Noir (William Control album)

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William Control Noir cover.jpg
Studio album by William Control
Released June 8, 2010 (2010-06-08)
Recorded at Sleepy Hollow Studios
Genre Darkwave, Synthpop
Length 45:13
Label Victory
Producer William Control
William Control chronology
Hate Culture
Novus Ordo Seclorum
Singles from 'Noir'
  1. "I'm Only Human Sometimes"
    Released: June 1, 2010

Noir is the second studio album by William Control. It was released on June 8, 2010, and the only single, released a day after the album, was "I'm Only Human Sometimes". This was accompanied by a music video. The single's cover was rejected by online music retailer iTunes, who considered it 'unsuitable for minors'.[1] Noir was written, produced and engineered by William Control, and recorded at Sleepy Hollow Studios, then mixed by Justin Armstrong and William Control at Robert Lang Studios in Seattle. Fans were invited down to Crowded Head Records to sing gang vocals for part of the album.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by William Control, except where noted.

No. Title Music Length
1. "Une Annonce"   1:24
2. "Vorspiel" Kenneth Fletcher 1:06
3. "All Due Restraint"   3:09
4. "I'm Only Human Sometimes"   3:30
5. "Can't Help Falling in Love" George Weiss, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore 3:22
6. "Why Dance with the Devil, When You Have Me?" (featuring Kurupt and Liza Graves)   4:10
7. "My Lady Dominate"   4:02
8. "Soliloquy"   3:56
9. "Dorian Gray" (featuring Ashley Costello and Jeffree Star, bridge quotes from The Picture Of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde)   3:47
10. "Ultrasound"   2:53
11. "Noir" William Control, Luke Ryan Barnes 2:32
12. "Epilogue" (dialogue from The Libertine by Stephen Jeffreys; hidden track starts at 8:35)   11:22
Total length: 45:13


  • The title of track 1 is French for 'an announcement' while the title of track 2 is German for 'prelude'.
  • Track 4 contains references to the novel and film Let The Right One In.
  • Track 9 is about The Picture Of Dorian Gray and is told from the perspective of its lead character.
  • Track 5 is a cover of Can't Help Falling In Love by Elvis Presley.
  • Album pre-order packages contained a pair of unisex briefs branded with the William Control logo.[2]
  • Scylla and Charybdis are monsters from Greek mythology, representing having to choose between 2 equally dangerous situations.



  • Photography: Lisa Johnson
  • Art direction: DoubleJ
  • Assistant engineers: Bob Bicknell, John Troxell, Jason Weiner and Brian San Marco