Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow
(Yes folks, this is the original title of this album!)
* Fourth studio album
* Release date: October 23, 2007
* Label: Columbia Records
Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow, often shortened to No World for Tomorrow, is a concept album and Prog-rock opera by Coheed and Cambria, and the sequel to their previous album, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness. Together, these two albums will make up part four of The Amory Wars. It is also the first (and only) album to feature Taylor Hawkins on drums after the departure of Josh Eppard. Chris Pennie will be providing drums on subsequent albums.
The album is often marketed by the shortened title No World for Tomorrow. Neither the disc itself nor its outer packaging suggest the Good Apollo title, though it is found printed on the cover of the accompanying lyrics booklet, as well as the rim of the fourth side of the vinyl release. Frontman Claudio Sanchez has stated that the full name of the album is in fact Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume Two: No World for Tomorrow.
The album debuted on the Billboard 200 album chart at #6, selling about 62,000 copies in its first week. It sold over 100,000 copies in its first month. As of January 2008, the record has sold over 350,000 copies, with 153,979 being sold in the US.
This is the first Coheed and Cambria album not to have a hidden track.
There are three formats of the album; a 'Deluxe Edition' which includes a bonus 24 minute documentary feature on "The Making of NWFT" with interviews, footage from the studio, three never before heard acoustic demos (the other two from In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 had previously leaked), a booklet with scenes from The Amory Wars and over 50 photos from recent tours; a 'stripped' version, containing just the CD and a slip sleeve cover; and a 'double gatefold vinyl' version, in which the album comes on 2 LPs, featuring artwork by Ken Kelley. If pre-ordered, they would come with an autographed booklet but stock ran out the day after the prerelease was announced. Another promotional item, the No World for Tomorrow magnet, is still in stock.
Leading up to the album's release, the songs "Mother Superior" and "The Running Free" were performed live on the band's tours. A July 2007 MTV article described the album as more experimental in comparison to the band's previous efforts. Sanchez detailed that for some tracks he had experimented with unfamiliar instrumentation including organs and pianos, creating a sound he described as "Ray Charles on Quaaludes." Some parts initially written on piano were later converted into intricate guitar segments.
In late July 2007 "The Running Free" was announced as the album's first single, and it was released to radio on August 20. The song was streamed on the band's MySpace profile and was made available through digital distribution on August 14.
Also in July 2007 an official website was launched for the album. The site featured weekly updates including a competition, video segments, album artwork and announcements regarding "The Running Free" single and its accompanying music video. A viral marketing video series entitled "The Willing Well" was released in five installments continuing until October 22.
In January 2008 a promotional website for the next single "Feathers" was created.
A guerilla marketing campaign took place in various locations across the country, including an incident on the University of Kansas campus in which someone spray painted the "Keywork" logo and the release date in several locations, resulting in a small panic related to a previous shooting on campus.
The album received mostly positive reviews, with a Metacritic score of 69% based on 16 reviews. Entertainment Weekly noted that the band "infuse their expansive music with enough grit and melody that you don't give a hoot what, say 'The Hound (of Blood & Rank)' is about" in a positive review in their October 2007 issue. Q Magazine remarked that the album was "accessible" and "hugely appealing" due to the album being immersed in Claudio Sanchez's personal life. Mojo hailed Feathers as "unabashed radio-rock" while Rolling Stone connected it to Uriah Heep's "Easy Livin'". Allmusic remarks "…listeners will find a number of enjoyable would-be singles…" as well as stating that "…the album is simple ear candy for those who haven't studied the band's previous releases." Blender voiced that "Coheed have found their sweet spot" and that they indulge "…in grandiose, classic-rock, flaunting chops that could shame the showoffs in Rush".
On a more down note, The A.V. Club claimed the album could "have been more inspired". Alternative Press in their November 2007 issue reported that the record "simply doesn't deliver on all the suspense that's been loaded into it and built up to." Others noted that the album sticks to a reliable formula that does not always help the progression of the album, especially with the outro of the last song "On the Brink" where they scream the word numerous times. Village Voice laments that Coheed "slipped up" on this album.
(This track listing should be modified to meet track listing standards.
Please improve this article if you can. (November 2009)
1. "The Reaping" – 1:13
2. "No World for Tomorrow" – 5:08
3. "The Hound (Of Blood and Rank)" – 4:38
4. "Feathers" – 4:58
5. "The Running Free" – 4:12
6. "Mother Superior" – 6:40
7. "Gravemakers & Gunslingers" – 4:20
8. "Justice in Murder" – 4:30
9. "The End Complete I: The Fall of House Atlantic" – 1:04
10. "The End Complete II: Radio Bye Bye" – 4:56
11. "The End Complete III: The End Complete" – 7:47
12. "The End Complete IV: The Road and the Damned" – 3:35
13. "The End Complete V: On the Brink" – 7:11
14. "A Favor House Atlantic" (Acoustic) (Japanese bonus track)
15. "Always & Never / Welcome Home" (Acoustic) (Japanese bonus track)
Deluxe edition bonus DVD
1. "Mother Superior (Taylor Guitars Performance @ NAMM 07 - PCM Stereo)"
2. "Kitchen Jam (PCM Stereo)"
3. "Cuts Marked in the March of Men (Original Acoustic Demos - PCM Stereo)"
4. "A Favor House Atlantic (Original Acoustic Demos - PCM Stereo)"
5. "The Willing Well II: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (Original Acoustic Demo - PCM Stereo)"
6. "The Suffering (Original Acoustic Demo - PCM Stereo)"
7. "Always & Never / Welcome Home (Original Acoustic Demo - PCM Stereo)"
8. "Tour Photo Album (PCM Stereo)"
9. "Always & Never / Welcome Home (AUDIO BED)"
180 Gram Vinyl
No World for Tomorrow is also available on 180 gram double LP vinyl pressed in Nashville's historic United Record Pressing. The first three sides feature the same songs as the CD version but the fourth side features etched artwork incorporating the band's logo. This is packaged in a double gatefold jacket.
1. "The Reaping" – 1:13
2. "No World for Tomorrow" – 5:06
3. "The Hound (of Blood and Rank)" – 4:38
4. "Feathers" – 4:55
1. "The Running Free" – 4:16
2. "Mother Superior" – 6:38
3. "Gravemakers & Gunslingers" – 4:21
4. "Justice in Murder" – 4:28
1. "The End Complete I: The Fall of House Atlantic" – 1:04
2. "The End Complete II: Radio Bye Bye" – 4:54
3. "The End Complete III: The End Complete" – 7:44
4. "The End Complete IV: The Road and the Damned" – 3:35
5. "The End Complete V: On the Brink" – 7:08
This side contains no music but features etched art on the surface of the vinyl.
Album descriptions on Last.fm are editable by everyone. Feel free to contribute!
All user-contributed text on this page is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply.