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Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces

Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
Seetherfbinscover.jpg
Studio album by Seether
Released23 October 2007
Recorded2007
Genre
Length50:46
58:05 (Reissue)
LabelWind-up
ProducerHoward Benson
Seether chronology
Karma and Effect
(2005)
Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
(2007)
Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray
(2011)
Singles from Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces
  1. "Fake It"
    Released: 28 August 2007
  2. "Rise Above This"
    Released: 19 February 2008
  3. "Breakdown"
    Released: 9 September 2008
  4. "Careless Whisper"
    Released: 10 March 2009
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(39/100)[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2.5/5 stars[2]
Billboard(favorable)[3]
Blogcritics[4]
PopMatters6.5/10 stars[5]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic2.5/5[8]

Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces is the fourth studio album by South African rock band Seether. The album was released in South Africa and Switzerland on 19 October 2007, and released worldwide on 23 October 2007. It is the first album by the band without lead guitarist Pat Callahan.

The cover artwork was designed by David Ho, the same artist who designed the Vicious Delicious cover for Infected Mushroom. The covers apparently display the same character: Candice the Ghost.[9]

Three singles, "Fake It", "Rise Above This" and "Breakdown" have been released from the album with all three being top 10 singles, the former two reaching the top position on several Billboard charts, despite generally negative reviews from critics, scoring a 39 out of 100 on Metacritic.[6] The album was reissued in 2009, featuring a fourth single, a cover of George Michael's "Careless Whisper", as the final single from the album. It is the first Seether album to reach gold status in their home country, South Africa.

Album information

The band updated both their official web page and Myspace on 23 August 2007, with the new single, "Fake It", being uploaded to both. The band had this to say on their official webpage:

In the lower right corner where the album title appears, one can faintly see a Chinese symbol overwritten by the letters of the title.[11] The symbol shown is 美, the Chinese character for the word "beauty", or "America".[12]

Commercial performance

The album debuted at number nine on the Billboard 200 chart in the US with 56,900 copies moved in its first week,[13] and ended up being certified Gold for shipping 500,000 copies.[14] Seether claimed their first South African Music Award in the category "Best Rock: English" for Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces.

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[15] 10
French Albums Chart[16] 154
New Zealand Albums Chart[17] 9
Swiss Albums Chart[18] 39
UK Rock Albums 38
US Billboard 200[15] 9
US Alternative Albums Chart[15] 4
US Catalog Albums Chart[15] 26
US Digital Albums Chart[15] 9
US Hard Rock Albums Chart[15] 4
US Rock Albums Chart[15] 5
US Tastmakers Albums Chart[15] 7

Track listing

Standard edition
No.TitleLength
1."Like Suicide"4:14
2."Fake It"3:13
3."Breakdown"3:29
4."FMLYHM" ("Fuck Me Like You Hate Me")3:28
5."Fallen"4:18
6."Rise Above This"3:23
7."No Jesus Christ"7:05
8."Six Gun Quota"3:23
9."Walk Away from the Sun"4:13
10."Eyes of the Devil"5:00
11."Don't Believe"4:34
12."Waste"4:26
13."Careless Whisper" (bonus track)5:01
14."Careless Whisper (Strings Version)" (bonus track)4:26
Total length:60:13
  • "Quirk" is a demo version of "Fake It" & was apparently recorded in Morgan's bedroom.
  • Later versions of the album, pressed after the release of "Careless Whisper", were released with tracks 13 & 14 added on.

Credits

Seether
Additional musicians
  • Howard Benson – keyboards, programming
  • Space – guitar
Technical credits
  • Howard Benson – producer, audio production
  • Ross Petersen - co-producer
  • Mike Plotnikoff – engineer
  • Hatsukazu "Hatch" Inagaki – engineer
  • Paul DeCarli – digital editing
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Jon Nicholson – drum technician
  • Marc VanGool – guitar technician
  • Scott D. – guitar technician
  • Stu Sobol – management
  • Nicki Loranger – management
  • David Ho – illustrations
  • Gail Marowitz – art direction
  • Shaun Morgan – composer
  • Seether – composer

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[20] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References

  1. ^ "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces". Metacritic. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces - Seether". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  3. ^ Graff, Gary (2007). "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces". Billboard. Archived from the original on 21 October 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Music Review Review: Seether - Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces". Blogcritics.
  5. ^ Blackie, Andrew (1 November 2007). "Seether: Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces". PopMatters. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces". Metacritic.
  7. ^ Hiatt, Brian (1 November 2007). "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces : Seether : review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2 February 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  8. ^ Jom (23 October 2007). "Seether - Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces Review". Sputnikmusic. Archived from the original on 29 October 2007. Retrieved 3 November 2013.
  9. ^ David Ho personal gallery
  10. ^ "Seether". Myspace.
  11. ^ The Chinese character can be seen clearly here.
  12. ^ "America", in Chinese in full, is 美國, literally, "beautiful country".
  13. ^ Harris, Chris (31 October 2007). "Carrie Underwood Has An Easy Ride To First Billboard #1". MTV.
  14. ^ a b "American album certifications – Seether – Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces - Seether". Billboard.
  16. ^ "Seether - Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces". lescharts.com.
  17. ^ "Seether - Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces". charts.org.nz.
  18. ^ "Seether - Finding Beauty In Negative Spaces". hitparade.ch.
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Seether – Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces". Music Canada.
  20. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Seether – Finding Beauty in Negative Spaces". Recorded Music NZ.