Passion (Geri Halliwell album)

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Passion
Studio album by Geri Halliwell
Released 6 June 2005
Recorded 2001–2005: Area 21, Sphere Studios, Thriller Jill's, Whitfield Street Studios (London)
Murlyn Studios (Stockholm)
Genre
Length 42:39
Label
Producer
Geri Halliwell chronology
Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
(2002)
Passion
(2005)
Singles from Passion
  1. "Ride It"
    Released: 22 November 2004
  2. "Desire"
    Released: 30 May 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Passion is the third studio album by English singer Geri Halliwell, released on 6 June 2005 by Innocent Records. Two singles were released from the album: "Ride It", which charted at number four, and "Desire", which charted at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart. Critics praised Halliwell's improved voice[2] but the album was a commercial failure, peaking at number 41 with only 5,432 copies sold[3] and charting for only one week on the UK Albums Chart.[4] However, the album did manage to become a moderate hit worldwide, selling over half a million copies according to the Daily Mail.[5]

Background[edit]

The album was originally titled Disco Sister with Halliwell focusing the album on electropop, EDM and Europop sounds.[6] She recorded many songs between 2002 and 2004 with a number of producers. Songs recorded during this period that did not appear on the final album include "Set Me Off", "Turn It On", "Geri's Got Her Groove Back", "Disco Sister", "My Sweetest Pain", "Gimme Your Love" and a cover version of "100% Pure Love".[7][8][9] But in 2004 EMI changed the focus of the album and the title to Passion, replacing most of the dance songs with ballads and pop-jazz sounds, including the new songs "Passion", "There's Always Tomorrow", "So I Give Up on Love" and the dance-pop "Desire" and "Surrender Your Groove".[6]

Halliwell also wanted to record the track "Some Girls" (written by Richard X and Hannah Robinson) for the album, but the track was instead given to Rachel Stevens, who had a top 3 hit with it in 2004.[10]

Promotion[edit]

A tour had been planned in order to promote the album, but was canceled.[11][12] A documentary promoting Passion, titled There's Something About Geri, was premiered by Channel 5 on 15 May 2005. It covered her life and career and following her from Moscow to Milan and Britain as she prepares for a relaunch of her singing career.[13] The documentary attracted an audience of 1.1 million viewers, garnering above-average Sunday ratings for the network.[14] Despite rating success, it was criticized by the media for showing a "depressed, friendless, slightly ga-ga, and a long-time sufferer from bulimia" Halliwell. She commented, "I shouldn't have done it! Even thinking about it makes me cringe!", before adding she hated the way she came across on camera and found it far too upsetting a prospect to even consider watching it again.[15]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Passion.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Passion"  
Vettese 2:56
2. "Desire"  
Korpi & BlackCell 3:22
3. "Love Never Loved Me"  
  • Halliwell
  • Robinson
  • Ian Masterson
Masterson 4:04
4. "Feel the Fear"  
  • Halliwell
  • Andy Watkins
  • Paul Wilson
Absolute 4:15
5. "Superstar"  
Steve Power 3:28
6. "Surrender Your Groove"  
  • Halliwell
  • Korpi
  • Wollo
  • Ronald
Korpi & BlackCell 2:58
7. "Ride It"  
3:46
8. "There's Always Tomorrow"  
  • Halliwell
  • Robinson
  • Masterson
  • Holweger
Masterson 3:48
9. "Let Me Love You More"  
  • Halliwell
  • Robinson
  • Masterson
Masterson 4:06
10. "Don't Get Any Better"  
  • Halliwell
  • Tracy Ackerman
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
Absolute 3:23
11. "Loving Me Back to Life"  
  • Halliwell
  • Chambers
Power 3:24
12. "So I Give Up on Love"  
  • Halliwell
  • Vettese
Vettese 2:43
Total length:
42:39

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Argentinian Albums Chart 17
Canadian Albums Chart 127
Greek International Albums Chart 37
Italian Albums Chart 49
UK Albums Chart 41

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