Innocent Eyes (Delta Goodrem album)

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Innocent Eyes
Studio album by Delta Goodrem
Released 21 March 2003 (2003-03-21) (Australia)
30 June 2003 (2003-06-30) (UK)
Recorded 2001–2003
Genre
Length 56:06
Label
Producer
Delta Goodrem chronology
Delta
(unreleased)
Innocent Eyes
(2003)
Mistaken Identity
(2004)
Singles from Innocent Eyes
  1. "Born to Try"
    Released: 8 November 2002
  2. "Lost Without You"
    Released: 28 February 2003
  3. "Innocent Eyes"
    Released: 6 June 2003
  4. "Not Me, Not I"
    Released: 12 September 2003
  5. "Predictable"
    Released: 28 November 2003

Innocent Eyes is the debut album by Australian singer Delta Goodrem, released in Australia on 21 March 2003. It was later released in the United Kingdom on 30 June 2003. Goodrem co-wrote most of the material, excluding "Throw It Away", "Lost Without You" and "Butterfly". The album features two solely self-penned songs, "In My Own Time" and "Will You Fall for Me". Goodrem worked with writers and producers such as Audius Mtawarira, Bridget Benenate, Cathy Dennis, Eliot Kennedy, Gary Barlow, Jarrad Rogers, Kara DioGuardi, Vince Pizzinga and others to create the album with a collection of piano-based pop and ballad tracks.

Five singles were released from the album. Its lead single "Born to Try" was released in November 2003 and became a massive commercial success, peaking atop the ARIA Singles Chart and the New Zealand Singles Chart. The song is Goodrem's most successful single to date. Follow-up singles "Lost Without You", "Innocent Eyes", "Not Me, Not I" and "Predictable" also all reached number one on the ARIA Singles Chart. This giving Goodrem the record for becoming the first ever artist to have five number-one singles from a debut album.[1] The first three singles charted within the top 10 in the United Kingdom. In order to promote the album, Goodrem embarked on the The Visualise Tour.

Innocent Eyes debuted at number one on the Australian Albums Chart, making it her first number-one album[2] and altogether selling 4.5 million copies worldwide[3] (1.2 million in Australia alone).[4][5] Innocent Eyes is the most successful album in Australia in 19 years. It was the highest-selling album in Australia of the decade[6] and is the equal 6th-highest-selling album in Australian history.

Background[edit]

In September 2000, Goodrem signed to Sony Music and her original album which she planned to release with independent label Empire Records was shelved. A year later, Goodrem released her debut single "I Don't Care" which peaked at number 64 on the ARIA Singles Chart.

Soon after, Goodrem began working on Innocent Eyes. She worked with a range of producers and songwriters, including the True North production and songwriting team Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy, Ric Wake (Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey), Kara DioGuardi (Kelly Clarkson, Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne), Matthew Gerrard (Mandy Moore, BBMak), Vince Pizzinga (Midnight Oil, Danielle Spencer), David Nicholas (INXS, Elton John, George), The Rembrandts and Mark Holden. Innocent Eyes is a Pop, pop rock and adult contemporary album which uses mostly live instruments. Talking about the album, Goodrem stated that "I wanted to make an album that reflected me at this time in my life", "Every song takes me to a place where I can remember what happened".[1] She also stated "The album is almost like a diary I have been keeping over the last two years", "Every track has a meaning behind it that's personal to me. I have been looking forward to this day for a long time and I just hope that everyone likes the music as much as I loved making it".[1]

Lawsuit[edit]

In 2004, Goodrem had been accused of owing thousands of dollars to songwriter Mark Holden. Holden wanted to clear up the terms of his contract with Goodrem and her record label Sony and requested all consultancy fees owed to him under the agreement.[7]

She also faced legal action that same year with her former music producers Trevor Carter and Paul Higgins. They sued Goodrem and her parents over unpaid royalties and for the right to release a 13-track album recorded with Goodrem in 2000.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]

Innocent Eyes received most positve reviews from music critics. Matthew Chisling from AllMusic described Goodrem's presence in the music industry as a "refreshing change". He also states that "Innocent Eyes reflects a mature yet clean display of true vocal talent". Caroline Sullivan a writer from The Guardian said that "Goodrem sings her aspirational ballads with heartfelt candour, while her co-writer's credit on nearly every song seems to be more than affectation. The lyrics are a bit la-la-floating-on-clouds, but that doesn't dilute their charm".[9]

