Point No. 1

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Point #1
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Studio album by Chevelle
Released May 4, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Studio Electrical Audio, Chicago, Illinois
Genre Alternative metal, indie rock[1]
Length 42:36
Label Squint Entertainment
Producer Steve Albini
Chevelle chronology
Point #1
(1999)
Wonder What's Next
(2002)
Singles from Point #1
  1. "Point #1"
    Released: November 24, 1999[citation needed]
  2. "Mia"
    Released: May 23, 2000[citation needed]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[3]
HM [4]
Jesus Freak Hideout 2/5 stars[5]

Point #1 is the debut album of American alternative metal band Chevelle, released May 4, 1999. It is the only Chevelle album released by Squint Entertainment and their only collaboration with producer Steve Albini. The album featured a notable single in its title track but achieved only minor success, especially compared to Chevelle's major label follow-up in 2002.

Background and recording[edit]

After recording a demo, Chevelle played small concerts for three years until being signed to Steve Taylor's independent Christian label Squint Entertainment.[6] The band recorded for 17 days in Electrical Audio studios[7] with producer Steve Albini, famous for his work with the likes of Nirvana, Cheap Trick, and PJ Harvey. According to Chevelle frontman Pete Loeffler, Albini gave their album an unrefined "indie feel" in which the recording process was essentially "plug in, he hits record, and you play." Loeffler added, "At the time I was shocked talking to someone who had worked closely to Kurt Cobain. It was a trip. It was really cool." Point #1 was recorded in standard D with an alternative metal approach. However, the band was left unsatisfied and feeling that he didn't achieve the tones and overall sound they were looking for. They called Albini and, much to his surprise, expressed disappointment with the final product. Although they enjoyed working with him, Chevelle wanted to find a different producer to resolve the issue; however, their label gave them no choice but to work with Albini once again. The second phase of recording was, according to Loeffler, much more laid back and relaxed in which Albini "really opened up."[8]

Largely thanks to Albini's influence, Point #1 is notably less intense than future Chevelle material; however, the album's title track has remained a common part of the band's concert set list. Nevertheless, the band's major label debut, Wonder What's Next, has since been regarded by the band as their "first" album.[9]

Touring and promotion[edit]

Chevelle toured with various alternative metal bands to promote their debut album. This would influence their shift to a heavier sound on future albums.

Albini and an aspiring comedian named Fred Armisen starred in the band's Point #1 EPK (electronic press kit)—several years before Armisen became famous on Saturday Night Live. Several months after the album's debut, a single was released in the title track which landed a marginal spot on Mainstream Rock Tracks and had an accompanying music video. The following year, "Mia" would be released as a follow-up. It also had a video.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception for Point #1 varied. Heather Phares of Allmusic gave a positive review, noting how Albini helped the band "create forceful, mercurial indie rock" and added "In line with Chicago's ambitious music scene, Chevelle's challenging take on rock is also a rewarding one."

Chevelle received GMA Dove Awards for the more popular song "Mia" in 2000 and "Point #1" in 2001.[10] The album also received an award for "Hard Music Album" in 2000 by the Dove Awards.[11]

Point #1 has earned Chevelle many comparisons to the successful progressive metal band Tool.[12] The music video for "Mia" was, like some of Tool's videos, completely stop motion animated. Additionally, Pete Loeffler's vocals, like those of Maynard James Keenan, range from soft and melodic to brutal and gut-wrenching. "Long", for instance, is notable for Loeffler's climactic twelve-second-long scream.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pete Loeffler.

No. Title Length
1. "Open" 2:01
2. "Point #1" 4:21
3. "Prove to You" 3:05
4. "Mia" 2:21
5. "Skeptic" 4:06
6. "Anticipation" 3:08
7. "Dos" 6:29
8. "Long" 4:36
9. "Blank Earth" 5:26
10. "SMA" 2:55
11. "Peer" 4:08
Total length: 42:36

Personnel[edit]

Chevelle
  • Pete Loeffler – guitar, vocals
  • Joe Loeffler – bass
  • Sam Loeffler – drums
Technical personnel
  • Steve Albini – producer
  • Buddy Jackson - art direction
  • Hank Williams - mastering
  • Mark Smalling - photography
  • Sally Carns - back cover, design
  • Steve Albini - engineer, mixing

Chart positions[edit]

Singles
Song Chart (2000) Peak
position
"Point #1" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 40

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heather Phares (May 4, 1999). "Point #1 - Chevelle | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved October 13, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Point #1 - Chevelle". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ Figgis, Alex (October 1999). "Chevelle - Point #1". Cross Rhythms (53). 
  4. ^ Olson, Chad (July–August 1999). "Album Reviews: Chevelle Point #1". HM Magazine (78). ISSN 1066-6923. 
  5. ^ "Chevelle, "Point #1" Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. 
  6. ^ Frey, Tracy. "Chevelle Biography - Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved December 28, 2007. 
  7. ^ Albini, Steve (1999). The Problem with Music. The Baffler. Chicago: Thomas Frank. ISSN 1059-9789. OCLC 24838556. Archived from the original on September 28, 2007. , also archived from the dead Baffler site. (Reprinted in Maximum RocknRoll #133 (June 1994) and later various websites.)
  8. ^ Van Pelt, Doug Chevelle - Interview w/Pete 7/03 HM (July 2003). Retrieved on 11-17-2012.
  9. ^ Klodz, Randy J. Chevelle: Helping Bring Hard-Rock to Chicago, A Million Units at a Time SOAK Magazine (2004). Retrieved on 11-17-2012.
  10. ^ ""Dove Award Recipients for Hard Music Recorded Song". Gospel Music Association. Archived from the original on January 6, 2002. Retrieved November 15, 2006. 
  11. ^ ""Dove Award Recipients for Hard Music Album". Gospel Music Association. Archived from the original on April 6, 2002. Retrieved November 15, 2006. 
  12. ^ Button, Israel. Amazon.com Editorial Review. http://www.amazon.com/Point-1-Chevelle/dp/B00000IP2T