Two (The Calling album)

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Two
Studio album by The Calling
Released June 8, 2004
Recorded Bertelsmann Music Group
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 49.28
Label RCA
Producer Alex Band, Aaron Kamin, Clif Magness, Marc Tanner
The Calling chronology
Camino Palmero
(2001)
Two
(2004)
Singles from Two
  1. "Our Lives"
    Released: March 30, 2004
  2. "Things Will Go My Way"
    Released: August 16, 2004
  3. "Anything"
    Released: 2004

Two (also stylized as II) is the second and final studio album by American alternative rock band The Calling, released on June 8, 2004 (Alex Band's 23rd birthday) through RCA Records. The record only features original members Alex Band and Aaron Kamin along with a variety of session musicians.

Despite radio-friendly singles and relentless touring by the band, the album was viewed by many as under promoted by the label and disappointing compared to the success of their first album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alex Band and Aaron Kamin.

No. Title Length
1. "One by One"   5:07
2. "Our Lives"   3:55
3. "Things Will Go My Way"   4:01
4. "Chasing the Sun"   3:45
5. "Believing"   3:57
6. "Anything"   4:05
7. "If Only"   4:41
8. "Somebody Out There"   4:08
9. "Surrender"   5:26
10. "Dreaming in Red"   4:52
11. "Your Hope"   5:24

Personnel[edit]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Melodic.net 4/5 stars[2]
musicOMH (favourable)[3]
RTÉ.ie 4/5 stars[4]
Sputnik Music 3.5/5 [5]

"Our Lives" was a minor hit, but the album was not as successful as their debut album Camino Palmero with sales totaling two million worldwide. Johnny Loftus at AllMusic, who gave it one and half out of five stars, said the album is "never adding enough of anything to be memorable or personal," and, that it is "the alternative to having an opinion."[1]

Two didn't do as well in the charts as their debut album, as it only peaked at #54 on Billboard 200. In UK it peaked higher than their first album as it reached #9. World sales of the album reach 1,500,000.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Austrian Album Chart 19
European Albums Chart[6] 22
French Album Chart 40
German Album Chart 17
Irish Album Chart 49
Italian Album Chart 17
Japanese Album Chart[7] 25
Netherlands Album Chart 66
Swedish Album Chart 51
Swiss Album Chart 23
UK Album Chart 9
U.S. Billboard 200 Album Chart 54

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Brazil (ABPD)[8] Gold 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Silver 60,000^

Personnel[edit]

  • Alex Band – Arranger, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals, Producer
  • Paul Bushell – Bass
  • The Calling – Video Producer
  • Bob Clearmountain – Mixing
  • Clive Davis – Executive Producer
  • Stephen Ferrera – A&R
  • Shaina Fewell – Video Director
  • FJH – Art Direction
  • Josh Freese – Drums
  • Marc Greene – Engineer
  • Tal Hertzberg – Engineer
  • Kurt Iswarienko – Photography
  • Aaron Kamin – Bass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Spoken Word, Group Member
  • Chris Lord-Alge – Mixing
  • Clif Magness – Producer
  • Jamie Muhoberac – Piano, Strings
  • Gary Novak – Drums
  • Alan Steinberger – Keyboards, Organ (Hammond)
  • Marc Tanner – Producer
  • Matthew Welch – Photography
  • Joe Yannece – Mastering

References[edit]