Emotional Technology

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Emotional Technology
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Studio album by BT
Released August 5, 2003
Genre

Electronica, dance, alternative rock, trance, hip hop, breakbeat, techno

Length = 78:13 (CD)
62:50 (vinyl)
71:11 (Spec. Collector's Ed., CD1)
Label Nettwerk
Producer BT
BT chronology
Movement in Still Life
(1999)
Emotional Technology
(2003)
The Technology EP
(2004)
Singles from Emotional Technology
  1. "Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved)"
    Released: 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]
Beat Factor 8/10[4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[5]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[6]
About.com 3.5/5 stars[7]
CounterCulture.com 3.5/5 stars[8]
URB 4/5 stars[9]
Music Emissions 4/5 stars[10]

Emotional Technology is the fourth studio album by electronica artist BT. Transitioning towards a poppier sound, the album features some of BT's well-known hits, including "Somnambulist", "The Force of Gravity" and "Superfabulous". "Somnambulist", also known as "Simply Being Loved", holds the Guinness World Record for most vocal edits in a single track, with 6,178 in the album version.[11] The album features vocal performances by JC Chasez, Rose McGowan, and Transeau himself, among others.

Style[edit]

The album's intro consists of a backwards sample of "Satellite", the closing track of Movement, followed by reversed samples of "Somnambulist" and "Dark Heart Dawning" from Emotional Technology. Shortly after "Somnambulist", the album moves from its pop-oriented sound into a more experimental direction, containing introspective lyrics and song structures and samples not normally found in trance music at the time (the extended breakdown section of "P A R I S" features a galloping horse and a choir, while "Communicate"'s chorus drops the beat entirely). Emotional Technology also found Transeau writing several epic rock songs in the vein of "Satellite". Several of these songs would later be replaced on the Special Collector's Edition release.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

The album received mixed reactions from both fans and critics alike. People who liked the album praised BT for the highly personal and experimental nature of the album. Others disregarded it as "pop at its worst". They were also turned off by the less dance floor-friendly vibe of this album compared to his other releases.[citation needed]

Remix contest[edit]

Prior to the album's release, BT and BPM Magazine held a remix contest for the album. Inside an issue of BPM Magazine would be an EP containing the individual parts for "Somnambulist", "Communicate", "The Great Escape" and "Superfabulous", as well as a new, unreleased track titled "Kimosabe".[citation needed] The four winners were announced in early 2004 and they won signed copies of Emotional Technology among other prizes. Two notable winners were Toksin for his remix of "Communicate" and Burufunk for their remix of "The Great Escape". Burufunk had previously remixed "Somnambulist" for when the song was released as a single in May 2003. They later worked with BT on his remix of The Doors' classic, "Break on Through (To the Other Side)". Toksin has since released remixes of "Superfabulous" and "The Great Escape" on his website. He has also remixed "Shame" in his live shows.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by BT, unless noted.

CD pressing
No. Title Length
1. "The Meeting of a Hundred Yang" 0:44
2. "Knowledge of Self" (feat. Guru) 6:41
3. "Superfabulous" (feat. Rose McGowan) 4:40
4. "Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved)" 4:20
5. "Force of Gravity" (feat. JC Chasez) 8:19
6. "Dark Heart Dawning" 7:08
7. "The Great Escape" (feat. Caroline Lavelle) 6:58
8. "P A R I S" (feat. Jody Wisternoff) 7:51
9. "Circles" 4:43
10. "Last Moment of Clarity" (feat. Karina Ware) 7:21
11. "Communicate" (feat. Jan Johnston) 5:48
12. "Animals" 7:24
13. "The Only Constant Is Change" 6:16
Japanese bonus disc
No. Title Length
14. "Kimosabe" (feat. Wildchild) 6:55
15. "Tao of the Machine" (feat. The Roots) 5:04
16. "Love in the Time of Thieves" (feat. Tamra Keenan) 6:21
17. "The Revolution" (feat. Rasco) 4:19
18. "Somnambulist (Junkie XL Vocal Mix)" 8:56
19. "Somnambulist (Sander Kleinenberg's Convertible Mix)" 10:03
20. "Somnambulist (Burufunk Remix)" 7:30
21. "The Great Escape (Attention Deficit Mix)" 10:37
22. "Force of Gravity (Dylan Rhymes Push-up Mix)" 8:37
23. "Force of Gravity (Tiësto Remix)" 7:48

Vinyl pressing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "Knowledge of Self" 8:14
2. "Superfabulous" 5:27
Side B
No. Title Length
3. "Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved)" 5:06
4. "Force of Gravity" 9:58
Side C
No. Title Length
5. "Dark Heart Dawning" 7:43
6. "The Great Escape" 7:19
Side D
No. Title Length
7. "P A R I S" 9:31
8. "Last Moment of Clarity" 9:35