Release and promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

"Born to Try" was the first song off the album, released in Australia on 8 November 2002, just a day before Goodrem's eighteenth birthday. At the time of the song's release, Goodrem was performing the song on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, as singer Nina Tucker. The song debuted on the Australian Singles Chart on 18 November 2002 at number three. On its second week the song jumped to number two and was accredited platinum by ARIA,[10] by its third week the song had knocked "The Ketchup Song" by Las Ketchup off the top spot and became Goodrem's first number-one single.[11] The song eventually went to certify triple platinum,[12] become the fourth highest selling single in Australia for 2003[13] and won three ARIA Awards for "Breakthrough Artist – Single", "Highest Selling Single" and "Single of the Year".[14] "Born to Try" also went number-one in New Zealand,[15] top ten in the UK[15] and top twenty in Ireland[15] and the Netherlands.[16]

"Lost Without You" was the second song release from the album, released to radio on 14 February 2003 and became the most added song to radio for that week.[17] It was released as a CD single on 28 January 2003 in Australia. The song gave Goodrem her second number-one single in Australia on 10 March 2003 debuting at number-one.[18] The song eventually went to certify double platinum,[12] become the seventh highest selling single in Australia for 2003[13] and was nominated for one ARIA Award for "Highest Selling Single" but lost to herself with "Born to Try".[14] "Lost Without You" also went top ten in New Zealand, Spain and the UK.[19]

On 17 April 2003 it was announced that the third song released from the album was "Innocent Eyes" which was released as a CD single on 6 June 2003. The song debuted on Australian Singles Chart the charts at number two on 16 June 2003 and was accredited gold.[20] After three weeks in the charts it moved one spot up the charts and became Goodrem's third number-one hit single in Australia. The song went to certify platinum by ARIA,[12] become the eighteenth highest selling single in Australia for 2003[13] and was nominated for one ARIA Award for "Highest Selling Single" but again lost to herself with "Born to Try".[14] "Innocent Eyes" also went top ten in the UK[21] and went top twenty in New Zealand.[21]

"Not Me, Not I" was the fourth song released from the album and was released in Australia on 12 September 2003. The music video for the song was directed by Michael Spiccia and was filmed in August 2003, Goodrem was determined to film the music video and to have it completed before she started her second round of chemotherapy because she says the song is her favourite track from the album.[22] The song made its debut on the Australian Singles Chart at number two and on its second week it went up one spot to number-one, making the single Goodrem's fourth number-one single, breaking Kylie Minogue's record of having the most songs released from an album to reach number-one.

"Predictable" was the fifth song released from the album and was released as a double A-side with her version of the John Lennon Christmas song "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". It saw the release to radio on 25 November 2003 and topped the airplay charts[23] and when it saw its physical release it became her fifth number-one single.

Tour[edit]

Main article: The Visualise Tour

Goodrem launched The Visualise Tour in 2005 where she performed songs from Innocent Eyes alongside her second album Mistaken Identity. Goodrem performed 10 arena shows in Australian capital cities. The show on 24 July at Acer Arena in Sydney were filmed for inclusion in the live DVD for the concert tour entitled The Visualise Tour: Live in Concert, which was released on 13 November 2005. The DVD peaked at number one on the Australian ARIA DVD Chart and was certified four times platinum for sales of 60,000 units.[24][25]

Commercial performance[edit]

Innocent Eyes debuted at number-one on the Australian ARIA Albums Charts on 31 March 2003 with sales of over 70,000 copies, accrediting platinum[26] knocking Norah Jones's album Come Away with Me off the top spot. The album went to spend twenty-nine weeks at number-one breaking John Farnham's record with Whispering Jack (1986) which spent twenty-five weeks at number-one.[27] Innocent Eyes was then tied with Neil Diamond's album Hot August Night (1972) for spending the most weeks at number-one in Australian history.[27] Its accreditation reached to fourteen times platinum,[28] the album became the highest selling album in Australia for 2003,[29] spent eighty-seven weeks in the top one hundred and won six ARIA Awards for "Highest Selling Album", "Best Female Artist", "Breakthrough Artist – Album", "Best Pop Release" and Channel [V]'s "Oz Artist of the Year".[14] In 2004 the album also won the award for "Highest Selling Album" again.[14] The album went to sell over million copies in Australia.[4] In the UK, the album debut in the charts at number two[30] being held off the top spot by Beyoncé Knowles's album Dangerously in Love (2003). It spent thirty-one weeks in the top seventy-five,[31] became the eighteenth highest selling album for 2003[32] Innocent Eyes is the 2nd biggest selling album by an Australian female singer in the 00's, behind Kylie Minogue's album Fever which sold 8 million copies worldwide.

