Oh, What a Life (album)

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Oh, What a Life
American Authors - Oh, What a Life.jpg
Studio album by American Authors
Released March 3, 2014 (2014-03-03)
Recorded 2011–13
Genre Indie rock, heartland rock, folk rock, rock, alternative rock
Length 37:03
Label Mercury, Island
Producer Shep Goodman, Aaron Accetta
American Authors chronology
American Authors
(2013)American Authors2013
Oh, What a Life
(2014)
What We Live For
(2016)What We Live For2016
Singles from Oh, What a Life
  1. "Believer"
    Released: March 19, 2013[1]
  2. "Best Day of My Life"
    Released: March 19, 2013
  3. "Trouble"
    Released: February 18, 2014
  4. "Luck"
    Released: March 3, 2014

Oh, What a Life is the debut studio album by American indie rock band American Authors. The album was released by Island Def Jam label Mercury Records on March 3, 2014. The album serves as a replacement to the band's eponymous 2013 extended play, American Authors.

Background[edit]

American Authors first formed in 2006 in Boston, Massachusetts as The Blue Pages. The members of the band first met at the Berklee College of Music.[2] The Blue Pages, after relocating to New York City, New York, recorded and independently released two extended plays, Anthropology in February 2011,[3] and Rich With Love in January 2012,[4] as name-your-price albums on online music store Bandcamp.

In 2012, The Blue Pages changed their name to American Authors. Their debut single, "Believer," garnered attention through alternative rock radio.[5] In January 2013, the band were signed to Mercury Records.[6]

Reception[edit]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 1.5/5 [8]

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Zac Barnett, James Shelley, Dave Rublin, Matthew Sanchez, Shep Goodman, and Aaron Accetta, except where noted. All tracks produced by Goodman and Accetta.

Standard edition[12]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Believer"   3:03
2. "Think About It"   3:04
3. "Best Day of My Life"   3:14
4. "Luck"   3:40
5. "Trouble"   3:15
6. "Hit It"   3:27
7. "Home"   4:09
8. "Love"   3:18
9. "Heart of Stone"   3:07
10. "Ghost"   2:55
11. "Oh, What a Life" Barnett, Shelley, Rublin, Sanchez 3:41
Total length: 37:03
iTunes Store deluxe edition[12]
No. Title Length
12. "Best Day of My Life" (Acoustic) 3:15
Total length: 40:18

Personnel[edit]

American Authors
  • Zac Barnett – lead vocals, guitar
  • James Adam Shelley – lead guitar, banjo, mandolin, backing vocals
  • Dave Rublin – bass, backing vocals
  • Matt Sanchez – drums, percussion, backing vocals

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ American Authors (21 November 2012). "American Authors - Believer" – via YouTube. 
  2. ^ American Authors Interview January 12, 2013 Archived February 8, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Anthropology by The Blue Pages". Bandcamp. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Rich With Love by The Blue Pages". Bandcamp. Retrieved 26 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Tres! American Authors, Hunter Valentine, and Clementine & The Galaxy". The Huffington Post. 
  6. ^ AMERICAN AUTHORS SIGN TO MERCURY RECORDS January 31, 2013 Archived June 6, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "American Authors Oh, What a Life". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Ethan. "American Authors Oh, What a Life". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 3 December 2016. 
  9. ^ 2013 Telecom NZ Advertisement on YouTube
  10. ^ Richard Beech (10 September 2013). "Fifa 14 soundtrack announced: Featuring Miles Kane, Bloc Party and Vampire Weekend". mirror. 
  11. ^ "Honoring our troops". Youtube.com. Retrieved November 28, 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "iTunes – Music – Oh, What a Life by American Authors". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. February 4, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Australiancharts.com – American Authors – Oh, What A Life". Hung Medien. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – American Authors – Oh, What A Life" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  15. ^ "American Authors – Chart history" Billboard Canadian Albums Chart for American Authors. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  16. ^ "Officialcharts.de – American Authors – Oh, What A Life". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  17. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  18. ^ "American Authors | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  19. ^ "American Authors – Chart history" Billboard 200 for American Authors. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  20. ^ "American Authors – Chart history" Billboard Top Rock Albums for American Authors. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  21. ^ "American Authors – Chart history" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for American Authors. Retrieved June 7, 2014.
  22. ^ "Alternative Albums: 2014 Year-End Charts". Billboard. Retrieved 16 January 2015.  (subscription required)
  23. ^ "Top Rock Albums: Year End 2014". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 11, 2014. 
  24. ^ "Certificaciones – American Authors" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  25. ^ "American album certifications – American Authors". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  26. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on April 15, 2016.