, 2009 in the US.

The song "Human Connect To Human" was featured in a Verizon Wireless commercial promoting Motorola's Droid phone. "Humanoid" is included on the set list for rhythm game Rock Band 3.

Background[edit]

After the North American mini-tours in 2008, the band returned to their studio in Hamburg to record the album. The band worked with many different producers in the process including The Matrix,[4] Guy Chambers and Desmond Child (who worked on an album with the same theme for Scorpions).[5] In total, 25 songs were recorded for the album with originally 13 making the final track listing.[6] But when the track listing for both versions were released, it was found that 12 tracks would be on the standard versions while 16 tracks would be on the deluxe versions.[7][8]

The album title, Humanoid, is a word derived from science fiction which means 'human like'. Producer David Jost had explained the reasoning behind the album title to an interview with MTV:[9]

"This word is pronounced differently in the English and German language but is written the same way in both languages. Bill wanted the new record to have only one name worldwide: Humanoid."

On June 17, 2009, short versions of two of the new English songs, "Dark Side of the Sun" and "Pain of Love", were leaked on the Internet. It was confirmed to be from Tokio Hotel and it would be on the album. On that same day, after the confirmation, every possible video on YouTube containing these two demos had been taken down due to copyright restrictions.[1] Later, in August, three full version songs were leaked, "Love & Death", "Pain of Love" and "Dark Side of the Sun". The songs were then also removed from any media site that the songs were put up on, but now the songs can be found on YouTube or on fan blogs.

On July 21, 2009, Nokia.de told the public that they had signed a deal with Tokio Hotel to become the new face of Nokia. In return, Tokio Hotel got a poster campaign and an unplugged performance which was held on August 27 in Cologne, Germany and tickets were available through a contest. The mini-concert consisted of 6 songs: 5 known hits and the premier of the first single taken from the album, "Automatisch".[10]

On August 9, it was announced that the first single from the album would be "Automatisch" in German and "Automatic" in English. On August 20, MTV Buzzworthy released a video which previewed "Automatic" and Cherrytree Records announced that the English version of the song would be released in the US on September 22.[11][12] The video for the single(s) was released on September 3. Upon the album's artwork being unveiled, MTV News likened its cover to the alternate artwork of Janet Jackson's "Feedback."[13]

On November 5, the band performed the song "World Behind My Wall" at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards. This is the second single from the album, along with "Lass Uns Laufen".

The Music Video for "Dark Side Of The Sun" was released on their website on June 24, 2010. This is said to be the third single from the album, but there is currently no German version (Sonnesystem) available. The music video is a collaboration of concert videos, clips and footage with, for the first time in all of Tokio Hotel's singles, audio being taken from an actual live performance instead of a studio take.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[14]
Billboard 70/100[15]
Entertainment Weekly C[16]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[17]
The Tune 2.6/5 link

Initial critical response to Humanoid was mixed. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 57, based on four reviews.[18]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Humanoid.

Humanoid – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Komm"  
3:53
2. "Sonnensystem"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
3:52
3. "Automatisch"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
3:16
4. "Lass uns laufen"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
4:15
5. "Humanoid"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
3:45
6. "Für immer jetzt"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
3:37
7. "Kampf der Liebe"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
  • G. Chambers
3:51
8. "Hunde"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
3:41
9. "Menschen suchen Menschen"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
3:45
10. "Alien"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
2:55
11. "Geisterfahrer" (featuring Jana Pallaske)
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
  • K. D. Nord
4:29
12. "Zoom"  
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
3:52
Total length:
45:12
Humanoid – Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Noise"  
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Peter Hoffmann
  • B. Kaulitz
  • Tom Kaulitz
  • Kristian Nord
3:53
2. "Darkside of the Sun"  
  • Roth
  • Benzner
  • Jost
  • B. Kaulitz
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Hoffmann
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • Nord
3:52
3. "Automatic"  
  • Roth
  • Benzner
  • Jost
  • B. Kaulitz
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Hoffmann
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • Nord
3:16
4. "World Behind My Wall"  
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Hoffmann
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • Nord
4:15
5. "Humanoid"  
  • Roth
  • Benzner
  • Jost
  • B. Kaulitz
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Hoffmann
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • Nord
3:45
6. "Forever Now"  
  • Roth
  • Benzner
  • Jost
  • B. Kaulitz
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Hoffmann
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • Nord
3:37
7. "Pain of Love"  
  • Chambers
  • Roth
  • Benzner
  • Jost
  • B. Kaulitz
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Hoffmann
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • Nord
3:51
8. "Dogs Unleashed"  
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Hoffmann
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • Nord
3:41
9. "Human Connect to Human"  
  • The Matrix
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Hoffmann
  • Nord
3:45
10. "Hey You"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
  • K. D. Nord
3:02
11. "Love & Death"  
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • D. Roth
  • P. Benzner
  • D. Jost
3:02
12. "Zoom Into Me"  
  • Benzner
  • Roth
  • Jost
  • Hoffmann
  • B. Kaulitz
  • T. Kaulitz
  • Nord
3:52
Total length:
45:12

