Talking Is Hard

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Talking Is Hard
Walk the Moon - Talking Is Hard.png
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 2, 2014
Recorded2014
StudioRancho Pagzilla
(North Hollywood, California)
Genre
Length43:11
LabelRCA
ProducerTim Pagnotta
Walk the Moon chronology
Walk the Moon
(2012)
Talking Is Hard
(2014)
What If Nothing
(2017)
Singles from Talking Is Hard
  1. "Shut Up and Dance"
    Released: September 10, 2014
  2. "Different Colors"
    Released: May 5, 2015[1]
  3. "Work This Body"
    Released: January 19, 2016[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]

Talking Is Hard is the third studio album by American rock band Walk the Moon. It was released on December 2, 2014, by RCA Records. The first single released from the album was "Shut Up and Dance," which became an international hit for the band, reaching number one on the Billboard Alternative chart and the Billboard Rock Songs chart, as well peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot 100. It also charted in the Netherlands and Sweden.

Music[edit]

The album's drum tracking was completed over a span of ten days at a studio in North Hollywood. Drummer Sean Waugaman primarily used a 1965 Ludwig black oyster pearl drum kit with Paiste 602s, Signatures, and Zildjian Constantinople cymbals.[4] The album has been described as new wave and very '80s-inspired.[5] Nick Petricca called "Shut Up and Dance" a 'dork rock' anthem and it was inspired by songs like "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" (Pat Benatar) and "Jessie's Girl" (Rick Springfield), "real heart-on-your-sleeve kind of anthems".[5]

Track listing[edit]

Talking Is Hard – Standard edition[6]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducerLength
1."Different Colors"
  • Nicholas Petricca
  • Kevin Ray
  • Sean Waugaman
  • Eli Maiman
Pagnotta3:42
2."Sidekick"
  • Petricca
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
  • Maiman
Pagnotta2:55
3."Shut Up and Dance"
Pagnotta3:19
4."Up 2 U"
  • Petricca
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
  • Maiman
  • Berger
  • McMahon
Pagnotta3:23
5."Avalanche"
Pagnotta3:40
6."Portugal"
  • Petricca
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
  • Maiman
Pagnotta4:01
7."Down In the Dumps"
  • Petricca
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
  • Maiman
Pagnotta4:25
8."Work This Body"
Pagnotta2:57
9."Spend Your $$$"
  • Petricca
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
  • Maiman
Pagnotta3:22
10."We Are the Kids"
  • Petricca
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
  • Maiman
  • Ryan
Pagnotta3:37
11."Come Under the Covers"
  • Petricca
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
  • Maiman
Pagnotta3:51
12."Aquaman"
Pagnotta3:59
Total length:43:11

Promotion[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Talking Is Hard.[13]

Locations

Personnel

  • Nick Petricca – vocals, keyboards, percussion, programming, songwriting
  • Kevin Ray – bass, vocals, songwriting
  • Sean Waugaman – percussion, vocals, songwriting
  • Eli Maiman – guitar, vocals, programming, songwriting
  • Ben Berger – songwriting, vocal production, co-production
  • Ryan McMahon – songwriting, vocal production, co-production
  • Jarett Holmes – programming, recording, digital editing
  • Tim Pagnotta – production, recording
  • Brian Phillips – digital editing
  • Allen Casillas – digital editing
  • Ryan Gillmore – digital editing
  • Mauro Rubbi – drum technician
  • Andrew "Muffman" Luftman – recording assistant
  • Kuk Harrell – vocal recording
  • Marcos Tovar – vocal recording
  • Blake Mares – assistant engineer
  • Robert Cohen – assistant engineer
  • Neal Avronmixing
  • Scott Skrzynski – mixing assistant
  • Joe LaPorta – mastering

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, formats, label, and editions
Region Date Format(s) Label Edition(s)
Australia November 28, 2014 Sony Standard
Germany
Ireland
Italy
New Zealand
Canada December 2, 2014
United States RCA
United Kingdom June 15, 2015

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ultimate Music – Walk the Moon "Different Colors" (Video Premiere)". Ultimate Music. Archived from the original on 2015-07-09.
  2. ^ "WALK THE MOON – Work This Body (Single Edit Audio)". YouTube. Retrieved January 19, 2016.
  3. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Talking Is Hard – Walk the Moon". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  4. ^ "Drummer Blog: WALK THE MOON's Sean Waugaman on Recording the New Album". Modern Drummer Magazine. 2015-01-07. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  5. ^ a b "Related Questions: WALK THE MOON, 'Shut Up and Dance' « Radio.com". radio.com. Archived from the original on 2015-07-04.
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  7. ^ "Talking Is Hard on iTunes". June 15, 2015. Retrieved August 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "TALKING IS HARD (Google Play Deluxe Edition)". Retrieved November 20, 2015.
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  10. ^ "Walk the Moon Performs on "The Tonight Show" (Watch Now)". Headline Planet.
  11. ^ "Amy Poehler & Bill Hader, Walk the Moon". EllenTV.
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  13. ^ Talking Is Hard (inlay cover). Walk the Moon. RCA Records. 2014. p. 16.CS1 maint: others (link)
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