Anthology (Alien Ant Farm album)

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Anthology
ANThology AAF.jpg
Studio album by Alien Ant Farm
Released United States March 6, 2001
Australia March 19, 2001
United Kingdom March 19, 2001
Recorded August – November 2000[citation needed]
Genre
Length 56:39
Label DreamWorks
Producer Jay Baumgardner
Alien Ant Farm chronology
Greatest Hits
(1999)
Anthology
(2001)
Truant
(2003)
Singles from ANThology
  1. "Smooth Criminal"
    Released: July 24, 2001
  2. "Movies"
    Released: 2001
  3. "Attitude"
    Released: May 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
NME (6/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Wall of Sound (62/100)[7]
Yahoo! Music UK 7/10 stars[8]

Anthology (styled as ANThology) is the second album by Alien Ant Farm released on March 6, 2001 in the United States and March 19, 2001 in Australia and the UK. It is the first major label album of the band. Similarly to how their debut album was entitled Greatest Hits, the album is not a compilation album.

"Smooth Criminal" was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band series of video games on May 5, 2009. The rest of the album has been licensed for release on the Rock Band Network over the course of 2011–12, starting with "Movies" and "Courage" and continuing with three songs per quarter until the full album is released.[9]

Song information[edit]

Their first single, "Smooth Criminal", was a cover of Michael Jackson's song of the same name, which started to bring popularity to the band. The song "Wish" was featured on the video game soundtrack of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3,[10] and "Courage" was featured on the video game soundtracks of Shaun Palmer's Pro Snowboarder and ATV Offroad Fury 2.[11][12]

Singles[edit]

Originally, the band made a small-budget video for the song "Movies" (as they were still unknown). This was their intended first single. According to the band, they had never intended for "Smooth Criminal" to be a single. A radio station played the song (without permission from the band) and they received positive feedback. Instead of taking action against the radio station, they decided to accommodate the listeners and they quickly released their "Smooth Criminal" video and withdrew their "Movies" video. When it was time for a second single, they shot the current "Movies" video. There were a total of 3 videos made for this track.

Recording[edit]

The album was recorded and mixed at NRG Recording in North Hollywood.[13]

Commercial reception[edit]

The album has been certified Platinum in the United States for sales of over 1,000,000 units.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alien Ant Farm, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Courage"   3:30
2. "Movies"   3:15
3. "Flesh and Bone"   4:28
4. "Whisper"   3:25
5. "Summer"   4:15
6. "Sticks and Stones"   3:16
7. "Attitude"   4:54
8. "Stranded"   3:57
9. "Wish"   3:22
10. "Calico"   4:10
11. "Happy Death Day"   4:33
12. "Smooth Criminal" (Michael Jackson cover) Jackson 3:29
13. "Universe" (includes the hidden track "Orange Appeal")   9:07
Total length: 56:39
  • The song "Wish" was the band's first song ever written and performed, and is also featured on their $100 EP.
  • The song "Movies" was originally from Greatest Hits.
  • The song "Universe" was originally from the EP Love Songs, though it is also featured on Greatest Hits.
  • An early version of the Michael Jackson cover, "Smooth Criminal", can also be found on Greatest Hits, labelled as "Slick Thief".

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak position
AUS
[15]
AUT
[16]
BE (VI)
[17]
BE (Wal)
[27]
DEN
[28]
FIN
[19]
FRA
[29]
HOL
[18]
IRE
[30]
IT
[31]
NOR
[32]
NZL
[21]
SWE
[22]
SWI
[23]
UK
[24]
US
[33]
2001 "Smooth Criminal" 1 6 3 4 3 2 27 4 2 11 7 4 5 4 3 23
"Movies" 29 32 4 13 35 62 5
2002 "Attitude" 66
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

References[edit]

  1. ^ SPIN - Dec 2001 "ANThology is a hybrid of angsty alt-metal and aggro melodic rock" [1]
  2. ^ coyled. "The 12 Most Underrated Nu Metal Albums". VH1. 
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  4. ^ a b c Mesquita Borges, Maria. "ANThology – Alien Ant Farm". allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  5. ^ Empire, Kitty (March 28, 2001). "First release on Papa Roach's label. Continues insect theme". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved August 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ Walters, Barry (May 1, 2001). "Alien Ant Farm: Anthology". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on February 1, 2009. 
  7. ^ Durcholz, Daniel. "Wall of Sound Review: ANThology". Wall of Sound. Archived from the original on March 10, 2001. Retrieved September 10, 2012. 
  8. ^ Heath, Chris (September 10, 2001). "Alien Ant Farm - 'Anthology'". Yahoo! Music UK. Archived from the original on August 19, 2004. Retrieved 10 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "Alien Ant Farm and the RBN!". RockBand.com. 2011-01-04. Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2010-01-05. 
  10. ^ Music From and Inspired by Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3 (Media notes). Various artists. Warner Music. 2001. 9362481492. 
  11. ^ "Activision Announces Shaun Palmer Soundtrack". IGN. 18 September 2001. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "ATV Offroad Fury 2 Soundtrack". IGN. 16 October 2002. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c d ANThology (CD liner notes). Alien Ant Farm. New Noize/DreamWorks. 2001. 450 293-2. 
  14. ^ a b "'N Sync's Celebrity Is Five Times The Fun!". RIAA. 4 September 2001. Retrieved 4 August 2011. 
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  24. ^ a b "UK Top 40 Chart Archive, British Singles & Album Charts". everyHit.com. Archived from the original on 23 July 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.  Note: "Alien Ant Farm" must be entered as a search term and either 'Albums' or 'Singles' selected in the drop-down menu.
  25. ^ "ANThology – Alien Ant Farm". Billboard. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  26. ^ "BPI – Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.  Note: "Alien Ant Farm" must be entered as a search term.
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  28. ^ "Alien Ant Farm – ANThology". danishcharts.com (in Danish). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  29. ^ "Alien Ant Farm – ANThology". lescharts.com (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  30. ^ "The Irish Charts – All There is to Know". irishcharts.ie. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.  Note: "Alien Ant Farm" must be entered as a search term.
  31. ^ "Alien Ant Farm – ANThology". italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  32. ^ "Alien Ant Farm – ANThology". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
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