IV (Godsmack album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||April 25, 2006|
|Recorded||October – December 2005|
|Studio||Spiral Recording Studio in Hollywood, California|
|Producer||Sully Erna, Andy Johns|
|Singles from IV|
Recording and lyrical themes
According to Sully Erna: "This is the first time I’ve been totally honest, speaking the truth about real situations," he says. "In the past I was always pointing a finger, whether at myself or someone else, but I’ve come clean with myself and the people I can now love and care about.
This record is about the light at the end of the tunnel, coming out of that funk, recognizing the dark parts of our lives, but committing to finding a way out of them."
With legendary engineer Andy Johns, who worked on such Led Zeppelin classics as "Stairway to Heaven" and "When the Levee Breaks", as well as albums by the Rolling Stones and Van Halen, Godsmack transitions from their metal roots to full-fledged classic blues-rockers.
Recorded at Spiral Recording Studio in Los Angeles, Godsmack had the luxury, for the first time, of writing and recording IV without being on the road or having to rush to meet a deadline. They wrote 35 tracks, recorded 17, and picked the best of them to go on the disc.
"There were a lot of things that happened on this record that were different than the way we worked in the past," explains Erna. "And one of those was me letting go of the steering wheel a bit, allowing the band control over the writing and me stepping away to an outside point of view and coming up with lyrics for what I viewed as another group entirely," he says.
The lyrical themes, about speaking the truth and coming clean, are echoed in "Livin' in Sin", a song that inspired Erna to reveal to his girlfriend his infidelities, a theme he also explores in "The Enemy". "I was blocked for months," he says. "Writing that song opened up the floodgates and made me realize what this record was about."
"Shine Down" was another example of the band wrenching light from dark. "That one's not just a song of hope, but of realistic expectations," explains Erna. "It's about being human and having problems. About not being able to lift your head off the pillow, but knowing there's somebody out there that watches over us and a universe that protects us. I knew this new year would be rocking for us. It's not religious, but spiritual."
"Voodoo Too" is a sequel to the hit single Voodoo as it features a bit of the ending of "Voodoo" in the beginning in the song.
The album's minimalist name "IV" derives not only from its being the band's fourth studio album, but also from a running piece of backstage humor, as related by Larkin and Erna:
We have this security guy, a big, tough guy named J.C. He's another Boston guy. And in Boston, it's "fou." They don't really have the "R." It's not "four," it's "fou." He'd be hanging around backstage and chicks would walk by and he would rate them from 1 to 10. But if it wasn't a 10, there was no 1, 2, 3, or 5. It was always you were a "ten" or a "fou." He just pulled the funniest things. Sometimes, he'd just hold up four fingers and wouldn't have to say it anymore, and we'd all just burst out laughing. And then the funniest one, this guy walked by with a chick on each arm, and he goes, "Hey, bub, two fous don't make an eight!" So when it came up, it's our fourth full-length record, everybody was like, "Fou!" And we were like, "That's it, Man." We're not trying to break any records for originality here. I know there's Black Sabbath Vol. 4, Foreigner 4, Led Zeppelin IV, a million IVs. We just thought it's fitting.
IV sold 211,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, debuting at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. This figure is a bit less than the 267,000 units sold by Godsmack's third studio album, Faceless, back in April 2003, and the 256,000 first-week tally achieved by 2000's Awake. IV also debuted at number four on the Top Canadian Albums and number one on the Top Internet Albums.
All tracks are written by Sully Erna, except where noted.
|1.||"Livin' in Sin"||Erna, Tony Rombola, Robbie Merrill, Shannon Larkin||4:39|
|2.||"Speak" (dialogue by John Kosco of Dropbox)||Erna, Rombola||3:57|
|5.||"Hollow" (featuring Lisa Guyer)||Erna, Rombola||4:32|
|6.||"No Rest for the Wicked"||4:37|
|8.||"Voodoo Too"||Erna, Rombola, Merrill, Larkin||5:26|
|11.||"One Rainy Day (is 7:13 in length, and includes hidden track "Safe and Sound," which begins at 12:21)"||Erna, Rombola, Merrill, Larkin||16:39|
|12.||"I Stand Alone" (Live)||3:47|
|12.||"Safe and Sound"||4:20|
|12.||"Safe and Sound"||4:20|
- Sully Erna – lead vocals, rhythm guitar, harmonica, production, talk box on "No Rest for the Wicked" and "Safe and Sound"
- Tony Rombola – lead guitar, backing vocals
- Robbie Merrill – bass, backing vocals
- Shannon Larkin – drums, percussion
- P. R. Brown – package design
- Kent Hertz – engineering, digital editing
- Andy Johns – production, engineering, mixing
- Clay Patrick McBride – photography
- Dave Schultz – mastering
- Kevin Sheehy – personal assistant
- Doug Strub – engineering
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
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