Title of Record

Title of Record

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by Filter
     
 

Like post-grunge dirge rockers from Tool to Korn, Filter make music you'd hardly want to bring home to meet Mommy. On TITLE OF RECORD, singer Richard Patrick alternates from an evil post-Ozzy blather to a skybound pretty-boy quaver, often to compelling effect. The marvelous downward spiral "Welcome to the Fold" and 4/4…  See more details below

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Like post-grunge dirge rockers from Tool to Korn, Filter make music you'd hardly want to bring home to meet Mommy. On TITLE OF RECORD, singer Richard Patrick alternates from an evil post-Ozzy blather to a skybound pretty-boy quaver, often to compelling effect. The marvelous downward spiral "Welcome to the Fold" and 4/4 pummel of "Captain Bligh" pound as hard as anything spewed forth from the Family Values scene and are elevated by catchy melodic refrains, a detail most metal bands don't bother with. Like Cheap Trick reborn for the age of Y2K, techno-infused crotch-rock like "The Best Things" is about as happily arty as this kind of dunderhead manna can get. The acoustic-guitar-driven "Take a Picture" risks derailing the rush by bringing back bad memories of '80s metal's sensitive side, and Patrick's Reznorian vocals on "Cancer" sound -- no doubt intentionally -- like he just contracted the disease. But these detours hardly ruin what is, for the most part, a throbbing, nasty good time.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Filter's 1995 debut Short Bus broke through at the exact moment when Nine Inch Nails soundalikes began dominating the modern rock charts. Filter had more credit to their sound than any of their peers -- their leader Richard Patrick had played in the touring incarnation of NIN. Nevertheless, many critics had written the band off as one-hit wonders with the crossover single "Hey Man, Nice Shot" being their one shot at glory. Since it took them four years to deliver the followup Title of Record, it could appear to the casual observer that the delay was proof positive that the band was a flash in the pan, but the album itself proves them wrong. If anything, it's a stronger album than its predecessor, with more sonic details and stronger songwriting. Title of Record is still firmly within the industrial-metal tradition -- parts of it sound like it could have been on Short Bus, actually -- but it's surprising how often Patrick bends the rules. There's trippy neo-psychedelic pop vocals that close "Captain Bligh," and even when the music rages (which it does throughout the record), there are subtle differences in tension and dynamics that keep it fresh and engaging throughout. It is true that Filter sound a little out of place within the modern rock world of 1999, where the aggro-metal is rooted in hip-hop not industrial, but that doesn't mean that Title of Record isn't a strong album on its own merits, according to the rules of its genre.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/24/1999
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624738824
catalogNumber:
47388

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Filter   Primary Artist
Elliot Caine   Trumpet
Jim McGrath   Percussion
Richard Patrick   Bass,Guitar,Vocals
Eric Remschneider   Cello,Electric Cello
Geno Lenardo   Bass,Guitar,Mandolin,Sitar
Jim McGraff   Percussion
Chris Simmons   Percussion
Frank Cavanaugh   Bass
Steven Gillis   Percussion,Drums
Miss Wutt   Vocals

Technical Credits

Rae DiLeo   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Ben Grosse   Programming,Producer
Filter   Producer,Engineer
Richard Patrick   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Crystal Method   Producer,Engineer
Deborah Norcross   Art Direction
Geno Lenardo   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Michael Tuller   Programming
Blumpy   Programming

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Title of Record 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am not familiar with Filter, but when I heard the song, 'Take a Picture', I loved it!! What made me love it more is I heard a remake of the same song, but it was a dance/techno version. I got the CD and the CD is excellent!!! Anyway, if someone can help me and let me know who did the remake, I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd it brings you on a piercingly good romp threw several different feels and tempos that I haven't heard in music in a long time. Buy it! Take my picture isn't the album but it is a great song and shows the bands diversity and talent. A + in my book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A must have CD. One of the best I have ever heard.