Scars & Souvenirs

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Scars & Souvenirs
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Studio album by Theory of a Deadman
Released April 1, 2008
October 20, 2009 (Special edition)
Recorded September 2007– January 2008
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal, hard rock
Length 46:11
Label 604, Roadrunner, Island
Producer Howard Benson
Theory of a Deadman chronology
Gasoline
(2005)
Scars & Souvenirs
(2008)
The Truth Is...
(2011)
Singles from Scars & Souvenirs
  1. "So Happy"
    Released: February 11, 2008 (U.S., CAN)
  2. "Bad Girlfriend"
    Released: May 14, 2008 ([U.S., CAN)
  3. "All or Nothing"
    Released: June 2, 2008 (CAN)
  4. "Hate My Life"
    Released: October 30, 2008 (U.S., CAN)
  5. "Not Meant to Be"
    Released: November 18, 2008
  6. "By the Way"
    Released: May 18, 2009
  7. "Wait for Me"
    Released: August 25, 2009
  8. "Little Smirk[1]"
    Released: January 25, 2010
  9. "End of the Summer[1]"
    Released: August 30, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
Only Rock 5/5 stars[3]
Rawkfist Music 7/10 stars[4]
Tunelab 7.5/10 stars[5]
Rock Sound 10/10 stars

Scars & Souvenirs is the third album by Canadian rock band Theory of a Deadman, and was released on April 1, 2008. It has so far been the band's most successful album to date and has spawned many hit singles. A special edition CD/DVD of the album was released on October 20, 2009.[6] It features bonus and acoustic previously unreleased tracks (some were actually released on the iTunes version of the album), the band's entire video catalog, and numerous making-of and behind-the-scenes features. Bonus video includes "Haciendas," Tyler's special send-up of MTV's Cribs.[7]

Titling[edit]

The title of the album comes from a line in the song "By the Way". The title refers to the "scars and souvenirs," or the ups and downs of one's lifetime, as a large majority of the songs on the album deal with things like relationships and obstacles that one might encounter during his or her life.

Singles[edit]

The first single from it, "So Happy" was released to radio on February 11 and can be listened to on their MySpace page while "By the Way" and "Bad Girlfriend" were released on the band's official website on March 10, 2008. "All or Nothing" was released on June 2 as a single for adult and Hot AC radio. Robin Diaz (Closure; Trapt; Daughtry), Chris Daughtry (Daughtry), and Brent Smith (Shinedown) are guest stars on the album. The band confirmed on May 14, 2008 that the next single to be released in the US and Canada was "Bad Girlfriend", on rock stations only. As of September 6, 2008, "Bad Girlfriend" is Theory of a Deadman's first single to reach number 1 on the Mainstream Rock Chart.

Reception[edit]

Reviews for the album have been mixed. The album debuted at Number 10 on Billboard Top Rock Albums, Number 8 on Billboard Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums, Number 1 on Billboard Top Hard Rock albums, and Number 26 on the Billboard 200. The album has so far been more successful than the band's previous albums due to the popularity of some of its singles, including "Bad Girlfriend", "Hate My Life", "Not Meant to Be", and "All or Nothing". On April 29, 2011, Scars & Souvenirs was certified Platinum by the RIAA with sales reaching 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. alone and on May 2009, it was certified Platinum by the CRIA.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Theory of a Deadman.

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "So Happy" Tyler Connolly 4:11
2. "By the Way" Connolly, Chris Daughtry 3:35
3. "Got It Made" Connolly 3:14
4. "Not Meant to Be" Connolly, Kara DioGuardi 3:33
5. "Crutch" Connolly, Christine Danielle Connolly 3:16
6. "All or Nothing" Connolly 3:30
7. "Heaven (Little by Little)" Connolly, C.D. 4:19
8. "Bad Girlfriend" Connolly, C.D. 3:25
9. "Hate My Life" Connolly, C.D. 3:10
10. "Little Smirk" Connolly, C.D. 3:31
11. "End of the Summer" Connolly 3:30
12. "Wait for Me" Connolly 4:03
13. "Sacrifice" Connolly 2:54
Total length: 46:11

iTunes, Zune and Amazon bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
14. "Great Pretender" 3:42
15. "Shadow" 3:48
16. "So Happy" (acoustic - clean) 4:10
17. "By the Way" (acoustic) 3:33

Special edition bonus tracks[edit]

No. Title Length
14. "Great Pretender" 3:42
15. "Shadow" 3:48
16. "So Happy" (acoustic - explicit) 4:10
17. "By the Way" (acoustic) 3:33
18. "Not Meant to Be" (acoustic) 3:30
19. "Got Me Wrong" (Alice In Chains cover) 4:30
20. "Midnight Rider" (Allman Brothers Band cover) 3:09
21. "What's Your Name?" (Lynyrd Skynyrd cover) 3:41

Personnel[edit]

Theory of a Deadman

Additional musicians
Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 26
U.S. Billboard Top Hard Rock Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  2. ^ Fulton, Katherine. Scars and Souvenirs >Review at AllMusic. Retrieved July 4, 2011.
  3. ^ http://onlyrock1.blogspot.com/2009/01/theory-of-deadman-scars-souvenirs.html. Retrieved February 15, 2009.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  4. ^ Hart, Andrew (April 13, 2009). "Theory of a Deadman – "Scars and Souvenirs" (2008)". Rawkfist Music. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  5. ^ "Review: Theory Of A Deadman - 'Scars And Souvenirs'". Tunelab Music. March 29, 2008. Archived from the original on March 2, 2009. Retrieved July 4, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Scars & Souvenirs (CD/DVD): Theory of a Deadman: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  7. ^ "Official home of Slipknot, Nickelback, Theory of a Deadman, Lenny Kravitz, Young the Giant, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Trivium, Megadeth, Dream Theater, and all the best in rock, hard rock, and metal.". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2012-03-08.