The Madding Crowd

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The Madding Crowd
The Madding Crowd.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 16, 2000
RecordedTree Studios
GenreAlternative rock, power pop, pop rock
Length53:45
Label550
ProducerNick DiDia
Nine Days chronology
Three
(1998)
The Madding Crowd
(2000)
So Happily Unsatisfied
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

The Madding Crowd is the major-label debut album by the American rock band Nine Days. It spawned the major hit "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" and other single "If I Am". The Madding Crowd peaked at #67 on the Billboard Top 200. The album's title is a reference to Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Madding Crowd.

Released[edit]

The Madding Crowd, despite not peaking inside the top 50 in the United States, was eventually certified gold within six months of release.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "So Far Away" (Brian Desveaux, John Hampson) – 3:56
  2. "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)" (Hampson) – 3:09
  3. "If I Am" (Hampson) – 4:18
  4. "End Up Alone" (Hampson) – 3:57
  5. "Sometimes" (Desveaux) – 5:14
  6. "Bob Dylan" (Desveaux, Bob Dylan) – 4:35
  7. "257 Weeks" (Hampson) – 4:04
  8. "Bitter" (Desveaux) – 6:21
  9. "Back to Me" (Desveaux) – 4:00
  10. "Crazy" (Desveaux, Hampson) – 4:14
  11. "Revolve" (Hampson) – 3:54
  12. "Wanna Be" (Desveaux) – 6:03

Personnel[edit]

Demo recordings[edit]

The Madding Crowd Demos 1998/99
Demo album by
ReleasedJanuary 2013
GenreAlternative rock, Indie rock
Length54 minutes

In January 2013, upon the relaunch of the band's official website, several old live recordings and demos were made available to the band's fans for the first time. Included among these were the original demos for The Madding Crowd.

These demos were recorded in 1998 and 1999 between the band's independently released album Three and their first mainstream hit of "Absolutely (Story of a Girl)."

  1. Another Day
  2. Absolutely
  3. If I Am
  4. Too Much Love
  5. Esteem
  6. Nobody
  7. Revolve
  8. Bring It Back (released as "Sometimes" on the studio release)
  9. Day By Daybreak
  10. Heart Defect
  11. Side To Side (an early version of "257 Weeks")
  12. Wanna Be
  13. That's How You Are

Of the songs included in the demo album, five were later recorded and included on the actual release of the album in, more or less, an unaltered, though more produced, form. One more track, "Side To Side" carries the same melody and many of the same lyrics as "257 Weeks" but is not completely the same song.

While the tracks that remained nearly unaltered, the increased production is very evident on the official release of the album, especially on the tracks "Absolutely" and "Wanna Be." "Wanna Be" particularly is a faster track on the demo version, whereas the produced version is slower and more haunting.

In popular culture[edit]

  • One of the songs, "Another Day" was included on the soundtrack to the 2001 film Summer Catch.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Ruhlmann (2000-05-16). "The Madding Crowd - Nine Days | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-04-23.