Trouble Maker (album)

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Trouble Maker
Rancid Trouble Maker.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 9, 2017
RecordedDecember 2015–January 2017
Genre Punk rock, ska punk
Length36:26
Label Hellcat/Epitaph
Producer Brett Gurewitz
Rancid chronology
Honor Is All We Know
(2014)
Trouble Maker
(2017)
Singles from Trouble Maker
  1. "Ghost of a Chance"
    Released: May 2, 2017
  2. "Bovver Rock and Roll"
    Released: June 8, 2017

Trouble Maker is the ninth studio album by the American punk rock band Rancid, released on June 9, 2017. [1] [2] Like many of Rancid's albums, Trouble Maker was produced by Epitaph founder and Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz, and marks the band's first album since their 1993 self-titled debut to feature the original Rancid logo on the cover. The band recorded the album between December 2015 and January 2017 at Big Bad Sound, Sunset Sound, and Red Star.

Contents

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Consequence of Sound B [4]
Pitchfork (7.3/10) [5]

Trouble Maker received mixed reviews upon its release. AllMusic writer Tim Sendra rated the album two-and-a-half stars out of five and called it "exactly what a Rancid fan would expect a Rancid album to sound like, which is both a blessing and a curse." He continued, "The former because if classic Rancid is what you need to fulfill your punk rock longings, as always they deliver the requisite gutter chants, spiky attitude, and spit-covered microphones. The latter because at this point the Rancid sound can't help but feel a little too safe and sanitized, especially given the sparkling production Brett Gurewitz gives to the album. It may be a little late in the game to expect the band to do anything but give the fans exactly what they want, or what the band thinks they want, but it's not too much to ask for songs that have a bit less studio gloss and a little more fire and grit." [3]

Background and recording

Originally Rancid intended to record an EPs worth of material in December 2015.

The tracks written solely by Tim were meant for Tim's second solo album which was recorded with Matt on bass and Joey Castillo on drums. Upon hearing the tracks Brett Gurewitz suggested Rancid go back into the studio and use these towards a new Rancid album.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
1."Track Fast"RancidArmstrong, Freeman0:58
2."Ghost of a Chance"ArmstrongArmstrong1:36
3."Telegraph Avenue"ArmstrongArmstrong3:19
4."An Intimate Close Up of a Street Punk Trouble Maker"ArmstrongArmstrong2:34
5."Where I'm Going"RancidFrederiksen, Armstrong2:23
6."Buddy"ArmstrongArmstrong3:03
7."Farewell Lola Blue"ArmstrongArmstrong, Frederiksen2:26
8."All American Neighborhood"RancidArmstrong1:13
9."Bovver Rock and Roll"RancidArmstrong, Frederiksen3:02
10."Make It Out Alive"RancidArmstrong, Frederiksen1:50
11."Molly Make Up Your Mind"ArmstrongArmstrong1:12
12."I Got Them Blues Again"ArmstrongArmstrong1:48
13."Beauty of the Pool Hall"ArmstrongArmstrong2:15
14."Say Goodbye to Our Heroes"RancidArmstrong2:10
15."I Kept a Promise"ArmstrongArmstrong2:58
16."Cold Cold Blood"RancidArmstrong1:42
17."This Is Not the End"ArmstrongArmstrong1:57
Total length:36:26
Deluxe edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
18."We Arrived Right on Time"RancidArmstrong2:20
19."Go on Rise Up"ArmstrongArmstrong2:23
Total length:41:09
Japanese edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Lead vocalsLength
18."We Arrived Right on Time"RancidArmstrong2:20
19."Go on Rise Up"ArmstrongArmstrong2:23
20."Never Forget Us" Armstrong2:43

Personnel

Rancid

Studio musicians

Charts

Chart (2017)Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [6] 41
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [7] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [8] 60
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [9] 142
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [10] 55
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [11] 21
Italian Albums (FIMI) [12] 73
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ) [13] 4
Scottish Albums (OCC) [14] 25
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [15] 38
UK Albums (OCC) [16] 57
US Billboard 200 [17] 23
US Independent Albums (Billboard) [18] 1
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard) [19] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard) [20] 4

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