Infobox Album
Name = Unwind
Type = Album
Artist = Oleander

Released = March 6, 2001
Genre = Post-grunge
Length = 43:07
Label = Universal Records
Producer = Rich Mouser
Reviews =
*Allmusic Rating|3|5 [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:sl2zefyk2gf2 link]
*PopMatters (favorable) [http://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/24304/oleander-unwind link]
Last album = "February Son" (1999)
This album = "Unwind"
Next album = "Runaway Train" (EP)

"Unwind" is the second major label album from post-grunge band Oleander. The band's second album released on Universal Records, "Unwind" sold approximately 250,000 copies. The album is noted for displaying both a wider range and softer music than its predecessor.

The song "Halo" was included in the soundtrack of the film "American Pie 2". Another song recorded during the "Unwind" sessions, "Bruised," was also featured in the aforementioned film but not included on the soundtrack. The song's rights are held by Universal and it has consequently never been officially released. However, guitarist Ric Ivanisevich, the song's writer, has sent it to people and encouraged that fans who possess "Bruised" share it online.

"Champion" became a hit single and a symbol of the sacrifice of firefighters during the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York. Profit made from the single also went to those effected by the event. However,in a May 2003 interview, frontman Thomas Flowers stated "Our intentions definitely were good to submit something to the relief fund. The only sad thing about it is, unfortunately, later on, I saw them for like, 25 cents a copy -- I see them on Ebay for like a penny. I'm like, 'Man how much is really going to [the fund] ' you know? It just didn't fly, and it was endemic of that whole album actually." [Christopher, Michael [http://www.popmatters.com/music/interviews/oleander-030505.shtml PopMatters Music Interview | Thomas Flowers of Oleander] PopMatters.com (May 5, 2003). Retrieved on August 5, 2008.]


The follow-up to Oleander's popular debut, "Unwind" couldn't match the success of "February Son". Andrew Ellis of PopMatters offered the album praise, stating "Unwind" is an extremely solid and enjoyable album that serves as an antidote to some of the more polished and considered modern rock being released these days. It is also a much more mature and well-written effort than "February Son", displaying a pleasing balance between full-on rock tendencies and more subtle but no less powerful moments."

However, perhaps to due poor reception of longtime fans, Oleander has since shown distaste for "Unwind". Noting the disappointing sales of the album, Thomas Flowers recalled, "the phone calls stopped coming in, the promo people stopped putting posters up -- priorities obviously shifted."

Flowers has also detailed the arguably mishandled approach with "Unwind"::"Once we came away with the success of "February Son", we kind of fell into the trap that a lot of bands do that have success with their first one, who think 'Well, we're just going to do it again -- let's go platinum this time.' We attempted to broaden the scope of what we were putting out there. Instead of just putting out rock songs, we had other types of music that we were exploring and we tried to put out a broader plain of music. That made it a little bit more difficult for people to get their head around it -- especially if they were into the rock and roll aspect of this band."

Guitarist Ric Ivanisevich also stated in a 2003 interview, "People could get the wrong impression of our music when they hear "Unwind". They might think we are a lot wimpier live than we actually are." He added, "The songs on "Unwind" are too far from each other, lyrically and musically. The album just doesn’t make sense, but that’s okay because we were a little mixed up when we were writing it." [Sotuela, Ana Marie [http://cabands.com/reviews/review.asp?value=20030227Oleander-f&ri=f Telephone Interview with Ric Ivanisevich] CABands.com (February 27, 2003). Retrieved on August 6, 2008.]

Track listing

(All songs written by Thomas Flowers, Doug Eldridge and Ric Ivanisevich)
# "Come To Stay" – 3:49
# "Yours If You Like" – 3:26
# "Are You There?" – 4:20
# "Halo" – 4:41
# "Benign" – 4:11
# "Unwind" – 2:50
# "Goodbye" – 4:04
# "Jimmy Shaker Day" – 3:31
# "Back Home Years Ago" – 4:14
# "Tightrope" – 5:12
# "She's Up, She's Down" – 4:03
# "Champion" – 2:57


* Thomas Flowers - vocals, guitar
* Doug Eldridge - bass guitar
* Ric Ivanisevich - guitar
* Scott Devours - drums


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