Now for Plan A

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Now For Plan A
Now For Plan A.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2012
ProducerGavin Brown
The Tragically Hip chronology
We Are the Same
Now For Plan A
Man Machine Poem
Singles from Now For Plan A
  1. "At Transformation"
    Released: May 18, 2012
  2. "Streets Ahead"
    Released: August 24, 2012

Now For Plan A is the twelfth studio album by Canadian rock band, The Tragically Hip. At a length of 39:18, it is the band's shortest album. The album's first single, "At Transformation", was released on May 18, 2012. The album's second single, "Streets Ahead", was released to radio on August 24.[1] On September 25, the band made the album available to stream online in its entirety via SoundCloud.[2] The album was nominated for Rock Album of the Year at the 2013 Juno Awards.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Toronto Star[5]
Calgary Herald[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Now For Plan A debuted at #3 on the Canadian Albums Chart.[7] It was the band's first album since their 1991 release Road Apples to debut lower than the number two position on the chart. The album sold 12,000 copies in its first week, less than half of the first week sales of the band's two previous albums, 2009's We Are the Same and 2006's World Container.[8] In the United States, the album debuted at #129 on the Billboard 200, the band's highest position on that chart in their history. The album was certified gold in Canada on January 14, 2013.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gordon Downie and The Tragically Hip.

1."At Transformation"3:44
2."Man Machine Poem"3:52
3."The Lookahead"2:26
4."We Want to Be It"3:28
5."Streets Ahead"3:26
6."Now for Plan A"5:07
7."The Modern Spirit"3:21
8."About This Map"3:47
9."Take Forever"3:10
10."Done and Done"2:53
11."Goodnight Attawapiskat"4:04


Chart (2012) Peak
Canadian Albums Chart[7] 3
U.S. Billboard 200[10] 129
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[10] 44
U.S. Billboard Heatseekers Albums[10] 3


  1. ^ a b "THE TRAGICALLY HIP RELEASE 'NOW FOR PLAN A' OCTOBER 02". Universal Music Canada. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  2. ^ "Now For Plan A". SoundCloud. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  3. ^ "2013 JUNO Award Winners". Archived from the original on February 21, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2013.
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ "Tragically Hip's Now for Plan A: Album review". Toronto Star. October 2, 2012. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Review: The Tragically Hip, Now For Plan A". Calgary Herald. Retrieved October 2, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Canadian Albums - Week of October 20, 2012". Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  8. ^ "Sinking sales for the Tragically Hip show that music ownership belongs to the past". Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  9. ^ "Gold Platinum Database: The Tragically Hip - Now for Plan A". Music Canada. Retrieved January 15, 2013.
  10. ^ a b c "Now for Plan A - The Tragically Hip: Awards". allmusic. Retrieved June 11, 2013.