Nine Lives (Aerosmith album)

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Nine Lives
Studio album by Aerosmith
Released March 18, 1997 (1997-03-18)
Recorded September–November 1996 at Avatar Studios and The Boneyard
Genre Hard rock, Heavy metal
Length 62:48
Label Columbia
Producer Kevin Shirley and Aerosmith
Aerosmith chronology
Get a Grip
(1993)
Nine Lives
(1997)
Just Push Play
(2001)
Alternative Cover
Controversial album cover
Singles from Nine Lives
  1. "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"
    Released: February 11, 1997
  2. "Hole in My Soul"
    Released: August 5, 1997
  3. "Pink"
    Released: 1997
  4. "Full Circle"
    Released: 1997
  5. "Nine Lives"
    Released: 1997 (promo only)
  6. "Taste of India"
    Released: January 29, 1998 (promo only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Robert Christgau (neither)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

Nine Lives is the 12th studio album by American rock band Aerosmith, released March 18, 1997. The album was produced by Aerosmith and Kevin Shirley, and was the band's first studio album released by Columbia Records since 1982's Rock in a Hard Place. It peaked at #1 at the Billboard Charts. One of the album's singles, "Pink", won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal.

Track listing[edit]

Nine Lives
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Nine Lives"   Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Marti Frederiksen 4:01
2. "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)"   Tyler, Perry, Glen Ballard 3:26
3. "Hole in My Soul"   Tyler, Perry, Desmond Child 6:10
4. "Taste of India"   Tyler, Perry, Ballard 5:53
5. "Full Circle"   Tyler, Taylor Rhodes 5:01
6. "Something's Gotta Give"   Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen 3:37
7. "Ain't That a Bitch"   Tyler, Perry, Child 5:25
8. "The Farm"   Tyler, Perry, Mark Hudson, Steve Dudas 4:27
9. "Crash"   Tyler, Perry, Hudson, Dominic Miller 4:26
10. "Kiss Your Past Good-Bye"   Tyler, Hudson 4:32
11. "Pink"   Tyler, Richard Supa, Ballard 3:55
12. "Attitude Adjustment"   Tyler, Perry, Frederiksen 3:45
13. "Fallen Angels"   Tyler, Perry, Supa 8:16
Total length:
57:34

Artwork[edit]

The booklet for Nine Lives contains 12 pieces of album art (including the cover). Each picture contains a smaller version of the previous picture within itself. The final picture is included in the first, creating an infinite loop. It was designed by Stefan Sagmeister.

Controversy[edit]

The original cover art angered some Hindus, who felt the artwork (taken from Hindu imagery and altered by giving the dancing figure a cat's head) was offensive. The image depicts Lord Krishna (with a cat's head) dancing on the head of the snake demon, Kāliyā, a popular episode from Sagmeister's childhood. The band had been unaware of the source of the artwork, and the record company apologized, and changed the artwork to a revised version.[5]

Personnel[edit]

Additional personnel
Production
  • Producers: Kevin Shirley and Aerosmith
  • Engineers: Mark Hudson, Joe Perry, Rory Romano, Elliot Scheiner, Kevin Shirley, Steven Tyler
  • Second engineer: Rory Romano
  • Mixing: Elliot Scheiner, Kevin Shirley
  • Mastering: Leon Zervos
  • Programming: Sander Selover
  • Horn arrangements: David Campbell, Steven Tyler
  • String arrangements: David Campbell
  • Guitar technicians: Lisa Sharken, Jim Survis
  • Production engineer: David Frangioni
  • Art direction: Christopher Austopchuk, Gail Marowitz
  • Photo art direction: Christopher Austopchuk, Gail Marowitz
  • Photography: F. Scott Schafer
  • Calligraphy: Jeanne Greco
  • Stylist: Fiona Williams-Chappel

