Start Something

Start Something

Start Something is the second studio album by the British alternative metal band Lostprophets. Released on February 2, 2004 through Visible Noise, the album became a commercial success, peaking at #33 in the U.S. Billboard 200 and reaching high positions in charts worldwide, despite receiving mixed reviews from publications. Recorded at Bigfoot Studio in Los Angeles in North Hollywood, California, and produced by Eric Valentine.

Five singles were released from the album: "Burn Burn", "Last Train Home", "Wake Up (Make a Move)", "Last Summer" and "Goodbye Tonight". These singles were responsible for launching Lostprophets into mainstream popularity.

Music

Recording and production

The album was produced by Eric Valentine. He has also produced albums by Queens of the Stone Age, Good Charlotte and the Neon Knights.

MTV reports that the band chose the album name for two reasons. Firstly, the band wanted to motivate people they had met who stated that they would "love to do this and that" but never had the drive to do it. The second being that the band viewed Start Something as their first "musical step", as they felt Thefakesoundofprogress, originally intended as only a demo, "did not accurately reflect their ability".

Songs

"Burn Burn" was the first single from Start Something and was released in the winter of 2003. going on to become one of the most successful songs from Start Something on the rock charts. "Burn Burn" charted on the American singles chart World Singles Official Top 100. but charted at 81 on the German Single Chart and on 48 on the Australian Singles Chart. "Last Train Home" is the second single to ever chart in the US, the first one is "Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja". "Burn Burn" is the only single to ever to chart in Germany.

"Last Train Home" the second single from the album, was released in the spring of 2004, and became the most successful song from Start Something on the rock charts and arguably the band's most recognizable and popular song. The song peaked at number one on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart and number ten on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Last Train Home" is the second single to ever chart in the US, the first one is Shinobi vs. Dragon Ninja.

The third single was "Wake Up (Make a Move) and peaked at 9 on the Modern Rock Tracks and 16 on the Mainstream rock Tracks.

"Last Summer" was the fourth single from Start Something. The previous singles, "Last Train Home" and "Wake Up (Make a Move)" had all been highly successful on both sides of the Atlantic, so this single was under pressure to be as good. It reached number 13 in the UK Singles Chart, which meant it didn't match its previous efforts.

Their fifth single was "Goodbye Tonight" and peaked on 42 on the British singles chart.

Release and Reception

Start Something was the band's breakout album. Upon its release in February 2004, Start Something peaked at number thirty three on the Billboard 200 album chart. The album granted Lostprophets international recognition. Start Something achieved Gold status in the United States and Platinum in the UK.

Initial reception of the album was mixed. Johnny Loftus of Allmusic gave the album two out of five stars and said. "As sonically powerful as Start Something is, and as convincing as Lostprophets' earnest vocalizing and layered instrumental dynamics are, it's just so damn difficult to take the Welshmen seriously when every megabyte of their sonic output is a patent appropriation of the post-grunge movement's most salable proofs.

Start Something Tour

To promote the album, the band toured North America, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand, as part of the Big Day Out festival.

Track listing

  1. "We Still Kill the Old Way" – 4:20
  2. "To Hell We Ride" – 3:40
  3. "Last Train Home" – 4:35
  4. "Wake Up (Make a Move)"1 – 3:56
  5. "Burn Burn" – 3:36
  6. "I Don't Know" – 3:57
  7. "Hello Again" – 4:56
  8. "Goodbye Tonight" – 3:54
  9. "Start Something" – 3:26
  10. "A Million Miles" – 4:32 or 4:242
  11. "Last Summer" – 4:07
  12. "We Are Godzilla, You Are Japan"3 - 4:05
  13. "Sway" – 10:24

Japanese Bonus Tracks

  • "Lucky You" –4:33
  • "Like a Fire" –4:02

1 "Wake Up (Make A Move)" was originally simply titled "Make a Move." It was retitled for the single release, and later album pressings reflected this.
2 The interlude of this track was shortened soon after release, due to copyright issues regarding the phone voice initially used.
3 This track was excluded from US versions of the album.

Chart positions

Album

Chart Peak
French Albums Charts 69
Austrian Albums Charts 60
New Zealand Album Charts 14
Irish Album Charts 61
German Albums Chart 51
World Albums Chart 23
Billboard Comprehensive Albums 33
Billboard 200 33
UK Album Charts 4

Singles

Year Name Chart Peak
2003 Burn Burn World Singles Official Top 100 100
Australian Singles Chart 48
German Singles Chart 81
UK Singles Chart 17
2004 Last Train Home US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 10
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 1
US Billboard Hot 100 75
US Billboard Hot 100 Airplay 1
US Billboard Hot Digital Tracks 23
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 4
World Modern Rock Top 30 Singles 2
Top40-Charts.com Internet Sales 24
German Singles Chart 48
UK Singles Chart 8
Wake Up (Make a Move) US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 16
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 9
World Modern Rock Top 30 Singles 23
Airplay World Official Top 100 55
World Singles Official Top 100 71
UK Singles Chart 18
Last Summer World Modern Rock Top 30 Singles 86
Airplay World Official Top 100 63
UK Singles Chart 13
Goodbye Tonight UK Singles Chart 42
2005 I Don't Know (radio promo) US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 11
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 26
Australian Singles Chart 16

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