Source Tags & Codes

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Source Tags & Codes
Studio album by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
Released February 26, 2002
Genre Post-hardcore
Alternative rock
Length 45:54
Label Interscope
Producer Mike McCarthy & ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead chronology
Relative Ways
(2001)
Source Tags & Codes
(2002)
The Secret of Elena's Tomb
(2003)

Source Tags & Codes is the third full-length album and major-label debut of ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on Interscope Records. It was released to wide critical acclaim in early 2002 and is generally considered their finest work. The album reached #73 on the UK Album Chart.

Music videos were produced for "Another Morning Stoner" and "Relative Ways", which saw airplay on MTV2.

Recording and production[edit]

After releasing two albums on indie record imprints, Trail of Dead signed a multi-release deal with Interscope Records and began recording a followup to 1999's Madonna with the same producer, Michael McCarthy.[1][2] Their major label budget improved recording quality and allowed intricate orchestral pieces, yielding a sound texture unlike previous records.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, unless noted.

International releases[edit]

  1. "Invocation" (Trail of Dead, James Olsen) – 1:32
  2. "It Was There That I Saw You" – 3:57
  3. "Another Morning Stoner" – 4:33
  4. "Baudelaire" – 4:16
  5. "Homage" – 3:29
  6. "How Near How Far" – 3:55
  7. "Life is Elsewhere" - 0:55
  8. "Heart in the Hand of the Matter" – 4:48
  9. "Monsoon" – 5:53
  10. "Days of Being Wild" (Trail of Dead, James Olsen) – 3:27
  11. "Relative Ways" – 4:03
  12. "After the Laughter" – 1:15
  13. "Source Tags & Codes" – 6:08
  14. "Blood Rites" – 1:58 (bonus track on some releases)
Irish bonus tracks
  1. "Waiting for an Alibi" (Phil Lynott) - 9:23
  2. "Brian King (I Love Your Bum)" - 2:34

North American release[edit]

  1. "It Was There That I Saw You"[4][5] – 4:02
  2. "Another Morning Stoner" – 4:33
  3. "Baudelaire" – 4:16
  4. "Homage" – 3:29
  5. "How Near How Far" – 4:00
  6. "Heart in the Hand of the Matter" – 4:48
  7. "Monsoon" – 5:53
  8. "Days of Being Wild" (Trail of Dead, James Olsen) – 3:27
  9. "Relative Ways" – 4:03
  10. "After the Laughter" – 1:15
  11. "Source Tags & Codes" – 6:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Conrad Keely performs vocals on "It Was There That I Saw You", "Another Morning Stoner", "How Near How Far", "Relative Ways", "Source Tags & Codes" and "Blood Rites".
  • Jason Reece performs vocals on "Homage", "Heart in the Hand of the Matter" and "Days of Being Wild".
  • Neil Busch performs vocals on tracks "Baudelaire" and "Monsoon".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (85/100) [6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [7]
Entertainment Weekly A− [8]
NME (8/10) [9]
No Ripcord 8/10 stars [10]
Pitchfork Media (10/10) [11]
PopMatters 9/10 stars [12][6]
Robert Christgau (dud) [13]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [14]
Stylus Magazine A [15]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars [16]

The album so far has a score of 85 out of 100 from Metacritic based on "universal acclaim".[6] Among the most widely read reviews of Source Tags & Codes came from Pitchfork Media, where Matt LeMay gave the album a 10 out of 10, stating:

"Source Tags & Codes will take you in, rip you to shreds, piece you together, lick your wounds clean, and send you back into the world with a concurrent sense of loss and hope. And you will never, ever be the same."[11]

In addition, Yancey Strickler of Flak Magazine called Source Tags "an important record, a landmark"; while Nick Sylvester, also of Pitchfork Media, later noted it was "one of indie rock's truly epic albums".[17] Pitchfork Media confirmed their praise placed Source Tags & Codes at number 100 on their list of top 200 albums of the 2000s.[18]

