Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow is the latest concept album by Coheed and Cambria, and the sequel to their previous album, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. Together, these two albums will make up part four of The Amory Wars. It is also the first (and only) album to feature Taylor Hawkins on drums after the departure of Josh Eppard. Chris Pennie will be providing drums on subsequent albums.
The album is often marketed by the shortened title No World for Tomorrow. Neither the disc itself nor its outer packaging suggest the Good Apollo title, though it is found printed on the cover of the accompanying lyrics booklet. Frontman Claudio Sanchez has stated that the full name of the album is in fact Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow.
The album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at #6, selling about 62,000 copies in its first week. It sold over 100,000 copies in its first month. As of January 2008, the record has sold over 350,000 copies, with 153,979 being sold in the US.
This is also the first Coheed and Cambria album not to have a hidden track.
No World For Tomorrow is also available on 180 gram double LP vinyl pressed in Nashville's historic United Record Pressing The first three sides feature the same songs as the CD version but the fourth side features etched artwork incorporating the band's logo. This is packaged in a double gatefold jacket.Side I
This side contains no music but features etched art on the surface of the vinyl.
In late July 2007 "The Running Free" was announced as the album's first single, and it was released to radio on August 20. The song was streamed on the band's MySpace profile and was made available through digital distribution on August 14.
Also in July 2007 an official website was launched for the album. The site featured weekly updates including a competition, video segments, album artwork and announcements regarding "The Running Free" single and its accompanying music video. A viral marketing video series entitled "The Willing Well" was released in five installments continuing until October 22.
In January 2008 a promotional website for the next single "Feathers" was created.
A guerilla marketing campaign took place in various locations across the country, including an incident on the University of Kansas campus in which someone spray painted the "Keywork" logo and the release date in several locations, resulting in a small panic related to a previous shooting on campus.
The album received mostly positive reviews, with a Metacritic score of 69% based on 16 reviews. Entertainment Weekly noted that the band "infuse their expansive music with enough grit and melody that you don't give a hoot what, say 'The Hound (of Blood & Rank)' is about" in a positive review in their October 2007 issue. Q Magazine remarked that the album was "accessible" and "hugely appealing" due to the album being immersed in Claudio Sanchez's personal life. Mojo hailed Feathers as "unabashed radio-rock" while Rolling Stone connected it to Uriah Heep's "Easy Livin'". Allmusic remarks "...listeners will find a number of enjoyable would-be singles..." as well as stating that "...the album is simple ear candy for those who haven't studied the band's previous releases. Blender voiced that "Coheed have found their sweet spot" and that they indulge "...in grandiose, classic-rock, flaunting chops that could shame the showoffs in Rush".
On a more down note, The Onion claimed the album could "have been more inspired". Alternative Press in their November 2007 issue reported that the record "simply doesn't deliver on the suspense that's been loaded into it." Others noted that the album sticks to a reliable formula that does not always help the progression of the album. Village Voice laments that Coheed "slipped" up on this album.
|2007||"The Running Free"||U.S. Modern Rock Tracks||19|
|2007||"The Running Free"||U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks||31|
|2008||"Feathers"||UK. Top 40||7|
|2007||Billboard Top Digital Albums||6|
|2007||Billboard Top Rock Albums||3|
|2007||Billboard Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums||2|
|2007||Billboard Hard Rock||2|
|2007||Billboard Top Internet Albums||5|