|Studio album by|
|Released||February 25, 1997 (original issue) |
October 7, 1997 (reissue)
|Marcy Playground chronology|
|Singles from Marcy Playground|
Marcy Playground is the self-titled debut studio album by American alternative rock band Marcy Playground, released on February 25, 1997, on EMI. It was reissued later that year on October 7 on Capitol Records with a large amount of promotion for the single "Sex and Candy," which became the band's breakthrough single, spending a then-record 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Marcy Playground garnered a mixed reception from music critics. A writer for NME said that, "What is surprising is how enjoyable this window on Wozniak's soul is: his lazy drawl and gentle melodies coating his misery in a pop sheen....the mood remains resolutely downbeat but the angst is not imposing." James P. Wisdom of Pitchfork stated that Marcy Playground was "the most soothingly mellow and pleasant thing I had heard in a long time."AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine felt that some of the tracks don't quite match up to "Sex and Candy", saying that "only a handful [of the songs] on the album are as memorable as the single. Still, those moments are what make Marcy Playground a promising, albeit imperfect, debut."
Robert Christgau graded the album as a "dud", indicating "a bad record whose details rarely merit further thought."Chuck Eddy of Rolling Stone heavily panned the album for Wozniak's post-grunge pop having subpar musicianship, saying that it "sets icky new standards for commercial-post-alternative callowness." Dan Weiss of LA Weekly deemed it the twelfth-worst album of the 1990s, opining that aside from the singles "Sex and Candy" and "Saint Joe on the School Bus," the album is "folksy, opiate-obsessed bullshit".
All tracks are written by John Wozniak, except where noted.
|2.||"Sex and Candy"||2:53|
|3.||"Ancient Walls of Flowers" (John Wozniak, Sherry Fraser)||3:16|
|4.||"Saint Joe on the School Bus"||3:20|
|5.||"A Cloak of Elvenkind"||2:59|
|9.||"One More Suicide"||2:39|
|10.||"Dog and His Master"||2:12|
|11.||"The Shadow of Seattle"||2:48|
|12.||"The Vampires of New York"||2:55|
Note: though not credited as a member, Jared Kotler plays drums on every song except "Saint Joe on the School Bus," and bass on "Sherry Fraser," "One More Suicide" and "The Vampires of New York."
Recorded and mixed at Sabella Recording Studio, Roslyn NY
Mastered at Masterdisk, New York City NY
Songs published by Wozniak Publishing (ASCAP)