Angels with Dirty Faces (Sugababes album)

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Angels with Dirty Faces
Studio album by Sugababes
Released 26 August 2002
Recorded 2001–02
Genre Pop, dance, electronica, R&B
Length 41:30
Label Island
Producer Lucas Secon, Bloodshy & Avant, Robin Boult, Robbie Bronnimann, Craigie, Fredro, Howard Jones, Jony Rockstar, Ron Tom, Jeremy Wheatley, Richard X, Xenomania
Sugababes chronology
One Touch
(2000)
Angels with Dirty Faces
(2002)
Three
(2003)
Singles from Angels with Dirty Faces
  1. "Freak Like Me"
    Released: 22 April 2002
  2. "Round Round"
    Released: 12 August 2002
  3. "Stronger"/"Angels with Dirty Faces"
    Released: 4 November 2002
  4. "Shape"
    Released: 10 March 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[2]
NME 7/10 stars[3]
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars[4]

Angels with Dirty Faces is the second studio album by English girl group Sugababes. It was released by Island Records in the UK on 26 August 2002 and in most European territories by September 2002. The album marked the band's debut on the Island label, following their split with London Records in 2001, and was their first regular release to be recorded under the second line-up, including new-member Heidi Range, who replaced founding member Siobhán Donaghy.

The album features production from Lucas Secon and Xenomania, and peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart, achieving triple platinum status,[5] and is the group's highest selling album to date. In Australia, the album was released on 18 November 2002.[6]

Production and release[edit]

Shortly after the release of the final single from the band's debut album, One Touch, group member and co-founder Siobhán Donaghy left the band because of personal differences within the band. She was officially replaced by new member, Heidi Range during 2001. After being dropped by their former label, London Records, the band began to search for a new record label. Having already started writing material for the band's second studio album, they eventually signed with Island Records.

The album was eventually released domestically on 26 August 2002, to much anticipation, following the success of the first two singles to be lifted from the album "Freak like Me" and "Round Round", both of which peaked at #1 in the UK. The album received favourable reviews from critics, with AllMusic awarding it a 3.5/5 stars.

Almost a month after the album's UK release, it was released across Europe and in New Zealand in September 2002, where it gained considerable success. The album received a Platinum Europe Award by the IFPI in recognition of European sales in excess of 1 million copies.[7]

Chart performance[edit]

Angels with Dirty Faces did considerably better than its predecessor, One Touch with a highest position in the UK Album Charts of number two; it stayed in the charts for forty weeks. "Freak like Me", which samples Gary Numan's "Are 'Friends' Electric?", was the first released single and entered the UK Singles Chart at number one. "Round Round", produced by Xenomania, was the second released single and also debuted on the UK chart at number one. The third single released was a double A-side release of "Stronger" and "Angels with Dirty Faces", which reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart. The last single, "Shape", which samples Sting's single "Shape of My Heart", was the only one from the album not to achieve a position in the top ten of the UK Singles Chart; it entered at number eleven. The song, however, did reach the top ten in Poland (number one), Ireland (number nine) and the Netherlands (number ten).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Freak like Me"   Eugene Hanes, Marc Valentine, Loren Hill, William Collins, George Clinton, Gary Numan Richard X 3:17
2. "Blue"   Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena, Heidi Range, Howard Jones, Robbie Bronniman, Robin Boult Howard Jones, Robbie Bronniman, Robin Boult 3:56
3. "Round Round"   Brian Higgins, Miranda Cooper, Lisa Cowling, Nick Coler, Buchanan, Buena, Range, Florian Pflueger, Felix Stecher, Robin Hofmann, Rino Spadavecchia Kevin Bacon, Jonathan Quarmby 3:57
4. "Stronger"   Jony Lipsey, Marius De Vries, Felix Howard, Buchanan, Buena, Range Jony Rockstar 4:00
5. "Supernatural"   Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Michelle Bell Bloodshy & Avant 3:37
6. "Angels with Dirty Faces"   Higgins, Bob Bradley, Tim Powell, Cooper, Gray, Buchanan, Buena, Range Brian Higgins, Bob Bradly, Tim Powell, Gifford Noel 3:48
7. "Virgin Sexy"   Buchanan, Buena, Range, Lucas Secon, Mary-Ann Morgan Lucas Secon 3:45
8. "Shape"   Sting, Dominic Miller, Craigie Craigie 4:14
9. "Just Don't Need This"   Lipsey, Howard, Jeremy Shaw, Buchanan, Buena, Range Jony Rockstar 3:32
10. "No Man, No Cry"   Craigie, Buchanan, Buena, Range Craigie 3:34
11. "Switch"   Felix Howard, Frederick Odesjo, Henrick Jonback, Nina Woodford, Buchanan, Buena, Range Fredro 3:37
12. "More Than a Million Miles"   Lucas Secon,Thomas Boll Christensen, Morgan, Buchanan, Buena, Range Lucas Secon 3:24
13. "Breathe Easy" (Acoustic Jam) Craigie, Buchanan, Buena, Range Craigie 3:59

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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