Shoot from the Hip

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Shoot from the Hip
Studio album by Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Released 27 October 2003 (2003-10-27)
(See release history)
Genre Pop, dance-pop, alternative, pop rock, electronic, drum and bass
Length 55:19 (UK edition)
38:59 (International edition)
Label Polydor
Producer Gregg Alexander, Matt Rowe, Jeremy Wheatley, Damian LeGassick
Sophie Ellis-Bextor chronology
Read My Lips
(2001)
Shoot from the Hip
(2003)
Trip the Light Fantastic
(2007)
Singles from Shoot from the Hip
  1. "Mixed Up World"
    Released: 13 October 2003
  2. "I Won't Change You"
    Released: 22 December 2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment.ie 3/5 stars[2]
PlayLouder 3.5/5 stars[3]
RTÉ 3/5 stars[4]

Shoot from the Hip is the second album released by British popdance singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor. It was released by Polydor Records on 27 October 2003, and was produced by Gregg Alexander, Matt Rowe, Jeremy Wheatley and Damian LeGassick.

Background[edit]

The album was released in Europe in October 2003, but little interest was generated outside the United Kingdom, where the album peaked at #19 on the UK Albums Chart, with the exception of Switzerland, where it peaked at #35 on the Swiss Albums Chart. The album was regarded as the singer's least commercially successful album until the release of her fourth studio album, Make a Scene, which only reached #33. The album only produced two singles—"Mixed Up World" and "I Won't Change You"—which reached #7 and #9 on the UK Singles Chart respectively.

Apart from "Murder on the Dancefloor", none of Ellis-Bextor's solo material was released in the US until June 2007, when Shoot from the Hip was added to the American iTunes Store. The songs "I Won't Dance with You" and "The Walls Keep Saying Your Name" feature backing vocals from Ellis-Bextor's ex-boyfriend and ex-manager, Andy Boyd, although his name does not appear anywhere in the album credits.

Similarly to "Sparkle" and "Final Move" missing from the worldwide version of Read My Lips, the international edition of Shoot from the Hip does not include the opening track "Making Music", "I Won't Dance with You" nor the hidden track following the end of "Hello, Hello", a cover of Olivia Newton-John's "Physical". The international edition also changes all text on the cover, disc and in the booklet to the shade of turquoise instead of the white used on the UK release.

In 2014, Ellis-Bextor reflected on the album to Attitude magazine, saying "The second album still had the same feel as the first, but it was maybe a little bit darker. During that record I was going through a bit of a break-up so there are a few break-up songs on there. I wasn't feeling quite as funny and breezy as I was on the first album, but I got it back on album three."[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Writing for musicOMH, Sarah McDonnell highlighted the input from Bernard Butler, feeling that different co-writers make the album "patchy in places" and as a result, Ellis-Bextor's songs "sometimes sound a little self-conscious and clunky, almost a little too earnestly conveying her message".[6] Nevertheless, McDonnell also stated "whatever you might think of Sophie Ellis-Bextor, you can't fault her determination" and felt that the album is a "good effort and displays an ambition – and potential – to produce consistent, high quality, intelligent pop music".[6]

K. Ross Hoffman of Allmusic said that while the album "lacks anything nearly as distinctive as her early singles, [...] it's still a solid, perfectly respectable collection of contemporary dance-pop", pointing to "the smooth disco single 'Mixed-Up World' and the chipper 'I Won't Change You'", the latter of which he compared to "Love at First Sight" by Kylie Minogue. Hoffman further judged "there's enough variety to keep the album from sagging, particularly as things turn slightly darker and moodier towards the latter half with the spiky 'You Get Yours' and the odd, haunted 'The Walls Keep Saying Your Name'." However, he felt differently about Butler's contribution, pointing out "the understated ballad 'I Am Not Good at Not Getting What I Want' [...] rounds things out nicely."[1]

