Shadows Collide with People

Shadows Collide With People
Studio album by John Frusciante
Released February 24, 2004
Recorded 2003 at Cello Studios in Hollywood, California
Genre Experimental Rock, Art Rock, Alternative Rock
Length 62:23
Label Warner Bros.
Producer John Frusciante
John Frusciante chronology
From the Sounds Inside
Shadows Collide With People
The Will to Death
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic 2004
Entertainment WeeklyC 2004
The Guardian 2004
Mojo [3]
Rolling Stone 2004
Stylus MagazineA- 2004
Uncut 2004

Shadows Collide With People is the fourth studio album by John Frusciante, released February 24, 2004. The album was written during the recording of By the Way,[4] and is widely regarded as his most accessible work, featuring a mix of guitar-driven alternative rock, folk ballads, and electronica. Frusciante has stated that this was his most expensive album to date, costing around $150,000 to produce, a significant departure from his earlier albums which had been recorded at home on multitrack recording devices. .[5] Frusciante noted, "I was sick and tired of people dismissing my records as being fucked-up and unprofessional."[6]

Flea plays a double bass on "The Slaughter", the closing track of the album. All songs were written by John Frusciante, except "Omission" and "-00Ghost27" with Josh Klinghoffer. Klinghoffer and Frusciante share the album credits for "Vocal, Guitar, Bass, Synthesizers, Keyboards & Percussion". Shadows Collide With People is the only Frusciante solo album to feature Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith.

Frusciante also made acoustic and demo versions of these tracks available to fans through his official site as an alternative to the highly produced sound of the record. The demo tracks feature Josh Klinghoffer on drums. A promo version of the album was also made, with the tracks "Omission", "Song to Sing When I'm Lonely", and "Failure33 Object".

The album reached number 191 on the Billboard 200 and #11 on Heatseekers.[7]

On the vinyl release of the album the words "One step away" were inscribed on side A, "There's riddles in the shadows" on side B, "A hint of sadness" on side C, and '"What they least suspect is coming next" on side D. All of these were hints to lyrics on John's next solo album The Will to Death, specifically the songs "The Will to Death" (side A), "The Days Have Turned" (sides B and D), and "Loss" (side C).

Track listing

All tracks written by John Frusciante, unless otherwise noted. 

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Carvel"    6:15
2. "Omission"  Frusciante, Josh Klinghoffer 4:33
3. "Regret"    2:58
4. "Ricky"    3:59
5. "Second Walk"    1:42
6. "Every Person"    2:38
7. "-00Ghost27"  Frusciante, Klinghoffer 3:50
8. "Wednesday's Song"    3:31
9. "This Cold"    2:00
10. "Failure33 Object"    2:56
11. "Song to Sing When I'm Lonely"    3:16
12. "Time Goes Back"    3:23
13. "In Relief"    3:36
14. "Water"    4:06
15. "Of Before" (Japanese release only bonus track)  3:17
16. "Cut-Out"    3:34
17. "Chances"    1:49
18. "23 Go in to End"    6:42
19. "The Slaughter"    3:53


  • John Frusciante – lead and backing vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, synthesizers, bass, piano, Mellotron, producer, art direction
  • Josh Klinghoffer – lead vocals (on "Omission"), backing vocals, bass, electric guitar, synthesizers, keyboards, piano, Mellotron, Synare, vocoder, percussion, timpani
  • Chad Smith – drums, percussion
  • Flea – upright bass (on "The Slaughter")
  • Omar Rodríguez-López – slide guitar (on "Chances", "23 Go in to end")
  • Greg Kurstin – Wurlitzer piano (on "Of Before")
  • Charlie Clouser – orchestral programming (on "Regret" and "Chances")

  • Jim Scott – engineer, mixing
  • Ryan Hewitt – engineer
  • Dave Lee – equipment technician
  • Ethan Mates – engineer
  • Chris Holmes – assistant
  • Chris Ohno – assistant
  • Alex Marshall – assistant
  • Daniel Carlotta Jones – assistant
  • Serena Deakin – assistant
  • Bernie Grundman – mastering
  • Rene Ricard – cover painting
  • Vincent Gallo – photography
  • Richard Scane Goodheart – design


Charts (2004) Peak
Belgium 80[8]
Finland 28[9]
France 127[10]
Ireland 44[11]
Netherlands 83[12]
Switzerland 51[13]
UK 53[14]


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  3. Mojo March 2004 (p.95)
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