Tightrope (EP)

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Tightrope
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ReleasedJanuary 22, 2013
Genre Indie pop [1]
Length20:09
Label RCA
Producer
Walk the Moon chronology
Walk the Moon
(2012)
Tightrope
(2013)
Talking Is Hard
(2014)
Singles from Tightrope
  1. "Tightrope"
    Released: September 11, 2012

Tightrope is an EP by American rock band Walk the Moon. It was released digitally on January 22, 2013, by RCA Records and contains six songs, four of which were previously unreleased. A 2-color vinyl version of the EP was later released for Record Store Day on April 20, 2013. The EP was named after the opening track of the same name. It was a moderate success, debuting at number 54 on the US Billboard 200.

Contents

Background and release

The EP's title track was the fifth song on Walk the Moon's first major label studio album, Walk the Moon (2012). [2] It was sent to US alternative radio stations on September 11, 2012, by RCA Records as the EP's lead single. [3] The second song on the EP, "Anywayican", was first released as the B-side for the "Anna Sun" 7-inch vinyl single. [4] An acoustic version of "Tightrope" and a live cover of Talking Heads' "Burning Down the House" is also included at the end of the EP's track list. According to Chris DeVille of Columbus Alive , the songs for Tightrope EP were recorded in a day. [5]

"Tête-à-tête", the third track on the EP, was leaked by the band early via Twitter on January 18, 2013. [6] Their cover of "Burning Down the House" premiered exclusively on Billboard magazine's website that same day. [7] Tightrope EP was digitally released via RCA Records on January 22, 2013, with a 2-color vinyl edition being issued for Record Store Day on April 20, 2013. [7] [8] All of the EP's tracks were later included on the expanded edition of Walk the Moon's self-titled album. [9] Tightrope EP is currently unavailable on either digital or vinyl format.

Critical reception

In a positive review, Alternative Addiction gave Tightrope EP a three out of five stars, stating that while "it's not as polished" as the debut album, "it's worth the same amount of attention". The staff of the publication said that it is "a light-hearted but fun EP" that is "worth looking into" with "some valuable pieces for people who are familiar with the band already". However, the EP was criticized for being "a means to promote a single" that Walk the Moon fans already have. [10]

Commercial performance

Upon its release, Tightrope EP charted for one week at number 54 on the US Billboard 200 on the week ending February 8, 2013. It became Walk the Moon's second chart entry on the Billboard 200, after the self-titled album in 2012. [11]

Track listing

Tightrope EP [12]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Tightrope"
  • Nicholas Petricca
  • Eli Maiman
  • Kevin Ray
  • Sean Waugaman
  • Chris Robinson
Ben Allen 3:29
2."Anywayican"
  • Petricca
  • Maiman
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
Allen3:40
3."Tête-à-tête"
  • Petricca
  • Maiman
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
Mark Needham 2:51
4."Drunk in the Woods"
  • Petricca
  • Maiman
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
Needham2:49
5."Tightrope" (Acoustic)
  • Petricca
  • Maiman
  • Ray
  • Waugaman
  • Robinson
Needham3:29
6."Burning Down the House" (Live)Show Cobra3:51
Total length:20:09

Credits and personnel

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Tightrope EP. [13]

Locations
Personnel

Charts

Weekly charts

Chart (2013)Peak
position
US Billboard 200 [11] 54
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard) [14] 12
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [15] 18

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabel(s)Ref.
VariousJanuary 22, 2013 Digital download
United StatesApril 20, 20132-color vinyl

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