The Oracle of Hi-Fi

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The Oracle of Hi-Fi
The Oracle of Hi-Fi.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 2002
GenreAlternative rock, hard rock
Length43:03
LabelMaple Music
ProducerColin Cripps
Headstones chronology
Nickels for Your Nightmares
(2000)
The Oracle of Hi-Fi
(2002)
Love + Fury
(2013)

The Oracle of Hi-Fi is the fifth studio album by Canadian rock band Headstones. It was released in 2002 under Maple Music.

Background[edit]

In an interview with Q, Headstones lead singer Hugh Dillon said that The Oracle of Hi-Fi was his first attempt on making an album after getting sober.[1] At the time of recording, the band wanted to create an album that was focused instead of going in multiple directions compared to their previous studio album Nickels for Your Nightmares.[2]

Composition[edit]

Production[edit]

In the production of The Oracle of Hi-Fi, Headstones used Pro Tools for recording and RADAR for mixing. Most of the band's performances on the album was digitally layered, with the exception of the live track "Coffee Cup".[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Whatchagonnado"2:53
2."Reframed (Every Single Failure)"3:57
3."Take It"2:28
4."Nothing Changes"3:40
5."And It Goes"2:25
6."Tiny Teddy"3:12
7."Vanished"3:47
8."Coffee Cup"4:57
9."She Just Wants to Cry"3:55
10."Million $ Moment"2:35
11."Devil's Road"9:14
Total length:43:03

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Melodic3/5 stars
Hour Community4/5 stars

Critics had differing opinions of the music and lyrics on The Oracle of Hi-Fi. Melodic Net said the album would satisfy listeners with the band's "pure party music"[4] while Chartattack said the album was "safe and pedestrian".[5]

While reviewing the lyrics of The Oracle of Hi-Fi, Hour Community believed that multiple songs on the album were very graphic.[6] Nevertheless, Ground Control Magazine felt that the album was put together from previous songs the band had already written.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Headstones frontman Hugh Dillon in Studio Q". Q. Season 6. August 12, 2013. Event occurs at 5:43. CBC. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  2. ^ Krewen, Nick (22 May 2003). "Making The Grave; Legit Canadian Rock Stars, Headstones Want New Challenges, Respect". The Record. p. F3.
  3. ^ Christie, Rod (January 2003). "Headstones". Canadian Musician. Vol. 25 no. 1. pp. 34–38.
  4. ^ Roth, Kaj. "Headstones - The Oracle Of Hi-Fi". Melodic Net. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  5. ^ The Mouth (22 October 2002). "CD REVIEWS: Richard Ashcroft, The Donnas, Foo Fighters, Pavement, more". Chart Attack. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  6. ^ Joel, Mitch (7 November 2009). "Headstones The Oracle of Hi-Fi". Hour Community. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  7. ^ "Headstones – [Discography Review]". Ground Control Magazine. Retrieved 31 May 2017.