War Stories

Release date
9 Jul 2007
Running length
14 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Intro 0:24 5,250
2 Chemistry 3:24 112,043
3 Hold My Hand 4:57 158,099
4 Restless (Featuring Josh Homme) 5:06 5,266
5 Keys To The Kingdom (Featuring Gavin Clark) 4:47 4,244
6 Price You Pay 6:24 86,958
7 Burn My Shadow (Featuring Ian Astbury) 4:59 6,129
8 MayDay (Featuring Duke Spirit) 3:20 5,383
9 Persons & Machinery (Featuring Autolux) 6:06 3,878
10 Twilight (Featuring 3D) 5:23 4,008
11 Morning Rage 5:17 71,529
12 Lawless 2:38 79,528
13 Broken (Featuring Gavin Clark) 4:44 4,224
14 When Things Explode (Featuring Ian Astbury) 13:42 4,113

About this album

War Stories is the third album from Unkle. The album was released in Japan on June 20, 2007 Europe and the UK on July 9, 2007, followed by a July 24 release date in North America. War Stories debuted at #58 in Australia. The album was promoted by three singles: “Burn My Shadow”, “Hold My Hand” and “Restless”. The video for “Burn my Shadow” featured the actor Goran Višnjić.

The cover art was designed by 3D of Massive Attack.

The track “Chemistry” is used as the instrumental track for “Hello/Goodbye (Uncool)” by Lupe Fiasco from his 2007 album Lupe Fiasco’s The Cool. Lupe Fiasco chose War Stories as his #1 album of the year as posted to a video on Myspace.

The song “Burn My Shadow” was used during the climax of the movie Repo Men. It was also featured in an Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood trailer and the trailer for the 2009 video game Fuel.

Reviews of the album were generally favorable. Notably, the tracks “Burn My Shadow” and “When Things Explode” (which are thematically similar and feature the vocals of Ian Astbury) received nearly universal praise, even from negative or mediocre reviews such as those written by Pitchfork Media and NME.

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