Beautiful Heartache

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Beautiful Heartache
Studio album by Oksana Grigorieva
Released November 2, 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Pop, classical, traditional pop
Length 45:21
Label Icon Entertainment
Producer Oksana Grigorieva, Mel Gibson
Oksana Grigorieva chronology
Awake, "Un Dia Llegara" (2006) Beautiful Heartache (2009)

Beautiful Heartache is a 2009 music album by Russian pianist and singer-songwriter, Oksana Grigorieva, with Mel Gibson as executive producer. Born in Saransk, Russia, Grigorieva studied music in Moscow and Kazan, and at the Royal College of Music in London. She later moved to the U.S. and patented a technique of instructing music notation to children. Grigorieva gained attention as a songwriter in 2006 after a song that she wrote, "Un Dia Llegara", became popular on the Josh Groban album Awake.

Grigorieva signed with Gibson's music label, and the two began production on her first music album. She composed all songs on the album. Gibson served as co-writer on the song, "Say My Name," and recorded four music videos for the album's release. The album was positively received by the media, including ABC News and Reuters. IndieLondon gave the album a rating of 4 out of 5.

Musician[edit]

Main article: Oksana Grigorieva

Grigorieva was born in Saransk, Russia.[1] Her parents were music professors.[1] She grew up in Ukraine,[2] and at the age of 15 moved to Moscow to attend university in order to learn piano.[1][2] She said of her experience of learning music as a child, "Diplomas were everything. It wasn't unusual for students to play ten hours a day. Our skin would start to crack. We'd literally have bleeding fingers."[1] Grigorieva finished conservatoire studies in Kazan,[1] and moved to London where she continued her studies and taught music to others.[1] After studying at the Royal College of Music,[2] she moved to the United States and spent time living in New York and Los Angeles, California.[1] She taught music in the U.S., and patented a technique of instructing music notation to children.[1] Grigorieva composed and performed music, and produced works for theatre and advertisements.[1] A 2006 song she wrote, "Un Dia Llegara", became popular on the Josh Groban album, Awake; this garnered her recognition as a songwriter.[3][4][5]

Production[edit]

Grigorieva had signed with Gibson's music label prior to the album's release.[6] The music project was made by the film production company Icon Entertainment, owned by Gibson.[1] She wrote all of the songs on the album,[7] and received a credit as producer with Gibson listed as executive producer.[1] Grigorieva explained the choice of title for the album, in an interview with IndieLondon, "Well, one of the tracks on the album is called Beautiful Heartache ... everybody has a heartbreak at some point in their lives. It’s how you deal with it that’s important. So, I guess I was drawn to that notion for the album title."[8]

In an interview with The Times, she commented, "I'm very lucky they offered me the chance to follow my dreams, but also to allow me to produce my own album, which is hardly ever offered to first-time artists. He believes in me that much. I'm really blessed ... It's the most incredible gift that Mr Gibson could have given me."[1] She acknowledged to the Herald Sun that it was helpful to have Gibson's production company assist with her music career, "If you think about it, every talent needs a serious push and help from somebody who is stronger, because it's pretty much impossible for anybody to succeed in this industry. So I've become very lucky, and I'm very grateful. You don't control the situations or the people you meet. I did not plan this. I'm just doing what I've always been doing. It's not like I've changed my goals at all."[9]

Gibson contributed lyrics to multiple tracks on the album.[2] The track, "Say My Name", was co-written by Grigorieva and Gibson.[10] Grigorieva described "Say My Name", stating, "It is naked, intimate, raw emotion. It is the first and one of the simplest songs on the album, but also one of the most intimate."[10] She characterized it as, "little more than piano and voice as if it is a cry from the soul".[11] Gibson provided guest vocals for two tracks on the album.[12][13] Grigorieva stated of Gibson's singing on the album, "Mel is an incredible artist. He has a great voice. He is a visionary. He enabled me to produce this, for my music to live."[14]

Gibson served as director of four music videos intended to accompany the release of the album.[1][4] The music videos were filmed over a seven-day period in Mexico.[2] Grigorieva stated of working with Gibson as a music video director, "I kept asking him, 'Please, give me directions!' I said, 'You can yell at me if you want to'. But he said, 'No, you're doing just fine. You're a good actor'. He was very much into his own world, painting pictures with the camera."[1] In describing the music videos, she observed, "They're like dramatic miniature films a whirlpool of different, exciting, bright images."[15] Grigorieva toured to promote her album, during October 2009.[16] The first single from the album, "Say My Name", was released in June 2009 on the website People.com as a listening exclusive.[17] Beautiful Heartache was released on November 2, 2009.[1] It was made available in 2009 on iTunes,[9] and via download on the musician's official website, at www.oksana.fm.[10]

Contents[edit]

Beautiful Heartache was marketed as "grown-up, piano-led pop, heavy on classical motifs".[1] The first single released for the album was titled, "Say My Name".[18] A music video for the second single released from the album featured Grigorieva on the piano, as well as portraying an assistant to a knife-thrower.[19] The album includes a title track, "Beautiful Heartache", with lyrics including: "I love the way you wear your skin."[18] The music video for the track, "Beautiful Heartache", focused on a tango theme.[18] The song "Angel" was named for her son with Timothy Dalton, Alexander.[20]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
IndieLondon 4/5 stars[21]

ABC News reported that Beautiful Heartache garnered the singer "rave reviews" from music critics.[22] Reuters commented of the album, "'Beautiful Heartache' features a collection of wistful love songs, blending shimmering string arrangements with pop and jazz-influenced arrangements that showcase Grigorieva's soulful voice."[4] In a review of the album, Jack Foley of IndieLondon gave it a rating of 4 out of 5, and observed, "throughout, she displays a keen ear for melody, for honest emotional simplicity and classic values. She’s well worth taking the time to check out".[21] The track from the album co-written with Mel Gibson, "Say My Name", was not generally well received by music critics,[18][23] and received negative comments from listeners at the website E! Online.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Oksana Grigorieva;, all music composed by Oksana Grigorieva; "Say My Name" co-written with Mel Gibson.