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Australian Top 50 Albums[6] 13
Austrian Top 75 Albums[7] 2
Flanders, Belgium 100 Albums[8] 11
Wallonia, Belgium 100 Albums[9] 5
Canadian Albums Chart[10] 2
Finnish Top 50 Albums[11] 1
French Top 100 Albums[12] 5
German Albums[13] 3
Japanese Albums Chart[14] 3
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[15] 17
New Zealand Top 40 Albums[16] 14
Norwegian Top 40 Albums[17] 6
Swedish Top 60 Albums[18] 3
Swiss Top 100 Albums[19] 3
UK Albums Chart[20] 4
US Billboard 200[10] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Falling in Love (Is Hard on the Knees)" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Top 40 Mainstream 29
The Billboard Hot 100 35
"Hole in My Soul" Mainstream Rock Tracks 4
The Billboard Hot 100 51
Top 40 Mainstream 63
"Nine Lives" Mainstream Rock Tracks 37
"Pink" Mainstream Rock Tracks 1
Top 40 Mainstream 23
"Taste of India" Mainstream Rock Tracks 3
1998 "Pink" The Billboard Hot 100 27

Certifications[edit]

Organization Level Date
IFPI - Finland Gold[21] 1997
BVMI - Germany Gold[22]
Swiss Music Charts - Switzerland Gold[23]
Swiss Music Charts - Switzerland Platinum[23]
BPI - UK Silver[24] March 1, 1997
Gold[24] July 22, 2013
RIAA - USA Gold[25] May 6, 1997
Platinum[25] May 16, 1997
2× Platinum[25] June 8, 1998
CIA – Canada Gold Mar 31, 1997
Platinum Mar 31, 1997
2× Platinum Mar 31, 1997
3× Platinum Oct 30, 1998
IFPI - Austria Gold[26] May 12, 1997
ZPAV - Poland Gold[27] Sep 16, 1997
ABPD - Brazil Gold[28] 1999
Platinum[28] 2007

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards

Year Winner Category
1998 "Pink" Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Nine Lives". Allmusic. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Browne, David (1997-03-14). "Nine Lives Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-14. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Nine Lives". Robert Christgau. 
  4. ^ Elysa Gardner (1997-02-21). "Nine Lives | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-01-11. 
  5. ^ Author unknown. "Aerosmith to Alter Album Cover". Rolling Stone. April 22, 1997.
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  12. ^ "Aerosmith – Nine Lives (Album)" (ASP). Les Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Chartverfolgung / AEROSMITH / Longplay". Music Line (in German). Media Control Charts. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "エアロスミスのCDアルバムランキング、エアロスミスのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE". Oricon.co.jp. Retrieved 2013-05-02. 
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  16. ^ "Aerosmith – Nine Lives (Album)" (ASP). New Zealand Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Aerosmith – Nine Lives (Album)" (ASP). Norwegian Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Aerosmith – Nine Lives (Album)" (ASP). Swedish Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Aerosmith – Nine Lives (Album)" (ASP). Schweizer Hitparade. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Artist Chart History: Aerosmith". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Aerosmith Search Results". IFPI Finland (in Finnish). Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  22. ^ "Gold- /Platin-Datenbank" [Gold- /Platinum-Database]. Bundesverband Musikindustrie (in German).  Type "Aerosmith" under Interpret to see search results.
  23. ^ a b "Awards 1997" (ASP). Swiss Music Charts. Hung Medien. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  24. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search" (ASPX). British Phonographic Industry.  Search for "Aerosmith" to see results.
  25. ^ a b c "Gold and Platinum Database Search". Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  26. ^ "Gold & Platin". IFPI Austria (in German).  Type "Aerosmith" under Interpret to see search results.
  27. ^ "Złote CD". ZPAV (in Polish). 
  28. ^ a b "Certificações" (in Portuguese). ABPD. Retrieved 2009-11-08. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Untouchable by Scarface
Billboard 200 number-one album
April 5–11, 1997
Succeeded by
Life After Death by The Notorious B.I.G.