The Oracle of Hi-Fi

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The Oracle of Hi-Fi
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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 14, 2002
GenreAlternative rock, hard rock
LabelMaple Music
ProducerColin Cripps
Headstones chronology
Nickels for Your Nightmares
The Oracle of Hi-Fi
Love + Fury

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


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]



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]

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
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


Professional ratings
Review scores
Hour Community

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]


  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.