On 23 December 2003 it was announced that the one millionth copy of the album had been released to retail, the disc was specially marked by Sony and the buyer would receive a plaque commemorating the milestone. On 7 January 2010, "Innocent Eyes" was announced as Australia's top selling album for the 2000s,[33] for which, Delta received a special award at the 2010 ARIA No. 1 Awards in Sydney, 22 July 2010.[34]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Born to Try"   Delta Goodrem, Audius Mtawarira Ric Wake 4:13
2. "Innocent Eyes"   Goodrem, Vince Pizzinga John Fields 3:53
3. "Not Me, Not I"   Goodrem, Kara DioGuardi, Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy, Jarrad Rogers Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy 4:25
4. "Throw It Away"   Barlow, Kennedy, Cathy Dennis Barlow, Kennedy 3:52
5. "Lost Without You"   Matthew Gerrard, Bridget Benenate Matthew Gerrard 4:10
6. "Predictable"   Goodrem, DioGuardi, Rogers Fields 3:40
7. "Butterfly"   Barlow, Kennedy, Tim Woodcock Barlow, Kennedy 4:00
8. "In My Own Time"   Goodrem David Nicholas 4:06
9. "My Big Mistake"   Goodrem, Barlow, Kennedy, Woodcock Barlow, Kennedy 3:44
10. "This Is Not Me"   Goodrem, Pizzinga Nicholas 4:29
11. "Running Away"   Goodrem, Barlow, Kennedy, Woodcock Barlow, Kennedy 3:21
12. "A Year Ago Today"   Goodrem, Mark Holden, Paul Wiltshire Nicholas 4:13
13. "Longer"   Goodrem, Barlow, Kennedy, Woodcock Barlow, Kennedy 3:53
14. "Will You Fall for Me"   Goodrem Goodrem 3:59
Total length:
56:06

B-sides[edit]

The following tracks were not released on the album, but were released on the singles.

Title Single(s)
"Hear Me Calling" "Lost Without You" – UK CD single / "Innocent Eyes" – Australian CD single
"Lost for Words" "Innocent Eyes" – CD single
"Right There Waiting" "Not Me, Not I" – CD single
"Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"
"Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" "Not Me, Not I" – UK CD single / "Predictable" – Australian CD single
"Here I Am" (Piano & Cello Version) "Predictable" – CD single

Personnel[edit]

  • Delta Goodrem — vocals, writer, producer piano, keyboards, concept
  • Mark Russell — production coordination
  • Mark Fields — arranger, keyboards, producer, engineer, string arrangements, bass, guitar
  • Matthew Gerrard — arranger, programming, producer, instrumentation
  • Gary Barlow — keyboards, programming, producer
  • Eliot Kennedy — producer, guitar
  • David Nicholas — producer, vocal engineer
  • Rick Wake — producer
  • Daniel Denholm — conductor, string arrangements
  • Mike Ruekberg — guitar (baritone)
  • Steve MacKay — guitar
  • Mark Punch — guitar
  • Phil Solem — guitar
  • Craig Myers — guitar
  • Jeremy Meek — bass guitar
  • Chris Cameron – string arrangements
  • Vince Pizzinga — cello arrangement
  • Ameena Maria Khawaja— cello
  • Richard Sanford — piano
  • David Falzone — piano
  • Matt Mahaffey — keyboards, noise
  • Billy Hawn — percussion
  • Dorian Crozier — drums
  • Cathy Dennis — vocals (background)
  • Ami Richardson — vocals (background)
  • Bob Cadway — engineer
  • Chong Lim — vocal engineer
  • Jim Annunziatto — assistant engineer
  • Michael Brauer— mixing
  • Greg Calbi — mastering
  • Robbie Adams — assistant
  • Sam Story – assistant
  • Blair Simmons — assistant

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[50] 15× Platinum 1,200,000+[51][52][53]
France (SNEP)[54] 30,000+[55]
Germany (BVMI)[56] Gold 100,000[57]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[58] 3× Platinum 45,000[59]
United Kingdom (BPI)[60] 2× Platinum 898,000 (725,000 in 2003)[61]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[62] Platinum 1,000,000[63]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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Preceded by
Come Away with Me by Norah Jones
Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
St. Anger by Metallica
Vulture Street by Powderfinger
The Official Fiction by Something for Kate
Life for Rent by Dido
Just as I Am by Guy Sebastian
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
31 March 2003 – 5 May 2003
26 May 2003 – 9 June 2003
30 June 2003 – 7 July 2003
4 August 2003 – 18 August 2003
1 September 2003 – 29 September 2003
20 October 2003 – 8 December 2003
12 January 2004 – 19 January 2004
Succeeded by
Come Away With Me by Norah Jones
St Anger by Metallica
Vulture Street by Powderfinger
The Official Fiction by Something For Kate
Life for Rent by Dido
Just As I Am by Guy Sebastian
Fallen by Evanescence