O-Town (album)

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O-Town
Studio album by O-Town
Released January 23, 2001
Recorded 2000
Genre Pop, R&B
Length 42:59
Label J, Trans Continental, BMG
Producer Pic Conley, Warryn Campbell, Cutfather & Joe, Dakari, Clive Davis (exec.), Dane DeViller, David Frank, Sean Hosein, Mark Hudson, Steve Kipner, David Kopatz, Jack Kugell, Harold Lilly, Steve Mac, Michael Mangini, Quincy Patrick, Bradley Spalter, Joshua Thompson
O-Town chronology
O-Town
(2001)
O2
(2002)
Singles from O-Town
  1. "Liquid Dreams"
    Released: December 5, 2000
  2. "All or Nothing"
    Released: July 23, 2001
  3. "We Fit Together"
    Released: October 22, 2001
  4. "Love Should Be a Crime"
    Released: February 11, 2002

O-Town is the eponymous debut studio album released by American boy band O-Town, released on January 23, 2001 in the United States by J Records, Trans Continental Records, and BMG.

Background[edit]

The album was first released on January 23, 2001 in the United States. The album contained a total of twelve tracks. Around this time, the album was also released in Japan, with two bonus remixes exclusively for the market. In March 2001, the band were asked into the studio to record a song for the Dr. Dolittle 2 soundtrack. The track, "We Fit Together", featured on the soundtrack, released in June 2001.

Following the release of "All or Nothing", the album was released in Europe and the United Kingdom on August 6, 2001 complete with "We Fit Together" as a bonus track, bringing the number of tracks to thirteen. As "We Fit Together" was not included on the original American version of the album, American fans were treated to a 'Special Fan Edition' of the album on May 28, 2002. The fan edition also included an exclusive CD-ROM section. The fan edition was also made available in Germany.

Singles[edit]

The album was released following the success of the band's top 10 hit, "Liquid Dreams".[1] The album peaked at #5 and spawned the follow-up singles "All or Nothing", "We Fit Together" and "Love Should Be A Crime". "All or Nothing" peaked at #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.[2] "We Fit Together" stalled at #4 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles Chart.[3] "Love Should Be a Crime", was not featured on any of Billboard's charts at all, although it made it to the top 40 in the UK, becoming the lowest-charting single from the album.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 1.5/5 stars [5]
Chicago Tribune (unfavorable) [6]
Entertainment Weekly (C-)[7]
Robert Christgau (dud)[8]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [9]
USA Today 1/4 stars [10]
Wall of Sound (57/100) [11]

O-Town received mixed-to-negative reviews from critics. Allmusic gave the following review:

It's finally come to this. The manufacturing of teen pop has reached its nadir with O-Town, a quintet of squeaky-clean boys pulled from a thousand hopefuls whose struggles were detailed, step by step, on Making the Band. Stuffing both reality TV and boy band marketing down the throats of viewers, the limited-run series weeded out a bunch of contenders, through sweat and tears - lots of the latter, to give listeners Ashley, Dan, Erik, Jacob, and Trevor: O-Town! And on their flaccid self-titled debut, the fivesome go through the motions directed to them by a squad of industry moneymakers. To say there isn't an ounce of sincerity to be found within the 12 songs here is pretty much taken for granted. That the entire project whiffs of cynicism is inexcusable."[5]

Track List[edit]

"Track 1=Liquid Dreams" writers= Joshua Thompson, Bradley Spalter, Michael Norfleet, Quincy Patrick Producers= Thompson, Spalter, Patrick[a], Pic Conley[b] length= 3:30

"Track 2= Every Six Seconds" writers= Steve Kipner, David Kopatz, Jack Kugell Producers= Kopatz, Kugell, Kipner length= 3:13

"Track 3= Girl" writers= Harold Lilly, Warryn Campbell, John "Jubu" Smith Producers= Campbell, Lilly[a] length= 3:36

"Track 4= Sexiest Woman Alive" writers= Spalter, Thompson, Norfleet, Patrick Producers= Spalter, Thompson, Patrick length= 3:40

"Track 5= Love Should Be a Crime" writers= Desmond Child, Gregg Sutton, Jesse James Dupree Producers= Michael Mangini, Mark Hudson length= 3:18

"Track 6= Shy Girl" writers= Dane DeViller, Sean Hosein, Kipner Producers= DeViller, Hosein, Kipner length= 4:10

