Chroma (album)

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Chroma
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Studio album by Cartel
Released September 20, 2005
Recorded Treesound Studios,
Atlanta, Georgia
Genre Pop, pop punk[1]
Length 49:50
Label The Militia Group
Producer Zack Odom, Kenneth Mount, Cartel
Cartel chronology
The Ransom EP
(2004)
Chroma
(2005)
Live Dudes
(2006)

Chroma is the debut studio album by the American rock band Cartel, released originally on The Militia Group record label in 2005.

Recording[edit]

"Luckie. St" was originally recorded for the band's The Ramsom EP and was recorded for Chroma.[2]

Release[edit]

In its first week of release, it sold over 3,000 copies, becoming The Militia Group's most successful artist release. The single "Honestly" launched the album to the charts including the number 1 debut on Soundscan's Alternative New Artist Charts. The album also made it to the top 20 in over 50 independent record store's sales charts.[3] The album's second single was "Say Anything (Else)". The last song, "A", references lyrics in several songs on the album.

The band re-released this album on June 13, 2006 under Epic Records. The re-release included new artwork, access to their online fan club, a three song live EP entitled Live Dudes, and an updated version of "Save Us", featuring the entire band backing Pugh on piano. By February 2015 the album has sold over 250,000 copies since its release.[4]

Reception and legacy[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk.net (86%)[5]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Vice Magazine (8/10)[6]

"Luckie. St" was included on Alternative Press‍‍ '​‍s "Windows Down - 11 summer driving songs" list.[2]

On February 2, 2015, Cartel announced an anniversary tour was to take place between in April and May.[4] The band was supported by Hit the Lights, Team and Driver Friendly.[4] It was also announced that Chroma anniversary vinyl would be available for pre-order, as well as Chroma tour. The vinyl was limited to 1,000 copies.[7][8]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Say Anything (Else)"   3:51
2. "Honestly"   3:30
3. "Runaway"   2:53
4. "Matter of Time"   3:22
5. "Burn This City"   4:22
6. "Save Us"   4:39
7. "Luckie St."   3:45
8. "Settle Down"   3:05
9. "If I Fail"   3:42
10. "The Minstrel's Prayer"   4:41
11. "Q"   2:37
12. "A"   9:45

Credits[edit]

Chart performances[edit]

Chart (2005–6) Position
U.S. Soundscan's Alternative New Artist 1
U.S. Billboard 200[9] 140
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums[10] 2
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[11] 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rick Anderson. "Chroma - Cartel - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Heisel, Scott (May 15, 2013). "Weekly Playlist #25: Windows Down - 11 summer driving songs". Alternative Press. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Message - AbsolutePunk.net". absolutepunk.net. Retrieved May 30, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Sharp, Tyler (February 2, 2015). "Cartel announce 'Chroma' 10-year anniversary tour - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved June 21, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Message - AbsolutePunk.net". absolutepunk.net. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Vice Magazine review
  7. ^ "Cartel - CHROMA. 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TOUR + VINYL. Get...". facebook.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  8. ^ "CARTEL - CHROMA - 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY". cartelchroma.com. Retrieved 30 May 2015. 
  9. ^ "Cartel Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  10. ^ "Cartel Album & Song Chart History - Heatseekers". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-04-10. 
  11. ^ "Cartel Album & Song Chart History - Independent Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 2010-04-10.