The Airborne Toxic Event (album)

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The Airborne Toxic Event
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Studio album by The Airborne Toxic Event
Released August 5, 2008
Recorded Los Angeles, 2007
Genre Alternative rock, indie rock
Length 37:33
Label Majordomo Records, Shout! Factory, Island Records, Mercury Records
Producer Pete Min
The Airborne Toxic Event chronology
Does This Mean You're Moving On? EP
(2007)
The Airborne Toxic Event
(2008)
All at Once
(2011)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club C+[3]
Blender 3/5 stars[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (1-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Entertainment Weekly B+[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 1.6/10[8]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[9]
Q 4/5 stars[1]
Uncut 4/5 stars[1]

The Airborne Toxic Event is the self-titled debut album by the American alternative rock band The Airborne Toxic Event, first released in the US on August 5, 2008 by Majordomo Records/Shout! Factory. The album was re-released by Island Records on March 16, 2009 following the band's signing to the label. The entire album was recorded using a recording studio in the home of Pete Min, the band's producer. The first single in the US was Sometime Around Midnight, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart.

The album was released in the UK on February 9, 2009 and features three bonus tracks. First single "Gasoline" was released on November 17, 2008, and second single "Sometime Around Midnight" was released on February 2, 2009. "Gasoline" is also a playable track in the video game "Band Hero".

"Sometime Around Midnight" was picked as the Starbucks Pick of the Week as an acoustic for May 6.

Both "Sometime Around Midnight" and "Does This Mean You're Moving On?" were written about the same former girlfriend of Mikel Jollett's.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mikel Jollett, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Wishing Well" 3:57
2. "Papillon" 3:18
3. "Gasoline" (Jollett, Noah Harmon) 3:21
4. "Happiness Is Overrated" (Jollett, Harmon) 3:12
5. "Does This Mean You’re Moving On?" 2:14
6. "This Is Nowhere" (Jollett, Harmon, Stephen Chen, Daren Taylor, Anna Bulbrook) 2:50
7. "Sometime Around Midnight" 5:04
8. "Something New" (Jollett, Harmon) 3:07
9. "Missy" 3:40
10. "Innocence" 6:50

Singles[edit]

  • "Gasoline" (November 17, 2008)
    1. "Gasoline" – 3:20
    2. "The Winning Side" – 4:16
  • "Sometime Around Midnight" (February 2, 2009)
    1. "Sometime Around Midnight" – 5:03
    2. "Innocence" (Acoustic) – 8:50
  • "Happiness Is Overrated" (June 8, 2009)
    1. "Happiness Is Overrated"
    2. "I Don't Want to Be on TV"

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 70
U.S. Billboard 200[11] 108
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 1
UK Albums Chart 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Reviews for The Airborne Toxic Event by The Airborne Toxic Event". Metacritic. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Airborne Toxic Event – The Airborne Toxic Event". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Rizov, Vadim (4 August 2008). "The Airborne Toxic Event: The Airborne Toxic Event". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Grierson, Tim. "The Airborne Toxic Event". Blender. Archived from the original on 17 September 2010. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (July 2009). "Consumer Guide". MSN Music. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Sparrow, Kristy (6 May 2009). "The Airborne Toxic Event". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Hann, Michael (30 January 2009). "The Airborne Toxic Event: The Airborne Toxic Event". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  8. ^ Cohen, Ian (17 September 2008). "The Airborne Toxic Event: The Airborne Toxic Event". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Bergstrom, John (5 August 2008). "The Airborne Toxic Event: The Airborne Toxic Event". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Does This Mean You're Moving On? Songfacts
  11. ^ Billboard