Come and Get It (Rachel Stevens album)

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Come and Get It
Studio album by Rachel Stevens
Released 17 October 2005
(see release history)
Recorded London, England
Genre Pop, dance-pop, electropop
Length 45:11
Label Polydor/19
Producer Pascal Gabriel, Hannah Robinson, Richard X, Xenomania, Damian LeGassick, Fraser T Smith and others
Rachel Stevens chronology
Funky Dory
(2003)
Come and Get It
(2005)
Tasty Tunes
(2011)
Singles from Come and Get It
  1. "Negotiate with Love"
    Released: 28 March 2005
  2. "So Good"
    Released: 4 July 2005
  3. "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)"
    Released: 3 October 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
BBC.co.uk 3.5/5 stars[2]
Londonist (positive)[3]
MusicOMH (positive)[4]
Stylus Magazine A-[5]
Teentoday.co.uk 4/5 stars[6]
The Daily Telegraph (negative)[7]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[8]
Times Online 3/5 stars[9]
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars[10]

Come and Get It is the second and most recent (as of 2014) album by British pop dance singer Rachel Stevens. It was released by Polydor Records and 19 Entertainment in 2005 in the UK. It featured four top 20 hits, but the album itself reached no higher than #28. The album received almost universally good reviews; two years after the album's release, The Guardian placed it in their article "1000 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die" list.[11]

Overview[edit]

Three singles were released from Come and Get It during 2005; "Negotiate With Love", "So Good" and "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)" as well as an earlier hit, "Some Girls" being included as a late addition. The first two of these charted in the UK at #10, with the third at #12. With a television advertising campaign, the album was released by Polydor Records on 17 October 2005, two weeks after the album's final single.

The album was produced by a number of top record producers, including Xenomania, Richard X, Pascal Gabriel and Jewels and Stone. It reached #28 in the United Kingdom, remaining of the charts for just two weeks. Come and Get It was not released in many territories outside the UK; in the United States, it was released on 26 June 2007 on iTunes.

The final two tracks, "Every Little Thing" and "Dumb Dumb" are listed on the album as 'bonus tracks', but appear on all versions of the album. "It's All About Me" features a sample from "Lullaby" by The Cure. Stevens herself co-wrote one song from the album; "Funny How".

Reception and reviews[edit]

The album received critical acclaim from the music press. Writing for the BBC music site, Talia Kraines wrote that it was "Bold, swaggering and accomplished...Quite simply, it's the pop album of the year." Mention was also made of the credibility of the music, stating that had the songs been done by another artist, they would be "lauded by critics".[12] Allmusic made mention of the album's lack of success saying, "This utterly mediocre [chart] performance (in terms of its genre, at least) is astonishing when you consider that the album was masterminded by the finest songwriters and producers in the game...but its failure becomes utterly mind-boggling when you actually listen to the thing." Of the singles the review said they were "tremendous" and summed up the album as "a collection of 13 thoroughly excellent electronic dance-pop songs".[13] Like many of the reviewers, Ben Hogwood of Music OMH said that almost every song on the album could be a single, but also made mention of the obvious low-involvement of Stevens herself in the making of the music.[14] Other negative comments included that Stevens' vocals were rather lacklustre and emotionless, while David Cheal of The Telegraph said that "its 13 tracks drift by in a haze of nothingness; it is a masterpiece of insubstantiality."[15] Yahoo Music, like a number of others, claimed the album as "one of the best albums of the year".[16] The Guardian, while two years later lauding the album as an ignored classic, at the time said that it "deserves to be a hit. It is packed with brilliant, cutting-edge pop music".[17] In 2007 they said that its lack of success was "the public's loss". Many reviews commented that the album was a big improvement on her debut, including Londonist who added that it was "a brilliant collection of sophisticated dancefloor songs and quite frankly, one of the most stunning albums of the year."[18] As a summing up, the BBC music review concluded: "Come and Get It is quite simply a pop tour-de-force that deserves to sell a billion copies. Please, don't let this end up as a forgotten classic."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "So Good"   Hannah Robinson, Pascal Gabriel Robinson, Gabriel, Jeremy Wheathley* 3:14
2. "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)"   Julian Gingell, Barry Stone, Rob Davis Jewels & Stone, Davis 3:26
3. "Crazy Boys"   Robinson, Richard X Richard X 3:52
4. "I Will Be There"   Robinson, Gabriel, Paul Statham Gabriel 4:03
5. "Negotiate With Love"   Anders Wollbeck, Mattias Lindblom, Miriam Nervo, Olivia Nervo, Lindblom, Wollbeck 3:07
6. "All About Me"   Boris Williams, Fraser T Smith, Laurence Tolhurst, Porl Thompson, Richard Cardwell, Robert Smith, Roger O'Donnell, Simon Gallup Fraser T Smith 3:30
7. "Secret Garden"   Jon Douglas, Karen Poole Douglas 3:59
8. "Nothing Good About This Goodbye"   Alexis Strum, Brian Higgins, Nick Coler Xenomania, Wheathley*, Brio Taliaferro* 3:34
9. "Some Girls"   Robinson, Richard X Richard X, Pete Hofmann* 3:36
10. "Je M'Appelle"   Damian LeGassick, Shelley Poole LeGassick 3:39
11. "Funny How"   Rachel Stevens, Higgins, Lisa Cowling, Miranda Cooper, Coler, Tim Rowell Xenomania, Higgins 4:14
12. "Every Little Thing"   Gingell, Stone, Davis Jewels & Stone, Davis 3:45
13. "Dumb Dumb"   David Eriksen, J. Valentine, Nichols David Eriksen, Thomas Eriksen, Martin Sjølie 3:43

(*) denotes additional production

Mini-DVD[edit]

All bonus footage appears on the DVD edition of Come and Get It.

  1. "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex"
  2. "Funky Dory"
  3. "Some Girls"
  4. "More More More"
  5. "Negotiate with Love"
  6. "So Good"
  7. "I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)"

Production credits[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Guitar – Eivind Aarset, Nick Coler, Shawn Lee and James Nisbet
  • Keyboards – David Eriksen, Julian Gingell, Brian Higgins, Eliott James, Damian LeGassick, Tim Powell, Paul Statham, Barry Stone and Anders Wollbeck
  • Background vocals – David Eriksen, Priscilla Jones Campbell, Hannah Robinson, Barry Stone and Richard X
  • Drum programming – David Eriksen and Paul Statham
  • Mixing – Adrian Bushby, Tommy D., Pete Hofmann, Tim Powell, Fraser Smith, Jeremy Wheatley and Anders Wollbeck
  • Engineering – Francesco Cameli, David Eriksen, Pete Hofmann and Fraser Smith
  • Programming – Dave Clews, Julian Gingel, Eliott James, Tim "Rolf" Larcombe, Damian LeGassick, Tim Powell, Paul Statham, Barry Stone, Brio Taliaferro, Damian Taylor and Anders Wollbeck
  • Mastering – Dick Beetham and Richard Dowling
  • Art direction/design – Paul West

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart 28

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 17 October 2005 Polydor Records CD
digital download
United States 26 June 2007 digital download

References[edit]