Every Kingdom

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Every Kingdom
Every Kingdom cover art
Studio album by Ben Howard
Released 30 September 2011
Recorded 2011
Genre
Length 50:05
Label
Producer Chris Bond and James Naleski
Ben Howard chronology
Every Kingdom
(2011)
The Burgh Island E.P.
(2012)
Singles from Every Kingdom
  1. "The Wolves"
    Released: 3 June 2011
  2. "Keep Your Head Up"
    Released: 26 August 2011
  3. "The Fear"
    Released: 12 October 2011
  4. "Only Love"
    Released: 4 May 2012
  5. "Old Pine"
    Released: 20 July 2012
Every Kingdom physical deluxe edition cover art
Physical deluxe edition cover

Every Kingdom is the first studio album by British singer-songwriter Ben Howard. It was released in the United Kingdom on 30 September 2011 as a digital download, on CD, on LP and as a 200 copy limited edition cassette. It reached a peak chart position of 4 in the UK Albums Chart on 24 February 2013 following his success at the Brit Awards that week.[1] The songs on the album were written by Ben Howard and produced by Chris Bond.[2] The cover art was designed by Owen Tozer, based on photography by Mickey Smith and Roddy Bow.[3]

The album was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize.[4]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
Consequence of Sound C+[7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[8]
PopMatters 8/10[9]
DIY 8/10[10]

Singles[edit]

  • "The Wolves" is the first single from the album. It was released in the United Kingdom on 3 June 2011 and re-released on 23 February 2012. It reached a peak chart position of 70 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Keep Your Head Up" is the second single from the album. It was released in the United Kingdom on 26 August 2011. It reached a peak chart position of 74 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • "The Fear" is the third single from the album. It was released in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2011. It reached a peak chart position of 58 in the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Only Love" is the fourth single from the album. It was released in the United Kingdom on 4 May 2012. It reached a peak chart position of 9 in the UK Singles Chart.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Old Pine"   5:27
2. "Diamonds"   4:07
3. "The Wolves"   5:09
4. "Everything"   4:46
5. "Only Love"   4:09
6. "The Fear"   4:20
7. "Keep Your Head Up"   4:22
8. "Black Flies"   6:22
9. "Gracious"   4:57
10. "Promise"   6:24
Total length:
50:05

The song "Old Pine" is the music video version of the original found on the Old Pine EP. A remix of the song by Everything Everything was released by Howard as a single on 20 July 2012.[11] The songs "The Wolves" and "These Waters" are re-recordings of the original versions found on the These Waters EP. The song "Keep Your Head Up" is a re-recording of the original version found on the Games in the Dark EP. The song "Black Flies" was released on 21 April 2012 as a 100 copy limited edition LP as part of the 2012 edition of Secret 7", each copy with different cover art.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2011-2013) Peak
position
UK Chart[12] 4
Australian Chart[13] 63
Belgian Chart (Wallonia)[14] 55
Belgian Chart (Flanders)[14] 2
Canadian Chart[15] 10
Dutch Chart[16] 2
French Chart[17] 52
German Chart[18] 49
Irish Chart[19] 14
Swiss Chart[20] 59

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
Dutch Albums Chart[21] 17
Chart (2013) Position
Dutch Albums Chart[22] 38

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[23] 2× Platinum 600,000^

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

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label
United Kingdom 30 September 2011[24] Digital download, CD, LP, Cassette Island
United States 6 November 2012 Digital download, CD Communion

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ben Howard wins best British breakthrough act and best male solo artist at Brit Awards 2013". The Independent. 20 February 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2013. 
  2. ^ Clare Robinson (7 October 2011), Howard's wave, Plymouth Evening Herald, p. 1, retrieved 8 November 2013 
  3. ^ Roddy Bow - Every Kingdom
  4. ^ Mercury Prize - 2012 Albums of the Year
  5. ^ "Every Kingdom - Ben Howard". Metacritic. Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Ben Howard – Every Kingdom". AllMusic. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ Hardy, Tony (April 9, 2012). "Ben Howard – Every Kingdom". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved November 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ Carnwath, Ally. "Ben Howard: Every Kingdom – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  9. ^ Ezell, Brice. "Ben Howard: Every Kingdom". PopMatters. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "BEN HOWARD - EVERY KINGDOM". Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  11. ^ "Old Pine (Everything Everything Remix)" at iTunes Store
  12. ^ "UK Chart". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Australian iTunes Chart". iTunesCharts.net. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Belgian Chart". Ultratop. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Canadian Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 21 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "Dutch Chart". MegaCharts. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "French Chart". Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  18. ^ "German Chart". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Irish Chart". Chart-Track. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  20. ^ "Swiss Chart". Swiss Music Charts. Retrieved 11 January 2013. 
  21. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/jaaroverzichten.asp?year=2012&cat=a
  22. ^ http://dutchcharts.nl/jaaroverzichten.asp?year=2013&cat=a
  23. ^ "British album certifications – Ben Howard – Every Kingdom". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Every Kingdom in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  24. ^ iTunes Store Every Kingdom at iTunes Store