Sinner (Drowning Pool album)

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Studio album by Drowning Pool
Released June 5, 2001
Recorded January–April 2001
Genre Nu metal
Length 37:30
Label Wind-up
Producer Jay Baumgardner
Drowning Pool chronology
Pieces of Nothing
Singles from Sinner
  1. "Bodies"
    Released: May 14, 2001
  2. "Tear Away"
    Released: April 30, 2002
  3. "Sinner"
    Released: August 13, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]

Sinner is the debut studio album by American rock band Drowning Pool. It was released on June 5, 2001, by Wind-up Records. The album is the band's most popular album, being certified platinum in the same year that it was released in. This was due at least in part to "Bodies" which remains the band's most well-known song. This is the only studio album by the band to feature original lead singer Dave Williams. While touring in support of Sinner, he died on August 14, 2002 from cardiomyopathy. The album debuted at #14 on the Billboard 200 chart. Drowning Pool released a reissue of the album called the "Unlucky 13th Anniversary Edition" in 2014.[5] The album was put at no. 25 on Metal Descent's list "The 25 Best Alternative Metal Albums".[6]

Writing and recording[edit]

Dave Williams explained how album got its name in MTV interview: "I got that [Sinner tattoo] tattooed before we named the record. We were working on the song "Sinner," and our A&R guy said, "That would be a good name for the record." We all just looked at each other and said, "Wow, OK." It was just a natural progression that became the whole theme of the record. There are a lot of religious issues on the record and a lot of relationship issues. It just seemed like it would fit."

Dave Williams on the album "We wanted to start with “Sinner” and end with “Sermon”. We covered all the bases on religion and bad relationships."

Mike Luce on Sermon "We're fans of the 80s and back in the day there used to be that whole undertone .... oh, if you play that song backwards, you'll hear this message! So I guess I could tell you what it says. It really doesn't say anything. It recites a lyric from the same song, from "Sermon." We just play it backwards at the end of the song. It's just a homage. A tribute back to the old school.", "It was completely done on a whim and we took a line that Davie (Williams) sang and just ran it in reverse at the tail end of the song. Just kind of a ... here you go. No hidden meaning; you don't have to play the song backwards to hear it. We'll just play it right out here for you."[7]

Unlucky 13th Anniversary Edition contains unreleased demo called "Heroes Sleeping". CJ Pierce explained the meaning of the song "Those last couple of rehearsals, we worked up a new song [Heroes Sleeping]. And I didn't even remember finishing the song. We actually did the song all the way through. So it's totally a gem of a find. Definitely, it's an emotional song to hear. ‘Heroes Sleeping,' it's about other musicians who had passed away before us. That was Dave's [angle] on the lyrical content. Then literally just a few weeks later, he passed away. The song's kind of about him now. So I'm glad we can share that with our fans."[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Drowning Pool.

3."Tear Away"4:14
4."All Over Me"3:13
8."I Am"3:49
10."Told You So"3:05
Total length:37:30

Chart positions[edit]

Album charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
2001 US Billboard 200 14
UK Album Charts 70
New Zealand Album Charts 18

Singles charts[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
2001 "Bodies" US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 19
US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
US Hot Modern Rock Tracks 12
2002 "Sinner" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 28
US Hot Modern Rock Tracks 36
"Tear Away" US Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
US Hot Modern Rock Tracks 37


Drowning Pool


  • Produced and Mixed by Jay Baumgardner
  • Engineered by James Murray
  • Assistant Engineer: J.D. Andrew
  • Recorded at Ocean Studios, Burbank, CA
  • Mixed at NRG, North Hollywood, CA
  • Mastered by Tom Baker at Precision Mastering, Hollywood, CA
  • A&R: Diana Meltzer & Victor Murgatroyd
  • Guitar Tech: Stig
  • Drum Tech: Ross @ Drum Doctors
  • Management: Paul Bassman for Bassmanagement
  • Legal: Nicholas C. Ferrara, Esq. for Serling, Rooks & Ferrara, LLP
  • Business Management: Michael Hagerty for Curo Financial Management, LLC
  • Booking: Andrew Goodfriend and Dave Kirby for The Agency Group, Ltd
  • Artwork: Ed Sherman
  • Photography: Glen DiCrocco joining 2016 Joseph R Vaughn
  • Band Photo: Chapman Baehler

In media[edit]


  1. ^ Morris, Kurt. "Sinner - Drowning Pool | AllMusic". Allmusic. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ Sinclair, Tom (July 27, 2001). "Drowning Pool: Sinner Review". Entertainment Weekly. No. 606. p. 70. Retrieved June 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Sinner". Q. February 2002. p. 106. 4 stars out of 5 - "...The point where old and nu-metal meet. The impeccable riffs and uncompromising rhythms are perfectly balanced by Dave Williams' fashionably angst-full lyrics... 
  4. ^ Abowitz, Richard (June 25, 2001). "Drowning Pool: Sinner : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 26, 2007. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ "New LP by Drowning Pool: 13th Anniversary Reissue of "Sinner" On The Bicycle Music Company/Concord". Jam Magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-08-10. 
  6. ^ "The 25 Best Alternative Metal Albums". Metal Descent. 
  7. ^ Bolton, R. Scott. "Rough Edge: Drowning Pool's Dream Becomes a Nightmare".