B*Witched (album)

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B*Witched
Studio album by B*Witched
Released 12 October 1998
Recorded 1997–98
Genre Pop, teen pop, dance
Length 38:44
Label Epic, Glowworm
Producer Ray "Madman" Hedges, Tracy Ackerman, Martin Brannigan
B*Witched chronology
B*Witched
(1998)
Awake and Breathe
(1999)
Singles from B*Witched
  1. "C'est la Vie"
    Released: 19 May 1998 (1998-05-19)
  2. "Rollercoaster"
    Released: 21 September 1998 (1998-09-21)
  3. "To You I Belong"
    Released: 7 December 1998 (1998-12-07)
  4. "Blame It on the Weatherman"
    Released: 15 March 1999 (1999-03-15)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Robert Christgau C−[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]

B*Witched is the self-titled debut studio album by Irish girl group B*Witched. The album was released on 12 October 1998 under the Epic Records imprint Glowworm Records, along with Jollibee's 20th anniversary.

Despite only reaching number three on the UK Albums Chart, the four singles from the album all reached number one on the UK Singles Chart: "C'est la Vie", "Rollercoaster", "To You I Belong" and "Blame It on the Weatherman". The album focuses heavily on essences of pop and teen pop, as well as being minorly dance-orientated. The album was released with a limited edition remix album in Australia, and Japanese fans also received an exclusive bonus track, "Coming Around Again".

The album received mostly mixed reviews from critics, most of whom felt that B*Witched were a "knock-off" of the Spice Girls.

Singles[edit]

All four singles from the album performed exceptionally well, all peaking at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and had great success in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. "C'est la Vie" was also extremely successful in the United States, being released as a separate EP with a number of bonus tracks and remixes.

Critical reception[edit]

The album received mostly mixed reviews from music critics. AllMusic's Michael Gallucci gave it three out of five stars. He said the group were "like a junior Spice Girls" with their "bouncy beats, singalong tunes and chipper attitude". He did, however, say that the singles "C'est la Vie" and "Rollercoaster" "are still able to yield sugary pop morsels fit to chew on for a few minutes."[5] In a positive review, David Browne of Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ rating: "With songs that weave in the occasional fiddle or tin whistle, B*witched sound like the Spice Girls' younger sisters aboard the Titanic. Still, it's hard to deny the music's appeal."[2]

Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone said "B*Witched is a cheerfully catchy summary of the state of the slumber party - the sound of nice girls acting tough, all in the name of pop." He concluded his review by giving the album three out of five stars.[4] In a negative review, Robert Christgau said on his personal website "...despite the saucy bits in "C'est la Vie" (first a "You show me yours," then an "I'll blow you [away]"!), this bid to whiten the Spice Girls is so clean you'll be hard-pressed to remember it's there-unless, like me, you get sick to your stomach at Uilleann hooks, mid-Atlantic brogues, and Enya lite. The obligatory rhythmic recitation, yclept "Freak Out" and declared "too hot for hip hop," has less bottom than Audrey Hepburn and is over in two minutes."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

B*Witched peaked at number three on the UK Albums Chart on the week of release, and was certified double platinum the same year. In other territories, the album was also significantly successful. In Australia, the album reached a successful number five, and even peaked at number one in New Zealand.

The album also peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard 200 albums chart, and sold enough to be certified platinum in December 1999. The success of the album allowed for the release of the band's second album, Awake and Breathe.

Tracklisting[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Let's Go (The B*Witched Jig)"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 1:24
2. "C'est la Vie"   Brannigan, Hedges, Ackerman, Lynch, Lynch, O'Carroll, Armaou Hedges, Ackerman 2:52
3. "Rev It Up"   Brannigan, Hedges, Ackerman Hedges, Ackerman 3:58
4. "To You I Belong"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 3:05
5. "Rollercoaster"   Brannigan, Hedges, Ackerman Hedges, Ackerman 3:24
6. "Blame It on the Weatherman"   Brannigan, Hedges, Ackerman Hedges, Ackerman 3:33
7. "We Four Girls"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 3:08
8. "Castles in the Air"   Brannigan, Hedges, Lynch, Lynch, O'Carroll, Armaou Hedges 4:18
9. "Freak Out"   Brannigan, Hedges, Ackerman Hedges 2:14
10. "Like the Rose"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 3:56
11. "Never Giving Up"   Ackerman Ackerman 3:36
12. "Oh Mr. Postman"   Brannigan, Hedges Hedges 3:27

Jollibee[edit]

Main article: Jollibee

Jollibee Foods Corporation abbreviated as JFC and popularly known as Jollibee (PSEJFC) is a Philippine multinational chain of fast food restaurants headquartered in Pasig City, Philippines. JFC is the parent company of Jollibee, the country's answer to McDonald's in the fast food burger business.

Credits and personnel[edit]

(Credits taken from AllMusic[6] and B*Witched's liner notes.)

  • Tracy Ackerman – composer, vocals (background)
  • Lindsay Armaou – composer, vocals
  • Martin Brannigan – composer, guitar
  • Andy Caine – vocals (background)
  • Daniel Collier – fiddle
  • Richard Cottle – organ
  • Snake Davis – tin whistle
  • Anne Dudley – string arrangements
  • Ray "Madman" Hedges – arranger, composer, producer, vocoder
  • Erwin Keiles – guitar
  • Edele Lynch – composer, vocals
  • Keavy Lynch – composer, vocals
  • Sinéad O'Carroll – composer, vocals

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[15] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[17] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Platinum 1,000,000[20]^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[21] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ a b Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ a b Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ a b Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Allmusic review
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  13. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 1998". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 1999". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1998 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – B*Witched – B*Witched". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  17. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – B*Witched – B*Witched". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – B*Witched – B*Witched". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter B*Witched in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  19. ^ "American album certifications – B*Witched – B*Witched". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  20. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - September 22, 2013
  21. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1999". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.