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Album: The Complex
# Song Title   Time
1)    Above
2)    Time to Start - (German)
3)    Sing Along - (featuring Dave Matthews)
4)    Up to the Roof - (featuring Tracy Bonham)
5)    Your Attention
6)    Persona - (featuring Josh Haden)
7)    Piano Smasher
8)    White Rabbit - (featuring Esthero)
9)    Current, The - (featuring Gavin Rossdale)
10)    Shadows, Pt. 2 - (featuring Tracy Bonham/Rob Swift)
11)    What Is Rock - (featuring Arone Dyer/Peter Moore)
12)    Complex, The - (featuring Peter Moore)
13)    I Feel Love - (featuring Venus Hum)
14)    Exhibit 13
 

Album: The Complex
# Song Title   Time
1)    Above
2)    Time to Start - (German)
3)    Sing Along - (featuring Dave Matthews)
4)    Up to the Roof - (featuring Tracy Bonham)
5)    Your Attention
6)    Persona - (featuring Josh Haden)
7)    Piano Smasher
8)    White Rabbit - (featuring Esthero)
9)    Current, The - (featuring Gavin Rossdale)
10)    Shadows, Pt. 2 - (featuring Tracy Bonham/Rob Swift)
11)    What Is Rock - (featuring Arone Dyer/Peter Moore)
12)    Complex, The - (featuring Peter Moore)
13)    I Feel Love - (featuring Venus Hum)
14)    Exhibit 13
 
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Tracks

1. Above

2. Time To Start

3. Sing Along

4. Up To The Roof

5. Your Attention

6. Persona

7. Piano Smasher

8. White Rabbit

9. The Current

10. Shadows Part 2

11. What Is Rock

12. The Complex

13. I Feel Love

14. Exhibit 13

Performer Notes
  • This is an Enhanced CD, which contains both regular audio tracks and multimedia computer files.
  • Blue Man Group: Matt Goldman (cimbalom, upside-down bass, air poles, low-octave PVC, big drum, drumbone, backpack PVC, shaker gong, Utne drum, ribbon crasher, dumpster); Phil Stanton (cimbalom, air poles, drumbone, tubulum, Utne drum, mid-octave PVC, extenstion cord bull roarer, ribbon crasher, dumpster, Phil drum, backpack tubulum, timpani, drum wall); Chris Wink (cimbalom, tubulum, high-octave PVC, air poles, piano smasher, cuica, doppler toms, drum wall, drumulum, drumbone, dumpster, backpack tubulum, Utne shakers).
  • Additional personnel includes: Dave Matthews, Tracy Bonham, Josh Haden, Esthero, Gavin Rossdale, Venus Hum, Rob Swift, Arone Dyer, Peter Moore (vocals); Spalding Gray (spoken vocals).
  • Recorded at Blue Man 3rd Street Studio, New York, New York.
  • Lyricist: Spalding Gray.
  • Personnel: Blue Man Group (cimbalom, dulcimer, drums, cuica, percussion, sound effects); Avram Glietsman (vocals, guitar); Peter Moore (vocals, keyboards); Dave Matthews, Esthero, Gavin Rossdale, Dave Mathews, Annette Strean, Josh Haden, Arone Dyer, Tracy Bonham, Venus Hum (vocals); Brooke Ferris, Spalding Gray (spoken vocals); Christian Dyas (guitar, baritone guitar, E-bow, zither, harpsichord); Larry Heinemann (guitar, zither, Chapman stick); Dave Steele, Jeff Turlik (guitar, zither); Nels Cline, Chris Traynor (guitar); Byron Estep (dobro); Elvis Lederer (zither); Todd Perlmutter (drums, percussion, programming); Ian Pai, Jeff Quay , Todd Waetzig, Dave Anania (drums, percussion); Jeff Torton, Matthew Kriemelman, Crag Rodriguez, Nick White , Chris Bowen, Jordan Cohen, Vince Verderame, Josh Matthews, Wendy Day, Peter Simpson, Jeff Tortora (drums); Dan the Automator (programming); Kid Koala (sampler); Rob Swift (turntables).
  • Audio Mixers: Andrew Schneider; Rich Costey.
  • Recording information: Blue Man 3rd Street Studio, NY.
  • Director: Seth Freed.
  • Unknown Contributor Roles: Larry Heinemann; Chris Wink; Matt Goldman; Phil Stanton; Blue Man Group.
  • Arrangers: Ian Pai; Dave Steele; Jeff Turlik; Peter Moore.
  • Tubular percussion abounds on the cerulean trio's second album, which intersperses instrumental segments from the ever-expanding organization's show with guest spots from Tracy Bonham, Bush's Gavin Rossdale, and Dave Matthews, among others. Musically, the Blue Men concoct a kind of quirky metal from their collection of found and conventional instrumentation that's effective in settings such as "The Current," where they're combined with Rossdale's grunge-lite vocals.
  • But the Men are also good at being laid-back and slightly sinister when occasion demands, one example being the accompaniment to Dave Matthews's distinctive vocal on the infectious "Sing Along." The outfit's crowd-pleasing version of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" is an ideal vehicle for Esthero's Beth Gibbons-like vocal, shedding the retro-jocularity of the live show version for something darker and more explicit. Ultimately THE COMPLEX neatly sidesteps any questions about translating the Blue Man oeuvre to a non-visual medium, with a combination of quirky arrangements and strategically placed guest stars.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (5/1/03, p.56) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...Chic Euro-techno atmospheres that won't wear off even after you've seen the live show..."

Q (10/03, p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...An engagingly quirky rock record....This is a concept album that actually works..."

CMJ (03/24/03, p.8) - "...Full of danceable arthouse takes on West African percussion, catchy '90s-era alt-rock and tons of high-profile guests givin' the blue stew some tubular balls..."
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