The Hard Road

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The Hard Road
Studio album by Hilltop Hoods
Released 6 April 2006 (2006-04-06)
Recorded 2003–2005 Hilltop Hoods Studios
Genre Australian hip hop
Length 50:27
Label Obese
Producer Hilltop Hoods
Hilltop Hoods chronology
The Calling
(2003)
The Hard Road
(2006)
The Hard Road: Restrung
(2007)
Singles from The Hard Road
  1. "Clown Prince"
    Released: 20 January 2006
  2. "The Hard Road"
    Released: 2006
  3. "What a Great Night"
    Released: 2006
  4. "Recapturing The Vibe"
    Released: 2007
Reissue Cover
2009 reissue cover.

The Hard Road is the fourth studio album by hip hop group, the Hilltop Hoods from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia. The album was released on 6 April 2006 by Obese Records[1] and peaked at number one on the Australia ARIA Albums Chart.[2] The album contains the top 20 single, "Clown Prince". The album achieved Gold status (35,000 units) on 8 April 2006, a week after release and has now surpassed Platinum status (70,000 units). The album won the Triple J J Award in 2006. The award was announced on 1 December. Five songs from the album placed on the annual Triple J Hottest 100 chart announced on 26 January 2007. Songs "Recapturing The Vibe", "Stopping All Stations", "What a Great Night", "Clown Prince" and "The Hard Road" placed No. 77, No. 56, No. 41, No. 23, and No. 3 respectively. "An Audience with the Devil" samples the spoken parts (the interview between Suffa and the Devil) from the Millennium episode "Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me".

Background[edit]

On 1 April 2006 Australian hip hop group, Hilltop Hoods, released their fourth album, The Hard Road, which peaked at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart.[3] It was the first hip hop album by an Australian artist to do so. It was certified gold within a week of being released.[4] Its lead single, "Clown Prince", reached the top 30 on the related ARIA Singles Chart.[3] This featured guest verses from New York rapper, Omni, and British MCs, Mystro and Braintax.[5] Hilltop Hoods received the inaugural Australian Independent Record (AIR) Award for Independent Artist of the Year and Best Performing Independent Album for The Hard Road in 2006.[6] The track, "The Blue Blooded", is a collaboration with Australian MCs: Funkoars, Hau from Koolism, Mortar, Vents, Drapht, Muph & Plutonic, Pegz and Robby Balboa.[5] On 27 April of the same year, Hilltop Hoods performed at the Bass in the Grass music festival in Darwin alongside fellow hip hop group, The Herd. That same day they issued a second single, the title track from the album. Its music video includes fellow members from the Certified Wise Crew – Cross Bred Mongrels, Terrafirma and Funkoars.

Following the success of The Hard Road Tour in early 2006, the Hilltop Hoods began their second national tour for the year, The Stopping All Stations Tour, which visited more regional areas of Australia as well as the capital cities. They were supported by Koolism and Mystro. Late that year, Hilltop Hoods released their third single from the album, "What a Great Night". The video shows the group at a club with camera shots panning up and down to reveal a new location. It used special effects and is one of the most expensive video clips for an Australian hip hop group, mirroring the group's rise in success and popularity. Also late in the year the band won the J Award for best album of the year from Triple J.[7] They performed the Homebake Festival and Falls Festival before the end of the year. The Hard Road received the AIR Award for Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Release in 2007.[6]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[8]
Soul Dungeon 4.5/5 stars[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Recapturing The Vibe" - 3:26
  2. "Clown Prince" - 3:52
  3. "The Hard Road" - 4:06
  4. "Stopping All Stations" - 3:52
  5. "Conversations from a Speakeasy" (featuring Omni) - 3:28
  6. "What a Great Intro" - 0:24
  7. "What a Great Night" - 3:07
  8. "City of Light" - 3:40
  9. "Obese Lowlifes" (featuring Mystro and Braintax) - 2:24
  10. "Circuit Breaker" - 3:29
  11. "Breathe" - 3:15
  12. "The Blue Blooded" (featuring Blue Blooded Allstars) - 4:47
  13. "Monsters Ball" - 4:19
  14. "An Audience with the Devil" - 4:06
  15. "The Captured Vibe" (featuring DJ Reflux) - 2:12
  16. "I Can't Take It" (Deluxe Version Bonus Track)

Secret track and extra material[edit]

  1. Video clip of the first single "Clown Prince" is available for viewing on the CD.
  2. Untitled secret track ("Ya Feel Big?", which works only on some stereos) - to access this track, start on track 1, "Recapturing the Vibe", and scan backwards. The song is about Hilltop Hoods' rise to fame and the struggles they endured because of this rise.

Singles[edit]

  1. "Clown Prince" - 2006
  2. "The Hard Road" - 2006
  3. "What a Great Night" - 2006
  4. "Recapturing The Vibe" - 2007

Song credits[edit]

Due to the MCs Suffa and Pressure performing different verses and choruses of varying songs, the sections done by DJ Debris and the large number of guest artists featured on the album, what follows is an extensive list of song credits.

