My Cassette Player

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My Cassette Player
Studio album by Lena
Released 7 May 2010
Recorded March–April 2010
Genre Pop
Length 42:32
Label Universal Music Germany
Producer Stefan Raab, Brix, Ingo Politz, Bernd Wendlandt, John Gordon, Per Kristian Ottestad
Lena chronology
My Cassette Player
(2010)
Good News
(2011)
Singles from My Cassette Player
  1. "Satellite"
    Released: 13 March 2010
  2. "Touch a New Day"
    Released: 6 August 2010
Digital singles from My Cassette Player
  1. "Bee"
    Released: 13 March 2010
  2. "Love Me"
    Released: 13 March 2010

My Cassette Player is the debut album of German singer Lena Meyer-Landrut. It was released under her stage name Lena on 7 May 2010,[1] and debuted at number one in the German albums chart.[2] The album has been certified five times gold in Germany, indicating sales of 500,000.[3]

Production[edit]

My Cassette Player includes Meyer-Landrut's number-one single "Satellite", which was Germany's winning entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010,[4] as well as her songs "Love Me" and "Bee",[1] which had been released previously on 13 March 2010.[5] It also features cover versions of "My Same" by Adele and "Mr. Curiosity" by Jason Mraz, both of which had been performed by Meyer-Landrut during Unser Star für Oslo (Our Star for Oslo), the German national pre-selection programme for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010,[1] as well as a cover version of "Not Following", an unreleased song by English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. All of the other songs were written or co-written by Stefan Raab and Meyer-Landrut herself.

The cover photo was created by Sophie Krische. The cassette recorder on the cover is a SKR 700, produced in the former GDR. The artwork of the album booklet was done by Ronald Reinsberg.

The second maxi-single from the album is "Touch a New Day",[6] its B-side being the song "We Can't Go On", previously only released as bonus material.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Aftonbladet 2/5 stars[8]
CDstars.de 7/10 stars[9]
Expressen 1/5 stars[10]
laut.de 3/5 stars[11]
LetMeEntertainYou 3/5 stars[12]
MuzObzor 5/5 stars[13]
Nerikes Allehanda 1/5 stars[14]
Nya Wermlands-Tidningen 1/5 stars[15]

In Germany, initial reviews of the album were mixed. While Stuttgarter Nachrichten criticised the overly distinct influence of producer Stefan Raab,[16] Neue Presse deemed it a "charming debut",[17] and Hannoversche Allgemeine called it "somewhat banal" but still a "good pop album", characterising "Bee" as a "cheerful hymn to independence" and "Satellite" as "still sounding astonishingly fresh, even after its massive airplay".[18]

In foreign press, the album was critically panned with a number of reviews blaming nonsensical lyrics and Lena's weak voice. The Daily Mail in the United Kingdom gave a mixed verdict on the album praising "worthwhile covers of Ellie Goulding's Not Following and Adele's My Same, plus some slick originals that remind me a little of another German singer, Nena", but also complained that the album sounded "hurried".[19] In Sweden, the website Kritiker assigns a normalised rating out of 5.0 to reviews from mainstream critics across the country and gave the album an average score of 2.0, based on 13 reviews, which indicates negative to mixed reviews.[20] Jenny Seth of Aftonbladet accused Lena of being "a precocious teenager" with "forced vocals...[and] banal lyrics about bees". She added that, whilst Lena "is influenced by Kate Nash and Adele, she sounds rather [like a] wimpy Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz's unbearably perky little sister".[8] Anders Nunstedt, music editor from the Swedish tabloid Expressen, gave the album a harsh review calling it a "bland pop debut with nonsense lyrics" and criticising Lena's "exaggerated British accent".[10] Carina Jonsson in Nerikes Allehanda gave the album only one out of five and criticised Lena's vocal ability, saying she "sings as bad as any karaoke rookie, also, she has added a hard-won goofy English accent".[14]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Satellite"   Julie Frost, John Gordon Brix, Ingo Politz, Bernd Wendlandt, Gordon 2:55
2. "My Cassette Player"   Stefan Raab, Lena Meyer-Landrut Raab 3:35
3. "Not Following"   Ellie Goulding, Jonny Lattimer Raab 3:36
4. "I Like to Bang My Head"   Raab, Meyer-Landrut Raab 3:23
5. "My Same"   Adele Raab 3:02
6. "Caterpillar in the Rain"   Raab, Meyer-Landrut Raab 3:42
7. "Love Me"   Raab, Meyer-Landrut Raab 2:59
8. "Touch a New Day"   Raab Raab 3:08
9. "Bee"   Rosi Golan, Per Kristian Ottestad, Mayaeni Strauss Ottestad 3:00
10. "You Can't Stop Me"   Raab Raab 2:54
11. "Mr. Curiosity"   Lester Mendez, Dennis James Morris, Jason Mraz Raab 3:41
12. "I Just Want Your Kiss"   Daniel Schaub, Pär Lammers, Raab Raab 3:05
13. "Wonderful Dreaming"   Raab, Meyer-Landrut Raab 3:32
Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "We Can't Go On" (Amazon.de Bonus Track) Lammers, Schaub 3:15
15. "New Shoes" (iTunes Bonus Track) Matty Benbrook, Jim Duguid, Paolo Nutini 3:23
Deluxe Edition Bonus-DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Unser Star für Oslo - Lena" (Documentary) 23:00
2. "Satellite" (Video) 2:54
Tchibo Deluxe Edition Bonus-DVD
No. Title Length
1. "Satellite" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo) 3:01
2. "Love Me" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo) 3:09
3. "Bee" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo) 3:30
4. "My Same" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo) 3:39
5. "Mr. Curiosity" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo) 3:32
6. "Photogallery ("Satellite")"   2:54

Personnel[edit]

Source:[21]

Charts and certifications[edit]