Team Sleep (album)

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Team Sleep
Teamsleep-album.jpg
Studio album by
Released
  • May 9, 2005 (Europe)
  • May 10, 2005 (United States)
Recorded2002–2004
GenreAlternative rock[1], electronic[2], trip hop[3], shoegaze[4]
Length53:59
LabelMaverick Records
ProducerGreg Wells, Team Sleep, Ross Robinson
Singles from Team Sleep
  1. "Ever (Foreign Flag)"
    Released: 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media(6.1/10)[6]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[7]
Ultimate Guitar9/10 stars[8]

Team Sleep is the eponymous debut studio album by American alternative rock band Team Sleep, largely produced by Greg Wells (Rufus Wainwright, Creeper Lagoon, and Mika). It was released in Europe on May 9, 2005 and a day later in the United States through Maverick Records.

Recording history[edit]

The debut album by Team Sleep was supposed to be released in 2003 but was scrapped due to the premature leakage of demos from the album onto the internet. The band split for a brief period of time before joining together and making material for a new album. Issues with Maverick Records as well as commitments with other projects (most specifically singer Chino Moreno and his band Deftones) delayed the release of the album numerous times. It wasn't until early 2005 that the official May 10 release was announced for the States with the announcement of a new track list and a band site on Maverick's web site.

Some of the songs presented on the new album are altered or re-recorded versions of older Team Sleep songs. For example, "Ever" is actually one of Team Sleep's oldest songs, originally titled "Cambodia" and later "Foreign Flag". "Live from the Stage" is a restructured version of the original Team Sleep song "Natalie Portman". "King Diamond" appears remastered, with Mary Timony contributing extensive call-and-response vocals. "Tomb of Liegia" is a little-changed update of leaked song "Ligeia", also featuring Timony. The title of the song references Edgar Allan Poe's short story, "Ligeia", and its Roger Corman/Vincent Price film adaptation, while the lyrics are more broadly Poe-esque.

Artwork[edit]

The cover photo was shot by Lionel Deluy while the creative direction was led by Frank Maddocks (a Deftones-companion since 2000s White Pony).[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Ataraxia"3:17
2."Ever (Foreign Flag)"2:51
3."Your Skull Is Red"3:41
4."Princeton Review"5:09
5."Blvd. Nights"3:08
6."Delorian"1:34
7."Our Ride to the Rectory"4:40
8."Tomb of Liegia"4:56
9."Elizabeth"3:47
10."Staring at the Queen"3:05
11."Ever Since WWI"3:30
12."King Diamond"3:45
13."Live from the Stage"5:29
14."Paris Arm"1:43
15."11/11"3:18

Personnel[edit]

  • DJ Crook – drum programming (tracks: 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 15); turntables (tracks: 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15); keyboards (tracks: 6, 10, 14)
  • Zach Hill – drums (tracks: 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15); piano (track 3); bass drum and xylophone (track 11)
  • Todd Wilkinson – guitar (all tracks, except 12); keyboards (tracks: 3, 4, 9); bass (tracks: 4, 9, 11)
  • Rick Verrett – bass (tracks: 1, 5, 7, 13, 15); guitar (track 1); keyboards (tracks: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12)
  • Chino Moreno – vocals (tracks: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 12, 13, 15); guitar (tracks: 2, 5, 13); piano and keyboards (track 8)

Guests[edit]

  • DJ C-Minus – drum programming (track 1)
  • Greg Wells – piano (track 2)
  • Dan Elkan – guitar (track 3)
  • Sonny Mayugba – guitar (track 5)
  • Rob Crow – vocals (track 4, 7, 9 and 15)
  • Mary Timony – vocals (track 8 and 12)

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Europe May 9, 2005 Maverick
United States May 10, 2005 Maverick

References[edit]

  1. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Team Sleep - Team Sleep". Allmusic. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  2. ^ Crock, Jason. "Team Sleep - Team Sleep". Pitchfork. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  3. ^ 204409. "Team Sleep - Team Sleep". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  4. ^ 204409. "Team Sleep - Team Sleep". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 22 June 2018.
  5. ^ Loftus, Johnny. Team Sleep at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  6. ^ Crock, Jason (2005-06-09). "Team Sleep: Team Sleep | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  7. ^ "Team Sleep - Team Sleep (album review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2011-09-02.
  8. ^ "Team Sleep Review". Ultimate Guitar. 2009-04-17. Retrieved 2011-10-09.
  9. ^ "Team Sleep Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 2015-11-19.