  1. "Recapturing The Vibe" - 3:26
    • Produced by Suffa
    • Verse 1: Pressure
    • Verse 2: Suffa
    • Scratches by DJ Debris
  2. "Clown Prince" - 3:52
  3. "The Hard Road" - 4:06
    • Produced by Suffa
    • Verse 1: Suffa
    • Verse 2: Pressure
    • Verse 3: Suffa
    • Scratches by DJ Debris
    • Contains a sample of "Out in the Woods" by Leon Russell
  4. "Stopping All Stations" - 3:52
    • Produced by Suffa
    • Performed by Pressure
    • Scratches by DJ Debris
    • Contains samples of "Ego Trippin' (Part II)" by De La Soul and "1-800 Suicide" by Gravediggaz
  5. "Conversations from a Speakeasy" featuring Omni - 3:28
    • (M. Lambert/D. Smith/B. Francis/J. McDonald)
    • Produced by Suffa
    • Verse 1: Pressure
    • Verse 2: Omni
    • Verse 3: Suffa
    • Scratches by DJ Debris
    • Contains a sample of "You Gots to Chill" by EPMD
  6. "What a Great Intro" - 0:24
  7. "What a Great Night DNR" - 3:06
    • Produced & performed by Suffa
    • Scratches by DJ Debris
    • Contains a sample of "For Pete's Sake" by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
  8. "City of Light" - 3:40
    • Produced by Suffa
    • Verse 1: Suffa
    • Verse 2: Pressure
    • Scratches by DJ Debris
    • Bass guitar by Chris Lambert
    • Electric guitar by Nick Lambert
  9. "Obese Lowlifes" featuring Mystro and Braintax - 2:24
    • (M. Lambert/D. Smith/B. Francis/K. Dafarmo/J. Christie)
    • Produced by Suffa
    • Verse 1: Mystro
    • Verse 2: Pressure
    • Verse 3: Braintax
    • Verse 4: Suffa
    • Scratches by DJ Debris
    • Contains samples of "These Walls Don't Lie" by Promoe
  10. "Circuit Breaker" 3:29
    • (M. Lambert/D. Smith/B. Francis/D. Rankine)
    • Produced by Trials
    • Verse 1: Suffa
    • Verse 2: Pressure
    • Scratches by DJ Debris
    • Contains samples of "Professor Booty" by Beastie Boys and "Buddy" by De La Soul
  11. "Breathe" - 3:15
    • Produced by Suffa
    • Performed by Pressure
    • Scratches by DJ Debris
    • Bass Guitar by Chris Lambert
    • Trumpet by Phil Ingram
    • Contains a sample of "Unbelieveable" [sic] by Notorious B.I.G.
  12. "The Blue Blooded" featuring Blue Blooded Allstars - 4:47
    • (M. Lambert/D. Smith/B. Francis/R. Mortimer/D. Rankine/A. Baker/L. Latukefu/P. Ridge/J. Laroner/D. Young/T. Staff/R. Warren/M. Honson)
    • Produced by Suffa
    • Introduction: Trials
    • Verse 1: Suffa
    • Verse 2: Mortar
    • Verse 3: Trials and Sesta
    • Verse 4: Hau
    • Verse 5: Drapht
    • Verse 6: Vents
    • Verse 7: Muphin and Pegz
    • Verse 8: Robby Balboa
    • Verse 9: Honz
    • Verse 10: Pressure
  13. "Monsters Ball" - 4:19
    • (M. Lambert/D. Smith/B. Francis/A. Simmons)
    • Produced by Simplex
    • Verse 1: Suffa
    • Verse 2: Pressure
  14. "An Audience with the Devil" - 4:06
  15. "The Captured Vibe" featuring DJ Reflux - 2:12
    • (M. Lambert/D. Smith/B. Francis/D. Yates)
    • Produced by Suffa
    • Scratches by DJ Reflux

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2006 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Preceded by
Both Sides of the Gun by Ben Harper
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
10–16 April 2006
Succeeded by
10,000 Days by Tool

References[edit]

  1. ^ dUSK (16 April 2006). "Hilltop Hoods The Hard Road". Sputnik Music. Sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Kathy McCabe (19 March 2012). "Hilltop Hoods first Australian act to debut at number one on ARIA album charts with Drinking From The Sun". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 September 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Hilltop Hoods". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 6 December 2012. 
  5. ^ a b The Hard Road (Media notes). Hilltop Hoods. Obese Records. 2006. OBR 042. 
  6. ^ a b "Independent Music Awards – History". Independent Music Charts. Australian Independent Record Labels Association (AIR). Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "The J Award 2006". Triple J. Retrieved 2009-05-20. 
  8. ^ Allmusic review
  9. ^ Soul Dungeon review

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