|Studio album by Ozma|
|Released||May 11, 2007|
|Recorded||2005 - 2007|
|Label||About A Girl Records|
Mixed by Matt Hyde
|Singles from Pasadena|
Pasadena is the fourth studio album by American rock band Ozma. It is the first Ozma album to feature drummer Kenn Shane and the first album since the band's reunion in 2006. Initially scheduled for release on May 15, 2007, the album was leaked online on May 7 and subsequently licensed for streaming on Myspace on May 11.
The album's title (named for the band's hometown), as well as the decision to re-record the tracks "No One Needs to Know" (from The Doubble Donkey Disc) and "Eponine" (from Spending Time on the Borderline), were mandated by the band's management, Right Arm Entertainment. The album features guest appearances by Matthew Caws (of Nada Surf), Will Noon (of Straylight Run and Fun), Rachel Haden (of That Dog and the Rentals), Ben Pringle (of the Rentals and Nerf Herder), Eric Summer (of Get Set Go), and Benjamin Chadwick (of New Maximum Donkey).
The album art was photographed at the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, California.
Allmusic referred to Pasadena as "the strongest work of their careers," giving it a 4.5 rating out of 5. PopMatters wrote that the album is "more like Weezer's green self-titled album than anything, eager to live up to an ideal and doing a good job of it." The Los Angeles Times called the band "underrated," writing that the album is "more muscular and mature than the crunchy power-pop that gained Ozma a large Southland following over its first three albums." The Northern Express praised the "well-written, catchy indie compositions."
Despite positive reviews, the album sold poorly compared to previous records, and the band members focused on other pursuits for several years thereafter until the release of Boomtown in 2014.
Track listingAll songs written and composed by Ozma.
|1.||"No One Needs to Know"||Daniel Brummel||Brummel||3:36|
|2.||"Barriers"||Ryen Slegr/Greg Doyle||Slegr||3:05|
|4.||"Fight the Darkness"||Slegr/Kenn Shane||Slegr||2:59|
|5.||"Heartache vs Heartbreak"||Star Wick/Brummel||Brummel/Wick/Rachel Haden||3:33|
|7.||"Lunchbreak (Cobras Theme)"||Slegr||Slegr/Benjamin Chadwick||3:37|
|10.||"Underneath My Tree"||Slegr/Brummel||Slegr/Brummel||3:15|
- Daniel Brummel – Bass, Voice
- Ryen Slegr - Guitar, Vocals
- Jose Galvez - Guitar, Vocals
- Star Wick - Vocals, Keyboards
- Kenn Shane - Drums, Vocals
- Mark Chalecki – Mastering
- Greg Doyle - Writing on 2, Mixing on 9
- Matt Hyde - Mixing on 1 to 8, 10, 11
- Will Noon - Drums on 5
- Rachel Haden - Vocals on 5
- Ben Pringle - Trombone on 7
- Benjamin Chadwick - Vocals on 7
- Matthew Caws - Guitar on 8
- Eric Lea - Viola on 9
Album art photo shoot
|Ozma DiscographyEdit this template|
| Studio LPs: Rock and Roll Part Three | The Doubble Donkey Disc | Spending Time on the Borderline | Pasadena | Boomtown |
Compilations: Cuatro y Ocho | Songs of Inaudible Trucks and Cars | Weezma: Daniel, Ryen & Rivers
Live albums: Live Acoustic Set - July 12, 2000 | Live Acoustic Set - January 24, 2001
Other: List of Ozma songs | List of Ozma concerts
- ↑ Slegr, Ryen (ozmasoundings) https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:Pasadenamanagers.jpg
- ↑ Mason, Stewart. "Pasadena Review" AllMusic https://www.allmusic.com/album/pasadena-mw0000570253
- ↑ Schiller, Mike. "Ozma: Pasadena" PopMatters. 13 August 2007. https://www.popmatters.com/ozma-pasadena-2496222626.html
- ↑ Bronson, Kevin. "BUZZ BANDS" Los Angeles Times. 3 May 2007. https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2007-may-03-wk-bands3-story.html
- ↑ "4Play" Northern Express. 30 May 2007. https://www.northernexpress.com/news/music/article-2603-4play/
- ↑ Chabran, Gab "The Rise And Revival Of Ozma, A 'Secretly Huge' Indie Rock Band" 18 December 2019. https://laist.com/news/entertainment/ozma-band-los-angeles-pasadena-rise-revival
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 https://www.weezerpedia.com/wiki/File:DBHVHComment.jpg