Shadows Collide with People

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Shadows Collide With People
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2004
StudioCello Studios in Hollywood, California
GenreExperimental rock, art rock, alternative rock
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerJohn Frusciante
John Frusciante chronology
From the Sounds Inside
Shadows Collide With People
The Brown Bunny
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
The Guardian[5]
Rolling Stone[8]
Stylus MagazineA−[9]
Tiny Mix Tapes[10]

Shadows Collide With People is the fourth studio album by American musician John Frusciante, released February 24, 2004. The album was written during the recording of By the Way,[12] and is widely regarded as his most accessible work, featuring a mix of guitar-driven alternative rock, folk ballads, and electronica. Frusciante has stated that this was his most expensive album to date, costing around $150,000 to produce, a significant departure from his earlier albums, which had been recorded at home on multitrack recording devices.[13] Frusciante noted, "I was sick and tired of people dismissing my records as being fucked-up and unprofessional."[14]

Flea plays a double bass on "The Slaughter", the closing track of the album. All songs were written by John Frusciante, except "Omission" and "-00Ghost27" which were written with future Red Hot Chili Peppers member Josh Klinghoffer. Klinghoffer and Frusciante share the album credits for "Vocal, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizers, Keyboards & Percussion". Shadows Collide With People is the only Frusciante solo album to feature Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith.

Frusciante also made acoustic and demo versions of these tracks available to fans through his official site as an alternative to the highly produced sound of the record. The demo tracks feature Josh Klinghoffer on drums. A promo version of the album was also made, with the tracks "Omission", "Song to Sing When I'm Lonely", and "Failure33Object".

The album reached number 191 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Heatseekers.[15]

On the vinyl release of the album the words "One step away" were inscribed on side A, "There's riddles in the shadows" on side B, "A hint of sadness" on side C, and '"What they least suspect is coming next" on side D. All of these were hints to lyrics on John's next solo album The Will to Death, specifically the songs "The Will to Death" (side A), "The Days Have Turned" (sides B and D), and "Loss" (side C).

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by John Frusciante, unless otherwise noted.

1."Carvel" 6:15
2."Omission" (feat. Josh Klinghoffer)Frusciante, Josh Klinghoffer4:33
3."Regret" 2:58
4."Ricky" 3:59
5."Second Walk" 1:42
6."Every Person" 2:38
7."-00Ghost27"Frusciante, Josh Klinghoffer3:50
8."Wednesday's Song" 3:31
9."This Cold" 2:00
10."Failure33Object" 2:56
11."Song to Sing When I'm Lonely" 3:16
12."Time Goes Back" 3:23
13."In Relief" 3:36
14."Water" 4:06
15."Of Before" (bonus track, Japanese release only) 3:17
16."Cut-Out" 3:34
17."Chances" 1:49
18."23 go in to End" 6:42
19."The Slaughter" 3:53
Total length:62:23
Acoustic version
1."Carvel" 4:17
2."Omission"Frusciante, Josh Klinghoffer4:36
3."Regret" 2:50
4."Ricky" 3:44
5."Second Walk" 1:41
6."Every Person" 1:53
7."Wednesday's Song" 3:48
8."This Cold" 1:30
9."Song to Sing When I'm Lonely" 3:18
10."Time Goes Back" 3:23
11."In Relief" 3:27
12."Water" 3:07
13."Cut-Out" 3:32
14."Chances" 1:53
15."The Slaughter" 3:56
Total length:43:35
Demo version
1."Omission"Frusciante, Josh Klinghoffer3:31
2."The Slaughter" 4:04
3."Ricky Nelson" (Original title of "Ricky") 3:51
4."Cut-Out" 3:26
5."In Relief" 2:28
6."Every Person" 2:04
7."Time Goes Back" 3:26
8."I Regret My Past" (Original title of "Regret") 3:01
9."Carvel" 4:15
Total length:29:26



Charts (2004) Peak
Australia (ARIA Charts)[16] 92
Belgium 80[17]
Finland 28[18]
France 127[19]
Ireland 44[20]
Netherlands 83[21]
Switzerland 51[22]
UK 53[23]
US Billboard 200[24] 191[25]


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  3. ^ Many of the songs here could be Peppers tracks, except for the absence of Anthony Kiedis's vocals. [Apr 2004, p.128]
  4. ^ Intermittently engaging if ultimately slight. [27 Feb 2004, p.96]
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  6. ^ Mojo March 2004 (p.95)
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  11. ^ Full of surprising songs with some cracking tunes that step far outside the punk-funk-grunge-metal formula of the Chili Peppers. [Mar 2004, p.99]
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