Tantric (album)

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Tantric
Studio album by Tantric
Released February 13, 2001
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal
Length 47:29
Label Maverick Records
Producer Toby Wright
Tantric chronology
Tantric
(2001)
After We Go
(2004)
Singles from Tantric
  1. "Breakdown"
    Released: May 21, 2001
  2. "Astounded"
    Released: July 17, 2001
  3. "Mourning"
    Released: Fall 2001

Tantric is the debut album of American post-grunge band of the same name. It was released February 13, 2001 and debuted at #193 on the Billboard 200. The album would eventually peak at #71 and reached platinum status due to the hit-single "Breakdown," as well as follow up singles "Astounded" and "Mourning."

Background and recording[edit]

In November 1998, after a turbulent relationship on the road, Todd Whitener, Jesse Vest, and Matt Taul were released from their duties in Days of the New. The day they were fired, the three were cutting instrumental demos for what would become songs on Tantric. However, in the meantime, Whitener, Vest, and Taul would have to survive through low-wage jobs.[1]

In March 1999, singer Hugo Ferreira moved to Nashville, and within their first practice session together the group began developing songs. Within six months, the band had written a plethora of material and, thanks to local friends in radio, quickly gained a strong fan base in their native Louisville, Kentucky.[2] After the band's demo caught the attention of Maverick Records late the following year, they were signed and began recording their self-titled album with producer Toby Wright.

The album as a whole emphasizes acoustic guitar and harmonized vocal melody which is, to some degree, reminiscent of Days of the New. This style was also heavily influenced by Wright, who is known for applying multi-track vocals to much of his work.

Touring and promotion[edit]

The band toured extensively to promote their debut album, including a headlining tour in early and fall 2001. From April to August that year, they supported 3 Doors Down with Lifehouse,[3] and in May took part in the first two-day HFStival.[4] After being scheduled to play at the Atlanta Music Midtown Festival, where Tantric was also scheduled, Days of the New canceled at the last minute on May 5. Although not proven, it was widely speculated to be a result of Tantric's involvement in the event.[5] On May 11, Tantric performed "Breakdown" on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

The Kentucky group joined Oleander and Beautiful Creatures on the Rolling Rock Town Fair tour from September through November.[6] They also appeared on HBO's Reverb in late 2001. They would perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on December 28.

Tantric was chosen to join Creed for the first two months of 2002.[7] They then embarked on a headlining effort in the Rellim Tour, sponsored by Miller Beer, in spring 2002.[8] Afterward, Tantric would reenter the studio to record their second album.[9]

Music videos were produced for all three singles from Tantric and fared well on MTV2. "Breakdown" and "Astounded," which was led by famed director Nigel Dick, feature a more abrasive, confrontational rock sound while "Mourning" takes on a power ballad approach. The latter was featured in the end credits of the 2002 neo-noir film The Salton Sea while "Breakdown" was in advertising and the soundtrack to Driven.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Breakdown"   3:10
2. "Live Your Life (Down)"   4:30
3. "I Don't Care"   3:41
4. "Paranoid"   3:37
5. "Revillusion"   3:30
6. "Mourning" (feat string arrangements by David Campbell) 4:20
7. "Astounded"   4:21
8. "I'll Stay Here"   4:11
9. "Frequency"   4:00
10. "All to Myself"   3:45
11. "Hate Me"   3:21
12. "Inside Your Head"   5:05

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1.5/5 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

Tantric is the band's only album to land on the Billboard Heatseekers, at #4, and it reached #71 on the Billboard 200. By mid-2002, the record had sold over 600,000 copies. It would go on to achieve platinum status with over 1,000,000 units sold, a landmark that Tantric has been unable to top since. In contrast, the third album by Days of the New, similarly released in 2001, sold only about 90,000 copies.

All three singles managed to chart with the lead release, "Breakdown," reaching the highest of any Tantric single: #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks (their only number-one single on any chart to date) and at #4 on the Modern Rock Tracks. "Astounded" and "Mourning" both reached the top 20 and 30 on the Mainstream and Modern Rock charts, respectively, and gained significant radio play. Few later Tantric singles would reach these heights with the exception of "Hey Now" and "Down and Out."

Critical response[edit]

Mixed reviews were offered to Tantric's debut. Most negative feedback lay on the grounds that the album lacks a unique sound and rather mimics grunge dynamics and, more specifically, Alice in Chains. Much attention was also brought to the few musical distinctions between Tantric and Days of the New. However, the album also gained a measure of praise for its strong, commercially viable melodies and sturdy rock/pop balance.

Chart positions[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Tantric[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saidman, Sorelle Tantric Emerge From Days Of The New MTV.com (December 22, 2000). Retrieved on 12-15-10.
  2. ^ 7 Questions With Tantric MTV.com (2001). Retrieved on 12-15-10.
  3. ^ Reimer, Courtney & Cornell, Jeff Tantric Join 3 Doors Down On The Road MTV.com (April 10, 2001). Retrieved on 12-16-10.
  4. ^ Nome, Valerie Staind, Green Day, Tantric, More Rock D.C.'s HFStival MTV.com (May 29, 2001). Retrieved on 12-16-10.
  5. ^ Davis, Darren Pulls Out Of Atlanta Fest Due To Tantric? Yahoo! Music (May 8, 2001). Retrieved on 12-22-10.
  6. ^ D'Angelo, Joe Tantric, Oleander Tapped For First Rolling Rock Tour MTV.com (August 3, 2001). Retrieved on 5-11-09.
  7. ^ D'Angelo, Joe Creed Pick Tantric, Not Puddle Of Mudd, To Join Tour MTV.com (December 13, 2001). Retrieved on 12-16-10.
  8. ^ Davis, Darren Tantric Unveils 'Rellim Tour' Yahoo! Music (February 19, 2002). Retrieved on 12-21-10.
  9. ^ For The Record: Quick News On Britney Spears, Foxy Brown, Tantric, Jay-Z, Tiffany & More MTV.com (April 1, 2002). Retrieved on 12-16-10.
  10. ^ Allmusic review
  11. ^ Sputnikmusic review