Tourist (Athlete album)

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Tourist
Athlete - Tourist coverart.jpg
Studio album by
Released31 January 2005
GenreIndie rock
Length46:15
LabelParlophone
Producer
Athlete chronology
Vehicles & Animals
(2003)
Tourist
(2005)
Beyond the Neighbourhood
(2007)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic46/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment.ie4/5 stars[3]
NME6/10
Pitchfork3.6/10[4]
PopMatters3/10[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]

Tourist is the second album by English rock band Athlete, released in January 2005. It is thought a more stripped-down, sombre and reflective album than their debut, Vehicles & Animals.

The first single from the album, "Wires", became the band's biggest hit so far when it entered the UK Singles Chart at number 4. The album also fared well in the charts, reaching the top of the UK Albums Chart the week it was released, selling 89,000 copies. Despite this success, Tourist had a mixed critical reception, with some suggesting that Athlete had failed to sustain the unique style of their previous album, while others saw the new album as a logical progression from their old sound. Despite the mainstream breakthrough the band achieved with this album, the band experienced substantially less commercial success with their follow-up Beyond the Neighbourhood.

At the end of 2005, Tourist became the 32nd-best-selling album of the year in the UK, and "Wires" was the 89th best-selling single.

The album was released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

In 2010, "Chances" was featured in the Doctor Who Series 5 episode, "Vincent and the Doctor".

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."Chances"4:50
2."Half Light"3:41
3."Tourist"3:57
4."Trading Air"4:27
5."Wires"4:20
6."If I Found Out"5:02
7."Yesterday Threw Everything at Me"3:45
8."Street Map"4:38
9."Modern Mafia"2:45
10."Twenty Four Hours"5:01
11."I Love"3:49
12."Lay Your Head" (bonus track on the Japanese edition)4:55
Bonus DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Wires" (video) 
2."Tourist" (Behind the Scenes Documentary) 
3."Wires" (live video – Shepherds Bush 2004) 
4."Tourist" (live video – Shepherds Bush 2004) 
5."New Project" (live audio – Shepherds Bush 2004) 
6."Vehicles and Animals" (live audio – Shepherds Bush 2004) 
7."You Got the Style" (live audio – Shepherds Bush 2004) 
8."Shake Those Windows" (live audio – Shepherds Bush 2004) 

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Weekly chart performance for Tourist
Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[7] 60
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[8] 45
Irish Albums (IRMA)[9] 18
Italian Albums (FIMI)[10] 72
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 99
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 1

Year-end charts[edit]

2005 year-end chart performance for Tourist
Chart (2005) Position
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 32

Singles[edit]

UK Singles Chart[15]
Title Released Peak
Position
"Wires" 17 January 2005 4
"Half Light" 25 April 2005 16
"Tourist" 15 August 2005 43
"Twenty Four Hours"
"Stand in the Sun
"
14 November 2005 42

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 31 January 2005 Parlophone LP 5607401 / 7243 5 60740 1 9
CD 5607402 / 7243 5 60740 2 6
CD / DVD 5637040 / 7243 5 63704 0 1
Australia 21 February 2005 Capitol CD 5638612
Japan 23 February 2005 Toshiba-EMI CD TOCP 66347 / 4988006826823
6 July 2005 CD TOCP 66405
United States 12 April 2005 Astralwerks CD / DVD ASW 60954 /
10 May 2005 CD ASW 73951 / 7243 8 73951 2 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/tourist
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Athlete: Tourist [CD & DVD] at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  3. ^ Lynch, Andrew (24 January 2005). "Athlete - Tourist". Entertainment.ie. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  4. ^ Moerder, Adam (3 February 2005). "Athlete: Tourist". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  5. ^ Begrand, Adrien (19 April 2005). "Athlete: Tourist". PopMatters. Retrieved 13 October 2011.
  6. ^ Hoard, Christian (5 May 2005). "Athlete: Tourist". Rolling Stone. Straight Arrow. ISSN 0035-791X. Archived from the original on 17 October 2007.
  7. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 20.
  8. ^ "Ultratop.be – Athlete – Tourist" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Irish-charts.com – Discography Athlete". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Athlete – Tourist". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Athlete – Tourist". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  14. ^ "End of Year Album Chart Top 100 – 2005". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 January 2021.
  15. ^ "Athlete". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 24 January 2021.