Millions Now Living Will Never Die

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Millions Now Living Will Never Die
A blue and grey cover depicting a school of fish.
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 30, 1996 (1996-01-30)
RecordedJune–September 1995
Studio
  • Idful Music Corporation (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Soma Electronic Music Studios (Chicago, Illinois)
GenrePost-rock
Length42:56
LabelThrill Jockey
Tortoise chronology
Rhythms, Resolutions & Clusters
(1995)
Millions Now Living Will Never Die
(1996)
TNT
(1998)
Singles from Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  1. "Djed"
    Released: 1996 (1996)
  2. "The Taut and Tame"
    Released: 1996 (1996)

Millions Now Living Will Never Die is the second studio album by American post-rock band Tortoise. The album was released on January 30, 1996 by Thrill Jockey.

The album's title is a reference to a phrase used in the Jehovah's Witness faith in the 1920s.[1][2] It is, for instance, the title of an essay by Joseph Franklin Rutherford, who was the second president of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.[3] It was also the slogan of the evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson.

By March 1998, the album had sold over 50,000 copies, with 80% as CDs and the remainder as LPs.[4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[5]
Alternative Press5/5[6]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[7]
NME8/10[8]
Orlando Sentinel5/5 stars[9]
Record Collector4/5 stars[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[11]
Spin7/10[12]
Uncut9/10[13]
The Village VoiceB−[14]

Millions Now Living Will Never Die was released to positive critical reviews, and it has since been renowned as a groundbreaking album for the post-rock genre.[15] An uncredited review from Outersound declares that not long after the album's release, the group was "hailed as godfathers of the American 'post-rock' movement".[15] The Wire named it the record of the year in its annual critics' poll[16] and NME named it the 35th best album of 1996.[17]

In 2006 and 2008, Millions Now Living Will Never Die was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back concert series. The album also appears in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tortoise (Dan Bitney, John Herndon, Douglas McCombs, John McEntire and David Pajo), except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Djed" 20:57
2."Glass Museum" 5:27
3."A Survey" 2:52
4."The Taut and Tame"5:01
5."Dear Grandma and Grandpa" 2:49
6."Along the Banks of Rivers" 5:50
Total length:42:56

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Millions Now Living Will Never Die adapted from album liner notes.[19]

Tortoise

Production

  • John McEntire – mixing, recording
  • Roger Seibel – mastering

Artwork and design

  • Dan Osborn – layout assistance, "computer magic"
  • Tortoise – sleeve design

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 115

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shields, Michael (February 1, 2016). "Twenty Years Later: Tortoise's Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Across The Margin.
  2. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  3. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die
  4. ^ Morris, Chris (March 7, 1998). "Thrill Jockey's Tortoise Finds Experimentation Instrumental". Billboard. 110 (10): 14. Retrieved January 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Bush, John. "Millions Now Living Will Never Die – Tortoise". AllMusic. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Alternative Press (94): 91. May 1996.
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.
  8. ^ "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". NME: 42. January 27, 1996.
  9. ^ Gettelman, Parry (April 19, 1996). "Tortoise". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  10. ^ Pearlman, Mischa (July 2012). "Tortoise – Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Record Collector (403). Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  11. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Tortoise". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 819–20. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  12. ^ Salamon, Jeff (March 1996). "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Spin. 11 (12): 112–13. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  13. ^ "Tortoise: Millions Now Living Will Never Die". Uncut (183). August 2012.
  14. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 21, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 7, 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Millions Now Living Will Never Die Review". Outersound. 1998. Archived from the original on March 17, 2004. Retrieved January 30, 2014.
  16. ^ "96 Rewind: Records of the Year". The Wire. No. 155. London. January 1997. p. 37 – via Exact Editions.
  17. ^ "Albums And Tracks Of The Year: 1996". NME. October 10, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2017.
  18. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2.
  19. ^ Millions Now Living Will Never Die (liner notes). Tortoise. Thrill Jockey. 1996. THRILL 025.
  20. ^ "Chart Log UK: DJ T – Tzant". Zobbel.de. Retrieved August 12, 2018.

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