The Obliterati

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The Obliterati
Studio album by Mission of Burma
Released May 23, 2006
Recorded 2005, Q Division Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts
Genre Post-punk, indie rock
Length 51:41
Label Matador Records
Producer Bob Weston
Mission of Burma chronology
The Obliterati
The Sound the Speed the Light
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (8.3/10.0) link 4/5 stars link
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link
Stylus B+ link

The Obliterati is the third album by the American post-punk band Mission of Burma. In September 2005, Mission of Burma began recording their third studio album, the second since their 2002 reunion. Produced by Bob Weston and originally titled "Aluminum Washcloth", The Obliterati was released on May 23, 2006 on Matador Records to positive reviews, and was named the 33rd best album of 2006 by Pitchfork Media.[1]

In February 2006, 500 fans signed up for a Mission of Burma singles club, which was intended to deliver, on a weekly basis, eight one-sided 12" vinyl singles and CD singles, with the vinyl singles coming out first and their CD counterparts arriving a couple of weeks afterward. Various manufacturing delays, however, forced Matador to release all eight CD singles simultaneously as a set, with the vinyl versions delivered to subscribers around the time The Obliterati arrived in stores. The "blank" sides of the vinyl singles, and the front cover and screenprinted sides of the CDs, feature etched artwork from artist Shepard Fairey (of "André the Giant Has a Posse" infamy). These have become much sought-after items by collectors.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "2wice" – 3:36
  2. "Spider's Web" – 3:25
  3. "Donna Sumeria" – 5:37
  4. "Let Yourself Go" – 3:31
  5. "1001 Pleasant Dreams" – 3:49
  6. "Good, Not Great" – 2:07
  7. "13" – 4:16
  8. "Man in Decline" – 3:22
  9. "Careening With Conviction" – 3:48
  10. "Birthday" – 3:10
  11. "The Mute Speaks Out" – 3:23
  12. "Is This Where?" – 3:35
  13. "Period" – 3:27
  14. "Nancy Reagan's Head" – 4:35


  1. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2006". Pitchfork Media. 2006-12-10. Retrieved 2009-07-23.