Schizophonic (Geri Halliwell album)

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Schizophonic
Studio album by Geri Halliwell
Released 7 June 1999
Recorded 1998–99
Genre
Length 40:52
Label
Producer Absolute
Geri Halliwell chronology
Schizophonic
(1999)
Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
(2001)
Singles from Schizophonic
  1. "Look at Me"
    Released: 10 May 1999
  2. "Mi Chico Latino"
    Released: 16 August 1999
  3. "Lift Me Up"
    Released: 1 November 1999
  4. "Bag It Up"
    Released: 13 March 2000
Alternative cover
Alternative cover of Schizophonic.
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C [3]
BBC News Mixed [4]
The New Zealand Herald 2/5 stars[5]
People Favorable [6]

Schizophonic (stylised as Schizö-phonic) is the debut studio album by pop singer Geri Halliwell. The album was released after her split from popular girl group the Spice Girls. The term schizophonic is a portmanteau of the Greek words schizo ("split", "divide") and phonic ("sound"), and also seemingly a play on the word "schizophrenic" and the musical term "schizophonia".

It produced four singles all of which saw commercial success in the UK, the album spawned three number one singles, Mi Chico Latino, Lift Me Up, and Bag It Up, the first single Look at Me peaked at number two in the UK chart. As of 2010 the album sold 3 million copies worlwide.[7]

Commercial sales[edit]

Three of the four singles from the album went to number one in the United Kingdom, while the debut single made number two. The album was a commercial success and has actually sold better than Forever, the Spice Girls album which was released almost two years after Halliwell's controversial departure from the group. The album debuted at No. 4 in the United Kingdom, selling 31,274 in its first week, and 483,853 in total, being certified 2× Platinum for shipments of 600,000 copies. In Canada, the album debuted and peaked at No. 15. With strong long-term sales the album was certified Platinum with just over 100,000 copies shipped. In the United States, the album faced medium success, selling 40,000 copies in its first week debuting and peaking at No. 42 on the Billboard 200, the strongest Spice Girls solo showing on the chart. The album also was certified Gold in Australia, Spain and Mexico with shipments of over 35,000, 50,000 and 75,000 respectively. However, the album only reached No. 85 in Japan, selling 3,190 copies.

Album covers[edit]

Schizophonic was released with two different covers, representing an angel (white), and a devil (red); both covers are the same edition of the album. On the first "O" on Schizophonic, there is an angel halo on the white cover and horns on the red cover. On the back cover, the song titles are written on both red and white, relating the theme of the song to one of the personalities. The booklet of the album features both covers on all editions, and the lyrics of the songs are included on the side that they are marked on the back cover.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Schizophonic.[8]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Look at Me"  
  • Geri Halliwell
  • Andy Watkins
  • Paul Wilson
Absolute 4:31
2. "Lift Me Up"  
  • Halliwell
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
  • Tracy Ackerman
Absolute 3:52
3. "Walkaway"  
  • Halliwell
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
  • Ackerman
Absolute 5:03
4. "Mi Chico Latino"  
  • Halliwell
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
Absolute 3:16
5. "Goodnight Kiss"  
  • Halliwell
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
Absolute 4:20
6. "Bag It Up"  
  • Halliwell
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
Absolute 3:46
7. "Sometime"  
  • Halliwell
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
Absolute 4:01
8. "Let Me Love You"  
  • Halliwell
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
Absolute 3:45
9. "Someone's Watching Over Me"  
  • Halliwell
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
  • Ackerman
Absolute 4:15
10. "You're in a Bubble"  
  • Halliwell
  • Watkins
  • Wilson
Absolute 3:27
Total length:
40:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Geri Halliwell – vocals
  • Absolute – all instruments
  • Milton McDonald – guitar
  • Phil Hudson – guitar (track 2)
  • Paul 'P-Dub' Walton – engineer

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone Review (Schizophonic - Geri Halliwell)". Angelfire. 1999. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  3. ^ Chuck Eddy (1999). "Enterntainment Weekly Review (Schizophonic - Geri Halliwell)". Enterntainment Weekly. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  4. ^ Chris Charles (1999-6-6). "Entertainment: New Music Releases - CD Review: Geri Halliwell". BBC News. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  5. ^ Russell Baillie (1999-17-6). "The New Zeland Herald Review: Geri Halliwell - Schizophonic". The New Zeland Herald. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Schizophonic". People. 1999-28-6. Retrieved 2014-07-08. 
  7. ^ "Watch your fingers... Geri Halliwell makes a new furry friend at London Zoo". Daily Main News. 16 April 2010. Retrieved 2012-02-20. 
  8. ^ Schizophonic (CD liner notes). Geri Halliwell. EMI Music. 1999. 7243 5 21009 4 1. 
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Geri Halliwell – Schizophonic". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  10. ^ a b "Geri Halliwell > Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  11. ^ "Geri Halliwell > Longplay-Chartverfolgung" (in German). musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  12. ^ "Archívum – Top 40 album" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Discography – Geri Halliwell". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  14. ^ "スキッゾフォニック ジェリ・ハリウェルのプロフィールならオリコン芸能人事典-ORICON STYLE" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  15. ^ "Geri Halliwell". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 October 2011. 
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  17. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Geri Halliwell – Schizophonic". Music Canada. 
  18. ^ Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2. 
  19. ^ "British album certifications – Geri Halliwell – Schizophonic". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Schizophonic in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  20. ^ "American album certifications – Geri Halliwell – Schizophonic". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH