Day for Night (The Tragically Hip album)

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Day for Night
Day for night.jpg
Studio album by The Tragically Hip
Released September 24, 1994
Recorded Kingsway Studio (New Orleans), Le Cave de Dave (Kingston, Ontario)
Genre Rock, Alternative rock
Length 59:26
Label MCA
Producer Mark Howard, The Tragically Hip, Mark Vreeken
The Tragically Hip chronology
Fully Completely
(1992)
Day for Night
(1994)
Trouble at the Henhouse
(1996)
Singles from Day for Night
  1. "Grace, Too"
  2. "Greasy Jungle"
  3. "Nautical Disaster"
  4. "So Hard Done By"
  5. "Scared"
  6. "Thugs"

Day for Night is the fourth full-length album by the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip. It is named for the film of the same name.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album was very successful in Canada, with domestic sales of 300,000 units within four days of its release.[1] It was the band's first album to debut at #1 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[2] The album has been certified 6x platinum in Canada.[3] Promotional tours for the album included stints touring with The Rolling Stones and Page and Plant.[4]

Saturday Night Live[edit]

The band appeared on Saturday Night Live in 1995, performing "Grace, Too" and "Nautical Disaster" in an episode hosted by John Goodman, in order to promote the album. They were introduced by Dan Aykroyd.

Critical reaction[edit]

In Have Not Been the Same, the authors note that "the initial response was mixed" due to the "darkness" of the album and its stemming "from the unconscious.".[5] Although AllMusic.com's rating is a lukewarm 3 out of 5, the review calls the album's "signature lyrical mysteries... lush, but much more dark-spirited" than previous albums. "Day for Night stands on the minimalism of Downie's poignancy -- nothing is overproduced and the songs themselves are left alone to arrive on their own." [6] In Chart, Jason Schneider wrote that this was the album that made The Tragically Hip more than "just a rock 'n' roll band... miraculously, the vast distances they had been absorbing for the previous five years merged with the equally limitless vistas of Gord Downie's imagination via a Daniel Lanois-inspired sonic canvas. Day For Night got inside the Canadian psyche in a terrifying way that simple nationalistic tall tales never could. The songs remain gloriously impenetrable, but their landscapes feel like home."[7] It is listed as #13 in ChartAttack's Top 50 Canadian Albums Of All-Time, just behind Neil Young's After the Gold Rush.

Track listing[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[9]

All songs were written by The Tragically Hip.

No. Title Length
1. "Grace, Too" 5:34
2. "Daredevil" 3:46
3. "Greasy Jungle" 4:27
4. "Yawning or Snarling" 4:54
5. "Fire in the Hole" 3:16
6. "So Hard Done By" 3:29
7. "Nautical Disaster" 4:43
8. "Thugs" 4:43
9. "Inevitability of Death" 3:52
10. "Scared" 5:08
11. "An Inch an Hour" 3:21
12. "Emergency" 3:34
13. "Titanic Terrarium" 4:34
14. "Impossibilium" 4:05

Personnel[edit]

  • Greg Calbi – Mastering
  • Jim Herrington – Photography
  • Mark Howard – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Andrew McLachlan – Design
  • Andrew Simon – Drawing
  • Mark Vreeken – Producer, Engineer, Mixing

Links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Breakthrough Year For Canadian Acts". Billboard. Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 60, No. 11, October 03 1994". RPM. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  3. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: The Tragically Hip - Day For Night". Archived from the original on 2013-09-21. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  4. ^ Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995, by Michael Barclay, Ian A. D. Jack, Jason Schneider
  5. ^ Have Not Been the Same: The CanRock Renaissance 1985-1995 By Michael Barclay, Ian A. D. Jack, Jason Schneider
  6. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/day-for-night-mw0000627518
  7. ^ http://www.chartattack.com/news/2000/06/30/top-50-canadian-albums-of-all-time-20-to-11/
  8. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone review".