Love & War (Daniel Merriweather album)

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Love & War
Studio album by Daniel Merriweather
Released 1 June 2009 (2009-06-01)
Genre R&B, soul
Length 41:53 (Standard Edition)
Label Columbia (UK)
Marlin (AUS)
Producer Mark Ronson
Eg White
Singles from Love and War
  1. "Change (feat. Wale)"
    Released: 2 February 2009
  2. "Red"
    Released: 18 May 2009
  3. "Impossible"
    Released: 17 August 2009
  4. "Water and a Flame (feat. Adele)"
    Released: 2 November 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
BBC Music (favorable)[2]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[3]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[4]
HipHopSite.Com 3.0/5 stars[5]
The Times 3/5 stars[6]
Yahoo! Music UK 6/10 stars[7]

Love & War is the debut studio album by the Australian R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Merriweather. It was released on 1 June 2009, on Marlin Records/Universal (AUS), Allido/Columbia/RCA (UK). The success of singles "Change" and "Red", both of which cracked the UK top ten was enough to propel the album to number two on the UK Albums Chart. The album was released on 23 February 2010 in the United States under J Records and Allido Records. It features string arrangements by David Campbell.

Singles[edit]

  • "Change" was released in February 2009. It featured rapper Wale and reached number eight on the UK Singles Chart, marking his second top ten single placing.
  • "Red" was released in May 2009. "Red" entered the UK singles chart at number five, making it his second UK top ten single and first entry into the top five as a lead performer.
  • "Impossible" was released on 17 August 2009, and peaked at a low #67 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Water and a Flame" was the fourth and final single released on 2 November 2009, and peaked at #180 on the UK Singles Chart.[8]

Response[edit]

Love & War has generally received positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received a score of 66, based on five reviews.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "For Your Money" — 4:53
  2. "Impossible" — 4:07
  3. "Change" (feat. Wale) — 3:21
  4. "Chainsaw" — 4:05
  5. "Cigarettes" — 3:24 (co-written by singer Jordan Galland)
  6. "Red" — 3:53
  7. "Could You" — 3:36
  8. "Not Giving Up" — 3:14
  9. "Getting Out" — 3:17
  10. "Water and a Flame" (feat. Adele) — 3:40
  11. "Live by Night" — 2:53 (co written by Jordan Galland)
  12. "Giving Everything Away for Free" — 3:30
  13. "The Children" (Digital/US/Japan Bonus Track) — 3:29
  14. "You Don't Know What Love Is" originally by The White Stripes (US Digital/Japan Bonus Track) — 4:13
  15. "I Think I'm In Love" (US Digital Bonus Track)
  16. "Cigarettes" (US iTunes Pre-order Bonus Track)

Charts and sales[edit]

The album debuted at #2 on the UK Albums Chart selling 43,000 copies in its first week and was the third highest first week sales for a debut album in 2009 at the time.[9] The album was certified Platinum in the United Kingdom after selling 300,000 copies.[10]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 32
Australian Urban Albums Chart 6
Austrian Albums Chart 28
Danish Albums Chart 12
Dutch Albums Chart 59
German Albums Chart 34
Greek Albums Chart 41
Irish Albums Chart 15
Swiss Albums Chart 8
UK Albums Chart 2
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums 7

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[11] Platinum 300,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "BBC Music review". 
  3. ^ "Digital Spy review". 
  4. ^ Davis, Johnny (19 April 2009). "The Guardian review". London. 
  5. ^ "HipHopSite.Com review". 
  6. ^ Cairns, Dan (31 May 2009). "The Times review". London. 
  7. ^ "Yahoo! Music UK review". 
  8. ^ "Chart Log UK: M - My Vitriol". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  9. ^ "Information Not Found". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-29. 
  10. ^ BPI Gold
  11. ^ BPI Gold certification