Zipper Down

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Zipper Down
Zipper Down.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 2, 2015
StudioPink Duck Studios, Sound City & 11AD
GenreGarage rock, desert rock[1]
Length34:16
LabelDowntown Recordings
ProducerJoshua Homme
Eagles of Death Metal chronology
Heart On
(2008)
Zipper Down
(2015)

Zipper Down is the fourth studio album from American rock band Eagles of Death Metal. It was released on October 2, 2015.[2] The first single, "Complexity", was made available for streaming on Pitchfork Media's website in June 2015.[3] The entire album was made available to stream in an exclusive by NPR on their website, on September 23, 2015.[4] "Oh Girl", "I Love You All The Time" and "Complexity" were previously on Boots Electric's first album Honkey Kong and were remade for Zipper Down.

Songs[edit]

The album includes a cover of "Save a Prayer" by Duran Duran. The two bands played the song together on TFI Friday.[5][6][7] Following the November 2015 Paris attacks, a Facebook campaign was launched to get the cover of "Save a Prayer" to no. 1.[8] Duran Duran stated that they would donate all of their royalties from the cover to charity.[9] The song ultimately peaked at number 53 for the chart dated the week after the attack.[10]

Following Duran Duran's lead, Eagles of Death Metal announced that they would donate any publishing and mastering fees for covers of their song "I Love You All the Time" to charity, with Homme stating, "If you're a country artist, a DJ, death metal, it doesn't matter, cover that song and we'll donate the publishing." They challenged distribution platforms, including Amazon, iTunes, and Spotify, to donate any of their revenues from covers of the song to charity as well.[11] To date, the artists who have covered the song in response include Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons and Matt Cameron of Pearl Jam.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
NME4/5 stars[13]
Exclaim!8/10 stars[14]
Consequence of SoundB[15]
Classic Rock (magazine)3/5 stars[16]
Pitchfork Media(7.3/10)[17]

Zipper Down received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 14 reviews.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jesse Hughes and Joshua Homme, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Complexity"
2:46
2."Silverlake (K.S.O.F.M.)" 3:35
3."Got a Woman" 2:02
4."I Love You All the Time"
  • Hughes
  • Homme
  • Nishita
3:09
5."Oh Girl"
  • Hughes
  • Homme
  • Nishita
4:08
6."Got the Power" 3:28
7."Skin-Tight Boogie" 3:12
8."Got a Woman (Slight Return)" 0:41
9."The Deuce" 3:06
10."Save a Prayer" (Duran Duran cover)4:40
11."The Reverend" 3:29

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2015) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 29
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 24
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 46
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[23] 38
French Albums (SNEP)[24] 42
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 39
Irish Albums (IRMA)[26] 28
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[27] 36
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 32
US Billboard 200[30] 59

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smile, Chelsea. "Eagles of Death Metal: Zipper Down". PopMatters. Retrieved May 1, 2016.
  2. ^ "Josh Homme and Jesse Hughes Detail Eagles of Death Metal LP ZIPPER DOWN, Share Bonkers Cover". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  3. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Announce First Album in Seven Years". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  4. ^ "Review: Eagles Of Death Metal, 'Zipper Down'". NPR.org. September 23, 2015. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  5. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Performs 'Save a Prayer' With Duran Duran Days Before Paris Shootings: Watch - Billboard". Billboard.
  6. ^ [HD] Duran Duran w/ Eagle Of Death Metal - "Save A Prayer" 10/30/15 TFI Friday. YouTube. November 1, 2015.
  7. ^ Times, Music (November 1, 2015). "Duran Duran and Eagles of Death Metal Perform "Save a Prayer" on 'TFI Friday' [WATCH]". Retrieved October 1, 2016.
  8. ^ Jack Shepherd (November 15, 2015). "Eagles of Death Metal fans launch campaign to get band to number one following Paris attacks". The Independent.
  9. ^ "Duran Duran Will Donate All Proceeds From Eagles of Death Metal's 'Save A Prayer' Cover".
  10. ^ "UK Singles Chart, week of 20 November 2015". Official Charts Company. November 20, 2015. Retrieved November 21, 2015.
  11. ^ "Eagles Of Death Metal urge musicians to cover 'I Love You All The Time' to aid Paris victims".
  12. ^ "Reviews for Zipper Down by Eagles of Death Metal – Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
  13. ^ "Eagles Of Death Metal – 'Zipper Down'". NME.
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  15. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal – Zipper Down". Consequence of Sound.
  16. ^ "EAGLES OF DEATH METAL: ZIPPER DOWN".
  17. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal". Pitchfork. Retrieved November 16, 2015.
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  20. ^ "Austriancharts.at – EODM (Eagles of Death Metal) – Zipper Down" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 15, 2015.
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  25. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  26. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 41, 2015". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  27. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – EODM (Eagles of Death Metal) – Zipper Down". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  28. ^ "Swisscharts.com – EODM (Eagles of Death Metal) – Zipper Down". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  29. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 9, 2015.
  30. ^ "Eagles of Death Metal Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 13, 2015.