Teen Spirit

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This article is about the album. For the deodorant, see Teen Spirit (deodorant). For the film, see Teen Spirit (film). For the Nirvana song, see Smells Like Teen Spirit.
Teen Spirit
Studio album by A*Teens
Released 26 February 2001 (2001-02-26)
Recorded August—December 2000[1] in Sweden
Genre Pop
Length 43:29
Label Stockholm Records
MCA Records
Producer Grizzly, Tysper, RedOne, J. Boogie, Flame, Fredrick Thomander, Anders Wikström, Tobias Lindell, Peter Björklund, Thomas & Hugo, Thomas Jansson, Jan Kask, Peter Manson, Sir Martin, Huma, D. Papalexis, Taysir
A*Teens chronology
The ABBA Generation Remix
(2001)
Teen Spirit
(2001)
Pop 'til You Drop!
(2002)
Alternative covers
US edition
Thai edition/2001 re-issue
Singles from Teen Spirit
  1. "Upside Down"
    Released: 23 October 2000 (radio), 22 November 2000 (Sweden), 4 December 2000 (US)
  2. "Halfway Around the World"
    Released: 26 March 2001
  3. "Sugar Rush"
    Released: 31 July 2001
  4. "Heartbreak Lullaby"
    Released: 10 December 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 1/5 stars[2]
Billboard (unfavorable)[3]
laut.de 2/5 stars[4]
Plugged In (average)[5]
Robert Christgau (dud)[6]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[7]
Sonic.net 2.5/5 stars[8]
Wall of Sound (40/100)[9]

Teen Spirit is the second studio album by the A-Teens, released in 2001 by Stockholm Records in Sweden and MCA Records in the US. It is also their first studio album consisting of original new songs in contrast to their ABBA cover concept debut album The ABBA Generation, except one cover called Morning Light, which had originally recorded by fellow Swedish singer, E-Type.

Its thirteen tracks were recorded in Sweden with new producers and hitmakers Grizzly and Tysper, among others. While musically it is generally perceived to be more American-driven than the Europop sound of their first record, it does include a varied mix of styles including bass, soul, Latin music, and others. Also, the boys from the band (Amit Paul and Dhani Lennevald) collaborated more on the vocals.

Teen Spirit spawned four singles, including the #1 hit and signature song "Upside Down". This song was renamed for the US and Canadian market as Bouncing off the Ceiling (Upside Down). A new version of the album with bonus tracks was released on 21 January 2002 in Scandinavia, Germany and Mexico including bonus tracks and the single used to promote the Disney movie The Princess Diaries, "Heartbreak Lullaby".

Teen Spirit was certified Gold in the US and Poland as well as Platinum in Sweden and many other countries. While not repeating the same level of success as their debut album, the album went on to sell over 1.5 million copies, despite poor reviews from the press.

The songs "Halfway Around The World", "Heartbreak Lullaby" and "Upside Down" were played frequently on Radio Disney.

Track listing[edit]

International[edit]

  1. Upside Down – 3:14 (Gustav Jonsson, Markus Reza Sepehrmanesh, Tommy Tysper)
  2. ...to the Music – 3:22 (Flame, Rebecca Hortlund, J. Boogie, RedOne)
  3. Halfway Around the World – 3:41 (Jonsson, Sepehrmanesh, Tysper)
  4. Firefly – 3:07 (Fredrik Thomander, Anders Wikström)
  5. Sugar Rush – 3:03 (Thomander, Wikström)
  6. Rockin' – 3:27 (Sigurd Rosnes)
  7. Around the Corner of Your Eye – 4:12 (Thomander, Wikström)
  8. Slammin' Kinda Love – 3:04 (Jan Kask, Peter Mansson)
  9. All My Love – 3:17 (Leif Sundin, Thomas Jansson)
  10. For All That I Am – 3:19 (Andreas Claeson, John Hjalmarsson, Johan Folke Norberg)
  11. That's What (It's All About) – 3:17 (Stefan Nee, Tysper)
  12. Morning Light – 3:10 (E-Type, Kristian Lundin, Mud)
  13. Back for More – 3:13 (Thomander, Wikström)

