Ladylike

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Ladylike
Studio album by Monrose
Released June 11, 2010
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Dance-pop, R&B, pop, electropop
Length 47:38
Label Starwatch, Warner Music
Producer Pete Kirtley, Chris Ballard (MusicTalksProductions), Zebra 1 Music (Tim Hawes & Obi Mhondera), Famties (Christian Buettner & Marcello Pagin), Elias Kapari, Alexander Geringas, Tuneverse
Monrose chronology
I Am
(2008)
Ladylike
(2010)
Singles from Ladylike
  1. "Like A Lady"
    Released: 28 May 2010
  2. "This Is Me"
    Released: 27 August 2010
  3. "Breathe You In"
    Released: 03 December 2010

Ladylike is the fourth and final studio album by German pop trio Monrose, released by Starwatch Music and the Warner Music Group on June 11, 2010 (see 2010 in music) in German-speaking Europe. Production for the album began in 2009 to 2010, featuring involvement by frequent contributors such as Pete Kirtley, Christian Ballard, Tim Hawes, and Obi Mhondera as well as new production teams Famties and Tuneverse as well as Elias Kapari and Alexander Geringas.

The album received mostly mixed reviews from critics, and debuted at number ten on the German Albums Chart, scoring themselves their fourth consecutive Top 10 album in the country.

Background[edit]

Following the release of the final single from their third album I Am (2008), "Why Not Us," in November 2008, the Monrose members decided to take a break from music business, during which the trio pursued different branches of the entertainment industry. In summer 2009, they eventually reunited to start work on their fourth studio album Ladylike, which was partially recorded in Germany and in New York.[1] The three members agreed that recording overseas was very "inspiring." Bahar Kizil commented, that "recording an album in a city like New York, means putting yourself on a higher level."[1] The songs that were recorded there include "Superstar DJ" and "Don't Take It Personal."[2]

In the end, the group reportedly had the highest amount of songs to choose from, as in two years of break, a lot of new material had been collected. The songs for the final track list were chosen by the band members, as well as their families and friends.[1] The trio appreciated the break of two years between their third and fourth album releases. Senna Guemmour explained, that in this way, the recording sessions were very relaxed and could be done without any stress.[1]

Promotion[edit]

The first new song introduced from Ladylike was "All or Nothing" which premiered during a fan club meeting. The second song was "Superstar DJ" which was first performed during a promotional event for Douglas fragrances.[3]

The presented another new song "This Is Me", along with the Donna Summer cover "On the Radio" at the Thomas & Helga Show in the NDR. The lead single "Like a Lady" was sent to radios on 17 April 2010. The music video had its premiere on 12 May 2010. The song was also performed during the season finale of the fifth season of Germany's Next Topmodel.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CDStarts 5/10 stars[4]
laut.de 2/5 stars[5]
LetMeEntertainYou 3/5 stars[6]

Ladylike received generally positive reviews. LetMeEntertainYou stated that the songs on the album are "more mature" and "more melodic" than the songs on their last album I Am. T-Online stated that the songs on the album are "varied" and "fast-paced".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "This Is Me"   Mich Hansen, Jonas Jeberg, Paul Michael Berry, Shaznay Lewis Pete Kirtley, Christian "TheFatRat" Buettner, Marcello "Cello" Pagin 3:42
2. "Superstar DJ"   Marcello Pagin, Christian F.J. Buettner, Alistair Tennant Christian "TheFatRat" Buettner, Marcello "Cello" Pagin 3:36
3. "Like a Lady"   Alexander Komlew, Zippy Davis, Risto Asikainen, Ercola Zip & Alex, Ercola 3:11
4. "Don't Take It Personal"   Pagin, Buettner, Fiora Cutler Christian "TheFatRat" Buettner, Marcello "Cello" Pagin 3:23
5. "Doing Fine"   Obi Mhondera, Tim Hawes, Paul Berry, Will Simms Tim Hawes, Obi Mhondera, Will Simms 3:30
6. "Definition Of A Woman"   Michael Szumowski, Paulini Curuenavuli, Barry Southgate Alex Geringas, Bülent Aris 3:40
7. "Love Must Carry On"   Marcus Brosch, Tobias Neumann, Mark Tremaine Agbi, Inessa Alexandrova Marcus Brosch, Tobias Neumann 3:22
8. "Breathe You In"   Thanh Bui, Gary Pinto, Rodney Mark Davies Pete Kirtley, Andrew Murray, Christian Ballard 4:08
9. "All Or Nothing"   Billy Burnette, Valeria Pete Kirtley, Andrew Murray, Christian Ballard 3:54
10. "No No No"   Raphael Schillebeeckx, Sanne Putseys Alex Geringas, Bülent Aris 3:38
11. "Catwalk V-O-G-U-E"   Tobias Gad, Joy Lynn Strand Pete Kirtley, Andrew Murray, Christian Ballard 2:48
12. "Mono"   Alex Geringas, Elias Kapari,
Charlie Mason, Bernd Klimpel
Elias Kapari, Alex Geringas 3:20
13. "I Surrender (Hidden Track)"   Kit Hain, Udo Mechels, Yannic Fonderie Pete Kirtley, Andrew Murray, Christian Ballard 4:06

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[7] 26
German Albums Chart[8] 10
Swiss Albums Chart[9] 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Reid, Shaheem & Elias, Matt (2008-08-15). "Interview with Hitparade". MTV News. Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2008-08-23. 
  2. ^ Album notes for Ladylike by Monrose, Starwatch.
  3. ^ "Superstar DJ" at the Douglas event on YouTube
  4. ^ CDStarts review
  5. ^ laut.de review
  6. ^ LetMeEntertainYou review
  7. ^ Charts: Austria
  8. ^ Charts: Germany
  9. ^ Charts: Switzerland

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