Beautiful Machine

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Beautiful Machine
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Studio album by Shihad
Released New Zealand 21 April 2008
Recorded Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne
Genre Alternative rock, electronic rock
Label Warner Music
Producer Alan Moulder, Shihad, Scott Horscroft
Shihad chronology
Love Is the New Hate
(2005)Love Is the New Hate2005
Beautiful Machine
(2008)
Ignite
(2010)Ignite2010
Alternative covers
Beautiful Machine 2 CD cover
Beautiful Machine 2 CD cover
Beautiful Machine pre-release artwork
Beautiful Machine pre-release artwork
Singles from Beautiful Machine
  1. "One Will Hear the Other"
    Released: January 2008
  2. "Vampires"
    Released: March 2008
  3. "Beautiful Machine"
    Released: June 2008
  4. "Rule the World"
    Released: November 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Salient [1]
Yahoo!Xtra [2]
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Beautiful Machine is the seventh album by Shihad and was released on 21 April 2008 in New Zealand and 17 May 2008 in Australia.

The album is much softer than previous Shihad releases, including many electronica elements and '80s backing rhythms - to the point where lead singer Jon Toogood has called some tracks "dance songs".

The lead single "One Will Hear the Other" was released early January 2008, where it peaked as the second most played Kiwi song. "Vampires" was the album's second single and surpassed "One Will Hear the Other" in airplay, peaking as the number one most played Kiwi song shortly after its release.

Beautiful Machine entered the New Zealand Music Chart at number 1, going Gold on its first day of release (7,500+ sales). Despite this achievement it failed to go Platinum, Shihad's first album to not do so in 12 years.

Like Shihad's previous album Love Is the New Hate, Beautiful Machine's top position on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart was 11.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "One Will Hear The Other" - 4:01
  2. "Rule The World" - 4:22
  3. "Hard To Please" - 3:59
  4. "Beautiful Machine" - 4:14
  5. "Vampires" - 4:04
  6. "Count It Up" - 2:22
  7. "Waiting Around For God" - 5:13
  8. "Chameleon" - 3:37
  9. "Eliza" - 4:39
  10. "The Bible And The Gun" - 4:22
  11. "When Are You Coming Home?" - 3:44
  12. "The Prophet" - 5:14

2 CD Bonus Disk Tracks:

  1. "Lowlife" - 3:15
  2. "Won't Let You Down" 4:09
  3. "Skank" (Played live 2007) - 3:50
  4. "It's a Crime" - 4:39
  5. "Lightbulb" - 2:49
  6. "Name Your Price" - 4:22

iTunes Only Bonus Tracks:

  1. "Violence+Bloodshed"
  2. "Easy Life Romance"
  3. "No Religion (Getting Nowhere Fast)"

Unreleased B-Sides:

  1. "Settle Down"
  2. "Michaelangelo"
  3. "Alazama"
  4. "Outta Here" (Played live 2006)
  5. "Whatever" (Played live 2006)

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References[edit]

Preceded by
Rockferry by Duffy
New Zealand RIANZ Album Chart number-one album
April 28, 2008
Succeeded by
Flight of the Conchords by Flight of the Conchords