Secret Weapon (album)

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Secret Weapon
Studio album by MxPx
Released July 16, 2007
Recorded February–March 2007
Genre Skate punk, punk rock[1][2][3]
Length 49:54
Label Tooth & Nail
Producer Aaron Sprinkle
MxPx chronology
Let's Rock
(2006)
Secret Weapon
(2007)
On the Cover II
(2009)
Singles from Secret Weapon
  1. "Secret Weapon"
    Released: 2007
  2. "You're On Fire"
    Released: 2007
  3. "Shut It Down"
    Released: 2007
  4. "Contention"
    Released: 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]

Secret Weapon is MxPx's eighth full-length studio album, which was released on July 17, 2007. It is the band's first release on their original label Tooth & Nail Records since 1996's Life in General. The album debuted at No. 76 on the Billboard 200; it also went to No. 1 on the Billboard's Christian chart. The album's sound goes back to their beginning sound.[1][2][3]

Secret Weapon is available in three different versions:

  • The standard version with 16 tracks
  • A double 12" vinyl version with special artwork
  • A special edition with a "Making of..." DVD, new artwork, and 3 extra tracks

Prerelease[edit]

The album received much online publicity before its release, much due to MxPx's return to Tooth and Nail Records. A new song was released each Sunday night for several weeks before the release, in the order of: "Secret Weapon", "Shut It Down", "Drowning", "You're on Fire", then "Contention". On Sunday, July 8, 2007, the song "Angels" was accidentally leaked on the band's PureVolume page under the incorrect label of "Contention". The mistake was soon corrected, but fans were in turn given an extra taste of the new record. The whole CD was available to listen to on the band's MySpace on July 1 before it was released.

"Shut It Down"s music video received heavy play on the Gospel Music Channel's Rock Block.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Mike Herrera.

No. Title Length
1. "Secret Weapon" (featuring Brian Baker of Bad Religion) 2:06
2. "Shut It Down" (featuring Tim Pagnotta of Sugarcult) 2:59
3. "Here's to the Life"   2:57
4. "Top of the Charts"   2:33
5. "Punk Rawk Celebrity"   2:42
6. "Contention"   1:16
7. "Angels"   3:15
8. "Drowning"   3:50
9. "Chop Shop"   2:14
10. "You're on Fire"   3:18
11. "Bass So Low"   3:37
12. "Sad Sad Song"   2:44
13. "Never Better Than Now"   2:47
14. "Biting the Bullet (Is Bad for Business)"   3:18
15. "Not Nothing"   3:06
16. "Tightly Wound / All About Nothing" (hidden track - featuring Benji Madden of Good Charlotte) 6:29
Total length:
49:54

Vinyl & Special edition tracks[edit]

In addition to the 16 tracks included on all versions of the album, the special editions come with 3 additional tracks:

No. Title Length
17. "The Hoo-Ha Jangle"   3:29
18. "Madcap Scheme"   2:10
19. "Throw Your Body in the Air / All About Nothing" (hidden track) 6:38

Awards[edit]

In 2008, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Rock Album of the Year at the 39th GMA Dove Awards.[5]

Personnel[edit]

  • Mike Herrera – lead vocals, bass
  • Tom Wisniewski – guitars, backing vocals
  • Yuri Ruley – drums

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Review: MXPX – Secret Weapon". Canyouseethesunset.com. 2007-08-09. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Mxpx "Secret Weapon" | Reviews". Indie Vision Music. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  3. ^ a b "MxPx Secret Weapon : B | WEEKEND". Idsnews.com. 2008-02-20. Retrieved 2013-02-15. 
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Nominations Announced for 39th GMA Dove Awards on CBN.com (February 14, 2008)