Tourist (Athlete album)

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Tourist
Studio album by Athlete
Released 31 January 2005
Recorded Autumn 2003–Winter 2004/05
Genre Indie rock
Length 46:15
Label Parlophone
Producer Victor Van Vugt, John Cornfield, Athlete
Athlete chronology
Vehicles & Animals
(2003)
Tourist
(2005)
Beyond the Neighbourhood
(2007)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 46/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
NME 6/10
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [2]
Entertainment.ie 4/5 stars [3]
Pitchfork Media (3.6/10) [4]
PopMatters (3/10) [5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [6]

Tourist was the second album by English rock band Athlete, released in January 2005 (see 2005 in British music). For this album, Athlete demonstrate a more mature musical style, creating a more stripped-down, sombre and reflective album than their first album Vehicles & Animals.

The first single from the album, "Wires", became the biggest hit so far for the band when it entered the UK Singles Chart at #4. The album also fared well in the charts, reaching the top of the UK Albums Chart the week it was released, selling 89,000 copies. Despite this success, Tourist had a mixed critical reception, with some suggesting that Athlete had failed to sustain the unique style of their previous album, while others saw the new album as a logical progression from their old sound. Despite the mainstream breakthrough the band achieved with this album, their fanbase was reduced to a mere cult when follow-up Beyond the Neighbourhood became their smallest-seller.

At the end of 2005, Tourist became the 32nd best-selling album of the year in the UK, and "Wires" was the 89th best-selling single.

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

In 2010, "Chances" was featured in the Doctor Who Series 5 episode, "Vincent and the Doctor".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Chances"   4:50
2. "Half Light"   3:41
3. "Tourist"   3:57
4. "Trading Air"   4:27
5. "Wires"   4:20
6. "If I Found Out"   5:02
7. "Yesterday Threw Everything at Me"   3:45
8. "Street Map"   4:38
9. "Modern Mafia"   2:45
10. "Twenty Four Hours"   5:01
11. "I Love"   3:49
12. "Lay Your Head" (Bonus track on the Japanese edition.) 4:55
Bonus DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Wires" (live audio – Shepherds Bush 2004)  
2. "Tourist" (Behind the Scenes Documentary)  
3. "Wires" (live video – Shepherds Bush 2004)  
4. "Tourist" (live video – Shepherds Bush 2004)  
5. "New Project" (live audio – Shepherds Bush 2004)  
6. "Vehicles and Animals" (live audio – Shepherds Bush 2004)  
7. "You Got the Style" (live audio – Shepherds Bush 2004)  
8. "Shake Those Windows"    

Singles[edit]

UK Singles Chart[7]
Title Released Peak
Position
"Wires" 17 January 2005 4
"Half Light" 25 April 2005 16
"Tourist" 15 August 2005 43
"Twenty Four Hours"
"Stand in the Sun
"
14 November 2005 42

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 31 January 2005 Parlophone LP 5607401 / 7243 5 60740 1 9
CD 5607402 / 7243 5 60740 2 6
CD / DVD 5637040 / 7243 5 63704 0 1
Australia 21 February 2005 Capitol Records CD 5638612
Japan 23 February 2005 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP 66347 / 4988006826823
6 July 2005 CD TOCP 66405
United States 12 April 2005 Astralwerks CD / DVD ASW 60954 /
10 May 2005 CD ASW 73951 / 7243 8 73951 2 1
Preceded by
Push the Button by The Chemical Brothers
UK number one album
13 February 2005 – 19 February 2005
Succeeded by
Hopes and Fears by Keane

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/tourist
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Athlete: Tourist [CD & DVD] at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  3. ^ Lynch, Andrew (24 January 2005). "Athlete - Tourist". Entertainment.ie. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  4. ^ Moerder, Adam (3 February 2005). "Athlete: Tourist". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (19 April 2005). "Athlete: Tourist". PopMatters. Retrieved 13 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian (5 May 2005). "Athlete: Tourist". Rolling Stone (Straight Arrow). ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007. 
  7. ^ "Athlete". ChartStats.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 13 October 2011.