Scandinavia and Germany[edit]

14. Heartbreak Lullaby (Cathy Dennis; Jan Kask; Peter Mansson)

United States and Canada[edit]

  • The track "Upside Down," was renamed "Bouncing off the Ceiling (Upside Down)"
  • 13 tracks as standard edition plus the bonus track "Don't Even Know Your Name" (3:46) and the music video for "Bouncing off the Ceiling (Upside Down)."

Japan[edit]

  • 13 tracks as standard edition plus bonus track "Can't Stop the Pop" (3:00).

United Kingdom[edit]

Re-releases[edit]

Thailand[edit]

In Thailand, Teen Spirit was a verifiable smash hit, so Universal Music re-issued the album there with new artwork, bonus remixes and music videos.

  1. Upside Down – 3:14
  2. ...to the Music – 3:22
  3. Halfway Around the World – 3:41
  4. Firefly – 3:07
  5. Sugar Rush – 3:03
  6. Rockin' – 3:27
  7. Around the Corner of Your Eye – 4:12
  8. Slammin' Kinda Love – 3:04
  9. All My Love – 3:17
  10. For All That I Am – 3:19
  11. That's What (It's All About) – 3:17
  12. Morning Light – 3:10
  13. Back for More – 3:13
  14. Give It Up – 3:42
  15. Upside Down [Almighty Radio mix] - 4:15
  16. Halfway Around the World [M12 Massive Remix] – 6:57

Music videos: Upside Down and Halfway Around the World

Teen Spirit - New Version[edit]

After the success of Teen Spirit in 2001 and the single "Heartbreak Lullaby" Universal Music chose to re-release the album in the Scandinavia, Germany and Mexico, where the album sold relatively well. The re-issue was released on 21 January 2002 with the title Teen Spirit - New Version.

  1. Upside Down – 3:14
  2. ...To the Music – 3:22
  3. Halfway Around the World – 3:41
  4. Firefly – 3:07
  5. Sugar Rush – 3:03
  6. Rockin' – 3:27
  7. Around the Corner of Your Eye – 4:12
  8. Slammin' Kinda Love – 3:04
  9. All My Love – 3:17
  10. For All That I Am – 3:19
  11. That's What (It's All About) – 3:17
  12. Morning Light – 3:10
  13. Back for More – 3:13
  14. Heartbreak Lullaby [Ray Hedges 7" Mix] – 4:07
  15. Don't Even Know Your Name – 3:46
  16. Can't Stop the Pop – 3:00
  17. Give It Up – 3:42

Singles[edit]

  • "Upside Down" (4 December 2000)
  • "Halfway Around the World" (26 March 2001)
  • "Sugar Rush" (31 July 2001)
  • "...to the Music" (9 October 2001)
  • "Firefly" (3 February 2002) Shoot for the music video was cancelled. It was not released to the radio.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Peak
position
Swedish Albums Chart 2
Argentine Albums Chart 4
German Albums Chart 5
Mexican Albums Chart 8
Mexican International Albums Chart 5
Polish Albums Chart 12
Swiss Albums Chart 13
Austrian Albums Chart 18
Norwegian Albums Chart 37
Dutch Albums Chart 42
US Billboard Albums Chart 50

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Post-Gazette.com". Nl.newsbank.com. 2000-08-24. Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Billboard review at the Wayback Machine (archived April 21, 2001)
  4. ^ Laut.de review
  5. ^ Plugged In review
  6. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  7. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived June 30, 2003)
  8. ^ Gaita, Paul (14 March 2001). "Teen Spirit, A*Teens: The Name Of The Game". Sonic.net. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Wall of Sound review at the Wayback Machine (archived May 29, 2001)

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