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Until We Have Faces
Until We Have Faces Coverart
RED
Released February 1, 2011
Recorded August-November, 2010
Length 46:17
48:52 (iTunes pre-order edition)
Label Essential Records
Sony Music
Genre Rock
Produced by Rob Graves
Last album Innocence & Instinct
(2009)
Alternate covers

"Until We Have Faces" is RED's third studio album. It was released on February 1, 2011. It debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200.

Production and RecordingEdit

The band released a teaser video on Facebook via Youtube which featured the band name on a sheet of parchment, which burned away, revealing the album title.[1][2] Vocalist Michael Barnes stated on his facebook page that the new album will be produced by Rob Graves, who also produced the first two albums.[3] A picture was recently posted on producer Rob Graves Twitter account showing three guitars with tape on them showing tunings of A#, A, and G#, which hints that this record may be heavier than the previous two.[4] They also confirmed on their Facebook page that the new album will contain 11 tracks, and a 12th bonus track called "Until We Have Faces" will be available only from iTunes preorder.[5]

ReleaseEdit

On December 9, 2010 the song "Feed the Machine" was sent to all fans who submitted their face as part of the hype for the new album.[6] The cover art has been revealed.[7] On December 20, RED posted a download to the radio edit of "Faceless" for a limited time.[8] "Faceless" was released to radio on December 31, 2010 as the first single from the album.[9] A full track-listing along with 30 second previews for each song on the Christian Book Distributors website, Christianbook.com.[10] The band released a promotional mosaic for the album, made-up of the fan-submitted pictures.[11]

ReceptionEdit

Upon its release the album reached No. 1 on the iTunes album chart.[12]

The Christian Manifesto gave the rating album a 4.5 out of 5 and indicated that the songs are not always internally consistent, with an introduction in one style but developing into another style but concluding that it is a "great album from an oddly underrated band outside of Christian circles".[13] TheNewReview gave it a 4.5 out of 5 too, pointing out that although Red has kept their same signature sound, they have "tweaked and perfected it".[14] Reception on the site Sputnikmusic has not been as positive, where it received a 3 out of 5. The reviewer credited this to the fact that while the album has a few standout songs, there are a few "lazy and boring songs".[15]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Feed the Machine" (5:10)
  2. "Faceless" (3:22)
  3. "Lie to Me (Denial)" (4:13)
  4. "Let It Burn" (4:57)
  5. "Buried Beneath" (3:46)
  6. "Not Alone" (4:08)
  7. "Watch You Call" (3:42)
  8. "The Outside" (3:14)
  9. "Who We Are" (3:54)
  10. "Best Is Yet to Come" (4:04)
  11. "Hymn for the Missing" (5:37)
  12. "Until We Have Faces" (2:35)(iTunes exclusive bonus track)

ChartsEdit

Chart (2011) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[16] 2
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums[17] 1
U.S. Billboard Hard Rock Albums[17] 1
U.S. Billboard Alternative Albums 1
U.S. Billboard Digital Albums[18] 2
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums[17] 1
U.S. Billboard Christian Albums[17] 1

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