Beautiful Heartache
No. Title Length
1. "Say My Name"   3:48
2. "Flying Upside Down"   3:48
3. "When It’s Over"   4:07
4. "Evening With Daddy"   4:46
5. "Angel"   3:53
6. "Beautiful Heartache"   3:53
7. "Back From Russia"   4:42
8. "What Kind of Love Is This?"   4:18
9. "Ain’t Right"   4:22
10. "Love Goes On"   4:45
11. "Dark Eyes (Ochi Chernye)"   2:59
Total length:
45:21

Personnel[edit]

Composition
Accompaniment

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Machell, Ben (October 24, 2009). "From Russia, with love – music Oksana Grigorieva is more than merely Mel Gibson's paramour, says Ben Machell". The Times (London, England: Times Newspapers Limited). pp. 6, 7. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Palmer, Alun (October 23, 2009). "Mel of a girl". The Daily Mirror (London, England). 
  3. ^ Serpe, Gina (July 15, 2010). "Five Things You Need to Know About Oksana Grigorieva". E! Online (www.eonline.com). Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  4. ^ a b c Zeidler, Sue (August 11, 2009). "Gibson girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva unveiled". Reuters (in.reuters.com). Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  5. ^ "Fascinating fact". World Entertainment News Network (England: Comtex). August 11, 2009. 
  6. ^ Australian Associated Press (November 3, 2009). "Gibson a father again". The Australian (Australia: Nationwide News Pty Limited). p. 010. 
  7. ^ The McClatchy Company (June 16, 2009). "Mel and pregnant girlfriend deliver a song". The Kansas City Star (Missouri). p. D6. 
  8. ^ Carnevale, Rob (2009). "Oksana Grigorieva – The IndieLondon interview". IndieLondon (www.indielondon.co.uk). Retrieved 2010-07-30. 
  9. ^ a b Byrne, Fiona; Alice Coster and Katherine Firkin (August 13, 2009). "Mel's lover a 'lucky' woman". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: Nationwide News Pty Limited). p. 018. 
  10. ^ a b c d Byrne, Fiona; Alice Coster and Katherine Firkin (June 17, 2009). "Music critics say Mel must be deaf". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: Nationwide News Pty Limited). p. 018. 
  11. ^ Gutierrez, Lisa (June 15, 2009). "Mel Gibson and pregnant girlfriend's new arrival – a song". The Kansas City Star (Missouri). 
  12. ^ Hurt, Jessica; Anna Vlach; Helene Sobolewski (September 29, 2009). "Mel's new role . . . rock star". The Advertiser (Adelaide, Australia: Nationwide News Pty Limited). p. 022. 
  13. ^ Moodie, Clemmie; Danielle Lawler (August 14, 2009). "Absolute hell Mel". The Daily Mirror (London, England). 
  14. ^ Byrne, Fiona; Alice Coster and Katherine Firkin (August 18, 2009). "Mel croons for his love". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: Nationwide News Pty Limited). p. 026. 
  15. ^ Fillo, Mary Ellen (August 13, 2009). "From Oscar-Winning Movies To Music Videos". The Hartford Courant (Connecticut: The Hartford Courant Co.). p. C2. 
  16. ^ Byrne, Fiona; Alice Coster; Katherine Firkin (October 28, 2009). "Beautiful music for bub". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: Nationwide News Pty Limited). p. 021. 
  17. ^ "Gibson's girl releases first single". World Entertainment News Network (England: Comtex). June 15, 2009. 
  18. ^ a b c d Sharp, Annette; Marcus Casey; Joel Christie; Jen Melocco (July 14, 2009). "Mad about Mel". Daily Telegraph (Sydney, Australia: Nationwide News Pty Limited). p. 016. 
  19. ^ "Mel directs girlfriend's song video". The Daily Mirror (London, England). July 15, 2009. 
  20. ^ Daily Mail Reporter (July 13, 2009). "Mel Gibson's pregnant girlfriend shows her daring side as a knife-thrower's assistant in video he directed". The Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk). Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  21. ^ a b Foley, Jack (2010). "Oksana Grigorieva — Beautiful Heartache". IndieLondon (www.indielondon.co.uk). Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  22. ^ "Oksana Grigorieva Breaks Onto the Music Scene". ABC News (ABC). August 13, 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  23. ^ Byrne, Fiona; Alice Coster; Katherine Firkin (July 14, 2009). "Will there be more music heartache for Oksana?". Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: Nationwide News Pty Limited). p. 016. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Machell, Ben (October 24, 2009). "From Russia, with love – music Oksana Grigorieva is more than merely Mel Gibson's paramour, says Ben Machell". The Times (London, England: Times Newspapers Limited). pp. 6, 7. 
  • Zeidler, Sue (August 11, 2009). "Gibson girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva unveiled". Reuters (in.reuters.com). Retrieved 2010-07-17. 
  • LaPorte, Nicole (June 28, 2010). "The Truth About Mel's Ex". Daily Beast (www.thedailybeast.com). Retrieved 2010-07-30. 

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