Fortress Round My Heart

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Fortress Round My Heart
Studio album by Ida Maria
Released July 28, 2008 (UK)
March 24, 2009 (USA)
Recorded Townhouse Studios
Genre Indie rock
Length 31:10
Label Nesna Records, Sony BMG, Waterfall Records, Mercury Records, Island Def Jam Records
Ida Maria chronology
Fortress Round My Heart
(2008)
Katla
(2010)
Alternative cover
Deluxe Edition
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
A.V. Club (A-)[2]
The Fly 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[5]
NME (6/10)[6]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Slant 3.5/5 stars[9]
Spin 4.5/5 stars[10]

Fortress Round My Heart is the debut album by Norwegian musician Ida Maria. Six singles were released before the album's release: "Oh My God", "Drive Away My Heart", "Stella", "Queen of the World", "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" and the re-release of "Oh My God".

Track listing[edit]

The original version was released through SonyBMG, as they had signed a partnership deal with Norway's Waterfall Records, who signed Ida and her independent label, Nesna Records. All songs composed by Ida Maria Sivertsen.[11]

All songs written by Ida Maria

  1. "Oh My God" – 3:18
  2. "Drive Away My Heart" – 3:21
  3. "Louie" – 2:27
  4. "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" – 3:14
  5. "Keep Me Warm" – 3:30
  6. "Forgive Me" – 3:14
  7. "Stella" – 3:03
  8. "Morning Light" – 2:25
  9. "Queen of the World" – 3:29
  10. "See Me Through" – 3:24

Deluxe edition[edit]

On February 9, 2009 a deluxe edition of the album was released, after the re-release of "Oh My God". It features three new tracks, the removal of one song ("See Me Through"), a change in the order of the songs, new artwork and two bonus videos exclusive to iTunes. The album was released independently, through Nesna Records and Waterfall Records, as the deal with SonyBMG had been terminated.

Track listing[12]
  1. "Oh My God"
  2. "Morning Light"
  3. "Queen of the World"
  4. "Stella"
  5. "Forgive Me"
  6. "Leave Me, Let Me Go" (New)
  7. "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"
  8. "Louie"
  9. "Drive Away My Heart"
  10. "Keep Me Warm"
  11. "In the End" (New)
  12. "We're All Going to Hell" (New)
  13. "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked" Video (iTunes bonus track)
  14. "Oh My God" Video (iTunes bonus track)

US Edition[edit]

Mercury Records, an imprint of Island/Def Jam, released "Fortress 'Round My Heart" on digital download services on 24 March 2009. The album features 10 tracks, and a third revised tracklisting, omitting some songs from the original UK release, and including one from the deluxe, as well as new artwork. All songs composed by Ida Maria Sivertsen.[11]

  1. "Oh My God"
  2. "Drive My Heart Away"
  3. "Louie"
  4. "I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked"
  5. "Keep Me Warm"
  6. "Forgive Me"
  7. "Stella"
  8. "Morning Light"
  9. "Queen of the World"
  10. "See Me Through"

Chart performance[edit]

The album debuted on the U.K. chart at #39, (which became its peak position). The following week, it fell out of the top 40, from #39 to #60.

In Norway, it debuted at #5 (which became its peak position). It remained in the top 20 for seven weeks.

In Ireland, it debuted at #38.

The NME rated it as the 48th best album of the year for 2008.

Singles[edit]

Song Release
date
UK Peak
position
"Oh My God" October 1, 2007 DNC
"Drive Away My Heart" December 10 2007 DNC
"Stella" March 10, 2008 185[13]
"Queen Of The World" May 12, 2008 DNC
"I Like You So Much
Better When You're Naked
"
July 21, 2008 13
"Oh My God"
(re-release)
January 26, 2009 85

Charts[edit]

Standard edition[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Album Chart 39
Irish Album Chart 38
Norway Album Chart 5

Deluxe edition[edit]

Chart Peak
position
UK Album Chart DNC
UK iTunes Chart 92

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]