Hive Mind (The Internet album)

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Hive Mind
Hive Mind - The Internet.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 20, 2018 (2018-07-20)
Genre
Length57:49
LabelColumbia
ProducerThe Internet
The Internet chronology
Ego Death
(2015)
Hive Mind
(2018)
Alternative cover
Vinyl release
Vinyl release
Singles from Hive Mind
  1. "Roll (Burbank Funk)"
    Released: April 27, 2018
  2. "Come Over"
    Released: May 30, 2018
  3. "La Di Da"
    Released: July 13, 2018

Hive Mind is the fourth studio album by American R&B band the Internet. It was released on July 20, 2018 by Columbia Records. It was preceded by the singles "Roll (Burbank Funk)", "Come Over" and "La Di Da".

Release and promotion[edit]

On April 27, 2018 the band released the single "Roll (Burbank Funk)", accompanied by a music video.[5] On May 30, the group announced Hive Mind, to be released by Columbia Records on July 20, with the announcement accompanied by the release of the album's second promotional single, "Come Over".[6][7] A music video for "Come Over" was released on June 6, serving as lead singer Syd's directorial debut.[8] "La Di Da" was released as the album's third single on July 13.[9]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.9/10[10]
Metacritic83/100[11]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[12]
The A.V. ClubB[13]
Entertainment WeeklyA[14]
Exclaim!8/10[15]
The Guardian4/5 stars[2]
The Independent4/5 stars[16]
NME5/5 stars[17]
Paste8.6/10[3]
Pitchfork8.3/10[4]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[1]

Hive Mind received widespread acclaim from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 83 based on 20 reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[11] Carl Anka of NME gave the album five-out-of-five stars, claiming it to be "a towering demonstration of the collective intelligence of five artists approaching their zenith".[17] A. Harmony of Exclaim! wrote about the band's growth saying "there are no weak links on this album: from the production to the songwriting, each Internet bandmate brings a polished, more mature sound to the fore."[15] Jon Pareles of The New York Times praised the band's fusion of digitally processed and hand-played music, stating that the band "imperceptibly melds hand-played parts with loops and samples; whether or not it actually is, the music feels analog. Even where the drums are looped, the bass lines often drag and pull against the beat, breaking away from vamps to improvise and loosen things up."[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocal(s)Length
1."Come Together"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
3:41
2."Roll (Burbank Funk)"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
  • Patrick Paige II
  • Thorir Baldursson
  • Mats Bjoerklund
  • Jurgen Korduletsch
  • Lacy
  • Bennett
3:11
3."Come Over"Bennett
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
5:22
4."La Di Da"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
3:27
5."Stay the Night"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
Bennett4:22
6."Bravo"
  • Bennett
  • Christopher Smith
Bennett3:26
7."Mood"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
Bennett3:18
8."Next Time" / "Humble Pie"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
  • Nick Green
  • Iman
Bennett5:41
9."It Gets Better (With Time)"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
  • Smith
5:27
10."Look What U Started"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
  • Green
Bennett4:31
11."Wanna Be"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
Bennett4:27
12."Beat Goes On"
  • Lacy
  • Martin
4:16
13."Hold On"
  • Bennett
  • Lacy
  • Smith
  • Nicholas Bennett
Bennett6:46
Total length:57:49

Personnel[edit]

The Internet

  • Sydney Bennett – vocals (all tracks), drums (6)
  • Steve Lacy – guitar (all tracks), bass (1, 3, 6–8, 10, 12, 13), background vocal (7, 8, 10–12), drums (1, 4), keyboards (8), synthesizer (8)
  • Matthew Martin – keyboards (1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 11–13), drums (3, 5, 7–9, 12, 13), synthesizer (3, 8, 12, 13), percussion (6), background vocal (12)
  • Patrick Paige – bass (1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12), keyboards (2)
  • Christopher Smith – drums (1, 11), percussion (5)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 45
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[21] 53
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[22] 86
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 39
US Billboard 200[24] 26
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[25] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Leight, Elias (July 20, 2018). "Review: The Internet Make Captivating R&B on 'Hive Mind'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Empire, Kitty (July 22, 2018). "The Internet: Hive Mind review – smooth soul seekers cast their net wide". The Guardian. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Desler, Madison (July 20, 2018). "The Internet: Hive Mind Review". Paste Magazine. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Pearce, Sheldon (July 24, 2018). "The Internet: Hive Mind Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  5. ^ D'Souza, Shaad (April 27, 2018). "The Internet Return With New Single "Roll (Burbank Funk)" and Video". Noisey. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  6. ^ Daramola, Israel (May 30, 2018). "The Internet Detail New Album Hive Mind, Release "Come Over"". Spin. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  7. ^ Kaye, Ben (May 31, 2018). "The Internet announce new album, Hive Mind, share "Come Over": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  8. ^ Castro-Cota, Isabella (June 6, 2018). "Video: The Internet – "Come Over"". Spin. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  9. ^ Maicki, Salvatore (July 13, 2018). "Hear The Internet's new single "La Di Da"". The Fader. Retrieved July 13, 2018.
  10. ^ "Hive Mind by The Internet reviews". AnyDecentMusic. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Hive Mind". Metacritic. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  12. ^ Kellman, Andy. "Hive Mind - The Internet". AllMusic. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  13. ^ Gerardi, Matt (July 20, 2018). "The Internet, Skeletonwitch, and more albums to know about this week". The A.V. Club. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  14. ^ Feldberg, Isaac (July 24, 2018). "On Hive Mind, The Internet crafts sultry and seductive R&B: EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  15. ^ a b Harmony, A. (July 20, 2018). "The Internet Hive Mind". Exclaim!. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  16. ^ O'Connor, Roisin (July 20, 2018). "The Internet are smooth operators on vibrant new album Hive Mind – review". The Independent. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Anka, Carl (July 20, 2018). "The Internet – 'Hive Mind' review". NME. Retrieved July 21, 2018.
  18. ^ Pareles, Jon (July 18, 2018). "The Internet Gives a Human Touch to Digital-Era R&B on 'Hive Mind'". The New York Times. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  19. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. July 30, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  20. ^ "Ultratop.be – The Internet – Hive Mind" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  21. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – The Internet – Hive Mind" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved July 27, 2018.
  22. ^ "Swisscharts.com – The Internet – Hive Mind". Hung Medien. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
  24. ^ "The Internet Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2018.
  25. ^ "The Internet Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2018.