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.
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".
"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.
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.
Japanese Bonus Tracks
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.
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