The Obliterati

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The Obliterati
The Obliterati.jpg
Studio album by Mission of Burma
Released May 23, 2006
Recorded 2005, Q Division Studios, Somerville, Massachusetts
Genre Post-punk, indie rock
Length 51:41
Label Matador
Producer Bob Weston
Mission of Burma chronology
Snapshot
(2004)
The Obliterati
(2006)
The Sound the Speed the Light
(2009)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81 (25 reviews)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork 8.3/10[3]
Punknews.org 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Stylus B+[7]

The Obliterati is the third album by American post-punk band Mission of Burma, released in May 2006 by record label Matador.

Recording[edit]

In September 2005, Mission of Burma began recording their third studio album. Produced by Bob Weston, it was originally to be titled Aluminum Washcloth.

Release[edit]

The Obliterati was released on May 23, 2006 on Matador Records.

In February 2006, 500 fans signed up for a Mission of Burma singles club, which was intended to deliver, on a weekly basis, eight one-sided 12" vinyl singles and CD singles, with the vinyl singles coming out first and their CD counterparts arriving a couple of weeks afterward. Various manufacturing delays, however, forced Matador to release all eight CD singles simultaneously as a set, with the vinyl versions delivered to subscribers around the time The Obliterati arrived in stores.[citation needed] The "blank" sides of the vinyl singles, and the front cover and screenprinted sides of the CDs, feature etched artwork from artist Shepard Fairey (of "André the Giant Has a Posse" infamy). These have become much sought-after items by collectors.[citation needed]

Reception[edit]

The album received a positive response from critics, and was named the 33rd best album of 2006 by Pitchfork.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "2wice" – 3:36
  2. "Spider's Web" – 3:25
  3. "Donna Sumeria" – 5:37
  4. "Let Yourself Go" – 3:31
  5. "1001 Pleasant Dreams" – 3:49
  6. "Good, Not Great" – 2:07
  7. "13" – 4:16
  8. "Man in Decline" – 3:22
  9. "Careening with Conviction" – 3:48
  10. "Birthday" – 3:10
  11. "The Mute Speaks Out" – 3:23
  12. "Is This Where?" – 3:35
  13. "Period" – 3:27
  14. "Nancy Reagan's Head" – 4:35

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Obliterati by Mission of Burma". Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  2. ^ The Obliterati at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Mission of Burma: The Obliterati Album Review - Pitchfork". Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Punknews.org. "Mission of Burma - The Obliterati". Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: Mission of Burma". Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  6. ^ "Album Reviews, Ratings, and Best New Albums". Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Mission of Burma - The Obliterati - Review - Stylus Magazine". Retrieved 31 May 2016. 
  8. ^ "Top 50 Albums of 2006". Pitchfork Media. 2006-12-10. Retrieved 2009-07-23. 

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