Back Home (Westlife album)

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Back Home
Studio album by Westlife
Released 5 November 2007 (2007-11-05)
(See release history)
Recorded 2007
London, United Kingdom
Stockholm, Sweden
Los Angeles, U.S.
Genre Pop, pop rock, dance-pop, electropop
Length 47:29
Language English
Label Syco, Sony BMG, RCA
Producer Arnthor Birgisson, David Kreuger, Steve Mac, Per Magnusson, Quiz & Larossi, Rami Yacoub
Westlife chronology
The Love Album
(2006)
Back Home
(2007)
Where We Are
(2009)
Singles from Back Home
  1. "Home"
    Released: 29 October 2007
  2. "Us Against The World"
    Released: 3 March 2008
  3. "Something Right"
    Released: 4 April 2008
Back Home
Video by Westlife
Released 5 November 2007 (2007-11-05)
Genre Pop
Label Sony BMG
Westlife chronology
Live At Wembley
(2006)
Back Home
(2007)
Main article: Back Home Tour

Back Home is the eighth studio album by Irish boy band Westlife, released on 5 November 2007 through Syco Music, Sony Music and RCA Records. The album was produced by Steve Mac, Quiz & Larossi, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger and Rami Yacoub, who also produced some of the group's previous material. Back Home was the group's final album before their temporary break from music in 2008.

The album was preceded by the lead single "Home", a cover version of the Michael Bublé song, which was sent to radio stations on September 2007, and was eventually released as a digital download and CD single on 29 October 2007. Two more singles were released to promote the album, namely "Us Against the World" and "Something Right". A DVD also accompanied the album's release, including some of the group's recent music videos and exclusive footage of the group.

The album was met with mixed reviews, however the album was a commercial success. The album debuted at #1 on the Official UK Album Charts, selling 132,000 copies in its first week of release and remained in the top three spots for eight consecutive weeks.[1][2][3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [4]
Channel24 3/5 stars [5]
Daily Express 3/5 stars [6]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars [7]
Entertainment.ie 1/5 stars[8]
Galaxie Magazine Malaysia 3/5 stars[citation needed]
iAfrica 3/5 stars [9]
Rovi 3/5 stars [10]
The Daily 7.5/10 stars [11]
This Is Aberdeen (favorable) [12]

Background[edit]

The tracklisting for the album was released on the band's official website on 3 October 2007, with track-by-track videos by the band. The release date of the album was brought forward to 5 November 2007 from the initial 12 November 2007. The album contains a collection of brand new tracks along with a few covers. The cover songs on the album are "Have You Ever", a Diane Warren penned ballad previously recorded by Brandy, and "I'm Already There", a song recorded by Lonestar. The first single from the album is a cover of the ballad "Home", originally by Michael Bublé, and was released on 29 October 2007[13] The song debuted at #3 on the official UK singles chart.[14] "Us Against The World", an original song dedicated to Westlife fans worldwide, was released as the band's second single on 3 March 2008 in the UK and Ireland. Meanwhile, "Something Right", which is an original up-tempo song, was released as the third single in Asia and Europe.[15] When Westlife announced the release date for the album, The Spice Girls immediately withdrew from the chart battle and delayed their Greatest Hits album release by a week to 12 November 2007. Westlife and the Spice Girls are then engaged in a war of words where each accused the other party of avoiding each other's release. The Spice Girls claimed that their album was to be released on 12 November 2007 and that this has always been the case. However, music retailers have concurred that the Spice Girls' album was initially marked with a 5 November 2007 release date.[16] Back in November 2000, both bands were caught in a chart battle between Westlife's second studio album "Coast to Coast" and Spice Girls' third studio album "Forever". In the battle, Westlife sold 163 000 more records than the Spice Girls in the first week of release. Speculations then began to surface that Westlife might consider changing the release date of their album back to 12 November 2007 to go head on with the Spice Girls.[17] A Westlife insider told The Mirror "It's war and they're not getting away that easily. They can run but they can't hide"[18] which supports the speculation. However, the band made no further changes to the release date.

An accompanying DVD was released on the week of the album's release. It featured backstage footage of the group, Up Close and Personal segments, and the music videos of "Home, You Raise Me Up, When You Tell Me That You Love Me, Amazing and The Rose". The DVD was available exclusively at Woolworths.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Home"   Michael Bublé, Alan Chang, Amy Foster-Gillies Steve Mac 3:28
2. "Us Against the World"   Arnthor Birgisson, Savan Kotecha, Rami Yacoub Rami & Arnthor 4:02
3. "Something Right"   Birgisson, Kotecha, Yacoub Rami & Arnthor 3:14
4. "I'm Already There"   Gary Baker, Richie McDonald, Frank J. Myers Quiz & Larossi 4:18
5. "When I'm with You"   Louis Biancaniello, Michael Mani, Jordan Omley, Sam Watters Biancaniello, Watters 4:12
6. "Have You Ever"   Diane Warren Mac 4:33
7. "It's You"   Mac, Wayne Hector Mac 4:11
8. "Catch My Breath"   Mac, Hector Mac 3:18
9. "The Easy Way"   Birgisson, Kotecha, Yacoub Rami & Arnthor 3:35
10. "I Do"   Mac, Hector, John Reid Mac 4:30
11. "Pictures in My Head"   Birgisson, Kotecha, Yacoub Rami & Arnthor 4:17
12. "You Must Have Had a Broken Heart"   Jörgen Elofsson, Nicky Chinn David Kreuger, Per Magnusson 4:06

