Bitterblue

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Bitterblue
Studio album by Bonnie Tyler
Released 11 November 1991
Recorded 1991
Genre Pop rock[1]
Length 58:40
Label Hansa Records
Producer
Bonnie Tyler chronology
Hide Your Heart / Notes From America
(1988)
Bitterblue
(1991)
Angel Heart
(1992)
Singles from Bitterblue
  1. "Bitterblue"
    Released: November 1991
  2. "Against the Wind"
    Released: 1991
  3. "Where Were You"
    Released: 1992

Bitterblue is the eighth studio album by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released on 11 November 1991, though Hansa Records. Bitterblue is a pop rock album, described by Dieter Bohlen as "more commercial" than her previous albums. Bohlen began working with Tyler in early 1991, writing and producing multiple songs for the album. Bitterblue also features compositions from Albert Hammond, Nik Kershaw and Giorgio Moroder.

Bitterblue received mixed reviews from music critics, with the songs being complimented but the production criticised. The album had major success in mainland Europe, where it reached number one in Austria and Norway. In 1992 it was certified 4× Platinum by IFPI Norway, with international sales of over half a million copies. Three singles were released from the album, including the hits "Bitterblue" and "Against the Wind".

Background[edit]

Tyler began working with German producer Dieter Bohlen in 1991.[2] She was reluctant to record Bohlen's songs at first, having been used to recording rock music. He was able to persuade Tyler, remarking, "you've made your rock music for years, but maybe you just have to be a bit more commercial."[3] Bohlen was inspired by Rod Stewart's success with "Rhythm of My Heart", which was released in early 1991. In an attempt to emulate that, he wrote five songs for Bitterblue with elements of Scottish folk music, including instruments such as bagpipes and accordion.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

Tomas Mureika of AllMusic rated the album three and a half stars out of five, describing the album as "a pleasant collection of pop tunes." He opined that her pairing with Giorgio Moroder "[gave] Tyler's work a contemporary sheen that frames her vocals within the songs." Mureika concluded that Bitterblue is "better than most pop records," but not as strong as her work with Jim Steinman and Desmond Child.[1]

Accolades[edit]

Tyler received a RSH Gold award in 1992 for "most successful German produced interpreter".[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Bitterblue"   Dieter Bohlen Bohlen 3:50
2. "Against the Wind"   Bohlen 3:59
3. "Careless Heart"   Albert Hammond Roy Bittan 4:33
4. "Whenever You Need Me"  
Yorath 4:04
5. "Where Were You"   Hammond Bittan 5:12
6. "Save Me"   Hammond Bittan 4:09
7. "He's Got a Hold On Me"   Nik Kershaw Kershaw 4:15
8. "Keep Your Love Alive"   Giorgio Moroder Moroder 4:24
9. "Tell Me the Truth"   Bohlen
  • Bohlen
  • Rodríguez
3:48
10. "Heaven Is Here" (with Giorgio Moroder) Moroder Moroder 4:40
11. "Love Is in Love Again"   Moroder Moroder 4:40
12. "Till the End of Time" (with Dan Hartman) Moroder Moroder 4:03
13. "Too Hot"   Bohlen Bohlen 3:27
14. "Why"   Bohlen
  • Bohlen
  • Rodríguez
3:56
Total length:
58:40

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[12] Platinum 50,000x
Germany (BVMI)[13] Gold 250,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[14] 4× Platinum 200,000*
Sweden (GLF)[15] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[16] Gold 25,000x

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

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from AllMusic:[17]

Technical and production

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mureika, Tomas. "Bonnie Tyler Bitterblue review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  2. ^ Bohlen, Bonnie. Oder: Keiner singt geiler als die Tyler, p. 203.
  3. ^ a b Bohlen, Bonnie. Oder: Keiner singt geiler als die Tyler, p. 204.
  4. ^ "RSH Gold 1992". RSH. Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  5. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  8. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  9. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2015.
  10. ^ "Jahreshitparade Alben 1992". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  11. ^ "Topp 40 Album Russetid 1992". lista.vg.no. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  12. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 20 February 2015.  Enter Bonnie Tyler in the field Interpret. Enter Bitterblue in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  13. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Bonnie Tyler; 'Bitterblue')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 
  16. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Bonnie Tyler; 'Bitterblue')". Hung Medien. Retrieved 20 February 2015. 
  17. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Bitterblue Album Personnel". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 

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