Vessel (Twenty One Pilots album)

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Vessel
Vessel by Twenty One Pilots.jpg
Studio album by Twenty One Pilots
Released January 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)
Studio Rocket Carousel Studio, Los Angeles, California
Genre
Length 45:38
Label Fueled by Ramen
Producer Greg Wells
Twenty One Pilots chronology
Regional at Best
(2011)
Vessel
(2013)
Blurryface
(2015)
Singles from Vessel
  1. "Holding On to You"
    Released: September 11, 2012
  2. "Guns for Hands"
    Released: December 26, 2012
  3. "Lovely"
    Released: April 17, 2013
  4. "House of Gold"
    Released: August 6, 2013
  5. "Fake You Out"
    Released: September 15, 2013[4]
  6. "Car Radio"
    Released: March 18, 2014

Vessel is the third album released by American musical duo Twenty One Pilots, which was released on January 8, 2013. It is the band's first studio album released via Fueled by Ramen, and their major-label debut album. As of July 2016, the album sold 569,000 copies.[5]

Background[edit]

High-school colleagues Tyler Joseph, Nick Thomas, and Chris Salih formed Twenty One Pilots in 2009.[6] The group released their debut album Twenty One Pilots.[6] Both Thomas and Salih parted ways with the band in 2011.[6] Soon afterwards Josh Dun joined the band;[6] Joseph had been friends with Dun for around a year.[7] Joseph first saw Dun when he was playing a show[7] with House of Heroes.[8] Joseph said that he "loved" the performance.[7] The band released Regional at Best later that year.[6] In June, the duo played their first out-of-state show to a group of 12 people.[9] The pair soon gained popularity through a series of videos made by friend Mark C. Eshleman.[6] The band played their last show as an unsigned band at the Newport Music Hall in Columbus, Ohio to a crowd of 1,800 in attendance.[7] The duo signed with Fueled by Ramen in 2012.[6]

Production[edit]

Joseph composed the album "not knowing whether or not people were going to hear it".[10]

Recording for Vessel took place at Rocket Carousel Studio, located in Los Angeles, California with Greg Wells producing.[11] Wells provided additional synths, keyboards and programming.[11] Wells mixed the album, while Ian McGregor helped with recording.[11] Mastering was performed by Howie Weinberg and Dan Gerbarg at Howie Weinberg Mastering, also in Los Angeles.[11]

Release[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Twenty One Pilots released the Three Songs EP,[6] which featured the tracks "Guns for Hands", "Migraine", and "Ode to Sleep".[12] On September 11, "Holding On to You" was released as a single.[13] On December 18, the album was made available for streaming via Entertainment Weekly.[14] Vessel was released through Fueled by Ramen on January 8, 2013.[14] The two elderly men pictured on the album cover are Joseph and Dun's grandfathers.[7] The pair did it to see what the label's reaction was and when the label said yes the group said "Okay, maybe this is going to work!"[7] In an interview, Joseph spoke on the meaning behind the album's name, saying that a vessel (our body) is an object carrying something far more important than the outer shell, and when we die, that is set free and lives on.[15]

To help support the album, the band toured internationally throughout the year.[6] "Lovely" was released as a single in Japan on April 17, 2013,[16] and included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of Vessel.[17] "House of Gold" was released as a radio single on August 6.[18] On September 15, "Fake You Out" was released as a single.[19] On October 4, the music video for "House of Gold" was released.[20] The video was directed by Warren Kommers[21] and filmed on Will Smith's ranch outside of Los Angeles, California.[22] "Car Radio" was released as a radio single on March 18, 2014.[23]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4.5/5 stars[2]
Alter the Press 4.5/5 stars[24]
AMH Network 4/5 stars[25]
Idobi Radio 4/5[3]
Rolling Stone Unfavorable[26]
The Yorkshire Times 4/5[27]

Vessel received critical acclaim upon release. In May 2015, it was announced the album had sold 265,000 copies in the United States.[28] The album has consistently sold more than 1,000 copies a week since its release.[28] By December, the album's U.S. sales stood at 375,000.[29] By July 2016, the album had sold over 569,000 copies in the U.S.[30]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Tyler Joseph, except "Holding On to You" written by Tyler Joseph, Maurice Gleaton, Charles Hammond, Robert Hill, Deangelo Hunt, Bernard Leverette, Gerald Tiller and Jamall Willingham.[11]

  1. "Ode to Sleep" – 5:08
  2. "Holding On to You" – 4:23
  3. "Migraine" – 3:59
  4. "House of Gold" – 2:43
  5. "Car Radio" – 4:27
  6. "Semi-Automatic" – 4:14
  7. "Screen" – 3:49
  8. "The Run and Go" – 3:49
  9. "Fake You Out" – 3:51
  10. "Guns for Hands" – 4:32
  11. "Trees" – 4:27
  12. "Truce" – 2:22
Bonus tracks

Personnel[edit]

Personnel per booklet.[11]

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[52] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Music videos[edit]

References[edit]

Citations
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  3. ^ a b Yi, Catherine (January 8, 2013). "twenty - one - pilots – Vessel: Album Review". idobi.com. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  4. ^ "UK: Download 'Fake You Out'!". Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Caulfield, Keith (July 29, 2016). "Billboard 200 Chart Moves: Twenty One Pilots' 'Blurryface' Surpasses 1 Million U.S. Sales". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2016. 
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  7. ^ a b c d e f Bird 2015, p. 69
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  9. ^ Sharp, Tyler (December 31, 2014). "Watch twenty one pilots perform "Ode To Sleep" for 12 people at their first out-of-state show - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved July 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ Sherman, Maria (December 3, 2015). "Twenty One Pilots' Albums, Ranked: Blurryface (2015)". Fuse.tv. Retrieved December 29, 2015. 
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  26. ^ DiMartino, Dave (January 8, 2013). "A Great Year For The Undead!". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 5, 2016. 
  27. ^ Clark, Graham (September 5, 2013). "Yorkshire News: Album Review: Twenty One Pilots - Vessel". yorkshiretimes.co.uk. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
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  51. ^ "British album certifications – Twenty One Pilots – Vessel". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Vessel 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
  52. ^ "American album certifications – Twenty One Pilots – Vessel". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Sources
  • Bird, Ryan (July 2015). Bird, Ryan, ed. "Who Are Ya?". Rock Sound. London: Freeway Press Inc. (201). ISSN 1465-0185. 

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