Static & Silence

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Static & Silence
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Studio album by The Sundays
Released 22 September 1997
Genre Indie pop, dream pop
Length 38:46 (UK edition)
42:14 (U.S. edition)
Label Parlophone
Geffen
Producer David Gavurin, Harriet Wheeler
The Sundays chronology
Blind
(1992)Blind1992
Static & Silence
(1997)
Singles from Static & Silence
  1. "Summertime"
    Released: 8 September 1997
  2. "Cry"
    Released: 10 November 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]

Static & Silence is the third and final album by The Sundays, released in the UK by Parlophone on 22 September 1997, and in the U.S. by Geffen on 23 September 1997. The title and cover photo are a reference to the TV screening of the Apollo 11 Moon landing, which inspired the final track "Monochrome".

Guitarist and leader David Gavurin says that at this point the band had mellowed somewhat with age, and that he and wife Harriet Wheeler have been influenced more by Van Morrison, which gives some songs on the album that folk-rock bent ("Folk Song" even quotes from Morrison's "And It Stoned Me"). The couple had also been listening a lot to Frank Sinatra songs and 1960s French film music.

Kevin Jamieson, who performed some percussion work on the album, also joined The Sundays during their UK and U.S. album support tour as a backup guitarist. He is perhaps best known for his prior work as the lead singer for Jim Jiminee.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by David Gavurin and Harriet Wheeler.

UK edition[edit]

  1. "Summertime" – 3:34
  2. "Homeward" – 3:49
  3. "Folk Song" – 3:04
  4. "She" – 3:07
  5. "When I'm Thinking About You" – 4:17
  6. "I Can't Wait" – 2:23
  7. "Another Flavour" – 3:18
  8. "Leave This City" – 4:24
  9. "Your Eyes" – 2:30
  10. "Cry" – 4:05
  11. "Monochrome" – 4:15

U.S. edition[edit]

  1. "Summertime" – 3:33
  2. "Homeward" – 3:48
  3. "Folk Song" – 3:04
  4. "She" – 3:06
  5. "When I'm Thinking About You" – 4:17
  6. "I Can't Wait" – 2:22
  7. "Cry" – 4:06
  8. "Another Flavour" – 3:18
  9. "Leave This City" – 4:23
  10. "Your Eyes" – 2:29
  11. "So Much" – 3:29
  12. "Monochrome" – 4:14

Japan edition[edit]

  1. "Summertime" – 3:34
  2. "Homeward" – 3:48
  3. "Folk Song" – 3:03
  4. "She" – 3:07
  5. "When I'm Thinking About You" – 4:17
  6. "I Can't Wait" – 2:22
  7. "Another Flavour" – 3:18
  8. "Leave This City" – 4:23
  9. "Your Eyes" – 2:29
  10. "Cry" – 4:05
  11. "Monochrome" – 4:15
  12. "Through The Dark" – 4:25
  13. "Gone" – 3:53
  14. "Nothing Sweet" – 3:02

Chart performances[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[3]
45
New Zealand Albums Chart[3]
33
UK Albums Chart[4] 10
US Billboard 200[5]
33

Lead single "Summertime" charted at No. 15 in the UK Singles Chart, making it their highest-charting single in their home country, at No. 10 and 13 on the US Modern Rock and Adult Top 40 charts, respectively,[4][6][7] and at No. 41 in Australia.[8] Second single "Cry" peaked at No. 44 in the UK Singles Chart.[4]

Personnel[edit]

  • Harriet Wheeler — Vocals, string arrangements and orchestration, brass and flute orchestration
  • David Gavurin — Guitar, Hammond organ, piano, percussion, string arrangements and orchestration, brass and flute arrangements and orchestration
  • Paul Brindley — Bass
  • Patrick Hannan — Drums
  • Dave Anderson — Hammond organ, piano
  • Kev Jamieson — Hammond organ, piano
  • Martin Ditcham — percussion
  • Dave Pulfreman — percussion
  • Audrey Riley — string arrangements and orchestration
  • Martin Green — brass and flute arrangements and orchestration

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Static & Silence - The Sundays". allmusic.com. Allmusic. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Hamilton, Jill. "The Sundays: Static & Silence". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 22 July 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Album Chart Positions @ Australian-charts.com Retrieved May 2009
  4. ^ a b c "Sundays - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Sundays Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Sundays - Alternative Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  7. ^ "The Sundays - Adult Pop Songs Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  8. ^ Summertime @ Australian-Charts.com Retrieved May 2009

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