Static & Silence

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Static & Silence
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Studio album by
Released22 September 1997
GenreIndie pop, dream pop
Length38:46 (UK edition)
42:14 (U.S. edition)
LabelParlophone
Geffen
ProducerDavid Gavurin, Harriet Wheeler
The Sundays chronology
Blind
(1992)
Static & Silence
(1997)
Singles from Static & Silence
  1. "Summertime"
    Released: 8 September 1997
  2. "Cry"
    Released: 10 November 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
The Daily NebraskanA−[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
Pitchfork8.8/10[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]

Static & Silence is the third and final studio album by English alternative rock band 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 is a quote from the album's final track "Monochrome", and the album's cover photo is a reference to the subject of "Monochrome", the TV screening of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Guitarist and leader David Gavurin has said that by the time of the recording of Static & Silence the band had mellowed somewhat with age, and that he and wife Harriet Wheeler were influenced more by Van Morrison, which gives some songs on the album their 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, 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 version
No.TitleLength
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" (Track 8 on US version)3:18
8."Leave This City" (Track 9 on US version)4:24
9."Your Eyes" (Track 10 on US version)2:30
10."Cry" (Track 7 on US version)4:05
11."Monochrome" (Track 12 on US version)4:15

Chart performances[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[6]
45
New Zealand Albums Chart[6]
33
UK Albums Chart[7] 10
US Billboard 200[8]
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,[7][9][10] and at No. 41 in Australia.[11] Second single "Cry" peaked at No. 44 in the UK Singles Chart.[7]

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. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
  2. ^ Johnson, Beth. "The Sundays return with inspiring album". The Daily Nebraskan. Retrieved 3 December 2018.
  3. ^ Johnson, Beth (7 November 1997). "Static and Silence". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  4. ^ Schreiber, Ryan. "The Sundays: Static and Silence". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 28 January 2001. Retrieved 17 May 2018.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Jill (30 October 1997). "The Sundays: Static & Silence". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 22 July 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2016.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  6. ^ a b Album Chart Positions @ Australian-charts.com Retrieved May 2009
  7. ^ a b c "Sundays - Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 January 2016.
  8. ^ "The Sundays Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. ^ "The Sundays - Alternative Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  10. ^ "The Sundays - Adult Pop Songs Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 7 July 2013.
  11. ^ Summertime @ Australian-Charts.com Retrieved May 2009

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