The Quilt

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The Quilt
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 2008[1]
Genre
Length59:28
Label
Producer
Gym Class Heroes chronology
As Cruel as School Children
(2006)
The Quilt
(2008)
The Papercut Chronicles II
(2011)
Singles from The Quilt
  1. "Peace Sign/Index Down"
    Released: July 8, 2008
  2. "Cookie Jar"
    Released: July 8, 2008
  3. "Guilty as Charged"
    Released: December 1, 2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(69/100)[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
Alternative Press4.5/5 stars[3]
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Blender3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly(B)[6]
RapReviews(8/10)[7]
Robert Christgau(dud)[8]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[9]
Spin3/5 stars[10]
Slant1.5/5 stars[11]
USA Today2.5/4 stars[12]

The Quilt is the fourth studio album by Gym Class Heroes released by Fueled By Ramen/Decaydance. The album was released on September 9, 2008.

Half of the album's 14 tracks are produced by Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy; Cool & Dre, Tricky Stewart, and Allstar produced the other half. Featured artists on the record include Busta Rhymes, Estelle, The-Dream, and Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates. Additional background vocals on the album are also provided by Patrick Stump, Patty Crash, Andre Leon and Lyndsey Ray. Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy is also credited as working on a track.

Before the album was released frontman Travie McCoy stated "It's just gonna be a real, real solid record. The demos we have now are just bananas, ...(Guitarist) Disashi is just a monster on the new stuff. You're going to hear a lot more of him singing on this one and a lot more of his guitar skills that I don't think he really got to flex on the last record."

The album debuted at number fourteen on the Billboard 200 with 32,266 copies sold in its first-week.[13]

Singles[edit]

The first single off the album was "Peace Sign/Index Down" which featured Busta Rhymes. It, however, made no impact globally so it was released alongside "Blinded By The Sun" and "Cookie Jar" featuring The-Dream. A video was shot for both "Peace Sign/Index Down" & "Cookie Jar" as they were official singles whereas "Blinded by the Sun" was a pre-release single off the album.

The next single from the album was "Guilty as Charged" featuring Estelle. The song premiered on UK radio November 1, and Gym Class Heroes later shot the video for the song in Las Vegas.

The song "Don't Tell Me It's Over" originally featured Lil Wayne.

While not released as a single, the song "Home" was featured on Madden NFL 09 without the minute-long intro.

"Live a Little"'s music video was uploaded to YouTube on November 17, 2009.

Early release[edit]

In some stores, The Quilt was released before the release date. The most prominent example is Future Shop, with the album being out on shelves before the release date, September 9.

iTunes version[edit]

Along with the normal 14-track album, iTunes also offered an extended edition for $12.99 that included three "Stressed Out Remix" versions of "Cookie Jar" and "Blinded By the Sun" and music videos of "Peace Sign / Index Down" and "Cookie Jar".

Commercial performance[edit]

The Quilt debuted at number fourteen in the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 32,266 copies in its first week, becoming the group's highest peaking album on the chart. As of October 2009, the album has sold 108,000 copies in the United States.[14]

In the United Kingdom, the album also debuted at number forty-one in the UK Albums Chart, even though the second single from the album became their third top ten hit in the UK.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Guilty as Charged" (featuring Estelle)Gym Class Heroes, Patrick StumpPatrick Stump4:00
2."Drnk Txt Rmeo"Gym Class Heroes, Patrick StumpPatrick Stump3:24
3."Peace Sign/Index Down" (featuring Busta Rhymes)Gym Class Heroes, Patrick StumpCool & Dre4:03
4."Like Father, Like Son (Papa's Song)"Gym Class Heroes, Patrick Stump, H. NilssonPatrick Stump4:16
5."Blinded By the Sun"Gym Class Heroes, Patrick Stump, K. Brereton, C. HartPatrick Stump3:00
6."Catch Me If You Can"Gym Class Heroes, Patrick Stump, P. WentzPatrick Stump5:07
7."Cookie Jar" (featuring The-Dream)Gym Class Heroes, The-Dream, T-Pain, C. StewartThe-Dream3:36
8."Live a Little"Gym Class HeroesPatrick Stump3:43
9."Don't Tell Me It's Over"Gym Class Heroes, A. Lyon, M. Valenzano, E. MontillaCool & Dre4:11
10."Live Forever (Fly with Me)" (featuring Daryl Hall)Gym Class Heroes, A. Lyon, M. Valenzano, E. MontillaCool & Dre7:08
11."Kissin' Ears" (featuring The-Dream)Gym Class Heroes. The-Dream, C. StewartThe-Dream3:42
12."Home"Gym Class Heroes, A. Lyon, M. Valenzano, E. MontillaCool & Dre5:09
13."No Place to Run"Gym Class HeroesPatrick Stump3:45
14."Coming Clean"Gym Class Heroes, A. Gordon, J. CampbellAllStar3:00

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 41
US Billboard 200 14
US Billboard Top Rap Albums 5

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Gym Class Heroes - The QuiltAbsolutepunk.net. Retrieved on June 24, 2008.
  2. ^ Metacritic score
  3. ^ Alt Press (#243, p. 162)
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The Quilt at AllMusic
  5. ^ Blender review Archived September 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  7. ^ RapReviews review
  8. ^ Robert Christgau review
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on September 10, 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-10.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  10. ^ Spin review
  11. ^ Slant review Archived 2008-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ USA Today review Archived September 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Hip Hop Album Sales: Week Ending 9/6/08 | HipHopDX
  14. ^ Bell; Harding 2009, p. 57
Sources
  • Bell, Crystal; Harding, Cortney (October 10, 2009). "Dance of Days". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 121 (39). ISSN 0006-2510.

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