Getting Over the Storm

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Getting Over the Storm
Studio album by UB40
Released 2 September 2013 (2013-09-02)
Genre Reggae
Length 51:50
Label Virgin/Universal
UB40 chronology
Labour of Love IV
(2010)
Getting Over the Storm
(2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 52/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Exclaim! 6/10[2]
MusicOMH 3/5 stars[3]

Getting Over the Storm is the eighteenth studio album by English reggae band UB40. It was released on 2 September 2013.[4]

Background and release[edit]

Their first album since the 2010 album Labour of Love IV, it features cover versions of songs either written or recorded by country music artists together with five original UB40 songs.[4] The country music tracks include the Randy Travis song "On the Other Hand",' George Jones' "Getting Over the Storm", Willie Nelson's "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" and Jim Reeves' "He'll Have to Go". Upon the album's release UB40 singer Astro defended the inclusion of country music on a UB40 album, saying, "In the Caribbean, there are very few households that do not own a Jim Reeves album. I certainly had them in my house, as did all my West Indian friends when I was growing-up. When you'd go their houses you'd always see Jim Reeves staring back at you from the Blue Spot Gramophone! Country music and Jamaica are so finely entwined."[4] However, just two months later Astro had quit the band, citing the album's musical direction as a major factor in his decision: "My heart just isn't in the new album where my contribution has been reduced to a backing vocalist which, as our fans know, is not my role in the group. I'm a front man, a lead vocalist. While it may be true there is a long relationship with reggae musicians and country music, that doesn't mean that's what I want to play, far from it, and it's definitely not something I wish to be part of."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by James Brown, Duncan Campbell, Robin Campbell, Earl Falconer, Norman Hassan, Brian Travers and Terence Wilson, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Midnight Rider"   Gregg Allman, Robert Kim Payne 4:09
2. "Just What’s Killing Me"     4:38
3. "Getting Over the Storm"   John Riggs 3:27
4. "Blue Bilet Doux"     3:27
5. "If You Ever Have Forever in Mind"   Vince Gill, Troy Seals 4:25
6. "Crying Time"   Buck Owens 3:15
7. "How Will I Get Through This"     4:11
8. "He'll Have to Go"   Audrey Allison, Joe Allison 4:18
9. "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"   Fred Rose 3:26
10. "I Did What I Did"     3:14
11. "On the Other Hand"   Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz 3:51
12. "How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live"   Brown, D. Campbell, R. Campbell, Falconer, Hassan, Alfred Reed, Travers, Wilson 4:44
13. "I Didn’t Know"     4:45

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 2 September 2013 Virgin CD CDV3113
Europe Universal 00602537406173

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2013 United Kingdom Albums Chart 29[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Getting Over the Storm Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  2. ^ Patrick, Ryan (2013-08-30). "UB40 - Getting Over the Storm". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  3. ^ Marsh, Graeme (2013-08-30). "UB40 - Getting Over The Storm". Musicomh.com. Retrieved 2013-09-02. 
  4. ^ a b c "Ub40 Release Album 'Getting Over The Storm' On 2nd September 2013". www.contactmusic.com. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  5. ^ Jones, Rhian (22 November 2013). "UB40 singer Astro splits from band". Music Week (London, England: Intent Media). 
  6. ^ "Album charts 8 September 2013". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 9 September 2013.