Desensitized (Drowning Pool album)

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Studio album by Drowning Pool
Released April 20, 2004
Recorded December 2003–March 2004
Length 38:38
Label Wind-up
Producer Johnny K
Drowning Pool chronology
Full Circle
(2007)Full Circle2007
Singles from Desensitized
  1. "Step Up"
    Released: June 22, 2004
  2. "Love and War"
    Released: 2004
  3. "Killin' Me"
    Released: 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]

Desensitized is the second studio album by American rock band Drowning Pool. It was their first album since the death of vocalist Dave Williams as well as the only album to feature replacement vocalist Jason Jones. The album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The album cover features porn star Jesse Jane. Desensitized shows less nu metal elements than Drowning Pool's previous album Sinner.

Jones left the band soon after the album's release because of personal and musical differences. "Step Up", "Think" and "Hate" are songs from Desensitized that are played during live performances today. "Step Up" was featured in the 2004 film The Punisher and was also featured in the compilation album MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2.

Writing and recording[edit]

Writing for the album began in 2003. Recording began towards the end of the year and was finished in March 2004.

Jason Jones said most of his songs are about the struggle when he was living as a homeless "People were like, 'Look at this f---ing homeless guy,'" "It's a struggle, man, and a lot of my songs are about the struggle."[5]

Jason Jones on Cast Me Aside "You get a rash of calls from people you haven't heard from in 10-12 years who are suddenly wanting to kick it again. I was like "Where the f--- were you?" You know... that whole shit of everyone loves you when you're on top kinda thing."[6]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by S. Benton, J. Jones, M. Luce, and C. J. Pierce.

No. Title Length
1. "Think" 3:32
2. "Step Up" 3:17
3. "Numb" 3:31
4. "This Life" 3:44
5. "Nothingness" 3:25
6. "Bringing Me Down" 3:08
7. "Love and War" 3:39
8. "Forget" 3:23
9. "Cast Me Aside" 4:13
10. "Killin' Me" 3:08
11. "Hate" 3:42
Total length: 38:38

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2004 US Billboard 200 17
UK Album Charts 66
Top Internet Albums 17

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Step Up" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 7
UK Singles Chart 79
"Love and War" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 21
"Killin' Me" 28


Drowning Pool


  • Produced and Recorded by Johnny K
  • Mixed by Randy Staub
  • Additional Engineering by Tadpole and James Murray
  • Assistant Engineer at Groovemaster Recording: James Winans
  • Assistant Engineers at Ocean Studios: Jason Cupp and Alex Pavlides
  • Assistant Engineer at Armoury Studios: Misha Rajaratnam
  • Guitar Tech: Tony McQuaid
  • Recorded at Groovemaster Recording, Chicago, IL, and Ocean Studios, Burbank, CA
  • Mixed at Armoury Studios, Vancouver, B.C., Canada
  • Mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering, Hollywood, CA
  • Demos / Pre-Production by Ben Schigel at Last Beat Studios, Dallas, TX
  • A&R: Diana Meltzer
  • A&R / Wind-up Production Supervisor: Gregg Wattenberg
  • A&R Administration: Chipper
  • Band Photos: Clay Patrick McBride
  • Cover Star: Jesse Jane
  • Jesse Jane Photos by JOONE, courtesy of JOONE.Tv
  • Art Direction: Ed Sherman
  • Management: Paul Bassman for Bassmanagement
  • Legal: Nicholas C. Ferrara for Serling, Rooks & Ferrara, LLP
  • Booking Agent: Scott Sokol at Pinnacle Entertainment