Hazardous (album)

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Hazardous
Studio album by Vanessa Amorosi
Released 6 November 2009 (2009-11-06)[1]
(see release history)
Recorded Fishhead Music Studios, Gothenburg, Sweden
The Lab, Los Angeles
Genre Pop rock, Electropop
Label Universal Music Australia
Producer MachoPsycho
Vanessa Amorosi chronology
Somewhere in the Real World
(2008)
Hazardous
(2009)
V
(Unreleased)
Singles from Hazardous
  1. "This Is Who I Am"
    Released: 9 October 2009
  2. "Hazardous"
    Released: 11 December 2009
  3. "Mr. Mysterious"
    Released: 23 April 2010
  4. "Off on My Kiss"
    Released: 24 May 2010
  5. "Holiday"
    Released: 13 August 2010

Hazardous is the fourth studio album by Vanessa Amorosi, released in Australia on 6 November 2009 to critical and commercial success, debuting at #7 on the ARIA Albums Chart and Platinum accreditation in Australia.[2][3] The album's lead single, "This Is Who I Am", became Amorosi's first and only number one-charting single, reaching #1 on the ARIA Singles Chart in its first week of release.[4]

Background[edit]

Hazardous was released in November 2009, less than 18 months after her previous studio album, Somewhere in the Real World. On working with songwriting team Machopsycho, she said: "It was literally pouring out of us. It's such a crazy thing when you have the right magic and chemistry going on – the songs tend to write themselves and really quickly."[5]

"This album is so raw and edgy and out-there... it might scare people who’ve bought my albums in the past," she said. "The whole album is all the stuff I’ve never wanted to talk about, and I’ve only now had the courage to put it out there. I had a lot to say with this album, that’s why it came so quickly. I think a lot of people thought I’d take my time again, which I was nervous about. We were going to head to Europe with the last album, but then it would’ve been another two years, and people would’ve thought ‘I’m tired of buying her records, she pisses off after each one’."[6]

Compared to the more soul and soft rock-influenced pop of Somewhere in the Real World, Hazardous features a more electropop and pop-rock sound. The album notably is Amorosi's first to feature a rap verse in one of her songs, that being Seany B's appearance in "Mr. Mysterious". Hazardous is, to date, Amorosi's second-best selling album behind her debut, The Power, debuting at #7 on the ARIA Albums Chart on 22 November 2009. The album dropped out of the top ten the next week, spending 24 weeks in the top fifty.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]

Matthew Chisling of Allmusic lauded Hazardous, calling it "ruthless and exciting", and Amorosi's vocals "roof-raising". He also noted the album's mainstream sound, pointing out how the album was "even more radio accessible [than Somewhere in the Real World]", and said that "It's no surprise that any of the tracks could be as popular as the two first singles". Whilst he felt the album's upbeat sound "impedes on the presence of ballads as beautiful as Amorosi's previous number one single, "Perfect", he felt the album complemented Somewhere in the Real World as "two parts of a glorious release".[8]

Track listing[edit]

(Cat.No. 2724567)[1]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "This Is Who I Am"   Vanessa Amorosi, MachoPsycho (Robin Lynch & Niklas Olovson) 3:25
2. "Mr. Mysterious" (featuring Seany B) Amorosi, MachoPsycho 4:00
3. "Holiday"   Amorosi, MachoPsycho 3:17
4. "Hazardous"   Amorosi, Stefanie Ridel, Stuart Crichton, T James 3:26
5. "Off on My Kiss"   Amorosi, MachoPsycho 3:31
6. "Show Me How to Love"   Amorosi, Pam Reswick 4:04
7. "Aliens & U.F.O.s"   Amorosi, MachoPsycho 3:15
8. "Summer Nights"   Amorosi, MachoPsycho 2:53
9. "Touch Me"   Amorosi, MachoPsycho 3:05
10. "Baby's on Ice"   Amorosi, MachoPsycho 3:32
11. "Sleep with That"   Amorosi, MachoPsycho 3:26
12. "Higher Ground"   Amorosi, Reswick 3:50
13. "Blow Me Away"   Amorosi, Matthew Gerrard, Steve Diamond 3:32
14. "Snitch" (featuring Vince Colosimo) Amorosi, MachoPsycho 3:27