Other reviews are very positive: Neumu.net gave the album all ten stars and called it the band's "finest record to date and the most blistering, blissful album to be released by anyone in years."[19] Nude as the News gave it a score of nine out of ten and said that throughout the album "Trail Of Dead make off like indie rock legends at the top of their game."[6] Billboard gave it a very favorable review and stated: "What makes "Source Tags & Codes" such an amazing album is how the band teeters on the edge of this implosion but always yanks its songs back from collapse at the very last second."[20] E! Online gave it a B+ and said of the album: "There are times when Conrad Keely's scabrous vocals are more grating than ingratiating, but this is mainly stunning stuff."[6] The Austin Chronicle gave it four stars out of five and called it "An album that absolutely cannot be ignored."[21] Uncut also gave it four stars out of five and stated: "Compared to so many noisemongers, TOD understand that restraint enables unleashed firepower to be exhilarating and awesome."[6] Blender likewise gave it four stars and called it "Another assault of angular, Sonic Youth-style guitar and earnest anger that's more leftfield than most punk, and more engaging than many of [TOD's] post-rock peers."[6] Yahoo! Music UK gave it eight stars out of ten and said of the band, "They don't make a better sound than your average bunch of Sonic Youth fanatics, but they make it feel better, make it seem more important, more romantic almost."[22] The A.V. Club also gave it a favorable review and stated that "The group plays imaginative alt-rock with intense passion, and Source Tags & Codes lets the pressure build exquisitely."[23]

Almost Cool gave it a score of 7.5 out of ten and said that the band members "make use of their obviously higher budget and Source Tags And Codes sounds more rich and layered because of it, but like Modest Mouse with The Moon And Antarctica, they've used these new elements to accent their music, not destroy it."[24] Alternative Press gave it three-and-a-half stars out of five and called it "The band's most obviously emo album to date."[6] Mojo gave it a positive review and said it was "Not a crossover record, but invigorating."[6] The Village Voice also gave it a positive review and said that the album "captures the fuzzy-math sound from too many gray-area indie bands--and it rocks hard where geezers like Mercury Rev just drift away."[2] The only average review, however, comes from Q, which gave it three stars out of five and said, "...Trail of Dead have reached a point where the need for convention outweighs the joy of using guitars as weapons."[6]

Cultural references[edit]

  • The song 'Baudelaire' refers to the French poet, Charles Baudelaire.
  • The song 'Days of Being Wild' is named after the Hong Kong film of the same name.
  • "After the Laughter" samples the song "Someday (You'll Want Me to Want You)" written by Jimmie Hodges and performed by Mary Margaret Ragan.
  • The song "Source Tags and Codes" can be heard in the ninth episode (called "The Confession") of the second season of the television series Friday Night Lights.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Artist Biography - ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  2. ^ a b Echlin, Hobey (2002-03-05). "Atomic Prog". The Village Voice. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  3. ^ "Flak Magazine: Trail of Dead's Source Tags & Codes, 02.28.02". Flakmag.com. Retrieved 2009-02-23. 
  4. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Source-Tags-Codes-Will-Trail/dp/B00005YW51/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325101865&sr=8-1
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Source-Tags-Codes-Will-Trail/dp/B000062X73/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1325101865&sr=8-13
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Critic Reviews for Source Tags & Codes". Metacritic. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  7. ^ Allmusic Review
  8. ^ Hermes, Will (2002-03-08). "Source Tags & Codes Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  9. ^ Segal, Victoria (2002-03-01). "Album Reviews - And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead : Source Tags And Codes". NME. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  10. ^ Coleman, David (2002-03-31). "...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: Source Tags And Codes". No Ripcord. Retrieved 2013-07-04. 
  11. ^ a b LeMay, Matt (2002-02-28). "And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Source Tags and Codes". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  12. ^ Garrett, Jon (2002-02-25). "...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: Source Tags & Codes". PopMatters. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  13. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  14. ^ Wolk, Doug (2002-02-19). "And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead: Source Tags & Codes : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  15. ^ Gwillim, Keith (2003-09-01). "And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Source Tags And Codes - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  16. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes Review
  17. ^ Sylvester, Nick (2005-01-24). "...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Worlds Apart". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  18. ^ Pitchfork staff (September 28, 2009). "The Top 200 Albums of the 2000s: 200-151". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved October 1, 2009. 
  19. ^ Womack, Andrew (2002). "...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: Source Tags & Codes". Neumu.net. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  20. ^ Zaleski, Annie (2002-02-25). "...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Source Tags & Codes". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2002-04-09. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  21. ^ Chamy, Michael (2002-04-12). "...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: Source Tags & Codes (Interscope)". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  22. ^ Watson, Ian (2002-03-04). "And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - 'Source Tags And Codes'". Yahoo! Music UK. Archived from the original on 2004-08-20. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  23. ^ Murray, Noel (2002-03-29). "...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead: Source Tags & Codes". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-02-09. 
  24. ^ "And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Source Tags And Codes". Almost Cool. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 

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