X (The 69 Eyes album)

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X
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Studio album by The 69 Eyes
Released September 28, 2012 (Europe)
October 9, 2012 (USA)
Genre Gothic rock
Rock and roll
Glam rock
Hard rock
Length 41:11
Label Nuclear Blast (Europe, USA)
RCA/Sony Music (Finland)
The 69 Eyes chronology
Back in Blood
(2009)Back in Blood2009
X
(2012)
Universal Monsters
(2016)Universal Monsters2016

X (as in the Roman numeral for 10) is the name of the tenth studio album by gothic rock band The 69 Eyes. The band chose "Red" as their first single. Days before the release of X, they released "Borderline" as their second single.

"Rosary Blue", a bonus track, features vocals by American tattoo artist Kat Von D.[1]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Blistering 7.5/10[1]
Metal Hammer (Germany) 6/7[2]
3/7[3]
Orkus 8.5/10[4]

The Blistering magazine marked a "versatile" mix of styles with notes of Billy Idol, Johnny Cash and Danzig. The reviewer wrote also that the marketing of the album and the band in general would benefit from their change to the Nuclear Blast label.[1]

X received mixed reviews from the German music press. In a very positive review, the Orkus magazine noted a change from guitar-dominated hymns to melodic rock tunes and praised singer Jyrki69's "passionate" singing.[4] Metal Hammer Germany released two different staff reviews, noting that the board of editors was at odds with rating the album.[5] While Enrico Ahlig praised a return to melodic ballads and a "Finnish melancholy", and rated "Borderline" the best track by The 69 Eyes for the last ten years,[2] Jakob Kranz wrote a negative review. He called the songs "sticky" (German: klebrig) and noted that the album sounded too commercial.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Regular edition
No. Title Length
1. "Love Runs Away (Bazie, Joakim Övrenius, Jyrki 69, Pat Phoenix)" 4:23
2. "Tonight (Bazie, Jimmy Wahlsteen, Joakim Övrenius, Jyrki 69, Pat Phoenix)" 3:44
3. "Black (Bazie, Joakim Övrenius, Jyrki 69, Pat Phoenix)" 4:38
4. "If You Love Me the Morning After (Bazie, Joakim Övrenius, Jyrki 69, Pat Phoenix)" 4:21
5. "Red (Bazie, Jimmy Wahlsteen, Joakim Övrenius, Jyrki 69, Pat Phoenix)" 3:47
6. "I Love the Darkness in You (Bazie, Jyrki 69)" 3:19
7. "Borderline (Bazie, Jyrki 69)" 3:54
8. "I'm Ready (Bazie, Jyrki 69)" 4:10
9. "I Know What You Did Last Summer (Bazie, Joakim Övrenius, Jyrki 69, Pat Phoenix)" 5:05
10. "When a Love Comes to an End (Bazie, Joakim Övrenius, Jyrki 69, Pat Phoenix)" 3:50

Singles[edit]

Red
No. Title Length
1. "Red" (Radio Edit)" 3:13
2. "Red" 3:46
Borderline
No. Title Length
1. "Borderline" 3:54
Love Runs Away
No. Title Length
1. "Love Runs Away" 4:23
2. "Dracula's Castle" (featuring Rudi Protrudi) 4:11
3. "Rosary Blue (Edit)" (featuring Kat Von D) 4:20
Tonight
No. Title Length
1. "Tonight" 3:44
2. "Dracula's Castle" (featuring Rudi Protrudi) 4:11
3. "Rosary Blue (Edit)" (featuring Kat Von D) 4:20
Rosary Blue (feat. Kat Von D)
No. Title Length
1. "Rosary Blue (feat. Kat Von D) (Edit)" 4:20

Notes[edit]

  • The singles "Love Runs Away" and "Tonight" were released simultaneously via iTunes. "Tonight" was released exclusively in Finland, whereas "Love Runs Away" was released everywhere else.

Credits[edit]

  • Jyrki 69 – Lead vocals
  • Timo-Timo – Guitar
  • Bazie – Guitar
  • Archzie – Bass
  • Jussi 69 – Drums
  • Kat Von D – Female vocals on "Rosary Blue"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Gehlke, David E. "The 69 Eyes - X (Nuclear Blast Records)". Blistering. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Ahlig, Enrico (10 September 2012). "The 69 Eyes – X". Metal Hammer (in German). Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Kranz, Jakob (10 September 2012). "The 69 Eyes – X". Metal Hammer (in German). Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Ausserhofer, Manuela (2012). "The 69 Eyes – X". Orkus (in German) (10): 69. 
  5. ^ Kessler, Sebastian (27 September 2012). "Streitfall The 69 Eyes: Schönstes Schwarz oder niedliche Schaumblasen? Pro und Contra zum Album X" [The 69 Eyes Issue: A Perfect Black or Cute Foamy Bubbles? The Pros and Cons of the Album X]. Metal Hammer (in German). Retrieved 15 October 2012.