Singles[edit]

Released in October 2009, the song debuted at #1 on the Australian Singles Chart, becoming Amorosi's first-ever number one single. It spent two weeks atop the chart, and has been certified 2× platinum for sales[9] in excess of 140,000 copies.
Released in December 2009, the song peaked at #29 on the Australian Singles Chart.
"Mr. Mysterious" was released in April as the albums 3rd single. It debuted at #65, eventually rising up the charts. On 9 May 2010, "Mr. Mysterious" had peaked at the position of #4 on the Australian Singles Chart.
  • "Off on My Kiss"
Released as a digital single on 14 May 2010 in the UK.[10] It includes an additional remix; "Off on My Kiss" (Buzz Junkies Remix).[11]
"Holiday" was released in Australia on 13 August 2010.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Hazardous debuted at #7 and was certified Gold[12] in its 4th week of release and has managed 25 non-consecutive weeks inside the ARIA top 50 albums.[13]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Certification Sales[9][14]
Australian Albums Chart[7] 7 Platinum[12] 70,000+

End of year charts[edit]

Year Country Chart Ranking
2009 Australia ARIA End Of Year Albums 2009[15] 78
2010 Australia ARIA End of Year Albums 2010[16] 70

Credits[edit]

  • Produced by MachoPsycho. Recorded at Fishhead studios, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • Track 11 and 13 produced by Matthew Gerrard. Recorded at The Lab, Los Angeles
  • Vocals on track 6 and 12 recorded by Pam Reswick
  • Mixed by Chris Lord Alge at Mix L.A. studios, Los Angeles
  • Mastered by Tom Sterling at Sterling sound, New York City
  • A&R: Ralph Carr
  • Executive producers: Ralph Carr and Vanessa Amorosi
  • Management: Ralph Carr for RCM
  • Foto & art: Pierre Baroni

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia 6 November 2009 Digital download, CD album Universal 2724567
Germany 13 July 2010[17] Digital download
23 July 2010[18] CD album
United Kingdom 26 July 2010[19] Digital download, CD album Island[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hazardous". Vanessa Amorosi. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums – Week Commencing 16th November 2009" (PDF). ARIA. 16 November 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  3. ^ ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2009 Albums
  4. ^ "Pandora Archive: ARIA Top 100 Singles - Week Commencing 19th October 2009". Australian Recording Industry Association. Aria.com.au. 19 October 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  5. ^ McCabe, Kathy (26 December 2009). "Shining imperfections". Perth Now. The Sunday Times. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Starobserver: Vanessa looking hazardous
  7. ^ a b "Vanessa Amorosi - Hazardous (album)". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Chisling, Matthew. "Review: Hazardous - Vanessa Amorosi Allmusic Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 20 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "International Certification Award levels" (PDF). IFPI. March 2013. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  10. ^ iTunes: Off On My Kiss - Single by Vanessa Amorosi
  11. ^ 7digital: Vanessa Amorosi - Off On My Kiss MP3 Downloads
  12. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2009 Albums". ARIA. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Vanessa Amorosi - Hazardous". Acharts.us. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Accreditations". ARIA. Retrieved 4 August 2013. 
  15. ^ ARIA charts: End of year charts Top-100 albums 2009
  16. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums 2010". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  17. ^ UMusic: Vanessa Amorosi - Hazardous
  18. ^ Universal Music: Vanessa Amorosi - Hazardous - (CD)
  19. ^ Habbo Hotel - News - Meet Vanessa Amorosi in Habbo
  20. ^ Amazon.co.uk: Hazardous - Vanessa Amorosi

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