Behind the Music (album)

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Behind the Music
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Studio album by The Soundtrack of Our Lives
Released 12 February 2001 (Europe)
16 January 2002 (UK)
24 September 2002 (U.S.)
24 November 2003 (Australia)
Recorded Svenska Grammofonstudion and Music-A-Matic, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2000–2001
Genre Alternative rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 57:33
Label Telegram Records (Europe)
Hidden Agenda/Universal (US)
In-Fidelity Recordings (Australia)
Producer Ebbot Lundberg with Johan Forsman
The Soundtrack of Our Lives chronology
Extended Revelation...
(1998)
Behind the Music
(2001)
Origin Vol. 1
(2004)
Singles from Behind the Music
  1. "Still Aging"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Nevermore"
    Released: 2001
  3. "Sister Surround"
    Released: 13 May 2002 (UK)
  4. "21st Century Rip Off"
    Released: 9 September 2002 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]
NME 9/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 3.0/10[5]
Q 4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]
Spin 9/10[8]

Behind the Music is the third album by the Swedish rock band The Soundtrack of Our Lives. It was originally released in Europe in February 2001, and subsequently around the world over the next two years. The album was the band's breakthrough record outside their native Sweden, and was nominated for the Best Alternative Album award at the 2003 Grammy Awards. Among their newly found fans was Noel Gallagher, who proclaimed Behind the Music to be "the best album to come out in the last six years"[5] and invited The Soundtrack of Our Lives to join on Oasis's UK and European tour in 2002.

The front cover features alginate masks of the faces of the six band members, cast by Swedish artists Per Svensson and Anna Strid. Svensson and the group's frontman Ebbot Lundberg had previously collaborated in an experimental sound and art project called 'Audio Laboratory'.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Infra Riot" (Ebbot Lundberg, Mattias Bärjed, Åke Karl Kalle Gustafsson) – 4:45
  2. "Sister Surround" (Lundberg, Bärjed) – 3:35
  3. "In Someone Else's Mind" (Lundberg, Bärjed) – 2:45
  4. "Mind the Gap" (Lundberg, Ian Person) – 4:21
  5. "Broken Imaginary Time" (Gustafsson) – 5:14
  6. "21st Century Rip Off" (Lundberg, Person) – 3:56
  7. "Tonight" (Lundberg, Martin Hederos) – 3:42
  8. "Keep the Line Movin'" (Lundberg, Person) – 2:47
  9. "Nevermore" (Lundberg, Bärjed, Björn Olsson) – 3:21
  10. "Independent Luxury" (Lundberg, Bärjed) – 3:59
  11. "Ten Years Ahead" (Lundberg, Bärjed) – 2:51
  12. "Still Aging" (Lundberg, Person) – 3:52
  13. "In Your Veins" (Lundberg, Person) – 4:22
  14. "The Flood" (Lundberg, Person) – 2:47
  15. "Into the Next Sun" (Lundberg, Bärjed) – 5:06

Bonus Future Excerpts EP[edit]

  1. "We're Gonna Get It Right" – 4:01
  2. "Can't Control Myself" – 3:18
  3. "Slow Drift Away" – 2:51
  4. "Hang Ten" – 4:37
  5. "We'll Get By" – 1:59
  • This special limited edition bonus EP came bundled with the original release, and later appeared with special tour editions of the album in some territories. All five tracks of the EP appeared later on A Present from the Past.

Personnel[edit]

  • Mattias Bärjed – guitar, backing vocals, slide echoes and "additional instruments that makes us too pretentious to mention"
  • Åke Karl Kalle Gustafsson – bass, backing vocals, double bass violin and cembalo
  • Martin Hederos – piano, Mellotron, organ, backing vocals and string arrangement
  • Ebbot Lundberg – lead vocals, sitar, harmonica and dulcimer
  • Ian Person – guitar, backing vocals, percussion, Spanish sound effects and space slide
  • Fredrik Sandsten – drums, percussion and spiritual guidance

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Arpad Carlesäter – handclaps on "Independent Luxury"
  • Eva-Tea Lundberg – horns
  • Martin Wingate, John Löfgren, Märja Tokkola, Sigvard Järrebring and Kajsa Ivars – string quintet
  • Salmaan Rasa – tablas on "Can't Control Myself"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. "Behind the Music – The Soundtrack of Our Lives". AllMusic. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Simpson, Dave (1 February 2002). "Pop CD releases". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "A Return to Aggressive Form for Nas". Los Angeles Times. 23 December 2001. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  4. ^ Fox, Jason (15 January 2002). "Soundtrack Of Our Lives : Behind The Music". NME. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Reiter, Kyle (20 January 2003). "The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Behind the Music". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Behind the Music". Q (186): 107. January 2002. 
  7. ^ Kot, Greg (17 October 2002). "The Soundtrack of Our Lives: Behind The Music". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  8. ^ Dolan, Jon (November 2002). "The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Behind the Music (Universal)". Spin. 18 (11): 122. Retrieved 13 April 2016. 
  9. ^ 'Audio Laboratory' page on Per Svensson's official website

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