Human Performance

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Human Performance
Human Performance (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Parquet Courts
Released April 8, 2016
Genre
Length 42:20
Language English
Label Rough Trade
Parquet Courts chronology
Monastic Living
(2015)Monastic Living2015
Human Performance
(2016)
Milano
(2017) Milano2017
Singles from Human Performance
  1. "Dust"
    Released: February 4, 2016
  2. "Berlin Got Blurry"
    Released: February 25, 2016
  3. "Outside"
    Released: March 24, 2016
  4. "Human Performance"
    Released: April 6, 2016
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.9/10[1]
Metacritic82/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubA−[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[6]
NME4/5[7]
Pitchfork8.4/10[8]
Q4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[10]
Spin8/10[11]
ViceA[12]

Human Performance is the fifth studio album by American indie rock band Parquet Courts, released on April 8, 2016 on Rough Trade Records.[13]

The album was preceded by the singles "Dust", "Berlin Got Blurry", "Outside", and "Human Performance". It received a nomination for Best Recording Package at the 2017 Grammy Awards.

Background and recording[edit]

The band wrote much of Human Performance while recording the album at Dreamland Studios, New York: "We were living there, working around the clock, and there was never any time where we couldn’t be loud. It created an environment where we all encouraged each other to explore."[14] Vocalist and guitarist Andrew Savage likened the experience to recording The Beatles' White Album: "I imagine it’s what recording [that album] would’ve been like except the whole band was getting along and nobody’s girlfriend was there."[14]

Artwork[edit]

Receiving a nomination for Best Recording Package at the 2017 Grammy Awards, the album's artwork is by co-lead vocalist and guitarist A. Savage. Regarding its cover art, Savage noted: "I painted that in my own separate state of mind. I do a lot of artwork that has nothing to do with Parquet Courts, but it was around the same time that I started working on the Human Performance art, and it kind of just started screaming at me from the corner. It became apparent that it needed to be included, because so many of the same emotions were embedded within that painting were [also] within the lyrics of the record."[15]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Year Rank Ref.
Paste The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
20
Pitchfork The 20 Best Rock Albums of 2016 2016 N/A
Pitchfork The 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
26
Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2016 2016
17
The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2016 2016
9

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Parquet Courts.

No.TitleLead vocalsLength
1."Dust"Brown and Savage3:57
2."Human Performance"Savage4:15
3."Outside"Savage1:45
4."I Was Just Here"Yeaton, Savage and Brown1:48
5."Paraphrased"Savage3:01
6."Captive of the Sun"Brown2:03
7."Steady on My Mind"Brown3:38
8."One Man No City"Brown6:24
9."Berlin Got Blurry"Savage3:26
10."Keep It Even"Brown2:47
11."Two Dead Cops"Savage3:05
12."Pathos Prairie"Savage2:51
13."It's Gonna Happen"Savage, Yeaton3:20
Total length:42:20

Personnel[edit]

Parquet Courts

  • Austin Brown - guitar, keys, vocals
  • A. Savage - guitar, car, vocals
  • Max Savage - drums, percussion, vocals
  • Sean Yeaton - bass, vocals

Additional musicians:

  • D. Crystal - flute on "Human Performance"
  • Jeff Tweedy - additional guitar on "Dust" and "Keep it Even"
  • Justin Pizzoferrato - additional car horn
  • Jeff Tweedy appears courtesy of dBpm Records and Anti-

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 100
French Albums (SNEP)[22] 109
UK Albums (OCC)[23] 50
US Billboard 200[24] 118

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parquet Courts: Human Performance". AnyDecentMusic?. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Reviews for Human Performance by Parquet Courts". Metacritic. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  3. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Human Performance – Parquet Courts". AllMusic. Retrieved April 15, 2016. 
  4. ^ Warwick, Kevin (April 8, 2016). "Parquet Courts make anxiety and detachment sound refreshing". The A.V. Club. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  5. ^ Renner Brown, Eric (April 12, 2016). "Parquet Courts' Human Performance: EW Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  6. ^ Jonze, Tim (April 14, 2016). "Parquet Courts: Human Performance review – a New York punk state of mind". The Guardian. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  7. ^ Homewood, Ben (April 7, 2016). "Parquet Courts – 'Human Performance' Review". NME. Archived from the original on April 11, 2016. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ Pelly, Jenn (April 7, 2016). "Parquet Courts: Human Performance". Pitchfork. Retrieved April 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ Perry, Andrew (May 2016). "Parquet Courts: Human Performance". Q (358): 116. 
  10. ^ Sheffield, Rob (April 15, 2016). "Human Performance". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  11. ^ Weiss, Dan (April 8, 2016). "Review: Parquet Courts Drop in to See What Condition Their Condition Is in on 'Human Performance'". Spin. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ Christgau, Robert (April 15, 2016). "Parquet Courts Are Making Lou Reed Proud: Expert Witness with Robert Christgau". Vice. Retrieved April 25, 2016. 
  13. ^ Monroe, Jazz (February 4, 2016). "Parquet Courts Announce New Album Human Performance, Expand Tour, Share "Dust" Video". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 11, 2016. 
  14. ^ a b Lastson, Jeremy D. (April 21, 2016). "Ask Yourself the Same Question: An Interview With Parquet Courts". Spin. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  15. ^ Scharf, Abram (January 30, 2017). "Your truest self: An interview with Parquet Courts". Retrieved January 31, 2017. 
  16. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2016". Paste. November 30, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  17. ^ "The 20 Best Rock Albums of 2016". Pitchfork. December 7, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2016. 
  18. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2016". Pitchfork. December 13, 2016. 
  19. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2016". Rolling Stone. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2016". The Skinny. December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Ultratop.be – Parquet Courts – Human Performance" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  22. ^ "Lescharts.com – Parquet Courts – Human Performance". Hung Medien. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  23. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  24. ^ "Parquet Courts Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2016.