In Your Hands (album)

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In Your Hands
Studio album by Eliza Doolittle
Released 14 October 2013
Recorded 2011–12
Genre
Length 46:43
Label Parlophone
Producer
Eliza Doolittle chronology
Eliza Doolittle
(2010)
In Your Hands
(2013)
Singles from In Your Hands
  1. "Big When I Was Little"
    Released: 28 July 2013
  2. "Let It Rain"
    Released: 11 October 2013

In Your Hands is the second studio album by British singer-songwriter Eliza Doolittle. The album was released in the United Kingdom on 14 October 2013. The album peaked at number 25 on the UK Albums Chart and number 71 on the Irish Albums Chart.

Singles[edit]

  • "Let It Rain" was released as the second single from the album on 11 October 2013. The single peaked at number 55 on the UK Singles Chart.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the album a mixed review stating, "When Eliza Doolittle first performed a handful of songs from her second studio album at a London gig this summer, she assured fans that things were 'different this time', suggesting she wasn't entirely happy with the jaunty jazz-pop sound of her 2010 debut that spawned one hit in the form of the irritatingly catchy 'Pack Up'. Now 25 and with a been-and-gone romance with Good Charlotte's Benji Madden under her belt, she's returned with what is essentially her coming of age record. That said, In Your Hands is not a break-up album a la Adele or Amy Winehouse, but more a recollection of experiences that come with being in a serious relationship. "It's perfect 'cause it's imperfect," she insists on opener 'Waste Of Time', a song that immediately sets the tone of the record as one of contrary love songs set to the tune of sparse and low-key production courtesy of Paloma Faith hitmaker Steve Robinson. In the case of standout track 'No Man Can' - an uplifting ballad about falling in love - it works brilliantly; even if it is the sort of song you'd imagine Beyoncé destroying if horns and hand claps were dialled up a few extra notches. Meanwhile, the wistful 'Walking On Water' is another example of how the drastic make-under of her sound and image has worked for the better; her sometimes raspy vocal given space to shine. However, there's not quite enough lyrical substance here to make for a compelling listen. 'Make Up Sex' just about raises an eyebrow given it's come from the granddaughter of Sylvia Young and a former stage schooler, but all too often she slips into MOR soul-pop, adding little new - musically or otherwise - to the table. It seems in an effort to be taken seriously, Eliza has forgotten to have any fun."[1]

Commercial performance[edit]

On 16 October 2013 the album was at number 23 on The Official Chart Update.[2] On 17 October 2013 the album entered the Irish Albums Chart at number 71. On 20 October 2013 the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 25.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Waste of Time"   Eliza Caird, Steve Robson, Wayne Hector Robson 2:58
2. "Back Packing"   Caird, Kid Harpoon Harpoon 3:34
3. "Hush"   Caird, Oren Yoel Yoel 3:38
4. "Let It Rain"   Caird, Yoel, Ross Golan, Robson Robson, Yoel 3:47
5. "No Man Can"   Caird, Yoel Yoel 4:12
6. "Walking On Water"   Caird, Harpoon Harpoon 3:22
7. "In Your Hands"   Caird, busbee busbee 3:31
8. "Checkmate"   Caird, Robson, Hector Robson 3:19
9. "Team Player"   Caird, Yoel Yoel 4:06
10. "Make Up Sex"   Caird, Matt Prime, Tim Woodcock Prime 3:41
11. "Don't Call It Love"   Caird, Kwes Kwes 3:33
12. "Big When I Was Little"   Caird, Robson, Hector Robson 3:49
13. "Euston Road"   Caird, Robson, Hector Robson, Hector 3:13
Total length:
47:31

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Hitseekers Albums[4] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[5] 71
Scottish Albums (OCC)[6] 37
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 25

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 14 October 2013 Digital download, CD Parlophone

References[edit]