Yours Truly (Sublime with Rome album)

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Yours Truly
Studio album by Sublime with Rome
Released July 12, 2011
Recorded February–April 2011 at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas
Genre Ska
Reggae
Alternative rock
Length 38:29 (Standard)
53:10 (Deluxe)
52:47 (iTunes Deluxe)
Label Fueled by Ramen
Producer Paul Leary
Singles from Yours Truly
  1. "Panic[1]"
    Released: May 10, 2011
  2. "Lovers Rock"
    Released: June 29, 2011
  3. "Take It or Leave It"
    Released: October, 2011

Yours Truly is the debut album by rock group Sublime with Rome, which was released on July 12, 2011. It is the first album since the original Sublime disbanded in 1996, due to lead singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell's death. According to the liner notes, the album is dedicated to him. After the break up, its surviving members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh reformed Sublime in 2009 almost by accident, with Rome Ramirez filling in for Nowell. However, the group were unable to use the name Sublime for legal reasons, which resulted in the birth of Sublime with Rome. After embarking on their first US tour in 2010, Sublime with Rome signed with the record label Fueled by Ramen and went to work on its first full-length studio album. Guitarist Paul Leary of Butthole Surfers, who co-produced Sublime's eponymous final album, produced it.

Yours Truly met with critical acclaim at the time of its release and initially received positive reviews. "Panic" was released as the album's first single and it was successful, reaching No. 4 on Billboard's Alternative Songs and cracking the top 10 on the Rock Songs chart. "Lovers Rock" and "Take It or Leave It" were also released as singles.

As of December 2011, Yours Truly is the only Sublime with Rome album recorded with co-founder Bud Gaugh, who has since left the band.

Background and history[edit]

Sublime broke up immediately after Nowell died from a drug overdose on May 25, 1996. After the break up, Wilson and Gaugh resurfaced in the band Long Beach Dub Allstars, releasing two albums and then splitting up in 2002. After Long Beach Dub Allstars, Wilson went on to form Long Beach Shortbus, while Gaugh went on to form Eyes Adrift and Volcano (both of which featured Meat Puppets guitarist/vocalist Curt Kirkwood).

In February 2009, Gaugh and Wilson reunited for a show in Nevada and called themselves Sublime. They were joined by a new singer-guitarist whose identity was not announced; on March 1, 2009, Gaugh confirmed this was then-20-year-old Northern California native Rome Ramirez, who had previously collaborated with Wilson on RAWsession where he played Sublime songs such a "Saw Red" and "Boss DJ".[2] The trio played another show at Cypress Hill's Smokeout Festival on October 24, 2009 in San Bernardino, California. The festival also featured performances from Kottonmouth Kings, Slipknot, Deftones, Bad Brains and Pennywise.[3] However, because the name Sublime had been trademarked by Bradley Nowell, the band decided to call themselves Sublime with Rome to curtail any legal difficulties.[4][5]

Work on Yours Truly began as early as 2010 and Gaugh told Billboard.com that Sublime with Rome would enter the studio in June for a week "and nail down some of the more worked-out songs, and possibly even finish one or two of them for a late summer radio release". The band was expected to have the album out in 2011.[6] On February 5, 2011, Sublime With Rome announced on their official website that they were planning to enter the studio in March to begin recording their debut album, with Butthole Surfers guitarist Paul Leary producing.[7] On February 21, 2011 (Wilson's 41st birthday), the band posted a statement on their Facebook page saying that they had begun recording the album and would be posting "mad videos" to "let everyone know where to go for a behind the scenes look at the Sublime With Rome process."[8] On April 14, 2011, Rome posted an update on Sublime With Rome's official website saying that the album was almost finished and expected for a summer release. During the summer 2010 tour, Sublime With Rome performed their first new song "Panic" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.[9] It was also announced that Sublime with Rome officially signed to record label Fueled By Ramen and would release their debut album Yours Truly on July 12, 2011.[10]

The band began streaming the album in its entirety via their official Facebook page on July 6, 2011.

Sublime with Rome was invited to promote Yours Truly by supporting 311 on their Universal Pulse tour, dubbed the 2011 Unity Tour.[11] Special guests included DJ Soulman and DJ Trichrome.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[12]
Ultimate-Guitar.com (8.7/10)[13]

Early critical reception to the album was mostly positive. The Allmusic review by Jason Lymangrover states: "Yours Truly doesn't quite match the caliber of the albums in the Sublime discography, but it's a fairly enjoyable spin-off just the same".[14] Ultimate-Guitar.com praised Yours Truly as a "solid release with tracks appealing to original fans as well as those with Rome's flair of originality."[15]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Billboard 200[16] 9

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Panic"   2:23
2. "Only"   2:40
3. "Lovers Rock"   3:25
4. "Murdera"   4:26
5. "My World"   2:29
6. "Paper Cuts"   1:53
7. "PCH"   3:23
8. "Same Old Situation"   3:44
9. "Take It or Leave It"   3:52
10. "You Better Listen"   3:20
11. "Spun"   3:27
12. "Can You Feel It" (Featuring Wiz Khalifa) 3:36
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Dynamite"   7:52
14. "Safe and Sound"   3:14
15. "Lovers Rock" (Acoustic) 3:35
iTunes Bonus Tracks
No. Title Length
13. "Dynamite"   7:52
14. "Safe and Sound"   3:14
15. "Panic" (Acoustic) 3:12

Personnel[edit]

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