War Stories (album)

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This article is about the 2007 Unkle album. For other uses, see War Stories (disambiguation).
War Stories
Studio album by Unkle
Released 20 June 2007 (2007-06-20) (JPN)
2 July 2007 (2007-07-02) (UK)
24 July 2007 (2007-07-24) (U.S.)
Recorded 2007
Genre Electronica, trip hop, big beat, downtempo, alternative rock
Label Surrender All
Producer UNKLE, Chris Goss
Unkle chronology
Self Defence: Never, Never, Land Reconstructed and Bonus Beats
(2006)
War Stories
(2007)
More Stories
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
IGN 9/10 stars[1]
Times Online 4/5 stars[2]
The AV Club 8/10 stars[3]
Yahoo! Music UK 3.5/5 stars[4]
Metacritic (Professional) 6.5/10 stars[5]
Metacritic (User) 8.5/10 stars[5]
Alternative Press 3.5/5 stars
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
NME 5/10 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 4.5/10 stars[8]

War Stories is the third album from Unkle. The album was released in Japan on 20 June 2007 Europe and the UK on 2 July 2007, followed by a 24 July release date in North America. War Stories debuted at #58 in Australia. The album was promoted by three singles: "Burn My Shadow", "Hold My Hand" and "Restless". The video for "Burn My Shadow" featured the actor Goran Visnjic and was directed by Miguel Sapochnik.

The cover art was designed by 3D of Massive Attack.

The track "Mayday" was played in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the radio station Radio Broker.

The track "Chemistry" is used as the instrumental track for "Hello/Goodbye (Uncool)" by Lupe Fiasco from his 2007 album Lupe Fiasco's The Cool. Lupe Fiasco chose War Stories as his #1 album of the year as posted to a video on Myspace.

The track "When Things Explode" was used during the dramatic ending of the episode "Number Crunch" (Season 1 Episode 10) from the TV series "Person of Interest".

The song "Burn My Shadow" was used during the climax of the movie Repo Men. It was also featured in an Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood trailer and the trailer for the 2009 video game Fuel. The song "Chemistry" was featured in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood DLC "The Da Vinci Disappearance", a trailer for series six of Spooks and the documentary movie Countdown to Zero (2010).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" – 0:22
  2. "Chemistry" – 3:22
  3. "Hold My Hand" – 4:59
  4. "Restless" (featuring Josh Homme) – 5:04
  5. "Keys to the Kingdom" (featuring Gavin Clark) – 4:45
  6. "Price You Pay" – 6:22
  7. "Burn My Shadow" (featuring Ian Astbury) – 4:57
  8. "Mayday" (featuring The Duke Spirit) – 3:18
  9. "Persons & Machinery" (featuring Autolux) – 6:04
  10. "Twilight" (featuring 3D) – 5:21
  11. "Morning Rage" – 5:15
  12. "Lawless" – 2:36
  13. "Broken" (featuring Gavin Clark) – 4:42
  14. "When Things Explode" (featuring Ian Astbury) – 5:32
  15. "Buying a Lie" (featuring Lee Gorton) (Australian and Japanese bonus track plus in the UK on Indie Limited Edition) – 4:25
  16. "Mistress" (featuring Alice Temple) (Australian and Japanese bonus track plus in the UK on Indie Limited Edition) – 3:48
  17. "Tired of Sleeping" (hidden track) – 6:26

Disc two of the limited edition (SURR05CDXX)[edit]

  1. "Hold My Hand" (Instrumental) – 4:59
  2. "Restless" (Instrumental) – 5:04
  3. "Keys to the Kingdom" (Instrumental) – 4:45
  4. "Price You Pay" (Instrumental) – 6:22
  5. "Burn My Shadow" (Instrumental) – 4:57
  6. "Mayday" (Instrumental) – 3:18
  7. "Persons & Machinery" (Instrumental) – 6:04
  8. "Twilight" (Instrumental) – 5:21
  9. "Morning Rage" (Instrumental) – 5:15
  10. "Lawless" (Instrumental) – 2:36
  11. "Broken" (Instrumental) – 4:42
  12. "When Things Explode" (Instrumental) – 5:32

Exclusive pre-order bonus CD[edit]

  1. Autolux, "Turnstile Blues (UNKLE Surrender Sounds Session 4)"
  2. UNKLE, "A Wash of Black" (Instrumental UNKLE Remix of Muse's "Supermassive Black Hole")
  3. Black Mountain, "No Hits" (UNKLE Surrender Sounds Session 3)
  4. UNKLE, "Burn My Shadow (Jesse Somfay Mix)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UNKLE - War Stories Review - IGN". Music.ign.com. 2007-07-23. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  2. ^ http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/cd_reviews/article2021976.ece
  3. ^ Earles, Andrew (2007-07-24). "UNKLE: War Stories | Music | MusicalWork Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  4. ^ "Yahoo! UK & Ireland omg! - Celebrity Gossip | News | Photos | Videos". Uk.launch.yahoo.com. 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  5. ^ a b "War Stories Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. 2007-07-24. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r1080895
  7. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Unkle". Nme.Com. 2007-07-13. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
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