Vol. II (Hurt album)

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Vol. II
Studio album by Hurt
Released September 25, 2007
Recorded March 2007–?
Genre Alternative rock, progressive rock
Length 58:04
Label Capitol
Producer Eric Greedy
Hurt chronology
Vol. I
(2006)
Vol. II
(2007)
The Re-Consumation
(2008)

Vol. II is the fourth full length studio album by the rock band Hurt, and was released on September 25, 2007. This album shares many of the sorrowful and painful themes as Vol. I. However, many songs on this album have slower tempos and more acoustic instrumentation, while still maintaining a hard rock sound. Another change from Vol. I is the inclusion of different instruments, such as the banjo and dobro, and a lineup of female backup singers.

Before having Eric Greedy mix the album, the band had sent it to a mixing engineer who did not mix the album to the band's satisfaction. J. Loren said of the situation, "...he was a very notable person that we paid a large sum of money to, and he destroyed the record. It sounded so horrible, I actually had a nervous breakdown when I heard the record, and they threw me in a van before the cops came. So, I thought that my life was over, I just literally could not handle the devastation of it." [1]

Many of the songs on this album are rerecorded from previous works. The songs "Summers Lost," "Abuse of SID," and "Better" are originally from Hurt's self-titled album. "Alone With the Sea," "Loded," and "Et Al" are originally from The Consumation.[2]

"Loded," the second single from this album, was chosen by a poll taken on the band's forum.[3]

The band also released alternate mixes to the songs "Talking to God" and "On the Radio" through their MySpace.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Summers Lost" (L. Wince) 6:10
2. "Ten Ton Brick" (L. Wince, P. Spatola, J. Ansley) 3:50
3. "Aftermath" (L. Wince, P. Spatola) 3:13
4. "Abuse of SID" (L. Wince) 4:50
5. "Alone With the Sea" (L. Wince) 5:22
6. "Talking to God" (L. Wince) 4:53
7. "Loded" (L. Wince) 3:13
8. "Better" (L. Wince) 4:27
9. "Assurance" (L. Wince) 4:34
10. "On the Radio" (L. Wince) 5:10
11. "Et Al" (L. Wince) 5:22
12. "Thank You for Listening" (L. Wince) 6:55

Personnel[edit]

Personnel information from album liner notes.[5]

Additional Personnel[edit]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (94%)[7]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[8]

The album was praised by both fans and critics. It did exceptionally well in many professional reviews. It has sold nearly 50,000 copies since its release.

On May 12, 2009, Hurt received an award for the song "Ten Ton Brick" during SESAC’s 13th annual New York Music Awards.[9]

Chart information[edit]

Year Album / Single Peak Chart Positions
Billboard 200 Top Heatseekers US Mainstream Rock US Modern Rock
2007 Vol. II #101 [10] #1 [10] - -
2007 "Ten Ton Brick" - - #6 [11] #28 [11]
2008 "Loded" - - #33 [11] -

References[edit]

  1. ^ Interview with Crusher Magazine
  2. ^ HURT Forums Song List
  3. ^ HURT Forums Single Poll
  4. ^ HURT Forum MySpace Bulletins
  5. ^ Vol. II (CD booklet). Hurt. CA: Capitol Records. 2007. p. 1. 
  6. ^ a b Vol. II (CD booklet). Hurt. CA: Capitol Records. 2007. p. 9. 
  7. ^ "Hurt - Vol. II - Album review". AbsolutePunk. 
  8. ^ Greene, Jo-Ann. "Review: Vol. II". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 Sept 2009. 
  9. ^ SESAC Holds 13th Annual Music Awards
  10. ^ a b "Hurt Album Chart History". Retrieved 2008-03-30. 
  11. ^ a b c "Hurt Singles Chart History". Retrieved 2008-03-30.