The Alternative (album)

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The Alternative
Studio album by IAMX
Released 28 April 2006
Genre Electronic, synthpop, dark cabaret, trip hop
Length 45:22
Label Independent
Producer Chris Corner
IAMX chronology
Your Joy Is My Low Remixes
(2005)
The Alternative
(2006)
IAMIXED
(2008)
UK and US release cover

The Alternative is the second studio album by IAMX, released on 28 April 2006 in Europe and a year later in the UK and Ireland. It was re-issued on Metropolis Records in the US on May 6, 2008. It is the second IAMX album to contain tracks intended for SP4 and is generally viewed as an underground classic of its genre by many music critics and the fans.[1]

Overview[edit]

The US and UK versions differ significantly from the original German/Swiss release. Many of the songs saw significant parts rerecorded or remixed, most noticeably "The Negative Sex" and "Spit It Out", as well as "The Alternative", "Nightlife" and "Song of Imaginary Beings". "This Will Make You Love Again" is among a handful of songs to have been edited to include vocals by Janine Gezang.

The re-released versions also include a string version of "Spit It Out" as a hidden track. Both album versions carry alternate covers.

Nightlife was used heavily in the promotion for the vampire film We Are The Night. It is featured in a sequence in the film as well, which features no dialogue but is told rather through the images set to the song.

Track listing[edit]

Original 2006 release

All music composed by Chris Corner, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "President"   3:54
2. "The Alternative"   4:00
3. "Nightlife*"   4:21
4. "Lulled by Numbers*"   4:01
5. "Song of Imaginary Beings*"   4:27
6. "The Negative Sex"   3:08
7. "Bring Me Back a Dog"   3:23
8. "S.H.E*"   3:58
9. "Spit It Out"   3:34
10. "After Every Party I Die*"   3:50
11. "This Will Make You Love Again*"   4:39

2008 re-release

All music composed by Chris Corner, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "President"   3:57
2. "The Alternative"   4:13
3. "Nightlife*"   5:01
4. "Lulled by Numbers*"   3:59
5. "Song of Imaginary Beings*"   4:31
6. "The Negative Sex"   3:11
7. "Bring Me Back a Dog"   3:29
8. "S.H.E*"   4:02
9. "Spit It Out"   3:55
10. "After Every Party I Die*"   3:50
11. "This Will Make You Love Again*"   4:47
12. "Spit It Out (String Version) [Bonus Track]"   5:52

Trivia[edit]

"S.H.E." stands for "secret harmonic emotion" as follows from the lyrics to the song.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Music Review: IAMX - The Alternative - Blogcritics Music". Blogcritics.org. 2007-07-21. Retrieved 2012-02-04.