Albertine (album)

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Albertine
Studio album by Brooke Fraser
Released 4 December 2006 (see release history)
Recorded 2005–2006
Genre Pop, Folk
Length 45:26
Label Columbia
Producer Marshall Altman
Brooke Fraser chronology
What to Do with Daylight
(2004)
Albertine
(2006)
Flags
(2010)
Deluxe Edition cover
Singles from Albertine
  1. "Deciphering Me"
    Released: 15 November 2006
  2. "Shadowfeet"
    Released: 13 March 2007
  3. "Albertine"
    Released: 10 July 2007
  4. "C.S. Lewis Song"
    Released: December 2007

Albertine is the second album by New Zealand singer-songwriter, Brooke Fraser. It was released in New Zealand and in the Oceanic region's iTunes Store on 4 December 2006. The album was released in Australia on 31 March 2007, where it peaked at No. 29. The album's lead single is "Deciphering Me". The follow-up single is "Shadowfeet" – a piano-driven ballad released in January 2007. Albertine became Fraser's second No. 1 album, and she became the only second New Zealand artist in history to have a consecutive album release and have it debut at the No. 1 position on the New Zealand album charts. The first was by Blindspott with their album End the Silence earlier in the same year.

A deluxe edition was released on 10 December; a year after the original release. The deluxe version features a bonus CD of eight live recordings (including a cover of Simon & Garfunkel's "The Sounds of Silence"), an entirely new booklet and double gatefold digipack packaging. "C.S. Lewis Song" was released as a radio single to promote this re-release.

Albertine was also Brooke's US debut, released 27 May 2008 and entered the Billboard 200 at No. 90 on 19 July 2008. Brooke is currently on tour in Canada and the United States to promote the album release in these countries. She will appear at numerous venues across the continent.

Albertine was also picked as an "Editor's Music Choice" on iTunes USA which helped propel the album into the Top 10.

Background[edit]

In 2005, Fraser travelled to Rwanda for World Vision. There she met Albertine, a Rwandan girl orphaned by the 1994 genocide.[1] Fraser described the girl as "tall and beautiful".[2][3]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Christian Broadcasting Network 3/5 stars[5]
Christianity Today 4.5/5 stars[6]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[7]
Glide Magazine 5/5 stars[8]
Jesus Freak Hideout 5/5 stars[9]
Melodic.net 3.5/5 stars[10]
New Release Tuesday 4.5/5 stars[11]
PopMatters 6/10[12]
Soul Shine Magazine 4.5/5 stars[13]

Albertine garnered critical acclaim from ten music critics ratings. Greg Prato from Allmusic said that "there's nothing all that musically groundbreaking that would make Albertine stick out from the rest of the pack. That said, as her first [United States] release, Albertine does indeed show great promise".[4] Andree Farias from Christianity Today said that "Albertine proves it is possible to strike the perfect balance between art and faith, while still remaining accessible to both sides of the Christian-mainstream divide."[6] Jesus Freak Hideout's David Goodman described Albertine as "one of the most brilliantly expressive and musically well-crafted albums of its kind." Mike Schiller from PopMatters stated that "[Fraser's] songs do have a tendency to blur [the boundary between church and popular art] together, with the occasional beautiful, touching piece that grabs hold of all of the right nerves and doesn't let go".[12] The Southern Cross identified Albertine as "the kind of album that after repeated listening quietly creeps up on the listener with its hypnotic beauty, sense of peace and genuine soul."[14]

Mike Rimmer of Cross Rhythms called this an "excellent album".[7] Kevin Davis of New Release Tuesday described this as being "almost perfect and is worthy of award consideration, and she is my choice for best new artist 2008."[11] Lindsay Whitfield of Soul Shine Magazine felt that "Fraser's style is poetic and serene, it dives deep in discovery and isn't afraid to be honest; this is an album to relish and it will provide revelations that will soak into your soul and inspire you to live with a heart of justice, compassion, and humility."[13] Tom Spinelli of Melodic.net affirmed that "Fraser's voice is the main reason behind the true decadence of the album."[10] Kimberly A. Lilly of Christian Broadcasting Network highlighted that "The New Zealand native sings with so much depth in her lyrics that it is easy to write the album off as boring on the first listen."[5] Also, Lilly wrote that the "sound is different in a good way and is a good pick for those who are tired of the norm."[5] Jason Gonulsen of Glide Magazine stated that " Fraser's writing is mature, her voice sweet and confident, and her songs serve a purpose, most notably the engaging title track, which tells of her experiences in Rwanda and her relationship with a girl named Albertine. The twelve songs on Albertine play like a beautifully composed pop masterpiece surrounded with talented musicians, with a confident, now 24-year-old Fraser always in the lead."[8]


