Streets of Gold

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Streets of Gold
Studio album by 3OH!3
Released June 29, 2010 (2010-06-29)
Recorded 2009–2010
The Lair Recording Studio
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Crunkcore, electro rock[1]
Length 44:16
Label Photo Finish, Atlantic
Producer Matt Squire, Benny Blanco, Dr. Luke, Greg Kurstin, 3OH!3
3OH!3 chronology
Want
(2008)
Streets of Gold
(2010)
Omens
(2013)
Singles from Streets of Gold
  1. "My First Kiss"
    Released: May 4, 2010
  2. "Double Vision"
    Released: August 31, 2010
  3. "Touchin' on My"
    Released: January 20, 2011

Streets of Gold is the third studio album by Colorado electronic duo 3OH!3. It was released on June 29, 2010 in the United States and July 19, 2010 in the United Kingdom.[2][3][4] The album debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200, selling 41,000 copies in its first week. Upon its release, Streets of Gold received generally mixed reviews from most music critics.

Background[edit]

3OH!3 released a video for the song "House Party" on April 8 as a teaser for Streets of Gold.[5] The group hired Andrew W.K. to do a rock remix of "House Party", which was released virally on Friday April 16, 2010. 3OH!3 had met Andrew W.K. at a house party in Memphis, Tennessee.[6] First single, "My First Kiss" was released on their website at 3:03 PM EST May 3.[7] and digitally at midnight on May 4. On May 18, 2010, the song "Touchin' on My" was released exclusively on iTunes Store.[8] 3OH!3 planned to release a new song every other Tuesday up to the release of the album. "Déjà Vu" was released on June 1, and "Double Vision" was released on June 15.[8] On June 8, the song "I Can Do Anything" was released to members only on the 3OH!3 website. The song "I Know How To Say" was used in a trailer for the animated Disney film Mars Needs Moms. An excerpt from the instrumental version of the song can be heard on the official Mars Needs Moms website.[9]

Chart performance[edit]

Streets of Gold debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 with 41,000 copies sold in its first week.[10] The album has sold more than 100,000 copies in US.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[11]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[12]
BBC Online (mixed)[4]
Entertainment Weekly (C+)[13]
MusicOMH 2/5 stars[14]
The New York Times (favorable)[15]
NME (0/10)[16]
Rolling Stone 1/5 stars[1]
Spin (2/10)[17]
The Washington Post (favorable)[18]

The album received generally mixed reviews from most music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 48, based on 11 reviews, which indicates "generally mixed or average reviews".[12] Allmusic writer David Jeffries noted "over-the-top performances" and stated "3oh!3 are nothing if not loud and shameless, so if you expect end-to-end excellence from their albums, you’ve got a lot to learn about cheap thrills".[11] Entertainment Weekly '​s Leah Greenblatt gave the album a C+ rating and wrote that "Streets of Gold '​s beats still sound garage-sale-Casio cheap, but the album yields several doofy, affable sing-alongs".[13] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times complimented its incorporation of hip hop, rock, and electro-pop styles and described it as "an oppressive and convincing wall of sounds".[15] Alternative Press gave the album 4 out of 5 stars and wrote that it "sweeps across a broad range of stylistic tones, maintaining levity while dabbling in comparably serious musical pursuits".[12] The Washington Post '​s Sean Fennessey called 3OH!3 "cheeky stylists with quips that frequently devolve into misogyny" and noted "little depth", but concluded "Still, this is a group that excels when no one is listening to what they're saying, only to how they sound, which is always committed and fearlessly grand".[18]

In contrast, BBC Online's Fraser McAlpine panned the album's lyrics and called it "dumb for sure, but no fun whatsoever".[4] Ben Weisz of MusicOMH gave it 2 out of 5 stars and stated "the lyrics are generally unimaginative, sacrificing any shred of credibility to chase the cheap rhyme".[14] Stacey Anderson of Spin criticized the songs' "witticisms" and noted "brutish synths and hammy bleats".[17] Giving it 1 out of 5 stars, Jody Rosen of Rolling Stone called it "grim stuff – a soundtrack for beer-pong tournaments" and panned its formula of "dopey electro rock bolstering 'raps' about drinking... and getting girls to 'touch on' their privates".[1] NME '​s Mark Beaumont gave the album a 0/10 rating and called 3OH!3 "electro-hip-pop white bread American scum", stating "If Streets Of Gold '​’s lyrics are unlikely to bother the Nobel committee, musically 3OH!3 are a boyband Pendulum: the threat of the latter tamed and glossed by the cash-hungry urge to be the former".[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Matt Squire and 3OH!3, additional producers noted.

