XX (Mushroomhead album)

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XX
Studio album by Mushroomhead
Released December 4, 2001 (2001-12-04)
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative metal[1]
Length 69:22
Label Universal, Eclipse, Filthy Hands
Producer Mushroomhead, Steve Felton
Mushroomhead chronology
M3
(1999)
XX
(2001)
Remix 2000
(2002)
Singles from XX
  1. "Solitaire/Unraveling"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Before I Die"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

XX (pronounced Double X) is the fourth album and the first on a major label by the alternative metal band Mushroomhead, released in 2001. It was originally released through Eclipse Records, where Mushroomhead took classic tracks and re-recorded them. XX was entirely re-recorded and re-released on Universal Records later in the year. XX contains tracks from the band's three independently released albums – Mushroomhead, Superbuick and M3.

XX '​s re-release on Universal Records introduced Mushroomhead on a national and international level, while previously being just a regionally-known band. The album has sold over 300,000 copies.[2] Musically, the album fuses alternative metal with a diverse array of genres, including industrial music, gothic rock, punk rock, techno and hip hop.[1]

Difference between versions[edit]

The Eclipse Records version contains a hidden prank call at the end of "Bwomp" extended mix.[3]


Music videos[edit]

"Solitaire/Unraveling" is the only song from the album to have a music video produced, which was directed by Dean Karr. The video is set in a Southern California airplane hangar and shows the band in specially designed masks. According to J Mann, the song "acts as a metaphor for the cycles of life and the duality of man". The drummer and founder member Skinny adds, "It's very much us: dark, creepy, surreal." It found airplay[4] on Uranium, MTV2 and MTV2 Europe.[5]


Track listing[edit]

Universal Records version
No. Title Writer(s) Originally appeared on Length
1. "Before I Die"   Steve Felton, Jeffrey Hatrix, Tom Schmitz, John Sekula, Jason Popson, Jack Kilcoyne M3 3:13
2. "Bwomp"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 6:26
3. "Solitaire/Unraveling"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne M3 4:27
4. "These Filthy Hands"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 5:23
5. "Never Let It Go"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Joe Kilcoyne Superbuick 4:41
6. "Xeroxed"   S. Felton, Popson M3 2:57
7. "The Wrist"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 5:09
8. "Chancre Sore"   S. Felton, Schmitz, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 2:36
9. "The New Cult King"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne M3 5:10
10. "Empty Spaces" (Pink Floyd cover) Roger Waters   1:51
11. "Born of Desire"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne M3 4:01
12. "43"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula Mushroomhead 4:32
13. "Fear Held Dear"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Popson, Joe Kilcoyne Superbuick 2:18
14. "Too Much Nothing"   S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Popson, Sekula, Joe Kilcoyne Mushroomhead 3:10
15. "Episode 29"   S. Felton, Dave Felton Mushroomhead 1:36
43. "Bwomp" (Extended version) S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 9:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Feltonproducer
  • Mushroomhead – producer
  • Bill Korecky – engineer
  • Pat Lewis – engineer
  • Scot Edgell – additional vocals
  • Toby Wright – mixer
  • Elliott Blakey – mix assistant
  • Steven Marcussen – mastering
  • Vanessa Solowiow – photos, layout and design

Reception[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2002 The Billboard 200 178
2002 Top Heatseekers 6
2001 Top Independent Albums 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "XX - Mushroomhead". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mushroomhead". tartareandesire.com. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mushroomhead - X X". theprp.com. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mushroomhead Biography". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mushroomhead Solitaire unraveling". mvdbase.com. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mushroomhead - XX CD". cduniverse.com. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 

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