Commercial performance[edit]

Albertine debuted on the New Zealand Albums Chart on 11 December 2006 at number one.[15] The album was certified Platinum in its first week, selling over 15,000 copies.[16] It remained in the top ten for twenty non-consecutive weeks, seventeen of those being in the top five.[15] The album was certified four times platinum, with sales of over 60,000 copies.[17]

Albertine was released in Australia on 31 March 2007, and on 9 April 2007 it entered the Australian Albums Chart at number twenty nine. The album spent just five weeks on the chart.[18] It was certified gold, selling over 35,000 copies.[19]

In the United States, Albertine made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number ninety on the week ending 19 June 2008.This was Fraser's first appearance on the U.S Charts. The album also peaked at number three on Billboard's Christian Albums chart, number nine on the Independent Albums chart, two-hundred-and-eighteen on the Digital Albums chart, and number four on the Top Christian & Gospel Albums Chart.[20][21]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shadowfeet"   Brooke Fraser 3:37
2. "Deciphering Me"   Fraser 4:17
3. "Love, Where Is Your Fire?"   Fraser 4:20
4. "Love Is Waiting"   Fraser 4:31
5. "Albertine"   Fraser 3:55
6. "C.S. Lewis Song"   Fraser 4:38
7. "Epilogue"   Fraser 1:13
8. "Faithful"   Fraser 4:18
9. "Seeds"   Dave Bassett, Fraser 3:56
10. "Hosea's Wife"   Fraser 4:06
11. "The Thief"   Fraser, Dan Wilson 3:21
12. "Hymn"   Fraser 3:14

Personnel[edit]

Source: CD Universe,[23] Artistdirect[24]

Release history[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Te Koha, Nui (2 April 2007). "Brooke's worldly vision". Sunday Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 17 July 2010. Retrieved 30 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Albertine (Media notes). Brooke Fraser. Columbia Records. 2006. 
  3. ^ "Review: Brooke Fraser – Albertine". Rock and Roll and Meandering Nonsense. 24 June 2008. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Prato, Greg. "Albertine". Allmusic. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c Prato, Kimberly (27 May 2008). "Lilly". Christian Broadcasting Network. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b Farias, Andree. "Albertine". Christianity Today. The Fish. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Rimmer, Mike (22 March 2007). "Review: Albertine – Brooke Fraser". Cross Rhythms. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Gonulsen, Jason (10 June 2008). "Brook Fraser: Albertine". Glide Magazine. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  9. ^ Goodman, David (24 June 2008). "Brooke Fraser, Albertine Review". Jesus Freak Hideout. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  10. ^ a b Spinelli, Tom (27 May 2008). "Review: Brooke Fraser – Albertine". Melodic.net. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  11. ^ a b Davis, Kevin (23 October 2008). "Almost Perfect". New Release Tuesday. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  12. ^ a b Schiller, Mike. "Brooke Fraser: Albertine". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  13. ^ a b Lindsay, Whitfield (27 May 2008). "Brooke Fraser, Albertine: Album Review". Soul Shine Magazine. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Brooke Fraser – Albertine". The Southern Cross. 15 March 2007. Archived from the original on 18 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  15. ^ a b c "Brooke Fraser – Albertine". Hung Medien. charts.org.nz. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  16. ^ Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (11 December 2006). "The Official New Zealand Music Chart (Chart #1542)". Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  17. ^ a b "Latest Gold / Platinum Albums". RadioScope. 24 June 2007. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  18. ^ a b "Brooke Fraser – Albertine". Hung Medien. australian-charts.com. Retrieved 26 July 2010. 
  19. ^ a b "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 31 December 2008. Archived from the original on 29 August 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  20. ^ a b c d e "Albertine – Brooke Fraser". Billboard. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  21. ^ a b c Leebove, Laura (19 July 2008). "Kiwi singer Brooke Fraser finally cracks U.S. charts". Reuters; Billboard. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  22. ^ a b "Albertine". iTunes Store. Archived from the original on 1 September 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  23. ^ "Brooke Fraser Albertine CD". CD Universe. Archived from the original on 24 July 2010. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  24. ^ "Albertine (Deluxe Edition)". Artistdirect. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  25. ^ "Brooke Fraser Announces Australian Tour For April; Tix on Sale This Thursday". 12 March 2007. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  26. ^ "Albertine". Amazon.com. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  27. ^ "Albertine: Deluxe Edition". Mighty Ape NZ. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  28. ^ "Albertine – Deluxe Edition (2 CD's)". Word. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
Preceded by
18 Singles by U2
New Zealand Album Chart number-one album
11–18 December 2006
Succeeded by
18 Singles by U2