Shadows Collide with People is the fifth studio album by John Frusciante, released February 24, 2004. The album was written during the recording of By the Way, and is widely regarded as his most accessible work, featuring a mix of guitar-driven alternative rock, folkballads, and electronica. Frusciante has stated that this was his most expensive album to date, costing around $150,000 to produce, a significant departure from his earlier albums which had been recorded at home on multitrack recording devices. . Frusciante noted, "I was sick and tired of people dismissing my records as being fucked-up and unprofessional."
Flea plays a double bass on "The Slaughter", the closing track of the album. All songs were written by John Frusciante, except "Omission" and "-00Ghost27" with Josh Klinghoffer. Klinghoffer and Frusciante share the album credits for "Vocal, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizers, Keyboards & Percussion". Shadows Collide With People is the only Frusciante solo album to feature Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith.
Frusciante also made acoustic and demo versions of these tracks available to fans through his official site as an alternative to the highly produced sound of the record. The demo tracks feature Josh Klinghoffer on drums. A promo version of the album was also made, with the tracks "Omission", "Song to Sing When I'm Lonely", and "Failure 33 Object".
The album reached number 191 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Heatseekers.
On the vinyl release of the album the words "One step away" were inscribed on side A, "There's riddles in the shadows" on side B, "A hint of sadness" on side C, and '"What they least suspect is coming next" on side D. All of these were hints to lyrics on John's next solo album The Will to Death, specifically the songs "The Will to Death" (side A), "The Days Have Turned" (sides B and D), and "Loss" (side C).