Songs of Love & Loss 2

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Songs of Love & Loss 2
Studio album by Tina Arena
Released 15 November 2008
Recorded Metropolis Studios, AIR Lyndhurst Hall and Angel Studios, London, Falcon Valley Studios, Italy, and Stella Studio, Kent in July and September 2008
Genre R&B, soul, blues
Length 51:48
Label EMI Music Australia
Producer Duck Blackwell, Paul Guardiani, Greg Fitzgerald, Paul Manners
Tina Arena chronology
7 vies
(2008)
Songs of Love & Loss 2
(2008)
Le Best & le Meilleur
(2009)
Singles from Songs of Love & Loss 2
  1. "Oh Me Oh My"
    Released: 8 November 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Songs of Love & Loss 2 is the eighth studio album by Australian singer and songwriter Tina Arena, released on 15 November 2008 by EMI in Australia.[2] Her second cover album, it follows on from Songs of Love & Loss, released in 2007, and includes covers of songs by Blondie, Lulu, Alice Cooper and Split Enz among others.[3] The first single, "Oh Me Oh My", was released to Australian radio on 22 October 2008 and made available for download on 8 November. The album was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association for sales in excess of thirty-five thousand just three days after its release and debuted at #12 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[4] A limited edition was released featuring a bonus DVD with a 10 minute documentary on the making of the album. The documentary was also available as a video download with pre-orders of the album from the iTunes Store. The digital release also contained a bonus track, a cover of Petula Clark's 1964 hit "Downtown".

History[edit]

Arena has stated she chose songs which she loved and held meaning for her. It was her manager Bruce Pawsey's idea for her to record Blondie's "Call Me" and she covered "Every Breath You Take" on the suggestion of her partner Vincent. Considered too 'safe' by Arena, "Your Song" was almost not included and an attempt at U2's "With or Without You" was completely scrapped.[5][6] Producer Greg Fitzgerald had the idea of reworking Nik Kershaw's "Wouldn't It Be Good" and the sole original composition "Living a Lifetime Together" was written in 2003 by Arena, Paul Manners, Francesco De Benedittis and Emanuelle Vidal De Fonseca.[7] Changes in staff at label EMI Australia left Arena unsure of her future and she revealed this stress contributed to two miscarriages she suffered during 2008 prior to the album sessions.[8][9]

Arena recorded her vocals live with the London Studio Orchestra, conducted by Simon Hale, for seven of the album's songs at AIR Lyndhurst Hall in London during July 2008.[10] Four more songs, including a cover of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now", were recorded with Hale and the orchestra at Angel Studios in September after Arena returned from her Australian tour with Andrea Bocelli.[11][12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Oh Me Oh My" (Jim Doris) – 3:13
  2. "Only Women Bleed" (Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner) – 5:20
  3. "Every Breath You Take" (Sting) – 3:53
  4. "Close to You" (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 4:59
  5. "Call Me" (Debbie Harry, Giorgio Moroder) – 3:46
  6. "Baby It's You" (Benjamin Knauer, Leslie Knauer) – 3:40
  7. "Nights in White Satin" (Justin Hayward) – 5:01
  8. "I Hope I Never" (Tim Finn) – 5:30
  9. "Both Sides Now" (Joni Mitchell) – 5:14
  10. "Wouldn't It Be Good" (Nik Kershaw) – 3:52
  11. "Your Song" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 4:07
  12. "Living a Lifetime Together" (Tina Arena, Francesco De Benedittis, Emanuelle Vidal De-Fonseca, Paul Manners) – 3:18

Digital[edit]

  1. "Oh Me Oh My" (Doris) – 3:13
  2. "Only Women Bleed" (Cooper, Wagner) – 5:20
  3. "Every Breath You Take" (Sting) – 3:53
  4. "Close to You" (Bacharach, David) – 4:59
  5. "Call Me" (Harry, Moroder) – 3:46
  6. "Downtown" (Tony Hatch) – 3:49
  7. "Nights in White Satin" (Hayward) – 5:01
  8. "I Hope I Never" (Finn) – 5:30
  9. "Both Sides Now" (Mitchell) – 5:14
  10. "Your Song" (John, Taupin) – 4:07
  11. "Baby It's You" (Knauer, Knauer) – 3:40
  12. "Wouldn't It Be Good" (Kershaw) – 3:52
  13. "Living a Lifetime Together" (Arena, De Benedittis, De-Fonseca, Manners) – 3:18

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certification[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ :: SONGS OF LOVE AND LOSS - VOLUME 2 - NEWS : musichead Australia :: (16 September 2008). EMI Music Australia. Retrieved on 18 September 2008.
  3. ^ Tina joins Andrea Bocelli for his Australian tour (26 July 2008). Tina Arena official website. Retrieved on 16 September 2008.
  4. ^ Tina's gone gold. AuspOp (18 November 2008). Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  5. ^ Adams, Cameron (19 November 2008). Tina Arena talks about love, loss and a new covers album. The Courier-Mail. Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  6. ^ Heron, Nathan (24 November 2008). Tina Arena: Unchained. Same Same. Retrieved on 25 November 2008.
  7. ^ Fidler, Richard (25 November 2008).The Conversation Hour. 612 ABC Brisbane. Retrieved on 27 November 2008.
  8. ^ Bithell, Garett (18 November 2008). Tina Arena comes home. SX News. Retrieved on 23 November 2008.
  9. ^ Adams, Cameron (13 November 2008). Hard times have only strengthened Tina Arena's resolve. Herald Sun. Retrieved on 13 November 2008.
  10. ^ Hale, Simon (July 2008). Simon Hale - News. Simon Hale Official Website. Retrieved on 16 September 2008.
  11. ^ Love & Loss continues (7 September 2008). Tina Arena official website. Retrieved on 16 September 2008.
  12. ^ Hale, Simon (September 2008). Simon Hale - News. Simon Hale Official Website. Retrieved on 18 September 2008.
  13. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums 2008". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  14. ^ "ARIA Australian Artist Album 2008". Aria.com.au. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.