IV (Godsmack album)

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IV
Studio album by Godsmack
Released April 25, 2006
Recorded October - December 2005 at Spiral Recording Studio in Hollywood, California
Genre Hard rock, alternative metal, blues rock
Length 52:37
Label Universal Republic
Producer Sully Erna, Andy Johns
Godsmack chronology
The Other Side
(2004)
IV
(2006)
Good Times, Bad Times... Ten Years of Godsmack
(2007)
Singles from IV
  1. "Speak"
    Released: April 4, 2006
  2. "Shine Down"
    Released: 2006
  3. "The Enemy"
    Released: 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[2]

IV is the fourth studio album by the alternative metal band Godsmack, released on April 25, 2006. This is Godsmack's only studio album produced by Andy Johns.

Recording and lyrical themes[edit]

According to Sully Erna: "This is the first time I’ve been totally honest, speaking the truth about real situations," he says. "In the past I was always pointing a finger, whether at myself or someone else, but I’ve come clean with myself and the people I can now love and care about.

This record is about the light at the end of the tunnel, coming out of that funk, recognizing the dark parts of our lives, but committing to finding a way out of them."[3]

With legendary engineer Andy Johns, who worked on such Led Zeppelin classics as "Stairway to Heaven" and "When the Levee Breaks", as well as albums by the Rolling Stones and Van Halen, Godsmack transitions from their metal roots to full-fledged classic blues-rockers.[4]

Recorded at Spiral Recording Studio in Los Angeles, Godsmack had the luxury, for the first time, of writing and recording IV without being on the road or having to rush to meet a deadline. They wrote 35 tracks, recorded 17, and picked the best of them to go on the disc.[3]

"There were a lot of things that happened on this record that were different than the way we worked in the past," explains Erna. "And one of those was me letting go of the steering wheel a bit, allowing the band control over the writing and me stepping away to an outside point of view and coming up with lyrics for what I viewed as another group entirely," he says.[3]

The lyrical themes, about speaking the truth and coming clean, are echoed in "Livin' in Sin", a song that inspired Erna to reveal to his girlfriend his infidelities, a theme he also explores in "The Enemy". "I was blocked for months," he says. "Writing that song opened up the floodgates and made me realize what this record was about."[3]

"Shine Down" was another example of the band wrenching light from dark. "That one’s not just a song of hope, but of realistic expectations," explains Erna. "It’s about being human and having problems. About not being able to lift your head off the pillow, but knowing there’s somebody out there that watches over us and a universe that protects us. I knew this new year would be rocking for us. It’s not religious, but spiritual."[3]

Sales[edit]

IV sold 211,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart.[5] This figure is a bit less than the 267,000 units sold by Godsmack's third studio album, Faceless,[6] back in April 2003, and the 256,000 first-week tally achieved by 2000's Awake.[7] IV also debuted at number four on the Top Canadian Albums and number one on the Top Internet Albums.

Name origin[edit]

The album's minimalist name "IV" derives not only from its being the band's fourth studio album, but also from a running piece of backstage humor, as related by Larkin and Erna:

We have this security guy, a big, tough guy named J.C. He's another Boston guy. And in Boston, it's "fou." They don't really have the "R." It's not "four," it's "fou." He'd be hanging around backstage and chicks would walk by and he would rate them from 1 to 10. But if it wasn't a 10, there was no 1, 2, 3, or 5. It was always you were a "ten" or a "fou." He just pulled the funniest things. Sometimes, he'd just hold up four fingers and wouldn't have to say it anymore, and we'd all just burst out laughing. And then the funniest one, this guy walked by with a chick on each arm, and he goes, "Hey, bub, two fous don't make an eight!" So when it came up, it's our fourth full-length record, everybody was like, "Fou!" And we were like, "That's it, Man." We're not trying to break any records for originality here. I know there's Black Sabbath Vol. 4, Foreigner 4, Led Zeppelin IV, a million IVs. We just thought it's fitting.[8][9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sully Erna, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Livin in Sin"   Erna, Tony Rombola, Robbie Merrill, Shannon Larkin 4:39
2. "Speak" (dialogue by John Kosco of Dropbox) Erna, Rombola, Merrill, Larkin 3:57
3. "The Enemy"     4:07
4. "Shine Down"     5:01
5. "Hollow" (featuring Lisa Guyer) Erna, Rombola 4:32
6. "No Rest for the Wicked"     4:37
7. "Bleeding Me"     3:37
8. "Voodoo Too"   Erna, Rombola, Merrill, Larkin 5:26
9. "Temptation"     4:06
10. "Mama"     5:14
11. "One Rainy Day"   Erna, Rombola, Merrill, Larkin 7:21
Total length:
52:37
iTunes bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "I Stand Alone" (Live) 3:47
Total length:
56:24
Best Buy bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "Safe and Sound"   4:20
Total length:
56:57
Target bonus track
No. Title Length
12. "I Thought"   4:14
Total length:
56:51

Personnel[edit]

Godsmack[edit]

Others[edit]

  • P. R. Brown - Package Design
  • Kent Hertz - Engineer, Digital Editing
  • Andy Johns - Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Clay Patrick McBride - Photography
  • Dave Schultz - Mastering
  • Kevin Sheehy - Personal Assistant
  • Doug Strub - Engineer

Chart positions[edit]

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[16] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IV - Godsmack". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Evan Serpick; Christian Hoard (2006-04-18). "Godsmack: IV : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Universal Public Community - Biography". Universal Public Community. Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  4. ^ Fuoco, Christina (2006-06-23). "Interview: Shannon Larkin of Godsmack". Entertainment News. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  5. ^ "Godsmack's "IV" Debuts At #1 On Billboard 200". MetalUnderground.com. MetalUnderground.com. 2006-05-03. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  6. ^ "Godsmack: 'Faceless' Debut At #1". Blabbermouth.Net. Blabbermouth.Net. 2003-04-16. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  7. ^ "Godsmack Is 'Awake' At #5". Yahoo! Music. Yahoo! Music. 2000-11-09. Retrieved 2008-12-10. 
  8. ^ "‘Livin in Sin' with Godsmack's Shannon Larkin". Live-Metal.Net. 2006-05-06. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  9. ^ Jenny, Feniak. "The music and magic of Godsmack". Edmunton sun. Retrieved 2007-11-10. 
  10. ^ "Godsmack - IV". austriancharts.at. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "IV - Godsmack". Billboard. 
  12. ^ "Charverfolgung / Godsmack / Longplay" (in German). PhonoNet. 
  13. ^ "Godsmack - IV". hitparade.ch. 
  14. ^ a b "Godsmack Alternative Songs Chart History". Billboard. 
  15. ^ "Godsmack Hot 100 Chart History". Billboard. 
  16. ^ "American album certifications – Godsmack – IV". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
Me and My Gang by Rascal Flatts
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 7, 2006–May 13, 2006
Succeeded by
10,000 Days by Tool