Credits[edit]

Vocals : Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan
Executive Producers : Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell, Sonny Takhar, Tim Byrne
Producers : Steve Mac, Chris Law, Dan Pursey, Rami Yacoub, Savan Kotecha, Antour, AJ, Anders Johansson, Josef Larossi, David, Jorgen Elofsson, Louis Biancanello,, Sam Watters, Michael Mani, Jordan Omley
Photography : Nino Munoz
Management : Louis Walsh Management

*Numbers in brackets represents the track number on the album.

Chart performance[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Irish Albums Chart 1

Release history[edit]

Country / Region Date Format Label Catalogue
South Africa[29] 26 October 2007 (2007-10-26) CD, Digital download RCA Records,
Syco Music,
Sony Music
Ireland 2 November 2007 (2007-11-02)
Netherlands[30]
Switzerland[31] 88697176702
China[32] 5 November 2007 (2007-11-05)
Hong Kong[33] 88697176702
South Korea[34]
United Kingdom[35]
Thailand[36] 6 November 2007 (2007-11-06)
Europe[37] 7 November 2007 (2007-11-07) SME-8869717-6702
Finland[38]
Norway[39]
Sweden[40]
Austria[41] 9 November 2007 (2007-11-09) 88697176702
Germany[42]
France[43] 21 November 2007 (2007-11-21)
Japan[44] BVCP21573
Poland[45] 11 February 2008 (2008-02-11)
Argentina[46] 22 January 2008 (2008-01-22) 7176702

References[edit]

  1. ^ First day sales figures
  2. ^ UK Music Charts |The Official UK Top 75 albums
  3. ^ BBC Radio 1 - Chart Show - The UK Top 40 Albums
  4. ^ Back Home (Westlife album) at AllMusic
  5. ^ Channel24 review
  6. ^ Daily Express review
  7. ^ Digital Spy review
  8. ^ Entertainment.ie review
  9. ^ iAfrica review
  10. ^ http://www.allrovi.com/music/album/back-home-mw0000582139
  11. ^ The Daily review
  12. ^ This Is Aberdeen review
  13. ^ Muziek downloaden: Westlife - Back Home
  14. ^ BBC Radio 1 - The UK Top 40 Singles
  15. ^ Something Right in Asia/Europe
  16. ^ Tabloid Hell : Spice vs Westlife – Part II | News|NME.COM
  17. ^ The Sun Online | The Best for News, Sport and Showbiz|The Sun[dead link]
  18. ^ Spice's West strife - Mirror.co.uk
  19. ^ a b c Australian album chart
  20. ^ Irish album chart
  21. ^ Irish music certification awards
  22. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/44748/ranking/cd_album/
  23. ^ Dutch album chart
  24. ^ NZ album chart
  25. ^ Norwegian album chart
  26. ^ Swedish album chart
  27. ^ Swiss album chart
  28. ^ British official album chart[dead link]
  29. ^ Take 2 - Westlife - Back Home (CD) - Music
  30. ^ bol.com | Back Home, Westlife|Muziek
  31. ^ Westlife - Back Home - Sony Music Entertainment Switzerland GmbH
  32. ^ 回家 Back Home—SONY MUSIC CHINA
  33. ^ Westlife / Back Home - Hmv Hong Kong
  34. ^ [인터넷 교보문고] Back Home
  35. ^ Back Home: Westlife: Amazon.co.uk: Music
  36. ^ Westlife – Back Home
  37. ^ [1][dead link]
  38. ^ [2][dead link]
  39. ^ Back Home - Westlife - Musikk - CDON.COM
  40. ^ Westlife back home 2007 musik - Ginza.se
  41. ^ Westlife - Back Home - Sony Music Entertainment Austria GmbH
  42. ^ Westlife - Back Home - Sony Music Entertainment Germany GmbH
  43. ^ Back Home: Westlife: Amazon.fr: Musique
  44. ^ Back Home(CD Extra)【CD】-Westlife|Popular Rock|Rock & Pop|Music|HMV ONLINE Online Shopping & Information Site
  45. ^ Back Home - Westlife - Płyty - Muzyka w Onet.pl
  46. ^ Sony Music - WESTLIFE
Preceded by
Long Road Out of Eden by Eagles
UK Albums Chart Number-one album
11 November 2007
Succeeded by
Spirit by Leona Lewis
Preceded by
Blackout by Britney Spears
Ireland Albums Chart Number-one album
6 November 2007