Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate

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Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate
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Studio album by Puddle of Mudd
Released December 8, 2009
Recorded Early 2009
Genre Post-grunge, alternative metal
Length 35:50
Label Flawless
Geffen
Producer Brian Howes, Brian Virtue, John Kurzweg, Jack Joseph Puig
Puddle of Mudd chronology
Famous
(2007)Famous2007
Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate
(2009)
re:(disc)overed
(2011)re:(disc)overed2011
Singles from Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate
  1. "Spaceship"
    Released: October 27, 2009
  2. "Stoned"
    Released: March 8, 2010[1]
  3. "Keep It Together"
    Released: July 12, 2010[2]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 2.5/5 stars[3]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
BLARE Magazine 3.5/5 stars[5]
Earsucker 7/10 stars[6]
The Diamondback 2/5 stars[7]
TuneLab Music 9/10 stars[8]

Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate is the fifth studio album by American post-grunge band Puddle of Mudd. It was released on December 8, 2009, on Flawless Records.

Background[edit]

In Spring 2009, the band began recording sessions in Vancouver with Famous producer Brian Howes. Recording in a three part, three week session in Canada initially because of extensive touring duties. Afterwards the band relocated to Hollywood, California for 3 weeks for additional production with producer and engineer Brian Virtue and Come Clean and Life on Display producer John Kurzweg.[9] Their first time together in 6 years. Scantlin commented on production work, "Even though we hate messing with success, we felt adding newcomer Brain Virtue to the producer mix would be a welcome change. What we got is 10 tracks of exactly what we were looking for."[10] The band announced through their MySpace and follow-up interviews in late summer that the album had finished production and was in mixing. Bassist Doug Ardito confirmed only 10 songs to avoid what he called "filler material" and to have new listeners focus more on non-single songs.[11] Around 21 songs were worked on during production, and whittled down to 10 to 12 tracks according to singer Scantlin.[12] Scantlin described the sound as more edgier, punk rock, similar to earlier releases.[13] The record has sold around 100,000 copies in the United States, and the lead single "Spaceship" also sold well over 100,000 copies. Volume 4 was however the band's first album to not produce a Hot 100 hit, and, unlike the previous Come Clean and Life on Display albums, neither the album sales or any single sales topped 500,000. The album was mixed at Ocean Way Recording.[14]

The album was released on December 8, 2009. It debuted at #95 on the Billboard 200.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate[16]
No. Title Length
1. "Stoned" 3:30
2. "Spaceship" 3:14
3. "Keep It Together" 3:52
4. "Out of My Way" 4:02
5. "Blood on the Table" 3:13
6. "The Only Reason" 4:07
7. "Pitchin' a Fit" 3:39
8. "Uno Mas" 2:59
9. "Better Place" 4:01
10. "Hooky" 3:10
Total length: 35:50

Personnel[edit]

  • Wesley Scantlin – Vocals, Guitar, Acoustic
  • Paul Phillips – Lead guitar / Acoustic guitar on all tracks except track 6
  • Doug Ardito – Bass guitar, Acoustic bass, Guitar
  • Ryan Yerdon – Drums on tracks 4,5,7,8,9,10 and 14
  • Josh Freese – Drums on tracks 1,2,3, and 6
  • Duane Betts – Lead guitar on track 6
  • Brian Howes – Additional guitar, Keys and Vocals on tracks 1,2 and 3
  • Misha Rajaratnam – String arrangement on track 3
  • Wesley Michener – Background vocals on track 5
  • John Kurzweg – Piano on tracks 12 and 14
  • Bill Appelerry – Piano on "Shook up the world"
  • Stevie Blacke – String engineering and arrangements on "Shook up the world"

Production[edit]

  • Brian Howes – Producer on tracks 1,2 and 3
  • Jay "JVP" Van Poederooyen – Engineer on tracks 1,2, and 3
  • Brian Virtue – Producer/Engineer on tracks 4,5,7, and 8
  • John Kurzweg – Producer/Engineer on tracks 9, 10, 14
  • Bill Stevenson – Producer/Engineer on track 6
  • Jason Livermore – Producer/Engineer on track 6
  • Andrew Berlin – Engineer on track 6
  • Johnny Schou – Engineer on track 6
  • Tal Herzberg – Engineer on track 6

"Shook Up the World" produced/mixed/engineered by – Bill Appelerry

  • Written by – Wesley Scantlin, Paul Phillips and Danny Wimmer
  • Album Mixed by – Jack Joseph Puig
  • Album Mastered – Ted Jensen

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FMQB: Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". Fmqbinsider.com. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  2. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  3. ^ "About.com review". Rock.about.com. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review:Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-12-10. 
  5. ^ "BLARE Magazine review". Blaremagazine.com. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  6. ^ "Earsucker review". Earsucker.com. Retrieved 2012-09-04. 
  7. ^ "The Diamondback review". Diamondbackonline.com. 2009-12-07. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  8. ^ "TuneLab Music review". Tunelab.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  9. ^ "New Interview With Puddle Of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin | tunelab™". Tunelab.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  10. ^ "Puddle of Mudd – Volume 4: Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate + 2009 tour dates". Band Weblogs. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ "Rock 94 1/2, Spokane's Best Rock. KHTQ-FM Spokane Washington". Rock945.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  13. ^ "Audio : AUDIO: Wesley Scantlin from Puddle of Mudd". Qctimes.com. 2009-06-24. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  14. ^ "Puddle of Mudd Mix New Album at Ocean Way Recording". Consumerelectronicsnet.com. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  15. ^ "Puddle of Mudd Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 
  16. ^ "iTunes - Music - Volume 4: Songs In the Key of Love & Hate (Deluxe Version) by Puddle of Mudd". Ax.itunes.apple.com. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2011-09-14. 

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