Swan Songs (Hollywood Undead album)

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Swan Songs
Studio album by Hollywood Undead
Released September 2, 2008
(see release history)
Recorded January - May 2008
Hammer & Sickle Studios
Hollywood, California
Castle Renholdër
Laurel Canyon, California
Perfect Circle Studios
Hollywood, California
NRG Studios
North Hollywood, California
Genre Rap rock, rap metal, crunkcore, nu metal, hip hop, rapcore
Length 49:35
Label Octone, Polydor
Producer Danny Lohner (executive producer)
Don Gilmore
Deuce
Hollywood Undead studio album chronology
Swan Songs
(2008)
American Tragedy
(2011)
Singles from Swan Songs
  1. "No. 5"
    Released: March 17, 2006
  2. "Undead"
    Released: August 26, 2008
  3. "Young"
    Released: April 13, 2009
  4. "Everywhere I Go"
    Released: January 12, 2010
  5. "Black Dahlia"
    Released: September 13, 2010

Swan Songs is the debut album by Hollywood Undead, released through Octone Records and Polydor Records. The album was released on September 2, 2008.[1] "Everywhere I Go" was the first single to be released, it was a web single and was available for download only on iTunes.[2] The band released four music videos for four songs on the album, "No.5", "Undead", "Young", and "Everywhere I Go"[2] When purchased through Amazon.com and at some other retailers, the album includes a bonus track and an option to unlock music videos.[1] Swan Songs is the only studio album to feature vocalist Deuce, excluding the half-studio album Desperate Measures.

Overview[edit]

Swan Songs was supposed to be released on the band's original label, MySpace Records in 2007, however it was postponed by the record label when they requested to have some of the songs removed and others censored. The band declined and switched labels to Octone which wouldn't require them to censor their songs.[3] The album peaked at #22 on the Billboard 200 and sold 21,000 copies on its debut week.[4] Swan Songs was released by Polydor Records on May 18, 2009 in the United Kingdom with two bonus tracks.[5] After 64 weeks, the album fell off of the Billboard Top 200, but returned four weeks later at #154. Swan Songs ended up spending 82 weeks in total on the Billboard 200. In 2009, it was certified gold by the RIAA. On January 18th, 2013, it reached the Platinum sales mark.[6]

The song "Undead" is featured in the video games UFC Undisputed 2009 and Madden NFL 09.[2] The song "Young" is featured as downloadable content for Rock Band 2.[7] According to an e-mail sent out to fans from the official website April 4, 2011, the album has been re-released on iTunes as a Collector's Edition. This features all the tracks available on the original Swan Songs plus Swan Songs B-Sides EP, Swan Songs Rarities EP, and the Black Dahlia Remixes EP.

Reception[edit]

Swan Songs received mostly mixed reviews. Dave Donnelly of Allmusic gave the album a 2 out of 5 stars, saying that the lyrics were uninteresting and that the album was "given over to ironic frat-boy party rap" (using the singles Everywhere I Go and No. 5 as examples).[8]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[8]
Artistdirect 3.5/5 stars[9]
Rock Sound 7/10 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[11]

Censorship[edit]

There are two versions of the albums, including the explicit version and the clean/censored version.

The explicit leaves profanity and other content uncensored after the release of the album. The clean/censored version removes some profanity and content, leaving out the words "bitch", "ass", and "shit" uncensored.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Hollywood Undead

No. Title Length
1. "Undead"   4:25
2. "Sell Your Soul"   3:14
3. "Everywhere I Go"   3:30
4. "No Other Place"   3:16
5. "No. 5"   3:05
6. "Young"   3:16
7. "Black Dahlia"   3:46
8. "This Love, This Hate"   3:57
9. "Bottle and a Gun"   3:22
10. "California"   3:17
11. "City"   3:34
12. "The Diary"   4:35
13. "Pimpin'"   3:07
14. "Paradise Lost"   3:11
Total length:
49:35

 • * indicates song is from Swan Songs B-Sides EP  • † indicates song is from Swan Songs Rarities EP  • § indicates song is from Black Dahlia Remixes

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Swan Songs adapted from Allmusic.[8]

Musicians[edit]