Special Collector's Edition[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Length
1. "The Meeting of a Hundred Yang" 0:44
2. "Knowledge of Self" (feat. Guru) 6:40
3. "Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved)" 4:21
4. "Force of Gravity" (feat. JC Chasez) 8:19
5. "Dark Heart Dawning" 7:08
6. "The Great Escape" (feat. Caroline Lavelle) 6:58
7. "P A R I S" (feat. Jody Wisternoff) 7:48
8. "Kimosabe" 5:34
9. "The Revolution" 4:14
10. "Last Moment of Clarity" (feat. Karina Ware) 7:11
11. "Communicate" (feat. Jan Johnston) 5:57
12. "The Only Constant Is Change" 6:04
Disc 2
No. Title Length
13. "Somnambulist (Mark Norman Remix)" 7:49
14. "Love in the Time of Thieves" (feat. Tamra Keenan) 6:18
15. "Force of Gravity (Tiësto Remix)" 8:18
16. "Somnambulist (Junkie XL Vocal Mix)" 8:54
17. "Superfabulous (Toksin's Rawshaker Mix)" 7:59
18. "Force of Gravity (Dylan Rhymes Push Up Mix)" 8:38
19. "Kimosabe (Hyper Remix)" 7:19
20. "Communicate (Toksin's Narcan Remix)" 6:50
21. "Somnambulist (Sander Kleinenberg's Convertible Mix)" 10:02

Singles[edit]

The album had only one "official" single, which was "Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved)". However, the Technology EP serves as a non-formal single release for "Superfabulous", "The Force of Gravity" and "The Great Escape".[citation needed]

Personnel[edit]

  • Guru – raps on "Knowledge of Self"
  • DJ Swamp – "cuts and scratches" on "Knowledge of Self"
  • Rasco – raps on "Knowledge of Self", "Circles" and "The Revolution"
  • Rose McGowan – vocals on "Superfabulous"
  • Scott McCloud – vocals on "Superfabulous"
  • Brain – live drums on "Superfabulous", "Dark Heart Dawning", "Circles", "Animals", "The Only Constant Is Change" and "Kimosabe"
  • Tommy Stinsonbass on "Superfabulous", "Circles", "Animals", "The Only Constant Is Change" and "Kimosabe"
  • Richard Fortusguitars on "Superfabulous", "Circles", "Animals", "The Only Constant Is Change" and "Kimosabe"; cello on "The Great Escape"
  • JC Chasez – background vocals on "Somnambulist"; vocals on "The Force of Gravity"
  • Doug Wimbus – pedal steel guitar on "Dark Heart Dawning"
  • Alan Vavarin – percussion on "Dark Heart Dawning"
  • Kurt Wortman – percussion on "Dark Heart Dawning"
  • Donna Taylor – background vocals on "Dark Heart Dawning"
  • Jackie Smiley – background vocals on "Dark Heart Dawning"
  • Valerie Pinkston – background vocals on "Dark Heart Dawning"
  • Caroline Lavelle – vocals and cello on "The Great Escape"
  • Hutchy – raps on "P A R I S"
  • Jody Wisternoff – additional production on "P A R I S"
  • Karina Ware – vocals on "The Last Moment of Clarity"
  • Jan Johnston – vocals on "Communicate"
  • Wildchild – vocals on "Kimosabe"
  • The Roots – performance on "Tao of the Machine"
  • Tamra Keenan – vocals on "Love in the Time of Thieves"
  • BT – all other vocals, instruments and programming

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Metacritic – Emotional Technology". 
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r650767/review
  3. ^ He's too reserved as a solo performer to keep things interesting. [5 Sep 2003, p.77]
  4. ^ "BT – Emotional Technology". 
  5. ^ Lash, Jolie (August 4, 2003). "BT – Emotional Technology". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2003-09-07. 
  6. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (August 30, 2003). "BT – Emotional Technology". Slant Magazine. 
  7. ^ Brassil, John. "BT - Emotional Technology". About.com. 
  8. ^ Shaeffer, Rowan. "BT: Emotional Technology". 
  9. ^ At seventy-eight minutes, Emotional Technology gets a bit long in the tooth, but you get the feeling that the myriad streams of sound that pass between (and through) his ears have finally nestled together in a grandiose manner he envisioned. [Sep 2003, p.99]
  10. ^ "BT - EMOTIONAL TECHNOLOGY". 
  11. ^ "Most Vocal Edits on a Single Recording". 

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