No. Title Additional producer(s) Length
1. "Beaumont"     1:08
2. "I Can Do Anything"     3:10
3. "My First Kiss" (featuring Ke$ha) Lukasz Gottwald, Benjamin Levin 3:12
4. "Déjà Vu"   Greg Kurstin 3:04
5. "We Are Young"     3:20
6. "Touchin' on My"     3:02
7. "House Party"     3:06
8. "R.I.P."     3:44
9. "I Know How to Say"   Kurstin 3:14
10. "Double Vision"   Levin 3:10
11. "I'm Not the One"   Kurstin 4:10
12. "Streets of Gold"   Gottwald, Levin 3:12
13. "See You Go"     2:48
14. "Love 2012"     3:56
Total length:
44:16

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Streets of Gold adapted from Allmusic.[19]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[20] 75
Canadian Albums Chart[21] 10
Irish Albums Chart[22] 79
UK Albums Chart[23] 19
U.S. Billboard 200[21] 7
U.S. Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums[21] 1

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
The Fame by Lady Gaga
U.S. Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums number-one album
July 17, 2010
Succeeded by
The Fame by Lady Gaga

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rosen, Jody (June 29, 2010). Review: Streets of Gold. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  2. ^ "New 3OH!3 Album! - Blog Detail". 3oh3music.com. 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  3. ^ "Worldwide Premiere Of New 3OH!3 Single Next Monday! - Blog Detail". 3oh3music.com. 2010-04-27. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  4. ^ a b c McAlpine, Fraser (July 16, 2010). Review: Streets of Gold. BBC Online. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  5. ^ "House Party - Video Detail". 3oh3music.com. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  6. ^ Andrew W.K. and 3OH!3, HighwireDaze.com, April 19, 2010, retrieved April 20, 2010 
  7. ^ "3oh3". 3oh3music.com. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  8. ^ a b "New 3OH!3 Song On ITunes – Countdown To Streets Of Gold - Blog Detail". 3oh3music.com. 2010-05-18. Retrieved 2010-08-13. 
  9. ^ "Mars Needs Moms | Disney | Blu-ray ™ Combo Pack, DVD and Movie Download". Disney.go.com. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  10. ^ Emimem's 'Recovery' Remains at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Billboard. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  11. ^ a b Jeffries, David (July 2010). Review: Streets of Gold. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  12. ^ a b c "Streets of Gold: by 3OH!3". Metacritic. Retrieved 2010-08-09. 
  13. ^ a b Greenblatt, Leah (June 23, 2010). Review: Streets of Gold. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  14. ^ a b Weitz, Ben (July 2010). Review: Streets of Gold. MusicOMH. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  15. ^ a b Caramanica, Jon (July 4, 2010). Review: Streets of Gold. The New York Times. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  16. ^ a b Beaumont, Mark (July 11, 2010). Review: Streets of Gold. NME. Archived from the original on 2010-09-12.
  17. ^ a b Anderson, Stacey (June 29, 2010). Review: Streets of Gold. Spin. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  18. ^ a b Fennessey, Sean (June 29, 2010). Review: Streets of Gold. The Washington Post. Retrieved on 2010-09-12.
  19. ^ "Streets of Gold: Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  20. ^ ARIA Charts[broken citation]
  21. ^ a b c "3OH!3 Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved July 8, 2010. 
  22. ^ Irish Recorded Music Association[broken citation]
  23. ^ "2010-07-31 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". Official Charts. 2010-07-31. Retrieved 2012-03-10.