This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)

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This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
Studio album by Chevelle
Released September 21, 2004
Recorded November 2003 – May 2004
Genre Alternative metal
Length 46:32
Label Epic
Producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette and Chevelle
Chevelle chronology
Wonder What's Next
(2002)
This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
(2004)
Vena Sera
(2007)
Singles from This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In)
  1. "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)"
    Released: August 17, 2004
  2. "The Clincher"
    Released: March 15, 2005
  3. "Panic Prone"
    Released: 2005

This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) is the third studio album and second major label release by American alternative metal band Chevelle. Peaking at #8, it charted higher on the Billboard 200 than its predecessor, Wonder What's Next; however, the album didn't manage to match its predecessor's commercial success, but was certified gold. This Type of Thinking follows generally the same heavy style as Wonder What's Next with popular singles like "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)" and "The Clincher." It would be the first of two records produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette. This was also the final album featuring bassist Joe Loeffler, who departed from the band in 2005.

Background and recording[edit]

Coming off a highly successful major label debut, Chevelle finishing touring on December 17, 2003. They set out to write a follow-up album from scratch at the onset of the following year in what drummer Sam Loeffler described as a different approach to writing. He also noted how the band felt significant pressure from their label to not simply match but topple the platinum success of Wonder What's Next. In a 2004 interview, Loeffler described the process of approaching This Type of Thinking:

"We went home for Christmas and after New Year's we went into the studio and we said, 'All right, we have to write a whole record in basically four months.' We had no songs, so we had to write that whole record and we ended up taking five months. We wanted to go heavy, we wanted to do a lot of double-bass drum, kind of syncopated rhythms, and we wanted to basically write songs that we could bob our heads to. That was sort of where we started. We're a heavy melodic rock band, that's what we like to write, and that's what we like to play. And that's what we did."

This time around, Chevelle opted to produce their own album with the help of Michael "Elvis" Baskette. This Type of Thinking would continue the balance of melody and heaviness of its predecessor. And much like the final track on Wonder What's Next, "Bend the Bracket" would be recorded simply as an acoustic demo for its unpolished presentation.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Melodic 3.5/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (dud)[4]

Allmusic editor Johnny Loftus observes the album as "...flatly mixed, lost in depression, and obsessed with rewriting "Sober" for a new generation of lank-haired misunderstoods."[2] Melodic calls it "...a real quality album that you will never get bored of.", praising the songs "The Clincher", "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)" and "Another Know It All".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Pete Loeffler

No. Title Length
1. "The Clincher"   3:43
2. "Get Some"   4:27
3. "Vitamin R (Leading Us Along)"   3:43
4. "Still Running"   3:43
5. "Breach Birth"   4:03
6. "Panic Prone"   3:50
7. "Another Know It All"   4:20
8. "Tug-O-War"   4:32
9. "To Return"   3:42
10. "Emotional Drought"   5:24
11. "Bend the Bracket"   5:05
Total length:
46:32

Personnel[edit]

Chevelle
Technical personnel
  • Andy Wallace – mixing
  • Ben Goldman – A&R
  • Chevelle – producer
  • Christian Lantry – photography
  • Dave Holdredge – digital editing, drum programming, engineer
  • Eddy Schreyer – mastering
  • Farra Mathews – A&R
  • Jef Moll – assistant
  • Joseph Chevelle – group member
  • Josh Wilbur – digital editing
  • Katharina Fritsch – cover sculpture
  • Kevin Dean – assistant
  • Michael "Elvis" Baskette – engineer, producer
  • Sean Evans – art direction
  • Steve Sisco – assistant

Trivia[edit]

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  • Some printings had an error in the wording of the album's title on the security strip atop the CD case. Instead of "This Type" it stated "This Kind".
  • An alternate version of the song "The Clincher" appeared on the Madden NFL 2005 soundtrack.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
The Billboard 200[5] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Klodz, Randy J. Chevelle: Helping Bring Hard-Rock to Chicago, A Million Units at a Time SOAK Magazine (2004). Retrieved on 11-17-2012.
  2. ^ a b "This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) - Chevelle". Allmusic. 
  3. ^ a b "Melodic Net - Chevelle - This Type Of Thinking Could Do Us In". Melodic.net. Retrieved 2013-09-11. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Chevelle". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-04-23. 
  5. ^ "This Type of Thinking (Could Do Us In) - Chevelle | Awards". AllMusic. 2004-09-21. Retrieved 2013-09-11.