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The Complex (album)

The Complex
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 22, 2003
Recorded2002-2003
Length58:41
LabelLava/Atlantic
ProducerTodd Perlmutter, Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, Chris Wink
Blue Man Group chronology
Audio
(1999)
The Complex
(2003)
Las Vegas 4 Song Sampler
(2005)
Singles from The Complex
  1. "The Current"
    Released: March 14, 2003
  2. "I Feel Love"
    Released: May 15, 2003
  3. "Sing Along"
    Released: June 6, 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]

The Complex is the second full-length album by Blue Man Group, released in 2003. The album produced two singles, and debuted at #60 on the Billboard charts. The Allmusic review by Robert L. Doerschuk states "Although its inspirations, musical and conceptual, trace as far back as Kraftwerk, The Complex serves as a reminder that modern devices and glistening production values can be applied to the most primal creative instincts, if utilized by the right -- blue -- hands".[2]

Track listing

  1. "Above" (Dyas, Goldman, Heinemann, Pai, Perlmutter, Stanton, Wink) – 2:46
  2. "Time to Start" (Dyas, Goldman, Stanton, Wink) – 3:43
  3. "Sing Along" (Dyas, Goldman, Stanton, Wink) – 3:25
  4. "Up to the Roof" (Dyas, Gleitsman, Goldman, Heinemann, Perlmutter, Stanton, Wink) – 3:51
  5. "Your Attention" (Dyas, Goldman, Heinemann, Pai, Perlmutter, Stanton, Wink) – 4:09
  6. "Persona" (Dyas, Gleitsman, Goldman, Stanton, Wink) – 4:30
  7. "Piano Smasher" (Dyas, Golden, Goldman, Perlmutter, Stanton, Wink) – 3:00
  8. "White Rabbit" (Grace Slick) – 2:54
  9. "The Current" (Dyas, Gleitsman, Goldman, Stanton, Wink) – 3:48
  10. "Shadows, Pt. 2" (Dyas, Gleitsman, Goldman, Perlmutter, Stanton, Wink) – 2:56
  11. "What Is Rock" (Dyas, Gleitsman, Goldman, Stanton, Wink) – 3:11
    • featuring Arone Dyer and Peter Moore
  12. "The Complex" (Dyas, Gleitsman, Goldman, Heinemann, Stanton, Wink) – 6:25
    • featuring Peter Moore
  13. "I Feel Love" (Bellotte, Moroder, Summer) – 5:13
  14. "Exhibit 13" (Banks, Dyas, Goldman, Heinemann, Parrulli, Stanton, Wink) – 8:51
    • Actual length is – 4:01
    • Includes a hidden track - Mandelbrot No.4, length: – 4:19

Concept

The Complex is a concept album that takes place in two separate worlds: the world of the rock concert, as in the song "Time to Start," and the alienating world of the modern urban workplace, as in the songs "Sing Along," "The Current", and "The Complex." Both worlds are then tied together in the song "What Is Rock," which contrasts the celebratory "loss of identity" within a rock performance with the dehumanizing "loss of identity" within the workplace. These themes were illustrated during performance by animations that told the story of a faceless worker eventually escaping "up to the roof" and discovering their true self.

Personnel

  • Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, Chris Wink (CMP) - founders
  • Chris Dyas - baritone guitar, e-bow, guitar, harpsichord, zither
  • Larry Heinemann - bass, chapman stick, guitar, pressaphonic, tubulum, zither
  • Todd Perlmutter - drums, narrator (2,5,11), percussion programming
  • Blue Man - airpoles, anvil, backpack tubulum, big drum, cimbalom, cuica, dogulum, drumulum, dulcimer, dumpster, mandeldrums, mellotron cello, paddle tubulum, percussion, piano smasher, PVC instrument, tubulum, 1981 casiotone and kazoo.
  • Tracy Bonham - vocals (4,10)
  • Arone Dyer - vocals (11)
  • Esthero - vocals (8)
  • Josh Haden - vocals (6)
  • Dave Matthews - vocals (3)
  • Peter Moore - vocals (11,12), keyboards (15)
  • Gavin Rossdale - vocals (9)
  • Annette Strean and Venus Hum - vocals and effects (13)
  • Rob Swift - turntables (10)
  • Dave Anania - percussion (11)
  • Chris Bowen - tubulum (13), voiceover (11)
  • Nels Cline - guitar (6,8-10,13)
  • Dan the Automator - programming (3,9)
  • Jeffrey Doornbos - tubulum (13)
  • Byron Estep - dobro guitar (5)
  • Brooke Ferris - start voice (2), "words on the left" (5)
  • Avram Gleitsman - guitar (9)
  • Spalding Gray - "words on the right" (5)
  • Kid Koala - samples (11)
  • Elvis Lederer - zither (5,15)
  • Ian Pai - percussion (1,2,5,10,15)
  • Jeff Quay - percussion & double drum kit (5,6,12,15)
  • Brian Scott - tubulum (13)
  • Dave Steele - guitar (4,8,9,12), zither (4,12)
  • Rob Swift - turntable (5,10)
  • Chris Traynor - guitar (9)
  • Jeff Turlik - guitar (1,2,5,8,9,12-15), zither (14,15)
  • Todd Waetzig - percussion (11)
  • Jordan Cohen, Matthew Kriemelman, Jeff Tortora, Vince Verderame, Todd Waetzig, Nick White - Vegas Drum Army (1,2,5,6,7 & 13)
  • Dave Anania, Chris Bowen, Wes Day, Jeffrey Doornbos, Randall Jaynes, Josh Matthews, Ian Pai, Crag Rodriguez, Pete Simpson, Pete Starrett, Clem Waldman - NY Drum Army (2,5,15)

Production

  • Producers: Todd Perlmutter, Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, Chris Wink
  • Executive producer: Jeff Skillen
  • Engineers: Bill Bookheim, Joe Hogan, Joe O'Connell, Todd Perlmutter, Andrew Schneider
  • Mixing: Rich Costey, Andrew Schneider
  • Mastering: Bob Ludwig
  • Production supervisor: Jeff Levison
  • Production coordination: Jaime Ramírez
  • Product development: Michael Quinn, Jeni Ardizzone West
  • Programming: Dan the Automator, Todd Perlmutter
  • Computer engineering: Larry Heinemann
  • Vocal producers: Kip Kubin, Tony Miracle, Venus Hum
  • Sampling: Kid Koala
  • Arrangers: Peter Moore, Ian Pai, Dave Steele, Jeff Turlik
  • Studio assistant: Mike Napolitano
  • Art consultant: Dan the Automator
  • Technician: Mike Napolitano
  • Drum technician: Carl Plaster
  • Art direction: Marcus Miller, Charles Tyler Ensemble
  • Design: Jen Graffam Wink
  • Artwork: David Bell
  • Cover image: Jen Graffam Wink

Charts

Album

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Billboard 200 60
Billboard Top Internet Albums 60

Songs

Year Song Chart Position
2003 "Sing Along" Adult Top 40 37
2004 "I Feel Love" Hot Dance Club Play 7

References

  1. ^ [www.allmusic.com]
  2. ^ Doerschuk, R. L. Allmusic Review accessed 29 June 2009.

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