Oracle (Kittie album)

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Oracle
Studio album by Kittie
Released October 30, 2001 (2001-10-30)
Recorded EMAC Recording Studios
Genre Alternative metal, extreme metal, groove metal, death metal
Length 47:41
Label Artemis
Producer Garth Richardson
Kittie chronology
Paperdoll
(2000)
Oracle
(2001)
Safe
(2004)
Singles from Oracle
  1. "What I Always Wanted"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Run Like Hell"
    Released: 2001
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 56/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[1]
Blender 2/5 stars[1]
NME 5/10[3]
Playlouder 3.5/5 stars[4]
Q 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[6]
Spin 7/10[1]

Oracle is the second album by Kittie, a Canadian all-female heavy metal band from London, Ontario. It was released in 2001.

The album debuted at #57 in the Billboard Top 200, selling 30,000 copies. By the end of December 2001 the album sold 115,000 units in the US. By the end of 2002 the album sold 225,000 units in the US. The music video for "What I Always Wanted" received heavy airplay on the MTV2 and MuchMusic channels.

The album peaked at #121 on the Official Top UK Albums Chart. It also peaked at #91 on the Official German Albums chart.[7]

Background[edit]

After finishing their schedule on the 2001 SnoCore Tour, the band planned on returning to the same basement where they recorded their first album, to begin a work on a sophomore effort.

Lead guitarist and vocalist Morgan Lander noted how the band members were only 14 years old when writing their debut album and that "We haven’t written in 4 or 5 years." She acknowledged a change in influence from their early days, stating, "Then we listened to bands like Nirvana, Silverchair, and Alice in Chains. Now we listen to stuff like Cannibal Corpse and Nile." However, the band would continue to write in the same fashion by first composing the music and then using that "as the backdrop behind the vocals."[8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Oracle"   Mercedes Lander, Morgan Lander 2:02
2. "Mouthful of Poison"   Lander, Lander 4:38
3. "In Winter"   Lander, Lander 5:32
4. "Severed"   Lander, Lander 3:20
5. "Run Like Hell" (Pink Floyd cover) David Gilmour & Roger Waters 4:09
6. "Pain"   Lander, Lander 3:49
7. "Wolves"   Lander, Lander 3:25
8. "What I Always Wanted"   Lander, Lander 3:43
9. "Safe"   Lander, Lander 4:12
10. "No Name"   Lander, Lander 2:14
11. "Pink Lemonade"   Lander, Lander 10:37

Personnel[edit]

Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Critic reviews at Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ NME review
  4. ^ Playlouder review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 11, 2002)
  5. ^ Robert Christgau review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 11, 2007)
  7. ^ "Rob Zombie And Sevendust Debut Solid, "Oracle" Reveals Future". shoutweb.com. 2001-11-21. Retrieved 2001-11-21. 
  8. ^ Joseph, Peter Sno-core Ball hits with metal edge 'The GW Hatchet (February 8, 2001). Retrieved on 7-16-11.
  1. "Amazon". Shoutweb.com. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  2. "Shoutweb". Retrieved 2008-11-10. 

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