The Fake Sound of Progress
|The Fake Sound of Progress|
|Studio album by Lostprophets|
|Released||27 November 2000
8 October 2001 (UK)
1 May 2001
4 December 2001 (US)
|Label||Visible Noise, Columbia|
|Singles from The Fake Sound of Progress|
The Fake Sound of Progress (stylized as thefakesoundofprogress) is the debut studio album by the Welsh rock band Lostprophets, originally released on 27 November 2000 through Visible Noise. The album would be released in 2001 by Columbia Records and was met with stronger sales numbers around the world.
The album peaked at number 186 on the Billboard 200, selling over 120,000 copies in the United States alone, and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Two singles were released from the album: "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" and "The Fake Sound of Progress"; these singles helped Lostprophets reach mainstream popularity. In 2010, the album was certified platinum by the BPI in the United Kingdom.
The Fake Sound of Progress is a nu metal album that incorporates elements of heavy metal, hip hop, funk and jazz. The album has been compared to Faith No More, Glassjaw, Incubus and Deftones.
The band began work on the album in 2000, after finding a suitable bass player. Much of the album started as quickly-recorded demos from the The Fake Sound of Progress EP. The song "MOAC Supreme" became "A Thousand Apologies", and "Directions" was released as the B-side for the single "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja". The album was recorded in one week for around £4000, and while originally intended as another demo, went on to be released on Visible Noise Records in late 2000. Because of the album's shortened recording process, the band were unhappy with the end result. The title of their second studio album Start Something refers to this, as they felt it better reflected their music abilities.
When the band signed to Columbia Records in 2001, it was partly re-recorded, remixed, and re-released that same year. The changes to the music, such as merging the interludes between tracks with the ends of songs, was met with chagrin by fans of the earlier release. The title track of the album, in addition to being partially re-recorded, was also sped up significantly. The remastered version of the album was released in 2001 in the UK and US respectively, and was produced by Michael Barbiero.
The album didn't initially receive much attention, but entered the Billboard 200 chart following the release of the first single from the album, "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja". On Friday 1 March 2002 the album was certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and on Friday 26 April 2002 the album was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry. According to Rolling Stone Magazine the album has sold more than 120 thousand copies in the United States and 250 thousand copies in the United Kingdom.
At the end of April 2002, The Fake Sound of Progress peaked at 186 on the Billboard 200, 13 on the Top Heatseekers, 9 on the Top Heatseekers West North Central and 8 on the Top Heatseekers Mountain chart in the United States. The album first charted on the UK Albums Chart at 116 in 2001, in 2002 it peaked at its peak position 44 and after the release of Start Something in 2004 the album re-charted and peaked at 166. Two singles were released from the album;"Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" which peaked at 33 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart, and "The Fake Sound of Progress", which peaked at 21 on the UK Singles chart without charting abroad.
When released, the album was met with mixed reviews by music critics. Allmusic reviewer Brian O'Neil gave the album two out of five stars and said that "the only redeeming quality is the great production by Michael Barbiero, that allows all instruments to be heard perfectly in all their ennui-inducing glory, proving that no matter how much you polish up a turd, it's still a turd." Ben Rayner from Drowned in Sound however gave the album 10 out of 10 stars and quoted "in the world of Lost Prophets it's very easy to find something different with every listen with their non-chaotic but well textured tunes." NME reviewer John Mulvey called the album "weirdly impressive", while no stars were given the album got a positive review.
After the release of the album Lostprophets went on a tour in Europe and America. Before the release of "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja" the band went on a brief tour with the fellow British rock band Muse. They toured Austria and Germany together from 21–27 October 2001. The band would also tour for the NME Carling Awards Tour which featured dates in the London Astoria among others. They built up a strong live following with support slots to popular acts like Linkin Park, Deftones as well as several headlining stints of their own. They also took part in the successful Nu-Titans tour with Defenestration and other famous British metal bands. The band subsequently toured on the Irish leg of Ozzfest, where they toured with famous acts such as System of a Down, Slayer among others. They had also played at the Glastonbury and the Reading and Leeds Festivals. In 2002 the band headlined the Deconstruction festival in Finsbury Park, London on 3 June 2002, supporting acts was Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Mad Caddies among others well known artists. In October 2002 Lostprophets returned to the UK for a tour visiting big cities such as Glasgow, Manchester and London.
All lyrics written by Ian Watkins, all music composed by Lostprophets.
|2001||US Top Heatseekers (West North Central)||8|
|US Top Heatseekers (Mountain)||9|
|US Top Heatseekers||13|
|US Billboard 200||186|
|UK Album Charts||44|
|2002||UK Album Charts||116|
|2004||UK Album Charts||166|
|2001||"Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja"||Modern Rock Tracks||33|
|UK Singles Chart||41|
|2002||"The Fake Sound of Progress"||21|
|2000||United Kingdom||13 November||CD||Visible Noise||TORMENT5CD||Promo copies list track 1 as "Intro" and list the tracks in the wrong order.|||
|2001||United Kingdom||8 October||CD||Visible Noise||TORMENT10CD||Re-release; available in two colours. Standard clear jewel case cover and limited edition blue jewel case cover.|||
|2001||United States||4 December||CD||Columbia||CK 85955||Re-release|||
|2002||Japan||22 January||CD||Epic||30||Re-release version, features the two bonus tracks.|||
|2003||United Kingdom||23 February||12" Vinyl||Visible Noise||TORMENT10LP||Track listing features shorter titles.|||
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