Worship and Tribute
|Worship and Tribute|
|Studio album by Glassjaw|
|Released||July 9, 2002|
|Genre||Post-hardcore, progressive rock, experimental rock, alternative metal|
Worship and Tribute is the second studio album by American rock band Glassjaw. It marked their first release with Warner Bros. Records after an unpleasant split with Roadrunner Records. As with their first full-length album, Worship and Tribute was produced by Ross Robinson and mixed and engineered by Mike Fraser. It peaked at #82 on the Billboard 200 on July 27, 2002, remaining on the chart for three weeks.
Production and style
Originally, Worship and Tribute was to have twelve songs with the last song entitled "Convectuoso." The band, however, had recorded the song with their previous label, Roadrunner Records, for the "Ry Ry's Song" single. Since Glassjaw abruptly ended their contract to sign with Warner Bros., Roadrunner retained the rights to that song and refused to let the newly rerecorded "Convectuoso" be released on the final album despite being on promotional copies.
Worship and Tribute marks a huge stylistic change for Glassjaw. Rather than the extremely abrasive metal-influenced hardcore found on the first album, it moves more towards experimental rock. The album mixes jazz, afrobeat, psychedelic rock and funk among other styles and genres, and only returns to their old style fully in the opening track "Tip Your Bartender." On the other hand, tracks like "Mu Empire", "Pink Roses" and "Stuck Pig" show moments that are as aggressive as and arguably heavier than any of the band's previous material, and show more of a mix of thrash metal and noise rock.
Vocalist Daryl Palumbo has stated that while Glassjaw's debut album was filled with negativity, Worship and Tribute is much more optimistic in tone. Regarding the album title, Palumbo expressed how the bands that influenced Glassjaw have shaped their musical identity and are therefore being honored through Glassjaw's music:
- "You are only a sum of all of your influences and that's what we are. . . I think that we're original and I think that what we're doing is different and that's something I always knew we had on our side, but no matter how original you are you're still just a sum of your influences."
Guitarist Todd Weinstock has regarded continuity as the biggest difference between Glassjaw's debut album and Worship and Tribute, noting "EYEWTKAS was just kind a bunch of songs written over years and when we got signed we were like 'okay we got some songs we can throw together.' With Worship we went into it with the intentions of writing an album that made sense as a unit as opposed to a bunch of songs, some of which may have even been written four years earlier!" He also noted that, due to the fact that the album was written around the time of the September 11 attacks, its tone was affected by the tragedy.
Promotion and touring
Daryl Palumbo's Crohn's Disease brought heavy burden onto Glassjaw's touring schedule in promotion of Worship and Tribute. On October 1, 2002, he was rushed to a Paris hospital and Glassjaw's European tour schedule was postponed for December. However, on December 5, as Glassjaw returned from a US flight, Palumbo relapsed and was again rushed to a London hospital and forced the cancellation of the rescheduled dates. Palumbo was ordered to take two months off, and the European dates were rescheduled for a second time in April 2003.
It has been confirmed that the band will be performing the album in full at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth on the 10th anniversary of the album's release
Allmusic's William Ruhlmann gave Worship and Tribute a positive review, noting "Cosmopolitan Bloodloss" an AMG Track Pick. He described Glassjaw as "more interesting than their metal peers" and reflected "Glassjaw can pound it out like the best of them, but the fun comes in never knowing what variation the band will throw in next."
Mehan Jayasuriya of PopMatters noted "Worship and Tribute addressed many of these lyrical flaws [of Glassjaw's debut album] and introduced a wider palette of sounds to the band’s arsenal; in so doing, however, it lost sight of much of the momentum and focus that made the band notable in the first place." Adrien Begrand, also of PopMatters, gave an in-depth review where he acknowledged the band's talent in select song but also stressed the poor quality of Worship and Tribute as a whole: "They've shown they're a smart band, both musically and lyrically, but on Worship and Tribute, listeners are stuck with 40 percent inspiration, 60 percent filler."
The January 2008 issue of Alternative Press (AP #234) included Worship and Tribute on its "10 Essential Albums We’re Waiting For Follow Ups to." The issue also hyped the oncoming Head Automatica album.
- Nominated for a Best Album Art Grammy in 2003.
- In 2007, Kerrang! named Worship and Tribute an "album you must own."
|1.||"Tip Your Bartender"||2:59|
|4.||"Ape Dos Mil"||5:03|
|6.||"Must've Run All Day"||4:53|
|9.||"The Gillette Cavalcade of Sports"||5:56|
|10.||"Trailer Park Jesus"||4:30|
|11.||"Two Tabs of Mescaline"||8:18|
|12.||"El Mark" (Japanese Bonus Track)||3:39|
There are 7 B-sides from Worship and Tribute:
|1.||"Convectuoso" (originally track #12, appears on promotional versions of album)||7:47|
|2.||"Oxycodone" (Released on the El Mark iTunes EP)||5:44|
|6.||"El Mark" (Appears on the Cosmopolitan Bloodloss CD/7" single, later released on the El Mark iTunes EP)||3:39|
|7.||"The Number No Good Things Can Come Of" (Appears on the Cosmopolitan Bloodloss CD single, later released on the El Mark iTunes EP)||5:06|
- Daryl Palumbo - vocals
- Justin Beck - guitar, bass
- Todd Weinstock - guitar
- Shannon Larkin - drums
- Larry Gorman - backing vocals
- Ross Robinson - production, piano
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- Jayasuriya, Mehan (December 4, 2008). "Glassjaw’s Triumphant Return and the Redemption of Ross Robinson". PopMatters. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
- "Head Automatica Featured in January 2008 AP (Alternative Press) Article". Shabooty.com. 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2011.