Size Matters

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Size Matters
Studio album by Helmet
Released October 5, 2004 (2004-10-05)
Recorded March – June 2004 at Cello Studios in Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative metal, groove metal
Length 39:35 (47:56 with bonus tracks)
Label Interscope
Producer Charlie Clouser, Jay Baumgardner, Ted Jensen
Helmet chronology
Unsung: The Best of Helmet (1991–1997)
(2004)
Size Matters
(2004)
Monochrome
(2006)
Promo cover
Cover of the promo version of the album.[1]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork 5.4/10 stars[4]

Size Matters is the fifth album by the American alternative metal band Helmet, released in 2004 through Interscope. It is the first new album since the band ended with a bitter break up in 1998.

Background[edit]

Page Hamilton, the band's founder and chief songwriter, is the only original member appearing on the album. Therefore, many purists object to it being called "Helmet" and consider it to be a Page Hamilton solo project. According to Hamilton, John Stanier (drums) and Henry Bogdan (bass) both declined the invitation to reunite.[citation needed]

Despite the purists' objections, the album carries on in the Helmet tradition with Hamilton's trademark staccato sound. The album was recorded as a three-piece with John Tempesta on drums and Chris Traynor (guitarist on the Aftertaste tour) on bass. After recording was done, bassist Frank Bello was brought in so Traynor could return to guitar.

Size Matters had one single in "See You Dead." The track "Throwing Punches" was also included on the film soundtrack for Underworld, and "Crashing Foreign Cars" was featured in the video game Need For Speed: Underground 2.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Many of the albums songs and lyrics were inspired by Hamilton's 1 Year relationship with actress Winona Ryder.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Smart"   Hamilton 3:44
2. "Crashing Foreign Cars"   Hamilton/Nichelson/Tempesta/Traynor 2:31
3. "See You Dead"   Hamilton 3:48
4. "Drug Lord"   Hamilton 3:24
5. "Enemies"   Clouser/Hamilton 5:00
6. "Unwound"   Bjorkland/Conlin/Craig/Hamilton/Scheidel 4:12
7. "Everybody Loves You"   Hamilton 3:27
8. "Surgery"   Hamilton 3:14
9. "Speak and Spell"   Clouser/Hamilton 3:31
10. "Throwing Punches"   Clouser/Hamilton 3:44
11. "Last Breath"   Hamilton/Tempesta/Traynor 3:03

Japanese bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
12. "Black Light"    
13. "Just Like Me"    

The Japanese release has two additional tracks: "Black Light" and "Just Like Me." These tracks, as well as "Smart" (a.k.a. "Opportunity"), "Enemies," and "Unwound," were originally recorded as Gandhi tracks, Page Hamilton's previous band.

Reception[edit]

Upon release in 2004 the album received mixed reviews from critics, and alienated a portion of the bands fanbase. Pitchfork writer David Raposa gave the album a mixed review. He criticized the bands change in sound writing "Helmet attempt to diversify their portfolio, offering dynamics and approachable melodies and other types of listener-friendly capitulations one wouldn't associate with the folks that dropped Meantime and Unsung."[4]

Johnny Loftus of Allmusic gave the album 3 stars and wrote in his review "Size Matters emphasizes for the bloated alt-metal elite what it means to have craft and a little self-control. It isn't necessarily memorable, but as an exercise in measured, even artistic rage, it's classic Hamilton."[2]

Singles[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2004 The Billboard 200 121
Year Single Chart Position
2004 "See You Dead" Mainstream Rock Tracks 29

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Helmet (2) - Size Matters (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  2. ^ a b Size Matters at AllMusic
  3. ^ Rolling Stone
  4. ^ a b "Helmet: Size Matters | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2004-11-29. Retrieved 2013-02-20. 
  5. ^ "Justify Your Shitty Taste: Helmet’s “Size Matters”". Decibel Magazine. 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 

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