Sonic Jihad (Snake River Conspiracy album)

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Sonic Jihad
Album Sonic Jihad cover.jpg
Studio album by Snake River Conspiracy
Released April 4, 2000
Length 44:48
Label Reprise/Warner Bros. Records
47383
Producer Jason Slater
David Kahne
Eric Valentine
Charlie Clouser

Sonic Jihad is Snake River Conspiracy's only full-length album, released in 2000. It includes three cover songs: T-Ride's “You and Your Friend” (former band of co-producer Eric Valentine), The Cure's “Lovesong” and The Smiths' “How Soon Is Now.” [1] The album garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, who praised the album's lyrics and singer Tobey Torres's vocals. The album spawned three singles: "Vulcan," "How Soon is Now," and "Breed." The latter two charted in the US.

The album has a Parental Advisory for obscenity and mature themes.

Use in Media[edit]

"Breed" is featured in the 2001 film Valentine during the end credits. The "Prince Quick Mix's Cracker Beat Pass Mix" of "How Soon Is Now" was included on the American Eagle Outfitters compilation "Summer 9ine."[2]

Critical Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Drowned In Sound 9/10 stars[3]
PopMatters Positive[4]

The album received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Allmusic's William Ruhlmann likened Snake River Conspiracy to the rock group Garbage and Nine Inch Nails, but felt that their "sound may be too hard for pop fans and too soft for rock fans," giving the album 3 out of 5 stars.[1] Eden Miller, writing for PopMatters, was more positive, stating that "anger has never been so much fun or so approachable," and praising the group's "strong personality."[4] Drowned In Sound's review, written by Kate Price, was similarly-positive, awarding the album 9 out of 10 and stating that the album "is a journey, lyrically and musically, through human emotions and represents... the triumph of passion over technology."[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Breed (4:30)
  2. Casualty (4:54)
  3. You and Your Friend (3:35)
  4. Lovesong (3:56)
  5. Act Your Age (4:27)
  6. More Than Love (3:50)
  7. Strangled (4:43)
  8. Oh Well (3:46)
  9. Somebody Hates You (3:57)
  10. Vulcan (3:59)
  11. How Soon is Now? (3:23)

Note

  • Although the 3:56 version of "Lovesong" is included on the album, a full-length version (4:08) exists as well.

Commercial Performance[edit]

The album spawned three singles, two of which charted. The first single, "Vulcan," failed to reach any chart. The next single, however, "How Soon Is Now," performed well in the United States, where it reached #38 on the Alternative chart and #15 on the Dance Club Songs chart;[5] the song also entered the UK Singles Chart, at number 83.[6] The third single, "Breed," reached #37 on the Dance Club Songs chart.[5]

Charts[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
2000 "How Soon Is Now?" US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[5] 38
UK Singles (OCC)[6] 83
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[5] 15
2001 "Breed" 37

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sonic Jihad release date & track listing". Retrieved 2008-05-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Summer 9ine: American Eagle Outfitters Sampler CD, Compilation, Limited Edition". Amazon. Retrieved 21 September 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Price, Kate. "Snake River Conspiracy Sonic Jihad review". Drowned In Sound. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Miller, Eden. "Snake River Conspiracy Sonic Jihad review". PopMatters. Retrieved 19 September 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Search Results". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY (overview)". Official Charts. Retrieved 11 November 2016.