SuperHeavy (album)

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SuperHeavy
Studio album by SuperHeavy
Released 16 September 2011 (2011-09-16)
Recorded Jim Henson Studios
(Los Angeles, California)
Genre Rock, reggae, indian pop, soul
Length 52:56
Label A&M
Producer Mick Jagger, Dave Stewart
Singles from SuperHeavy
  1. "Miracle Worker"
    Released: 7 July 2011 (2011-07-07)
  2. "Satyameva Jayathe"
    Released: 9 August 2011 (2011-08-09)[1]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 52/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club D[4]
The Daily Telegraph 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
The Independent 2/5 stars[8]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[9]
The New York Times mixed[10]
The Observer 1/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[12]

SuperHeavy is the debut album by the rock supergroup SuperHeavy. The album was recorded at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles and it was released in September 2011 by A&M Records.[13]

Development[edit]

SuperHeavy began work on the album in 2009. In early 2009, Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart and A. R. Rahman experimented at a studio in Los Angeles, trying to "write songs which had meaning". They had a couple of more sessions after that trying to perfect every song that was written.[14] Jagger stated in an interview that "they had entered with just ideas, a few guitar riffs and a few snippets of lyrics... which isn't his usual style of working, but music evolved quickly."[14] The band recorded twenty-nine songs in ten days.[15] Some of the songs recorded were even an hour long. In total, there was more than thirty-five hours of music recorded, from which Stewart and his engineer found the highlights that would work as the roots of songs.[15] However, the CD release only included twelve songs.[16]

Release and promotion[edit]

The band got together at Los Angeles's Jim Henson Studios on 30 June 2011 to preview the album. The preview began with a short documentary showing SuperHeavy recording at the studio. The band played eight of the recorded songs at the event.[17]

Singles[edit]

"Miracle Worker" was released on iTunes as the album's lead single on 7 July 2011.[18] It is a reggae song performed by Marley, Stone and Jagger.[19][20] The single entered at number 195 on the UK Singles Chart.[21] The music video was released on YouTube on 12 August 2011. Directed by Stewart and filmed at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, the video features all five members of the band.[22]

"Satyameva Jayathe" (the national motto of India, which literally translates as "Truth Alone Triumphs") was released as the second single from the album on 9 August 2011, a week before India's Independence Day on 15 August. Composed by Rahman to have an Indian feel, Jagger sings in Sanskrit on the song, which also features Stewart, Stone and Marley.[23][24] The song premiered exclusively on Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM on 9 August across twenty-two Indian cities, and Tata DoCoMo is set to simultaneously promote the song and the album on mass media.[1]

"Beautiful People" reached number sixty-four on the Dutch Single Top 100 chart.[25]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "SuperHeavy"   Mick Jagger, Damian Marley, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, A. R. Rahman 5:05
2. "Unbelievable"   Jagger, Marley, Stone, Stewart, Rahman 3:50
3. "Miracle Worker"   Jagger, Marley, Stone, Stewart, Rahman 4:09
4. "Energy"   Jagger, Marley, Stone, Stewart 3:42
5. "Satyameva Jayathe"   Rahman, Marley, Stone 4:07
6. "One Day One Night"   Jagger, Marley, Stone, Stewart, Rahman 4:37
7. "Never Gonna Change"   Jagger, Stewart 4:23
8. "Beautiful People"   Jagger, Marley, Stone, Stewart, Rahman 5:00
9. "Rock Me Gently"   Marley, Stone, Stewart 6:00
10. "I Can't Take It No More"   Jagger 3:21
11. "I Don't Mind"   Jagger, Marley, Stone, Stewart 4:59
12. "World Keeps Turning"   Jagger, Marley, Stone, Stewart 3:43
Total length:
52:56

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Edition(s)
Australia[61] 16 September 2011 Universal Music Standard
Poland[62]
Germany[63] Polydor Records Standard, deluxe
Ireland[64] A&M Records
United Kingdom[16][26] 19 September 2011
India[65] Universal Music
United States[66] 20 September 2011 Universal Republic Records
Japan[28] 21 September 2011 Universal Music Deluxe
Australia[67] 23 September 2011

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