The Art of Losing

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The Art of Losing
Studio album by American Hi-Fi
Released February 24, 2003 (UK)
February 25, 2003 (USA)
Studio Sunset Sound Studio 2, Hollywood, California
Genre Alternative rock, pop punk
Length 36:29
Label Island
Producer Nick Launay
American Hi-Fi chronology
American Hi-Fi
The Art of Losing
Hearts on Parade
Singles from The Art of Losing
  1. "The Art of Losing"
    Released: April 14, 2003
  2. "The Breakup Song"
    Released: 2003

The Art of Losing is the second studio album by the American rock band American Hi-Fi. It was released on February 25, 2003 by Island Records. Recording took place at Sunset Sound Studio 2, Hollywood, California.


It was released in February 2003 by Island Records. "The Art of Losing" was released to radio as the lead single on January 7, 2003.[1] The album featured the singles "The Art of Losing" and "The Breakup Song" neither of which charted.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[2]
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 3/5 stars[5]

The album itself peaked at #80 on the US Billboard 200. "A tougher, harder-edged sound--with intense guitar licks by Arentzen and a beefed-up rhythm section by Parson and Nolan--distinguishes The Art of Losing from the band's debut album, as does its live, spontaneous feel and lack of computer production tricks."[6]

The album received mixed reviews. It received 2/5 stars from Rolling Stone and 2.5/5 stars from AllMusic. Shortly after the album's release, American Hi-Fi was dropped by their record label, Island Records around three months later. The band was told they were simply not making enough money despite having sold upwards of 600,000 copies. The band finished their remaining tour dates and afterwards returned home to begin work on a new album.[6] BuzzFeed included The Art of Losing at number 29 on their "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F——ing Die" list.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Stacy Jones.

No. Title Length
1. "The Art of Losing" 3:23
2. "The Breakup Song" 2:55
3. "Beautiful Disaster" 2:27
4. "Save Me" 3:55
5. "Nothing Left to Lose" 2:57
6. "Teenage Alien Nation" 3:01
7. "Rise" 3:11
8. "This Is the Sound" 4:11
9. "The Gold Rush" 3:28
10. "Built for Speed" 2:48
11. "Happy" 4:04
Total length: 36:29


American Hi-Fi
  • Produced by Nick Launay
  • Adam Ayan - Mastering
  • Lars Fox - Movement
  • Dave Gibbs - Voices
  • Josh Lattanzi - Voices
  • Bill Leflar - Voices
  • Jason Sutter - Voices
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering
  • Paul Pontius - A&R
  • David Alhert - Assistant Engineer
  • Kevin Dean - Assistant Engineer
  • Errin Familia - Assistant Engineer
  • Colin Lane - Photography
  • Adam Fuller - Assistant Engineer, Voices
  • Louis Marino - Art Direction, Design, Photography
  • Mauro Rubbi - Drum Technician


  1. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Retrieved October 30, 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Art Of Losing by American Hi-Fi". Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  3. ^ AllMusic review
  4. ^ Miller, Kirk (March 20, 2003). "American Hi-Fi: The Art of Losing : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on March 12, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2017. 
  5. ^ "American Hi-Fi - The Art Of Losing (album review ) - Sputnikmusic". Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Kagan, Wendy. "American Hi-Fi Biography". MusicianGuide. Retrieved March 4, 2011. 
  7. ^ Sherman, Maria; Broderick, Ryan (July 2, 2013). "36 Pop Punk Albums You Need To Hear Before You F----ing Die". BuzzFeed. Retrieved July 29, 2015.