Awake and Breathe

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Awake and Breathe
Studio album by B*Witched
Released 18 October 1999[1]
Recorded 1998–1999
Genre Pop, teen pop, dance
Length 43:31
Label Epic, Glow Worm
Producer Ray "Madman" Hedges, Tracy Ackerman, Martin Brannigan
B*Witched chronology
B*Witched
(1998)
Awake and Breathe
(1999)
Across America 2000
(2000)
Singles from Awake and Breathe
  1. "Jesse Hold On"
    Released: 4 October 1999 (1999-10-04)
  2. "I Shall Be There"
    Released: 6 December 1999 (1999-12-06)
  3. "Jump Down"
    Released: 27 March 2000 (2000-03-27)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[1]

Awake and Breathe is the second studio album by Irish girl group B*Witched, released on 18 October 1999. The album was recorded on the back of the success of their self-titled debut B*Witched, and marked a slight change in sound for the band, containing more dance-orientated and upbeat pop, rather than the teen pop direction of their first album. The single "Jesse Hold On" and "If It Don't Fit" also mark a change into the country side of pop, described by the band during ITV2's The Big Reunion as "sweet and shiny". Three singles were released from the album: "Jesse Hold On", "I Shall Be There" and "Jump Down". However, poorer sales of the album and the third single, "Jump Down", resulted in the band being dropped by their record label, and Awake and Breathe becoming their final album.

Chart performance[edit]

Awake and Breathe peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart on the week of release, and was certified Platinum the same year. In other territories, the album was significantly less successful than B*Witched. In Australia, the album reached a lowly number 70, and reached number 27 in New Zealand, while B*Witched peaked within the top 10 in both of these countries. The album peaked at just number 91 on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, but, surprisingly, sold enough to be certified Gold in January 2000. The three singles performed reasonably, with the lead single "Jesse Hold On" peaking at number four and being certified Silver, and the second and third singles, "I Shall Be There" and "Jump Down" respectively both peaking within the top 20. However, these performances was a far cry from B*Witched '​s singles, all of which topped the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "If It Don't Fit"   Brannigan, Hedges Ray 'Madman' Hedges 3:37
2. "Jesse Hold On"   Brannigan, Hedges, Hodgens Hedges 3:19
3. "I Shall Be There"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 4:12
4. "Jump Down"   Brannigan, Hedges, Ackerman Hedges, Ackerman 3:04
5. "Someday"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 3:27
6. "Leaves"   Brannigan Brannigan 3:15
7. "Shy One"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 3:09
8. "Red Indian Girl"   Hedges Hedges 3:35
9. "It Was Our Day"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 3:20
10. "My Superman"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 3:02
11. "Are You a Ghost"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 3:34
12. "Fields Where We Lay"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 2:27

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Johnson, Beth (1999-11-12). "Awake and Breathe Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-04-21. 
  2. ^ Awake and Breathe at AllMusic
  3. ^ "B*Witched – Awake and Breathe". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien.
  4. ^ http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=eggEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1
  5. ^ "B*Witched – Awake and Breathe". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien.
  6. ^ "B*Witched | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  7. ^ "B*Witched Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for B*Witched.
  8. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – B*Witched – Awake and Breathe". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "British album certifications – B*Witched – Awake and Breathe". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter Awake and Breathe in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  10. ^ "American album certifications – B*Witched – Awake and Breathe". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - December 28, 2013