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Germany October 2, 2009
United States October 6, 2009
United Kingdom January 27, 2014

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Certification
Argentina Albums Chart[19] 19
Austria Albums Chart[20] 8
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)[21] 6 Gold[22]
Belgium Albums Chart (Wallony)[23] 8 Gold[22]
Canada Albums Chart[24] 20
Czech Republic Albums Chart[25] 8
Denmark Albums Chart[26] 26
European Top 100[27] 2
Finland Albums Chart[28] 9
France Albums Chart[29] 3 Gold[22]
Germany Album Charts[30] 1
Greece Albums Chart[31] Gold[22]
Hungary Albums Chart[32] 33
Italy Albums Chart[33] 2 Platinum[34]
Malaysia Albums Chart Gold[35]
Mexico Albums Chart[36] 7
Netherlands Albums Chart[37] 6
New Zealand Albums Chart[38] 38
Norway Albums Chart[39] 16
Portugal Albums Chart[40] 2 Gold[22]
Russia Albums Chart[41] 9 Gold[42]
Slovenia Albums Chart[43] 9
Spain Albums Chart[44] 2 Gold[22]
Sweden Albums Chart[45] 8
Switzerland Albums Chart[46] 10
Taiwan Albums Chart Gold[47]
U.S. Billboard 200[48] 35

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Tokio Hotel’s Album Cover and "Humanoid" Single: Sneak Peek". Retrieved 2009-09-07. 
  3. ^ "iTunes UK - Music - Humanoid by Tokio Hotel". Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Tokio Hotel Working On 'Dark' Anthems For Next Album". Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  5. ^ "Le retour de Tokio Hotel" (in French). Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Tokio Hotel's Humanoid Is Finished, After Brotherly Arguments". Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  7. ^ "Humanoid (German deluxe): Tokio Hotel: Amazon.de" (in German). Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  8. ^ "Humanoid (German standard): Tokio Hotel: Amazon.de" (in German). Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  9. ^ "Tokio Hotel's New Album Humanoid Due October 2". Retrieved 2009-07-20. 
  10. ^ "Nokia Music Store präsentiert Tokio Hotel Humanoid". Retrieved 2009-07-22. [dead link] (German)
  11. ^ "Tokio Hotel Announce First Single From Humanoid Album". Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  12. ^ "Automatic and Automatisch Cover Art". Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  13. ^ "Cover Art Prediction For Tokio Hotel’s ‘Humanoid’ Album". MTV News. Anitai, Tamar. 20-07-08. Retrieved 07-03-14.  Check date values in: |date=, |accessdate= (help)
  14. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Review: Humanoid". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  15. ^ Mikael Wood (October 5, 2009). "Music Review: Humanoid (2009)". Billboard (Magazine). Retrieved October 14, 2009. 
  16. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (September 30, 2009). "Music Review: Humanoid (2009)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 14, 2009. 
  17. ^ Rosen, Jody. "Review: Humanoid". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 7 October 2009. 
  18. ^ "Humanoid reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved October 14, 2009. 
  19. ^ - Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Argentina)
  20. ^ - Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Austria)
  21. ^ ultrapop.be/nl - Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Belgium (Flanders))
  22. ^ a b c d e f Humanoid- Gold
  23. ^ ultrapop.be/fr - Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Belgium (Wallony))
  24. ^ -Tokio Hotel-Humanoid (Canada)
  25. ^ -Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Czech Republic)
  26. ^ -Tokio Hotel-Humanoid (Denmark)
  27. ^ -Tokio Hotel-Humanoid (Europe)
  28. ^ Tokio Hotel- Humanoid (Finland)
  29. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (France)
  30. ^ - Tokio Hotel- Humanoid (Germany)
  31. ^ Tokio Hotel- Humanoid (Greece)
  32. ^ -Tokio Hotel- Humanoid (Hungary)
  33. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Italy)
  34. ^ "Italian album certifications" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Click Avvia la ricerca
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  36. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Mexico)
  37. ^ - Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Netherlands)
  38. ^ - Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (New Zealand)
  39. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Norway)
  40. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Portugal)
  41. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Russia)
  42. ^ Humanoid- Gold
  43. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Slovenia)
  44. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Spain)
  45. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Sweden)
  46. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (Switzerland)
  47. ^ Humanoid- Gold
  48. ^ Tokio Hotel - Humanoid (US)