Two (The Calling album)

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Two
The Calling Two.jpg
Studio album by The Calling
Released June 8, 2004
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 49.28
Label RCA
Producer Alex Band, Aaron Kamin, Clif Magness, Marc Tanner
The Calling chronology
Camino Palmero
(2001)
Two
(2004)
Singles from Two
  1. "Our Lives"
    Released: March 30, 2004
  2. "Things Will Go My Way"
    Released: August 16, 2004
  3. "Anything"
    Released: 2004

Two (also stylized as II) is the second and thus far final studio album by American alternative rock band The Calling, released on June 8, 2004 (vocalist Alex Band's 23rd birthday) through RCA Records. The record only features original members Band and guitarist Aaron Kamin along with a variety of session musicians.

The album deals with romantic love and relationships.

Despite radio-friendly singles and relentless touring by the band, the album was viewed by many as under-promoted by the label and a commercial disappointment compared to the success of their first album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars[1]
Melodic.net 4/5 stars[2]
musicOMH (favourable)[3]
RTÉ.ie 4/5 stars[4]

"Our Lives" was a minor hit, but the album was not as successful as their debut album Camino Palmero with sales totaling two million worldwide. Johnny Loftus at AllMusic, who gave it one and half out of five stars, said the album is "never adding enough of anything to be memorable or personal," and, that it is "the alternative to having an opinion."[1]

Two didn't do as well in the charts as their debut album, as it only peaked at #54 on Billboard 200. In UK it peaked higher than their first album as it reached #9. World sales of the album reach 1,500,000.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Alex Band and Aaron Kamin.

No. Title Length
1. "One by One" 5:07
2. "Our Lives" 3:55
3. "Things Will Go My Way" 4:01
4. "Chasing the Sun" 3:45
5. "Believing" 3:57
6. "Anything" 4:05
7. "If Only" 4:41
8. "Somebody Out There" 4:08
9. "Surrender" 5:26
10. "Dreaming in Red" 4:52
11. "Your Hope" 5:24

Personnel[edit]

  • Alex Band – Arranger, Keyboards, Programming, Vocals, Producer
  • Paul Bushell – Bass
  • The Calling – Video Producer
  • Bob Clearmountain – Mixing
  • Clive Davis – Executive Producer
  • Stephen Ferrera – A&R
  • Shaina Fewell – Video Director
  • FJH – Art Direction
  • Josh Freese – Drums
  • Marc Greene – Engineer
  • Tal Hertzberg – Engineer
  • Kurt Iswarienko – Photography
  • Aaron Kamin – Bass, Percussion, Piano, Strings, Arranger, Programming, Producer, Engineer, Spoken Word, Group Member
  • Chris Lord-Alge – Mixing
  • Clif Magness – Producer
  • Jamie Muhoberac – Piano, Strings
  • Gary Novak – Drums
  • Alan Steinberger – Keyboards, Organ (Hammond)
  • Marc Tanner – Producer
  • Matthew Welch – Photography
  • Joe Yannece – Masterings

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[5] 96
Austrian Album Chart 19
European Albums Chart[6] 22
French Album Chart 40
German Album Chart 17
Irish Album Chart 49
Italian Album Chart 17
Japanese Album Chart[7] 25
Netherlands Album Chart 66
Scottish Album Chart[8] 7
Swedish Album Chart 51
Swiss Album Chart 23
UK Album Chart 9
U.S. Billboard 200 Album Chart 54

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[9] Gold 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Silver 60,000^

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b AllMusic review
  2. ^ Melodic.net review
  3. ^ "The Calling – II - Album Reviews - musicOMH". 
  4. ^ "The Calling - II". 9 August 2004. 
  5. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.
  6. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (19 June 2004). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books. 
  7. ^ "ザ・コーリングのアルバム売上ランキング". 
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100 - Official Charts Company". 
  9. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – The Calling – Two" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – The Calling – Two". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter Two in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search