Isolation (Alter Bridge song)

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"Isolation"
Single by Alter Bridge
from the album AB III
Released United Kingdom September 26, 2010
United States October 25, 2010
Format CD, digital download, music video
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, alternative metal, speed metal
Length 3:52 (radio edit)
4:13 (album version)
Label Roadrunner, Capitol
Writer(s) Myles Kennedy, Brian Marshall, Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips
Producer(s) Michael "Elvis" Baskette
Alter Bridge chronology
"Before Tomorrow Comes"
(2008)
"Isolation"
(2010)
"I Know It Hurts"
(2011)
AB III track listing
"Slip to the Void"
(1)
"Isolation"
(2)
"Ghost of Days Gone By"
(3)

"Isolation" is a song written and performed by Alter Bridge, released as the first single from their third album, AB III, and is their most successful single to date. It was made available as a digital download on September 26, 2010 in the United Kingdom by Roadrunner Records and October 25, 2010 in the United States by Alter Bridge Recordings via Capitol Records. Musically, "Isolation" is heavy and aggressive, featuring the band's hard rock style while retaining a catchy, melodic chorus and incorporating elements of alternative metal and speed metal. The lyrics explore metaphorically isolating oneself from faith and belief, a common theme throughout the record. A music video for the song was released on December 6, 2010.

The song impressed music critics and debuted at No. 34 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks in October, though the single was originally only released in Britain. Several active rock radio stations in the United States put the song in regular rotation several weeks before its U.S. release. In the U.S., it initially became the most-added song on active rock radio and the 21st most-played active rock radio single, with the fastest increase in rotations out of any rock song at the time. In January, 2011 the song reached No. 1 on active rock radio, where it remained for five consecutive weeks, and spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, making it the band's first No. 1 single.

Background[edit]

Originally described by singer Myles Kennedy as a "real heavy track,"[1] the song was debuted after much anticipation by Roadrunner Records on their website on September 6, 2010 with the announcement that it would be released as the first single from AB III.[2] It was released as a single in the United Kingdom on September 26, 2010, followed by an October 25, 2010 release in the United States by Alter Bridge Recordings via Capitol Records, a subsidiary of EMI.[3][4]

Composition[edit]

"Isolation" is four minutes and thirteen seconds long on the record,[3] and was edited down to three minutes and fifty-two seconds for radio airplay. Unlike most Alter Bridge singles, it is very heavy and aggressive, both musically and lyrically, and showcases the band's hard rock style, along with elements of speed metal and a strong melody, which has been noted by critics.[4] Guitarist Mark Tremonti described the song as "a more upbeat tune, with some real metal in there – in fact it has a speed metal bridge," while emphasizing, "It has a melodic chorus, though: melody is still the most important thing for us."[5] Myles Kennedy said about the song:

Lyrically, the song is a departure from the uplifting lyrics of most other Alter Bridge singles; it is about "the agony of feeling isolated" and how "the ability to love again can bring you out of it."[7] Kennedy described the song as a continuation of the previous track on the album, "Slip to the Void." He said, "It's the idea that now you're isolated. You're in this new, dark place and [it is about] how you deal with that and the repercussions of that."[6] The rest of the album is a radical aberration from the band's first two albums in terms of subject matter.[5] The song is also unique in that the main guitar solo is performed by Kennedy instead of Tremonti, although Tremonti performs two filler solos.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

"Isolation" received positive feedback from several professional reviewers, including Rob Laing from MusicRadar, who praised it for its speed metal influence. He also praised the guitar work and the anthemic approach that the band took towards the dark lyrics.[8] Rick Florino from Artistdirect said that the song "rolls from a thrash breakdown into one of the catchiest refrains that the band has committed to tape."[9] It has received an average of five stars from users on the iTunes Store.[3]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Billboard Rock Songs 5
Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Alternative Songs 20
Active Rock 1
Canadian Active Rock 16

Music video[edit]

The music video, directed by Daniel Catullo, premiered on Noisecreep on December 6, 2010. It features video clips of the band's AB III tour as well as cutscenes from their 2009 live DVD Live from Amsterdam. It also shows some rehearsal footage and candid shots of the band interacting with fans. Instead of matching the video with the theme of the song, the band decided to create a "tribute to the fans" for the music video, of which Tremonti said:

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Isolation" (Album Version) – 4:13

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rob Laing (July 13, 2010). "Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash) interview". MusicRadar. 
  2. ^ "Hear a Brand New Track from Alter Bridge". Roadrunner Records. September 6, 2010. Retrieved September 6, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Isolation - Single by Alter Bridge - Download Isolation - Single on iTunes
  4. ^ a b "AB III to Hit Stores in USA November 9th Featuring Hit Single "Isolation"". Alter Bridge's blog. October 6, 2010. Retrieved October 6, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "New Alter Bridge - AB III - Bio". Alter Bridge's blog. September 8, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "ALTER BRIDGE'S AB III- OUT NOW! WE KICK OFF A TRACK BY TRACK ANALYSIS WITH MYLES KENNEDY". Roadrunner Records. October 11, 2010. 
  7. ^ Alter Bridge, 'Isolation' -- New Song
  8. ^ a b Rob Laing (September 17, 2010). "Alter Bridge – AB III: Track-by-track review". MusicRadar. Future Publishing Limited. Retrieved September 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ Rick Florino (October 11, 2010). "Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge Talks "AB III," Slash and John Irving". Artistdirect. Rogue Digital, LLC. Retrieved October 20, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Alter Bridge Focus on Fans for 'Isolation' -- Video Premiere". Noisecreep. December 6, 2010. 
  11. ^ Alter Bridge (May 11, 2010). "Alter Bridge in New York - Finalizing Mixing of Third Album". Alter Bridge's blog. Retrieved 2010. 
  12. ^ Mark Tremonti (June 3, 2010). "Short Update from Mark Tremonti About AB III". Alter Bridge's blog. Retrieved 2010. 

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