"Track 7= All or Nothing" writers= Wayne Hector, Steve Mac Producers= Mac length= 4:41

| title8 = Sensitive | writer8 = Kipner, David Frank, Herbie Crichlow | extra8 = Frank, Kipner | length8 = 3:23

| title9 = The Painter | writer9 = DeViller, Hosein | extra9 = DeViller, Hosein | length9 = 3:55

| title10 = Take Me Under | writer10 = Jacob Underwood, Dakari, Tony Dawson-Harrison | extra10 = Dakari | length10 = 4:08

| title11 = All for Love | writer11 = Dakari | extra11 = Dakari | length11 = 3:29

| title12 = Baby I Would | writer12 = Diane Warren | extra12 = Dakari | length12 = 3:53

European bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
13. "We Fit Together"   Mich Hansen, Joe Belmaati, Remee Cutfather & Joe 3:56
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[b] signifies an associate vocal producer

Single track listings[edit]

Liquid Dreams[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Liquid Dreams"
  2. "Liquid Dreams" (Mike Rizzo Mixshow)
  3. "Take Me Under"
UK CD2
  1. "Liquid Dreams"
  2. "Liquid Dreams" (HQ2 Mixshow)
  3. "Liquid Dreams" (HQ2 Instrumental)
  4. "Liquid Dreams" (Video)
Europe
  1. "Liquid Dreams"
  2. "All For Love"
  3. "Liquid Dreams" (Matrix Mix)
  4. "Liquid Dreams" (Hot Hex Hector Mix)
America
  1. "Liquid Dreams"
  2. "Liquid Dreams" (Mike Rizzo Mixshow)
  3. "All For Love"

All or Nothing[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "All or Nothing" (Radio Mix)
  2. "All or Nothing" (Rizzo Radio Edit)
UK CD2
  1. "All or Nothing" (Radio Mix)
  2. "All or Nothing" (HQ2 Radio Mix)
  3. "Liquid Dreams" (Matrix Mix)
  4. "All or Nothing" (Music Video)
Europe
  1. "All or Nothing" (Radio Mix)
  2. "All or Nothing" (HQ2 Mixshow Mix)
  3. "All or Nothing" (Rizzo Club Mix)
  4. "Take Me Under" (Live Version)
  5. "Baby I Would"
America
  1. "All or Nothing" (Radio Mix)
  2. "All or Nothing" (HQ2 Radio Mix)
  3. "All or Nothing" (Rizzo Radio Edit)
  4. "Liquid Dreams" (HQ2 Radio Mix)
  5. "Take Me Under" (Live Version)
  6. "We Fit Together"

We Fit Together[edit]

  1. "We Fit Together" (Radio Mix)
  2. "Liquid Dreams" (Live Version)
  3. "All or Nothing" (Live Version)
  4. "We Fit Together" (Video)

Love Should Be a Crime[edit]

UK CD1
  1. "Love Should Be a Crime" (Radio Mix)
  2. "Love Should Be a Crime" (Live Version)
UK CD2
  1. "Love Should Be a Crime" (Radio Mix)
  2. "Love Should Be a Crime" (Live Version)
  3. "Liquid Dreams" (HQ2 Mixshow Version)
  4. "Love Should Be a Crime" (Video)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
osition
Austrian Albums Chart[12] 22
Canadian Albums Chart[13] 2
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 37
European Albums Chart[14] 32
German Albums Chart[15] 14
Irish Albums Chart[16] 34
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 50
UK Albums Chart[17] 7
US Billboard 200[13] 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[18] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[19] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,000,000^

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liquid Dreams" on Amazon
  2. ^ "All or Nothing" on Amazon
  3. ^ "We Fit Together" on Amazon
  4. ^ "Love Should Be a Crime" on Amazon
  5. ^ a b O-Town (album) at AllMusic
  6. ^ "O-Town O-Town (J Records) If the Backstreet Boys...". Chicago Tribune. 
  7. ^ "Album Review: 'O-Town'". EW.com. 
  8. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: o-town". robertchristgau.com. 
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 15, 2007)
  10. ^ "Sound of money drowns out O-Town's 'edgy' pop Vitamin C's fans may want to take 'More'". pqarchiver.com. 
  11. ^ Wall of Sound review at the Wayback Machine (archived February 3, 2001)
  12. ^ a b c http://swisscharts.com/album/O-Town/O-Town-3842
  13. ^ a b "US Billboard and Canadian charts > Chart History". billboard.com Retrieved 2010-05-10
  14. ^ "Hits of the World - Eurochart". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 25 August 2001. p. 49. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  15. ^ "German Longplay charts > Chart History". musicline.de Retrieved 2010-05-10
  16. ^ http://irish-charts.com/showinterpret.asp?interpret=O%2DTown
  17. ^ "O-TOWN". officialcharts.com. 
  18. ^ "Canadian album certifications – O Town – O Town". Music Canada. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – O Town – O Town". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  Enter O Town in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  20. ^ "American album certifications – O Town – O Town". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 25 July 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH