23 (Blonde Redhead album)

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23
BlondeRedhead23.jpg
Studio album by Blonde Redhead
Released April 10, 2007 (2007-04-10)
Recorded 2006
Studio
Genre
Length 43:23
Label 4AD
Producer Blonde Redhead
Blonde Redhead chronology
Misery Is a Butterfly
(2004)
23
(2007)
Penny Sparkle
(2010)
Singles from 23
  1. "23"
    Released: April 2, 2007
  2. "Silently"
    Released: May 28, 2007

23 is the seventh studio album by American alternative rock band Blonde Redhead. The album was released on April 10, 2007 through 4AD.

Background[edit]

23 is the first album the band self-produced, with additional assistance provided by producer Mitchell Froom on two tracks, "Silently" and "Top Ranking".[1] In an interview regarding the album, the band acknowledged their goals to be more spontaneous in their songwriting, to aim for simplicity and clarity, and to create additional tensions.[1] Drummer Simone Pace said he found it nerve-wracking to enter the studio with only loose ideas for songs, while singer Kazu Makino admitted it "wasn't an entirely enjoyable experience. Without a producer, a referee, we could really get on each other's cases. It got intense."[1]

Guitarist Amedeo Pace admitted that the band were unsure what direction the album was taking until they reached the mixing stage.[1] Simone Pace said the album "sounds fresh because we are exploring new things. We get tired of doing the same thing all the time, so we search for other things to do."[1]

Artist Alex Gross created the album's cover art, "The Tragedy".

Release[edit]

23 was released through 4AD on April 10, 2007 in the United States.[2] It debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at number 63, selling roughly 11,000 copies in its first week.[3] The album was released on April 16, 2007 in the United Kingdom.[2]

"23" was released on April 2, 2007 as a one-track light blue-colored 7" vinyl single.[4] "Silently" was released on May 28, 2007 as a digital EP featuring the additional tracks "(We Are a Real Team) Harry and I" and "Signs Along the Path",[5] and as a 7" vinyl single backed with an edit of "(We Are a Real Team) Harry and I".[6]

Melodie McDaniel directed the first official music video for "23".[7] Mike Mills directed videos for five of the album's tracks: "23", "My Impure Hair", "Silently", "The Dress", and "Top Ranking".[8] The "Top Ranking" video stars actress Miranda July.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic83/100[10]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[11]
The A.V. ClubA−[12]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[13]
The Guardian3/5 stars[14]
Mojo4/5 stars[15]
Pitchfork7.0/10[16]
Q3/5 stars[17]
Spin2.5/5 stars[18]
Uncut8/10[19]
URB4.5/5 stars[20]

Heather Phares of AllMusic wrote that on 23, Blonde Redhead "trades the cloistered chamber rock of Butterfly for tone-bending dream pop and subtle electronics; while the wide open spaces sound a little bare at first, this streamlined approach ends up making this Blonde Redhead's loveliest and most accessible work yet."[11]

In 2016, Pitchfork ranked 23 at number 30 on its list of "The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time".[21]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Blonde Redhead.

No.TitleLength
1."23"5:18
2."Dr. Strangeluv"4:47
3."The Dress"4:00
4."S.W"4:35
5."Spring and by Summer Fall"4:15
6."Silently"3:57
7."Publisher"4:01
8."Heroine"4:11
9."Top Ranking"3:27
10."My Impure Hair"4:52

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 52
Belgian Alternative Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 34
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 77
Italian Albums (FIMI)[24] 38
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[25] 196
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[26] 100
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 152
US Billboard 200[28] 63
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[29] 4
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[30] 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Chick, Stevie. "Blonde Redhead Biography". BlondeRedhead23.com. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Blonde Redhead: About 23". BlondeRedhead23.com. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  3. ^ Hasty, Katie (April 18, 2007). "'NOW' Remains No. 1 As Bright Eyes Debuts High". Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Blonde Redhead: '23'". 4AD. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Silently – EP by Blonde Redhead". United States: iTunes Store. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Blonde Redhead: 'Silently'". 4AD. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  7. ^ Gottlieb, Steven (May 1, 2007). "New Release: Blonde Redhead '23'". VideoStatic. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  8. ^ Perez, Rodrigo (May 21, 2007). "Miranda July Stars In The New Mike Mills-Lensed Blonde Redhead Video; 4 More Clips Revealed". The Playlist. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Blonde Redhead and Miranda July". Paper. July 17, 2007. Retrieved May 15, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Reviews for 23 by Blonde Redhead". Metacritic. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "23 – Blonde Redhead". AllMusic. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  12. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (April 24, 2007). "Blonde Redhead: 23". The A.V. Club. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ Vozick-Levinson, Simon (April 9, 2007). "23". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ Simpson, Dave (April 13, 2007). "Blonde Redhead, 23". The Guardian. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Blonde Redhead: 23". Mojo (162): 110. May 2007. 
  16. ^ Bosler, D. Shawn (April 11, 2007). "Blonde Redhead: 23". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 1, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Blonde Redhead: 23". Q (250): 123. May 2007. 
  18. ^ Gross, Joe (April 2007). "Blonde Redhead: 23". Spin. 23 (4): 86. Retrieved 23 May 2016. 
  19. ^ Pinnock, Tom (October 2016). "Blonde Redhead". Uncut (233): 49. 
  20. ^ Wasfie, Giselle Zado (April 2007). "Blonde Redhead: 23". URB: 100. 
  21. ^ "The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time". Pitchfork. October 24, 2016. p. 3. Retrieved May 8, 2018. 
  22. ^ a b "Ultratop.be – Blonde Redhead – 23" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  23. ^ "Lescharts.com – Blonde Redhead – 23". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  24. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Blonde Redhead – 23". Hung Medien. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  25. ^ "23" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Blonde Redhead – 23". Hung Medien. Retrieved July 1, 2014.
  27. ^ "CHART: CLUK Update 28.04.2007 (wk16)". Zobbel.de. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  28. ^ "Blonde Redhead Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  29. ^ "Blonde Redhead Chart History (Independent Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  30. ^ "Blonde Redhead Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2018.

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