Passive Me, Aggressive You

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Passive Me, Aggressive You
The Naked and Famous - Passive Me, Aggressive You.png
Studio album by The Naked and Famous
Released 6 September 2010 (2010-09-06)
Recorded The Lab
(Auckland, New Zealand)
Genre
Length 49:15
Label Somewhat Damaged
Producer
  • Thom Powers
  • Aaron Short
The Naked and Famous chronology
No Light
(2008)No Light2008
Passive Me, Aggressive You
(2010)
Passive Me, Aggressive You (Remixes & B-Sides)
(2013)Passive Me, Aggressive You (Remixes & B-Sides)2013
Singles from Passive Me, Aggressive You
  1. "All of This"
    Released: 16 November 2009
  2. "Young Blood"
    Released: 7 June 2010
  3. "Punching in a Dream"
    Released: 23 August 2010
  4. "Girls Like You"
    Released: 5 June 2011

Passive Me, Aggressive You (stylised as Passive Me • Aggressive You) is the debut studio album by New Zealand indie electronic band The Naked and Famous. The album was released on 6 September 2010 in New Zealand, where it debuted at number one. The album spawned four singles: "All of This", "Young Blood", "Punching in a Dream" and "Girls Like You"; with "Young Blood" peaking at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart.

Composition[edit]

Passive Me, Aggressive You is a synthpop and electronic rock album,[1][2] drawing from the genres of dance-rock, and featuring post-punk influences.[3] "Young Blood" is a synthpop song, while "Punching in a Dream" is of the dream pop genre. "Spank" is psychedelic rock.[4]

Singles[edit]

The first single to be released from the album was "All of This" and was released on 16 November 2009, almost a year prior to the album's release.

The second single to be released from the album was "Young Blood" and was released on 7 July 2010, debuting at number one on the New Zealand Singles Chart, where it remained in the charts for two consecutive weeks.[5]

The third single to be released from the album was "Punching in a Dream", which was released on 23 August 2010, reaching number 11 in New Zealand.

The album's fourth and final single, "Girls Like You", was released on 5 June 2011.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Music Mixed[4]
Consequence of Sound 2.5/5 stars[7]
The Dominion Post 4/5 stars[8]
NME 8/10[9]
The New Zealand Herald 5/5 stars[10]
Otago Daily Times 4/5 stars[11]
The Nelson Mail 2.5/5 stars[12]

Chris Schulz from Stuff awarded Passive Me, Aggressive You five out of five stars, and praised its production and variety of musical styles.[13] Allmusic's Matt Collar praised the songs' catchy choruses and, awarding the album three-and-a-half out of five stars, concluded, "there's nothing passive about how much you could aggressively love this band".[3] Scott Kara of The New Zealand Herald rated Passive Me, Aggressive You a perfect five stars, summarising "Forget the hype. It's real".[10] The Nelson Mail's Nick Ward called Passive Me, Aggressive You "Unconvincing, but with flashes of promise".[12] Writing for NME, Mark Baumont described the album as "a glorious melting pot of pop perfection" and added "TN&F’s passive melodicism and aggressive innovation clash in a dazzling blaze of psych/sonic fireworks."[9] The album was nominated for the 2011 Taite Music Prize.[14]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart on 13 September 2010,[15] and was knocked off the top spot by Linkin Park's A Thousand Suns the following week.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Thom Powers, Alisa Xayalith and Aaron Short.

No. Title Length
1. "All of This" 3:55
2. "Punching in a Dream" 3:58
3. "Frayed" 3:46
4. "The Source" 0:48
5. "The Sun" 3:56
6. "Eyes" 4:43
7. "Young Blood" 4:06
8. "No Way" 5:29
9. "Spank" 4:10
10. "Jilted Lovers" 3:15
11. "A Wolf in Geek's Clothing" 3:14
12. "The Ends" 1:49
13. "Girls Like You" 6:04
Total length: 49:15

All tracks written by Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith, except where noted.

All tracks written by Thom Powers and Alisa Xayalith, except where noted.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Passive Me, Aggressive You.[19]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Gold 7,500^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalogue
New Zealand[34] 6 September 2010 Somewhat Damaged 81359
Australia[35] Digital download N/A
Canada[36]
United States[37]
Australia[38] 1 October 2010 CD 2753221
Germany[39] 11 March 2011 Digital download N/A
United Kingdom[40][41][42] 14 March 2011
CD
2757442
Picture disc LP 2757444
3-CD deluxe edition 2764039
United States[43][44] 15 March 2011 CD
B0015363-02
LP B0015436-01
Germany[45] 18 March 2011 CD
  • Fiction
  • Somewhat Damaged
2757442
Japan[18][46] 8 June 2011
  • CD
  • digital download
Universal UICP-1127

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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