Breath from Another

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Breath from Another
Studio album by Esthero
Released April 14, 1998 (Canada)
April 28, 1998 (US)
Recorded 1996–1997
Genre Trip hop, acid jazz, lounge, downtempo, chill-out
Length 56:13
Label Work/SME Records
OK 68698 (North America)
489716 (international)
SRCS-8615 (Japan)
Producer Doc McKinney, Esthero
Esthero chronology
Breath from Another
(1998)
Wikked Lil' Grrrls
(2005)
Singles from Breath from Another
  1. "Breath from Another"
    Released: April 28, 1998
  2. "Heaven Sent"
    Released: July 21, 1998
  3. "That Girl"
    Released: June 17, 1999

Breath from Another is debut studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Esthero. The album was released on April 28, 1998 and now generally considered a trip hop classic despite poor sales. Despite containing several expletives and sexual content, the album was not released with a Parental Advisory warning.

Background[edit]

Esthero and Doc met in January 1996 at the EMI in Toronto. The pair's demos sparked interest from Warner Music Group, EMI and BMG in Canada. Esthero's managers, Zack Werner and Beau Randall, signed them directly to Sony Music Entertainment in U.S. The duo suddenly wrote "Superheroes", "Indigo Boy" and "That Girl". In August 1996 they wrote another 4 tracks, include the single "Heaven Sent".[1]
In late January, 1998, prior to album's release 15,000 copies of promo EP "Short of Breath", featuring tracks "Breath from Another", "Heaven Sent", "Country Livin' (The World I Know)" and "That Girl" were sent to Sony Music staff worldwide.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[3]

Breath from Another received positive reviews from music critics. Tom Demalon of Allmusic stated that album "too scrumptious sounding to be ignored", however called it unfocused. He praised tracks "That Girl" and "Country Livin' (The World I Know)" as album's best offerings.[4] Chris Molanphy of CMJ New Music Monthly noted that album sounds "slick for starters; clamorous but never abrasive, yearning but not very dark" and "organic".[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Despite not charting in any country, the album sold 118,000 copies in the US and over 250,000 copies worldwide as of 2005. In Esthero's native country Canada, the album sold over 50,000 copies and received Gold certification.[6]

Singles[edit]

"Breath from Another" was released as a 12" vinyl promo-single. It samples dialog from the film Deliverance. No music video was made for the song.

"Heaven Sent" was released as album first official single. It was released as a double A-side CD single with "Breath from Another". Music video was shot and received MTV airplay. The single charted at #4 on Billboard Hot Dance Breakout Maxi-Singles Sales.

"That Girl" initially was planned to be the album's second official single, but was not released. A music video was shot and aired. It was released as second album's promo-single instead.

Uses in media[edit]

Track "Lounge" appears on the soundtrack to film Zero Effect. The remix of "Country Livin' (The World I Know)" featuring dirty south hip hop quartet Goodie Mob was included on the Slam soundtrack. Tracks "Anywayz" and "That Girl" was used in films Boiler Room and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer respectively.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Breath from Another"   Esthero, Doc McKinney Esthero, Doc 4:47
2. "Heaven Sent"   Esthero, Doc Doc 4:30
3. "Anywayz"   Esthero, Doc Esthero, Doc 3:54
4. "That Girl"   Esthero, Doc Esthero, Doc 4:41
5. "Country Livin' (The World I Know)"   Esthero, Doc Esthero, Doc 4:20
6. "Flipher Overture"   Doc Doc 0:42
7. "Half a World Away"   Esthero, Doc Esthero, Doc 4:18
8. "Lounge"   Esthero, Doc Esthero, Doc 4:58
9. "Superheroes"   Esthero, Doc Esthero, Doc 3:58
10. "Indigo Boy"   Esthero, Doc Esthero, Doc 4:19
11. "Swallow Me" (with 5 minutes silence following) Esthero, Doc Esthero, Doc 6:06
12. "Anywayz, pt. 2" (hidden track) Esthero, Doc Esthero, Doc 4:40
13. "Wish You Away" (Japanese bonus track)      

Personnel[edit]

  • Esthero - producer, string arrangements, vocals
  • Martin "Doc" McKinney - engineer, horn arrangements, producer, programming, string arrangements
  • A'ba-Cus - drum programming, engineer, programming
  • Evan Cranley - trombone
  • Zoren Gold - design, photography
  • Dave Gouveia - percussion
  • Jeff Griffin - mixing assistant
  • Gene Grimaldi - mastering
  • Rami Jaffee - optigan
  • Tyson Kuteyi - engineer, scratching
  • Oscar MacDonald - keyboards
  • Mary Maurer - art direction, design
  • Tristin Norwell - mixing engineer
  • Ray Parker - conductor, string arrangements
  • Dave Pensado - mixing
  • Jason Ray - drums, toms
  • Warren Riker - Mixing
  • Eddy Schreyer - mastering
  • Tom Szczesniak - conductor, string arrangements
  • David E. Williams - keyboards
  • Malik Worthy - bass

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