Passive Me, Aggressive You

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Passive Me, Aggressive You
Studio album by The Naked and Famous
Released 6 September 2010 (2010-09-06)
Recorded The Lab (Auckland, New Zealand)
Genre Synthpop, indietronica, noise pop, nu gaze
Length 49:15
Label Somewhat Damaged
Producer
  • Thom Powers
  • Aaron Short
The Naked and Famous chronology
No Light
(2008)
Passive Me, Aggressive You
(2010)
In Rolling Waves
(2013)
Singles from Passive Me, Aggressive You
  1. "All of This"
    Released: 16 November 2009
  2. "Young Blood"
    Released: 7 June 2010
  3. "Punching in a Dream"
    Released: 23 August 2010
  4. "Girls like You"
    Released: 5 June 2011
  5. "No Way"
    Released: 11 December 2011

Passive Me, Aggressive You (styled Passive Me • Aggressive You) is the debut studio album by New Zealand indie rock band The Naked and Famous. The album was released on 6 September 2010 in New Zealand, where it debuted at number one. The album spawned five singles: "All of This", "Young Blood", "Punching in a Dream", "Girls like You" and "No Way"; with "Young Blood" peaking at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart.

Composition[edit]

Passive Me, Aggressive You draws from the genres of dance-rock, and features post-punk influences.[1] "Young Blood" is a synthpop song, while "Punching in a Dream" is of the dream pop genre. "Spank" is psychedelic rock.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music mixed[2]
Consequence of Sound 2.5/5 stars[4]
The Dominion Post 4/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
The New Zealand Herald 5/5 stars[7]
Otago Daily Times 4/5 stars[8]
The Nelson Mail 2.5/5 stars[9]

Chris Schulz from Stuff awarded Passive Me, Aggressive You five out of five stars, and praised its production and variety of musical styles.[10] Allmusic's Matt Collar praised the songs' catchy choruses and, awarding the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, concluded, "there's nothing passive about how much you could aggressively love this band".[1] Scott Kara of The New Zealand Herald rated Passive Me, Aggressive You a perfect five stars, summarising "Forget the hype. It's real".[7] The Nelson Mail '​s Nick Ward called Passive Me, Aggressive You "Unconvincing, but with flashes of promise".[9] Writing for NME, Mark Baumont described the album as "a glorious melting pot of pop perfection" and added "TN&F’s passive melodicism and aggressive innovation clash in a dazzling blaze of psych/sonic fireworks."[6] The album was nominated for the 2011 Taite Music Prize.[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart on 13 September 2010,[12] and was knocked off the top spot by Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns.[13]

Singles[edit]

The first single to be released from the album was "All of This" and was released on 16 November 2009, almost a year prior to the album's release.

The second single to be released from the album was "Young Blood" and was released on 7 July 2010, debuting at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart, where it remained in the charts for two consecutive weeks.[14]

The third single to be released from the album was "Punching in a Dream", which was released on 23 August 2010, reaching number eleven in New Zealand.

The fourth single to be released from the album was "Girls like You", and was released on 5 June 2011.

"No Way" was released on 11 December 2011 as the fifth single from the album.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith and Aaron Short. 

No. Title Length
1. "All of This"   3:55
2. "Punching in a Dream"   3:58
3. "Frayed"   3:46
4. "The Source"   0:48
5. "The Sun"   3:56
6. "Eyes"   4:43
7. "Young Blood"   4:06
8. "No Way"   5:29
9. "Spank"   4:10
10. "Jilted Lovers"   3:15
11. "A Wolf in Geek's Clothing"   3:14
12. "The Ends"   1:49
13. "Girls Like You"   6:04
Total length:
49:15
iTunes Store bonus track[16]
No. Title Length
14. "Machinery"   2:35
Total length:
51:50
Physical downloadable bonus track
No. Title Length
14. "Wild"   3:53
Japanese edition bonus tracks
No. Title Length
14. "Wild"   3:53
15. "Sow"   4:06
16. "Bright Lights"   2:36

All music composed by Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith, except where noted.

Disc 2 – UK deluxe edition – This Machine EP
No. Title Length
1. "Kill the Littleblackdots"   2:44
2. "Serenade"   2:43
3. "Meeting People Sucks" (Powers, Xayalith, Ben Knapp, Jordan Clark) 2:26
4. "Part 1"   2:10
5. "Post"   5:39
6. "Spies Spies Spies"   3:38
Total length:
19:20

All music composed by Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith, except where noted.

Disc 3 – UK deluxe edition – No Light EP
No. Title Length
1. "Dadada"   3:10
2. "Birds" (Xayalith, Powers, Ben Knapp, Jordan Clark) 3:21
3. "Cheek" (Xayalith, Powers, Knapp, Clark) 3:19
4. "Who Are You Talking To?" (Aaron Short, Xayalith, Powers) 2:48
5. "Part 2"   2:37
6. "Bells"   3:52
Total length:
19:04

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Passive Me, Aggressive You.[17]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
New Zealand Albums (RIANZ)[18] 1
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 25
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 56
German Albums (Media Control)[21] 31
Irish Albums (IRMA)[22] 38
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[23] 74
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 74
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 25
US Billboard 200[26] 91
US Alternative Albums (Billboard)[27] 12
US Rock Albums (Billboard)[28] 20

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications
Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications
NZ
[29]
AUS
[30]
AUT
[31]
CAN
Alt.

[32]
GER
[33]
NLD
[34]
UK
[35]
US
Alt.

[36]
"All of This" 2009
"Young Blood" 2010 1 26 53 10 30 59 64 9
"Punching in a Dream" 11 56 16 139 18
"Girls like You" 2011
"No Way"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
New Zealand[40] 6 September 2010 Somewhat Damaged CD, digital download 81359
Australia[41] Digital download
Canada[42]
United States[43]
Australia[44] 1 October 2010 CD 2753221
Germany[45] 11 March 2011 Digital download
United Kingdom[46][47][48] 14 March 2011
Fiction, Somewhat Damaged CD 2757442
12" vinyl picture disc 2757444
3CD deluxe edition 2764039
United States[49][50] 15 March 2011 Universal Republic, Somewhat Damaged CD B0015363-02
12" vinyl B0015436-01
Germany[51] 18 March 2011 Fiction, Somewhat Damaged CD 2757442
Japan[52][53] 8 June 2011 Somewhat Damaged CD, digital download UICP-1127

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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