A Present for Everyone
|A Present for Everyone|
|Studio album by Busted|
|Released||17 November 2003|
|Genre||Pop punk, pop rock|
|Label||Universal Island Records|
|Producer||Steve Power, The Matrix, Graeme Stewart|
|Singles from A Present for Everyone|
A Present for Everyone is the second and final studio album by British pop rock band Busted. It was released on 17 November 2003 by Universal Island Records and debuted at number 2 on the UK Albums Chart. It became a triple platinum album with sales of over one million.
The album was originally intended to be titled Drum Roll, and was referred to as such in press releases and interviews up until October of that year. The album showed a more mature sound compared to their debut album. Eight of the thirteen standard edition tracks were co-written with Tom Fletcher from McFly, a band who Bourne helped form following Fletcher's departure from Busted in the early days of the band. "She Wants to Be Me" and "3am" were co-written with production team The Matrix, which showed a slight departure in sound for the band, venturing more into Pop punk.
"Fake" and "Better Than This" were collaborations between Willis, Guy Chambers and Steve Power, and both were hailed as stand-out tracks on the album in critical reviews. Bourne and Neve guitarist Michael Raphael wrote "Can't Break Thru", while Simpson co-wrote "Why" with his brother Will. "Why" shows a much heavier rock sound, similar to that of Simpson's future project Fightstar, which he would later leave Busted for to commit to full-time. Simpson later hailed "Why" as his favourite Busted song of all time. "Better Than This", "Why" and "Can't Break Thru" have solo vocal performances from those who wrote them.
Five songs from the album were released as singles. "Crashed the Wedding" was released in November 2003, "Who's David?" was released in February 2004, "Air Hostess" was released in April 2004, "3AM" was released in July 2004, and "She Wants to Be Me", which was released in November 2004. "3AM" was issued as a double A-side with "Thunderbirds Are Go!", which was included on the 2004 reissue of the album and the soundtrack to the film of the same name. The 2004re-issue of the album also includes various other popular Busted singles, and only includes three non-single tracks from the original album. The Japanese deluxe edition of the album includes a bonus DVD containing five music videos and an additional EPK for Japan.
Critical reaction to the album was generally positive. On bbc.co.uk, Nikki Smith writes: "They far outshine their boy band competitors, not just because of their ability to play instruments but also for the sheer energy and enthusiasm that comes through in their music". Allmusic states: "Though it's way too long at fifteen tracks, the album at least sticks to it's template of earnest, slightly bawdy tales of boys and girls wrapped around peppy, ultra-slick, and sickeningly in-the-moment guitar pop." The album was the 19th best selling of 2003 in the UK, and has been certified as 3x Platinum.
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The band covered a variety of popular tracks as B-sides for the singles from the album. The band recorded covers of "Build Me Up Buttercup", "That's Entertainment", "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing", "O Holy Night", "Teenage Kicks", "Where is the Love?", "Fall at Your Feet" and "Runaway Train[disambiguation needed]", as well as new tracks "Peaches", "Let it Go" and "Mummy Trade", all of which appeared as B-sides to "Air Hostess". The band's cover of "Teenage Kicks" was later included on their debut US release, as well as the re-issue of A Present in 2004. "Build Me Up Buttercup" is the second of the band's ongoing collaborations with McFly, following the release of "Lola" in 2004.
|1.||"Air Hostess"||Bourne, Simpson, Willis, Fletcher||Steve Power||3:57|
|2.||"Crashed the Wedding"||Bourne, Fletcher||Steve Power||2:39|
|3.||"Who's David"||Bourne, Fletcher||Steve Power||3:31|
|4.||"She Wants to Be Me"||Bourne, Simpson, Willis, Edwards, Spock, Christy||The Matrix||3:23|
|5.||"3AM"||Bourne, Simpson, Willis, Edwards, Spock, Christy||The Matrix||3:39|
|6.||"That Thing You Do"||Bourne, Fletcher, Simpson||Steve Power||3:24|
|7.||"Over Now"||Bourne, Fletcher||Steve Power||3:53|
|8.||"Fake"||Willis, Chambers, Power||Steve Power||3:25|
|9.||"Meet You There"||Bourne, Simpson||Steve Power||3:06|
|10.||"Why"||Simpson, Will Simpson||Graeme Stewart||4:47|
|11.||"Better Than This"||Willis, Chambers, Power||Steve Power||3:55|
|12.||"Can't Break Thru"||Bourne, Michael Raphael||Steve Power||4:13|
|13.||"Nerdy"||Bourne, Fletcher, Simpson||Steve Power||3:45|
|Special edition bonus tracks|
|6.||"Falling for You"||Bourne, Fletcher, Simpson||Steve Power||3:01|
|12.||"Loner in Love"||Bourne, Fletcher||Steve Power||3:57|
|2004 special edition re-issue|
|1.||"Air Hostess"||Bourne, Simpson, Willis, Fletcher||Steve Power||3:57|
|2.||"What I Go to School For" (Steve Power version)||Bourne, Simpson, Willis, McLaughlin, Robson||Steve Robson, Steve Power||3:30|
|3.||"Crashed the Wedding"||Bourne, Fletcher||Steve Power||2:39|
|4.||"Who's David" (Single version)||Bourne, Fletcher||Steve Power||3:31|
|5.||"She Wants to Be Me"||Bourne, Simpson, Willis, Edwards, Spock, Christy||The Matrix||3:23|
|6.||"3AM" (Single version)||Bourne, Simpson, Willis, Edwards, Spock, Christy||The Matrix||3:39|
|7.||"Teenage Kicks"||John O'Neill||Steve Power||2:23|
|8.||"Falling for You"||Bourne, Simpson, Fletcher||Steve Power||3:01|
|9.||"Thunderbirds Are Go"||Bourne, Simpson, Fletcher, Willis||Steve Power||2:59|
|10.||"That Thing You Do"||Bourne, Simpson, Fletcher||Steve Power||3:24|
|11.||"Meet You There"||Bourne, Simpson||Steve Power||3:06|
|12.||"Nerdy"||Bourne, Simpson, Fletcher||Steve Power||3:45|
|Japanese special edition bonus DVD|
|1.||"Crashed the Wedding"||Max and Dania||2:50|
|2.||"What I Go to School For"||Alison Murray||3:35|
|3.||"You Said No"||Jon Riche||3:00|
|4.||"Year 3000"||Dougal Wilson and Tom Gravestock||3:40|
|5.||"Sleeping with the Light On"||Sven Harding||4:05|
|6.||"EPK For Japan"||Unknown||7:00|
|Danish Albums Chart||33|
|Eurochart Hot 100||11|
|German Albums Chart||85|
|Irish Albums Chart||9|
|Japanese Albums Chart||16|
|Japanese (International Albums Chart)||8|
|Spanish Albums Chart||64|
|UK Albums Chart||2|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||3× Platinum||900,000^|
|Europe (IFPI)||1× Platinum||1,000,000*|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|UK Albums Chart||19|
|UK Albums Chart||60|
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