While McDonnell compared lead single "Mixed Up World" to material by the Pet Shop Boys,[6] Lucy Davies of BBC Music felt that track is similar to "the best 80s PWL creations".[7] Although singling out the final two tracks (positively comparing the strings in "Hello, Hello" to Andrew Lloyd Webber and questioning why "Physical" is a hidden track when it "encapsulates Sophie; knowingly dead-pan with a little wink tipped at the listener"), Davies used a line from opening song "Making Music" to say the album is largely "making music by numbers"—calling the two songs Boyd contributes vocals on "naff" and the rhyming on "Party in My Head" "cringe worthy". Davies commented that despite the songs on Shoot from the Hip featuring "chewing gum melodies", "Sophie needs to think long and hard about where she's going next."[7]

Entertainment.ie held a similar opinion, summarising that even though Shoot from the Hip is a "perfectly efficient pop album", "it still leaves you wondering what Ellis-Bextor could achieve if she really tried."[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Making Music" (UK-exclusive track) Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Rob Davis Damian LeGassick 3:36
2. "Mixed Up World"   Ellis-Bextor, Gregg Alexander, Matt Rowe Alexander, Rowe 3:45
3. "I Won't Change You"   Ellis-Bextor, Alexander, Rowe Alexander, LeGassick, Rowe, Jeremy Wheatley 3:40
4. "Nowhere Without You"   Ellis-Bextor, Davis LaGassick 4:53
5. "Another Day"   Ellis-Bextor LeGassick 3:20
6. "Party in My Head"   Ellis-Bextor, Alexander, Rowe LeGassick 3:34
7. "Love It Is Love"   Ellis-Bextor, Alex James, Rowe, Rik Simpson LeGassick 3:29
8. "You Get Yours"   Ellis-Bextor, Andy Boyd, Ross Newell LeGassick 3:59
9. "The Walls Keep Saying Your Name"   Ellis-Bextor LeGassick 4:23
10. "I Won't Dance with You" (UK-exclusive track) Ellis-Bextor, LeGassick LeGassick 3:59
11. "I Am Not Good at Not Getting What I Want"   Ellis-Bextor, Bernard Butler LeGassick 3:33
12. "Hello, Hello"   Ellis-Bextor, LeGassick LeGassick 4:20
13. "Physical" (UK-exclusive hidden track) Steve Kipner, Terry Shaddick LeGassick 3:53

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
United Kingdom 27 October 2003 (2003-10-27)
Worldwide 28 October 2003 (2003-10-28)
United States 26 June 2007 (2007-06-26)

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
French Albums Chart[8] 99
German Albums Chart 84
Mexican Albums Chart[9] 25
Mexican International Albums Chart[10] 11
New Zealand Albums Chart[11] 39
Swiss Albums Chart[12] 35
UK Albums Chart[13] 19

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Silver 60,000^[14]
Summaries

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hoffman, K. Ross. "Review: Shoot from the Hip". Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Lynch, Andrew (8 November 2003). "Review: Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Shoot From The Hip". entertainment.ie. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  3. ^ http://playlouder.com/review/+shootfromthehip/
  4. ^ McGee, Linda. "Review: Sophie Ellis Bextor - Shoot From the Hip". RTÉ.ie. Retrieved 15 January 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ Rigby, Sam. "Attitude Magazine » Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Looking back at my bangers". Attitude Media. Retrieved 18 January 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c McDonnell, Sarah. "Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Shoot From The Hip". OMH. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Davies, Lucy. "BBC - Music - Review of Sophie Ellis Bextor - Shoot From The Hip". BBC. Retrieved 29 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "lescharts.com - Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Shoot From The Hip". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Mexican Top 100 Albums Chart - 10 November 2003
  10. ^ Mexican Top 20 International Albums Chart - 10 November 2003
  11. ^ "charts.org.nz - Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Shoot From The Hip". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Shoot From The Hip - hitparade.ch". Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 December 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Shoot From The Hip by Sophie Ellis-Bextor Search". The Official Charts Company. 4 April 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Certified Awards". British Phonographic Industry Enter Shoot from the hip in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go.