XX (Mushroomhead album)

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XX
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Studio album by Mushroomhead
Released December 4, 2001 (2001-12-04)
Recorded 2001
Genre Alternative metal[1]
Length 69:22
Label Universal, Eclipse, Filthy Hands
Producer Mushroomhead, Steve Felton
Mushroomhead chronology
M3
(1999)
XX
(2001)
Remix 2000
(2002)
Singles from XX
  1. "Solitaire/Unraveling"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Before I Die"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

XX (pronounced Double X) is the fourth album and the first on a major label by the alternative metal band Mushroomhead, released in 2001. It was originally released through Eclipse Records, where Mushroomhead took classic tracks and remixed them. XX was entirely remixed and remastered on Universal Records later in the year. XX contains tracks from the band's three independently released albums – Mushroomhead, Superbuick and M3.

XX's re-release on Universal Records introduced Mushroomhead on a national and international level, while previously being just a regionally known band. The album has sold over 300,000 copies.[2] Musically, the album fuses alternative metal with a diverse array of genres, including industrial music, gothic rock, punk rock, techno and hip hop.[1]

Difference between versions[edit]

The Eclipse Records version contains a hidden prank call at the end of "Bwomp" extended mix.[3]

Music videos[edit]

"Solitaire/Unraveling" is the only song from the album to have a music video produced, which was directed by Dean Karr. The video is set in a Southern California airplane hangar and shows the band in specially designed masks. According to J Mann, the song "acts as a metaphor for the cycles of life and the duality of man". Drummer and founding member Skinny adds, "It's very much us: dark, creepy, surreal." It found airplay[4] on Uranium, MTV2 and MTV2 Europe.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Universal Records version
No. Title Writer(s) Originally appeared on Length
1. "Before I Die" Steve Felton, Jeffrey Hatrix, Tom Schmitz, John Sekula, Jason Popson, Jack Kilcoyne M3 3:13
2. "Bwomp" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 6:26
3. "Solitaire/Unraveling" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne M3 4:27
4. "These Filthy Hands" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 5:23
5. "Never Let It Go" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Joe Kilcoyne Superbuick 4:41
6. "Xeroxed" S. Felton, Popson M3 2:57
7. "The Wrist" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 5:09
8. "Chancre Sore" S. Felton, Schmitz, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 2:36
9. "The New Cult King" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne M3 5:10
10. "Empty Spaces" (Pink Floyd cover) Roger Waters   1:51
11. "Born of Desire" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne M3 4:01
12. "43" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula Mushroomhead 4:32
13. "Fear Held Dear" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Popson, Joe Kilcoyne Superbuick 2:18
14. "Too Much Nothing" S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Popson, Sekula, Joe Kilcoyne Mushroomhead 3:10
15. "Episode 29" S. Felton, Dave Felton Mushroomhead 1:36
43. "Bwomp" (Extended version) S. Felton, Hatrix, Schmitz, Sekula, Popson, Jack Kilcoyne Superbuick 9:58

Personnel[edit]

  • Steve Feltonproducer
  • Mushroomhead – producer
  • Bill Korecky – engineer
  • Pat Lewis – engineer
  • Scot Edgell – additional vocals
  • Toby Wright – mixer
  • Elliott Blakey – mix assistant
  • Steven Marcussen – mastering
  • Vanessa Solowiow – photos, layout and design

Reception[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 178
US Top Heatseekers (Billboard) 6
US Top Independent Albums (Billboard) 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Henderson, Alex. "XX - Mushroomhead". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved June 30, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Mushroomhead". tartareandesire.com. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Mushroomhead - X X". theprp.com. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mushroomhead Biography". Monsters and Critics. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Mushroomhead Solitaire unraveling". mvdbase.com. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Mushroomhead - XX CD". cduniverse.com. Retrieved May 26, 2013. 

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