Survival of the Sickest (album)

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Survival of the Sickest
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 17, 2004
Recorded2003–2004
Genre
Length51:03
LabelIsland
ProducerPaul Ebersold
Saliva chronology
Back into Your System
(2002)
Survival of the Sickest
(2004)
Blood Stained Love Story
(2007)
Singles from Survival of the Sickest
  1. "Survival of the Sickest"
    Released: June 15, 2004
  2. "Razor's Edge"
    Released: November 9, 2004

Survival of the Sickest is the fourth studio album by American rock band Saliva. It was released on August 17, 2004. "No Hard Feelings" is the only song which features rap vocals in the bridge and it also has the same exact lyrics in "No Regrets" just using a different musical approach to both songs. The album produced two singles: "Survival of the Sickest" in June 2004, and "Razor's Edge" in November 2004. The title track was featured in the video games NASCAR 2005: Chase for the Cup[1] and Backyard Wrestling 2: There Goes the Neighborhood, and was the official theme song for WWE's Unforgiven 2004 pay per view.

Background and development[edit]

In an interview with MTV, lead singer Josey Scott explained how he and the band changed their approach to crafting the album by cooling down on the girls and partying so that their "well rested and well prepared" to record material that Scott made on his free time: "On our last tour, I personally got in the back of the tour bus with a little Wal-Mart tape recorder and just started beating these songs out. So when we went into the studio this time, I was prepared. I had 25 songs ready to go."[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(56/100)[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
SpinC-[6]

Entertainment Weekly writer Sean Richardson found the album going back to the band's early hard rock sound from their 1997 self-titled debut, praising Josey Scott for crafting tracks that pay tribute to 80s hair metal and penning both "aching redemption songs and seething revenge tirades" that make it more contemporary.[5] Johnny Loftus of AllMusic was mixed about the material throughout the record, criticizing the band's foray into "glowering, melodramatic plods ("No Regrets, Vol. 2", "Eyes Open")" and slumming with "massively compressed, hard-head rockers ("Carry On", "Fuck All Y'All")" but highlighted the title track, "Rock & Roll Revolution" and "Razor's Edge" for containing quality hard rock credentials with a Southern style, concluding with "That said, it's too bad the rest of Survival of the Sickest panders to unimaginative industry and genre posturing."[4] Chuck Klosterman, writing for Spin, criticized Scott's musical craftsmanship on the album for giving the band a "crisis of confidence" when delivering his skewed vision of rock music, concluding that "Still, there's some Godsmackian guitar work on Survival of the Sickest, and the production has a Montana-esque vastness that will undoubtedly sound good on terrible radio stations across the U.S."[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Rock & Roll Revolution"
4:39
2."Bait & Switch"
  • Scott
  • Swinny
3:34
3."One Night Only"Scott3:55
4."Survival of the Sickest"
  • Scott
  • Swinny
4:08
5."No Regrets (Volume 2)"
  • Scott
  • Swinny
  • Michael Baskette
  • Paul Crosby
5:02
6."Two Steps Back"
  • Scott
  • Swinny
  • Chris D'Abaldo
3:34
7."Open Eyes"
  • Scott
  • Baskette
  • Swinny
3:56
8."Fuck All Y'all"
  • Scott
  • D'Abaldo
  • Swinny
3:29
9."I Want You"
  • Scott
  • Swinny
3:41
10."Carry On"
  • Scott
  • D'Abaldo
  • Dave Novotny
3:30
11."Razor's Edge" (featuring Brad Arnold)
  • Scott
  • Novotny
  • Swinny
3:22
12."No Hard Feelings"
  • Scott
  • Swinny
  • Baskette
  • Crosby
  • Swinny
3:56
13."Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll [Hidden Track]" 4:17
Total length:51:05

Chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[7] 20
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
2004 "Survival of the Sickest" Mainstream Rock Tracks 6
Modern Rock Tracks 22
"Razor's Edge" Mainstream Rock Tracks 17

Credits[edit]

  • Josey Scott - lead vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion
  • Wayne Swinny - lead guitar, rhythm guitar, background vocals
  • Chris D'Abaldo - rhythm guitar, background vocals
  • Paul Crosby - drums
  • Dave Novotny - bass, background vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NASCAR 2005 Chase for the Cup: The Music". IGN. October 1, 2004. Retrieved December 16, 2016.
  2. ^ Dangelo, Joe (July 28, 2004). "Saliva Get The Girls In 'Survival of the Sickest' Video". MTV. Retrieved December 26, 2018.
  3. ^ "Survival of the Sickest Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Loftus, Johnny. "Survival of the Sickest – Saliva". AllMusic. Retrieved July 5, 2011.
  5. ^ a b Richardson, Sean (September 10, 2004). "Survival of the Sickest Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc.: 165. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
  6. ^ a b Klosterman, Chuck (September 2004). "Saliva 'Survival of the Sickest'". Spin. Spin Media LLC. 20 (9): 119. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  7. ^ "Saliva Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved December 30, 2018.

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