Marcy Playground (album)
|Studio album by|
|Released||February 25, 1997 (original issue) |
October 7, 1997 (reissue)
|Marcy Playground chronology|
|Singles from Marcy Playground|
Marcy Playground is the self-titled debut studio album by American alternative rock band Marcy Playground, released on February 25, 1997, on EMI. It was reissued later that year on October 7 on Capitol Records with a large amount of promotion for the single "Sex and Candy," which became the band's breakthrough single, spending a then-record 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Marcy Playground garnered a mixed reception from music critics. A writer for NME said that, "What is surprising is how enjoyable this window on Wozniak's soul is: his lazy drawl and gentle melodies coating his misery in a pop sheen....the mood remains resolutely downbeat but the angst is not imposing." James P. Wisdom of Pitchfork stated that Marcy Playground was "the most soothingly mellow and pleasant thing I had heard in a long time." AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine felt that some of the tracks don't quite match up to "Sex and Candy", saying that "only a handful [of the songs] on the album are as memorable as the single. Still, those moments are what make Marcy Playground a promising, albeit imperfect, debut."
Robert Christgau graded the album as a "dud", indicating "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought." Chuck Eddy of Rolling Stone heavily panned the album for Wozniak's post-grunge pop having subpar musicianship, saying that it "sets icky new standards for commercial-post-alternative callowness." Dan Weiss of LA Weekly deemed it the twelfth-worst album of the 1990s, opining that aside from the singles "Sex and Candy" and "Saint Joe on the School Bus," the album is "folksy, opiate-obsessed bullshit".
All tracks are written by John Wozniak, except where noted.
|2.||"Sex and Candy"||2:53|
|3.||"Ancient Walls of Flowers" (John Wozniak, Sherry Fraser)||3:16|
|4.||"Saint Joe on the School Bus"||3:20|
|5.||"A Cloak of Elvenkind"||2:59|
|9.||"One More Suicide"||2:39|
|10.||"Dog and His Master"||2:12|
|11.||"The Shadow of Seattle"||2:48|
|12.||"The Vampires of New York"||2:55|
- John Wozniak - lead vocals, guitar
- Dylan Keefe - bass, backing vocals
- Dan Rieser - drums, backing vocals
- Glen Braver - bass, "Poppies"
- Jared Kotler - bass and drums
- Edgar Mills - bass, "Ancient Walls of Flowers", "Opium"
- Jen Handler - cello, "One More Suicide"
Note: though not credited as a member, Jared Kotler plays drums on every song except "Saint Joe on the School Bus," and bass on "Sherry Fraser," "One More Suicide" and "The Vampires of New York."
- John Wozniak - producer
- Jim Sabella - engineer
- Ken Gioia - engineer, mixer
- Marcy Playground - mixing
- Greg Calbi - mastering
- Don Rubin - A&R
- Blake & Bradford - management
- Henry Marquez - art direction
- Robert Laverdiere - package design
- James Wojcik - cover and color photo
- Chris Black - black-and-white photo
Recorded and mixed at Sabella Recording Studio, Roslyn NY
Mastered at Masterdisk, New York City NY
Songs published by Wozniak Publishing (ASCAP)
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