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The Complex
Studio album by Blue Man Group
Released April 22, 2003
Genre Experimental rock
Length 58:41
Label Lava/Atlantic
Producer Todd Perlmutter, Matt Goldman, Phil Stanton, Chris Wink
Professional reviews
Blue Man Group chronology
Audio
(1999)
The Complex
(2003)
Las Vegas 4 Song Sampler
(2005)
Singles from The Complex
  1. "The Current"
    Released: July 28, 2003
  2. "I Feel Love"
    Released: July 11, 2004

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".[1]

Contents

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
  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, a world of rock as in the song "Time to Start," and the urban isolation world, as in the songs "Sing Along," "The Current", and "The Complex." Both worlds are then tied together in the song "What Is Rock," which combines the ideals of the rock concert with the ideals of urban isolation.

Personnel

  • Dave Anania - percussion, drums
  • Tracy Bonham - vocals
  • Chris Bowen - drums, voiceover, tubulum
  • Nels Cline - guitar
  • Wendy Day - drums
  • Christian Dyas - guitar, harpsichord, zither, e-bow, baritone guitar
  • Arone Dyer - vocals
  • Byron Estep - dobro
  • Esthero - vocals
  • Avram Gleitsman
  • Matt Goldman
  • Spalding Gray - spoken word
  • Josh Haden - vocals
  • Larry Heinemann - bass, guitar, zither, Chapman Stick
  • Dave Matthews - vocals
  • Josh Matthews - drums
  • Peter Moore - keyboards, vocals
  • Ian Pai - percussion, drums
  • Todd Perlmutter - percussion, drums, narrator
  • Jeff Quay - percussion, drums
  • Crag Rodriguez - drums
  • Gavin Rossdale - vocals
  • Brian Scott - tubulum
  • Peter Simpson - drums
  • Phil Stanton
  • Dave Steele - guitar, zither
  • Annette Strean - vocals
  • Rob Swift - turntables
  • Jeff Tortora - drums
  • Chris Traynor - guitar
  • Jeff Turlik - guitar, zither
  • Chris Wink

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

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Album

Year Chart Position
2003 Billboard 200 60
2003 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. ^ Doerschuk, R. L. Allmusic Review accessed 29 June, 2009.

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