Present (Killing Heidi album)

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Present
KillingHeidiPresent.jpg
Studio album by
Released25 October 2002
RecordedMarch 2001−June 2002
GenreRock
Length49:06
LabelWah Wah/Sony
ProducerPaul Kosky, Andy Baldwyn
Killing Heidi chronology
Reflector
(2000)
Present
(2002)
Killing Heidi
(2004)

Present is the second studio album by the Australian band Killing Heidi, released in Australia on 25 October 2002 (see 2002 in music), which peaked at No. 12 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[1] It was produced by Paul Kosky, Chris Robinson and Andy Baldwyn, and followed from the group's debut album, Reflector (March 2000).

Two singles were released, "Heavensent", December 2001, which peaked at No. 28 on the ARIA Singles Chart, and "Outside of Me" (September 2002), which reached No. 12.[1] A third album track, "Ammyl (Say What You Wanna Say)", was released to radio in 2003 but was never sold as a commercial single.

The album uses four interludes between some tracks, known as "Heidiludes". These are short segments (varying from 11 to 36 seconds), featuring soft instruments and synths against Ella's distant backing vocals. On 28 October 2002 it was released with a limited edition bonus DVD disc of seven of their music videos and six live performances.[2] The artwork was the same, except the package had a fold out cardboard.

Background[edit]

Work on Killing Heidi's second album, Present (October 2002), was delayed when lead vocalist, Ella Hooper was diagnosed with a cyst on her vocal cords in mid-2001 and she underwent throat surgery later that year.[3][4] In November of the following year she told Peter Holmes of The Sydney Morning Herald, "I have a rule – no singing before 10am. Nothing comes out, even if I wanted it to. If I'm on at 10am I have to be up by 8.30am, because it takes a while for my voice to sound human. It's like a croaky 80-year-old lady."[5]

It was co-produced by Paul Kosky (who was also their manager) and Chris Robinson with Andy Baldwyn and issued on Wah Wah Music/Sony Music Australia.[6] In 2003 Kosky left the group and Wah Wah Music to Robinson, Andrew Murfett of The Age opined, "Tensions between the band and Kosky were building. Something had to give."[4] Kosky observed, "Everyone was looking for a fall guy. It happened to be me and I left gracefully. I put my life into it for five years and I gambled a lot. Like any relationship, you find a time when you move on."[4]

Reception[edit]

Present received mixed responses from critics: some praised its fusion of hard rock songs like "Damage Control" and softer, melodic tunes like "Heavensent"; others claimed Present stuck too closely to the formula laid out on Reflector. Commercially, Present did not perform as well as its predecessor,[3] it shipped 35,000 copies and received gold certification by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).[7] The Age's Craig Mathieson felt that Present was "a comparative commercial failure."[3] Holmes described it as, "a dose of punchy, melodic rock embellished with keyboards, strings, horns, scratching and drum loops. Arguably, however, the highlight is 'Sweet', a sunny semi-acoustic singalong."[5]

Nonetheless, it has been described as a favourite among fans. In August 2004 Paul Cashmere of Undercover News compared this album to their self-titled third one, "After the not so successful second album Present in 2002, the forthcoming Killing Heidi sounds like a return to their alt-rock origins. The songs were toucher [sic] and swayed right away from the pop orientated sounds."[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Heidilude 1" – 0:36
  2. "Ammyl" – 4:25
  3. "Burnt" – 3:45
  4. "Heidilude 2" – 0:24
  5. "Heavensent" – 4:31
  6. "To Fly" – 4:07
  7. "Heidilude 3" – 0:31
  8. "The Days" – 4:43
  9. "Outside of Me" – 4:05
  10. "Pave the Way" – 3:45
  11. "Sweet" – 3:45
  12. "Heidilude 4" – 0:11
  13. "Take It" – 3:44
  14. "1, 2, 3, 4, 5" – 3:08
  15. "Damage Control" – 7:26
Limited edition bonus DVD[2]
  1. "Weir" (music video)
  2. "Weir" (USA music video)
  3. "Mascara" (music video)
  4. "Live Without It" (music video)
  5. "Superman/Supergirl" (music video)
  6. "Heavensent" (music video)
  7. "Outside of Me" (music video)
  8. "Weir" (live)
  9. "Mascara" (live)
  10. "Superman/Supergirl" (live)
  11. "Live Without It" (live)
  12. "1, 2, 3, 4, 5" (live)
  13. "Heavensent" (live)

Singles[edit]

  • "Ammyl"
The third single was released to radio only, and did not gain much attention. It was thought that a physical release was planned, but due to it not getting substantial airplay, this was scrapped.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002/03) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 12

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[10] Gold 35,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography Killing Heidi". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Killing Heidi / Present: Bonus DVD"[permanent dead link]. sanity.com.au
  3. ^ a b c Mathieson, Craig (1 October 2004). "Changing Heidi". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Murfett, Andrew (24 July 2004). "Heidi reborn". The Age. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b Holmes, Peter (21 November 2002). "Death Threat". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Killing Heidi – Discography – Present". Wasted. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  7. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  8. ^ Cashmere, Paul (29 June 2004). "Killing Heidi Back to Rock". Undercover News. Paul Cashmere, Ros O'Gorman. Archived from the original on 18 May 2005. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Killing Heidi – Present". Hung Medien. Retrieved 12 December 2015.
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 25 January 2019.