Lost and Found (Mudvayne album)
|Lost and Found|
|Studio album by Mudvayne|
|Released||April 12, 2005|
|Recorded||2004 at The Plant Studios in Sausalito, California|
|Genre||Alternative metal, heavy metal, progressive metal|
Lost and Found is the third full-length album by the American band Mudvayne. The album was released on April 12, 2005 through Epic Records. The album had major success in the U.S., debuting at number 2 and being certified Gold by the RIAA shortly afterward. It has sold about 800,000 copies as of August 2006 and is the band's most successful album to date.
After opening for Metallica on the band's Summer Sanitarium tour in 2003, Mudvayne spent the holidays recuperating before starting work on the album. The album was produced by Dave Fortman. The band chose Fortman because they felt he could combine the band's extreme elements.
|“||We've been extremely fortunate to work with some amazing producers. Garth Richardson captured the band's raw energy on the first record and David Bottrill gave our music a three-dimensional quality on the second record. For this record, we asked Dave Fortman to produce because we wanted someone who can bring both of those elements together into a sound that's brutal and beautiful.||”|
Before heading to The Plant Studios in Sausalito, California to record the album, the band spent time with Fortman in pre-production. Gray said "I've found that those first few days are the most important when it comes to setting the album's tone and challenging the band about their goals and fine-tuning the arrangements for maximum emotional impact." The band rented a ranch in Northern California where they wrote and rehearsed songs for the album. They converted its multi-stall garage into a makeshift studio. As with the band's previous album, Mudvayne chose to isolate themselves to provide inspiration for their songwriting. Matt McDonough stated "Establishing clear goals for each song has been the key to Mudvayne's quick results. It's a strange contradiction, but it can be very liberating to set limitations on creativity as long as you don't let those limitations define you. It frees up a lot of creative energy when you stop pulling an idea in fifty different directions and start pushing it in one."
By May 27, 2004 the band had finished writing 12 songs for the album. Chad, Ryan, Greg and Matt left the ranch in Santa Cruz and went back to their respective homes in California, Illinois and Wisconsin. On Saturday, June 12, 2004 the band reconvened to commence recording the album.
Music and lyrics
Lost and Found includes elements of thrash metal, alternative metal and heavy metal. The song Determined (originally titled Fucking Determined) utilizes elements of modern thrash and hardcore punk, while the song IMN's lyrics revolve around suicide, a recurring theme in Mudvayne's songs. The track "Choices" was described by Gray as "the eight-minute opus". It is to date the longest Mudvayne song.
The band sees the album as a return to the raw sound heard on L.D. 50, with guitarist Greg Tribbett saying in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine "Instead of being all slick, we're definitely going for a raw sound on this record. The last one was pretty smooth and the first record, L.D. 50, was raw, so we're kind of mixing it up a little bit." Matt McDonough said he believed the music on the album would reflect a refinement of Mudvayne's complexly structured hard rock balanced against more melody than any previous album. Bassist Ryan Martinie added "Our goal for the third album is to make music that pleases us because if it makes us happy then the rest will take care of itself."
Music videos were made for Determined, Happy?, Forget to Remember and Fall into Sleep. The music video for "Determined" shows the band playing the song in front of a large group of moshing fans. It was recorded in New York City.
The album sold 100,000 copies in its first week of release. Upon release the album received generally mixed reviews. Some critics noted a perceived change in sound on the album aimed towards a more mainstream audience. The Kansas Wichita Eagle observed "Success wasn't something the members of Mudvayne set out to achieve, but they won't spurn it. Since the quartet's arrival on the heavy metal scene in 1996, it has progressed from the fringes to the rock mainstream."
Johnny Loftus of Allmusic praised the opening track Determined writing in his review "They nail it on opener "Determined"—one of Mudvayne's all-time strongest tracks, it's a fist-swinging blast of modernized thrash." However he criticized the rest of the album writing "Lost and Found soon falls into the familiar, busting no-one-understands-me lyrics and matching moments of refreshing rawness to stretches of stereotypical "corporate metal," a non-genre that's risen up to accept loud rock refugees and the harder side of post-grunge. The energy in "Determined" and "Just" is sapped by the meandering "TV Radio" and "Fall into Sleep," and ultimately Mudvayne gets lost between thrash and diluted Slipknot devotion." The album has also got a negative review from Popmatters.
All songs written and composed by M. McDonough, G. Tribbett, R. Martinie and C. Gray.
|5.||"Fall into Sleep"||3:51|
|6.||"Rain. Sun. Gone."||4:35|
|8.||"Forget to Remember"||3:35|
|11.||"All That You Are"||6:11|
|12.||"Pulling the String"||5:05|
- The song "Small Silhouette" was recorded during the Lost and Found sessions, with it later appearing on the soundtrack album to the VH1 series Masters of Horror.
In popular culture
- "Determined", was featured on the soundtrack of the video game Need For Speed Underground 2.
- "Happy?" was featured as the theme for WWE's Vengeance 2005 PPV. Also was on the soundtrack to MX vs. ATV: Untamed.
- "Forget to Remember" was featured on the Saw II soundtrack, as well as the movie's end credits.
- Chad Gray − vocals
- Greg Tribbett − guitars, vocals
- Matthew McDonough − drums
- Ryan Martinie − bass guitar
- Dave Fortman − recording, production, audio mixing
- Jeremy Parker − audio mixing
- Mike Boden − assistant engineer
- Mauricio Serna − assistant engineer
- Kelly Liebelt − assistant engineer
- Tony Terrebonne − assistant engineer
- Ted Jensen − audio mastering
- Devun Fortman − additional vocals on "Choices"
- Erinn Fortman − additional vocals on "Choices"
- Leah Germinaro − additional vocals on "Choices"
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