The Spirit Room

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The Spirit Room
Studio album by Michelle Branch
Released August 14, 2001 (U.S.)
Recorded 2000-01
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock
Length 42:26
Label Maverick Records
Producer John Shanks, Nick Spanos, Jeremy Welt and Holly Adams
Michelle Branch chronology
Broken Bracelet
(2000)
The Spirit Room
(2001)
Hotel Paper
(2003)
Singles from The Spirit Room
  1. "Everywhere"
    Released: 24 July 2001
  2. "All You Wanted"
    Released: 22 January 2002
  3. "Goodbye To You"
    Released: 20 August 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Daily Vault B+[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau C[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6][4]

The Spirit Room is the major-label debut album by singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, released by Maverick Recording Company in the United States on August 14, 2001. The album recorded at Sunset Sound, Henson Recording Studios and Ananda Studios in Hollywood, California and mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering in Los Angeles, California.

Etymology[edit]

The album's title comes from the name of a bar in Jerome, Arizona, near Branch's hometown of Sedona.[7]

History[edit]

In January 2002 the RIAA certified The Spirit Room gold for shipments of over 500,000 copies in the United States,[8] and just three months later, in April, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipping over one million copies.[9][10] In August 19, 2011, the album was certified double platinum by RIAA for shipping over two million copies.[11]

The Spirit Room reached number 28 on the American Billboard 200 chart and produced three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Everywhere" (which peaked at number 12), "All You Wanted" (number 6) and "Goodbye to You" (number 21).

The Spirit Room was certified gold in Canada, selling 50,000 copies by the end of October 2003.[12]

It was also certified Gold in Australia with shipments of 35,000.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Michelle Branch, except where noted.

  1. "Everywhere" (Michelle Branch, John Shanks) – 3:36
  2. "You Get Me" (Branch, Abra Moore, Shelly Peiken, Shanks) – 3:53
  3. "All You Wanted" – 3:38
  4. "You Set Me Free" (Branch, Shanks) – 3:11
  5. "Something to Sleep To" (Branch, Jennifer Hagio, Shanks) – 4:15
  6. "Here with Me" (Branch, Shanks) – 3:26
  7. "Sweet Misery" – 3:43
  8. "If Only She Knew" – 4:19
  9. "I'd Rather Be in Love" – 3:55
  10. "Goodbye to You" – 4:12
  11. "Drop in the Ocean" (Branch, Hagio, Will Golden, Bernie Reilly) – 4:19
Digital Deluxe Edition
  1. "Life on Mars?" – 3:42
  2. "Goodbye to You" (Unplugged) – 4:10
  3. "All You Wanted" (Unplugged) – 3:34
  4. "Everywhere" (acoustic) – 3:34
  5. "Goodbye to You" (video)
  6. "All You Wanted" (video)
  7. "Everywhere" (video)

Singles[edit]

  • "Everywhere" – July 24, 2001
  • "All You Wanted" – January 22, 2002
  • "Goodbye to You" – August 20, 2002

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: John Shanks, Jeremy Welt
  • Engineers: Marc DeSisto, Lars Fox
  • Assistant engineers: Steve Kaplan, Tom Nellen, Chris Reynolds, Jason Schweitzer
  • Mixing: Marc DeSisto, Chris Lord-Alge, Dave Way
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Pro-Tools: Lars Fox
  • Programming: Lars Fox, John Shanks
  • Production coordination: Shari Sutcliffe
  • Art direction: Kim Biggs, David Harlan
  • Photography: Matthew Welch

Charts[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Spirit Room debuted at number 28 with 68,000 copies sold on Billboard 200.[14]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
2001 U.S. Billboard 200 28
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 25
2002 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 25
New Zealand Albums Chart 33
UK Albums Chart 54
2003 U.S. Billboard 200 28

Certifications[edit]

Territory Certification Sales
Australian Gold 35,000
Canada Gold 50,000
Japan Platinum 200,000[15]
United States 2× Platinum 2,000,000[11]

Singles[edit]

Single Chart (2001) Peak
position
"Everywhere" U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 9
U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Airplay 36
U.S. Billboard Latin Tropical/Salsa Airplay 31
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 12
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 3
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 5
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 6
UK Singles Chart (2002) 18
Single Chart (2002) Peak
position
"All You Wanted" U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary 30
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 1
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 2
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 3
UK Singles Chart 33
Single Chart (2003) Peak
position
"Goodbye to You" U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 15
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 21
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Mainstream 11
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Tracks 13
U.S. Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents 11

In popular culture[edit]

  • "You Get Me" became the theme song for the MTV reality series Sorority Life.
  • "You Set Me Free" can also be heard towards the closing credits of the 2003 film Just Married.
  • "You Set Me Free" is featured in the movie Ice Princess and is featured on the movie's soundtrack.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liana Jonas, Allmusic
  2. ^ The Daily Vault review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ a b CD Reviews at CD Universe
  5. ^ Robert Christgau review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived October 2, 2007)
  7. ^ "Michelle Branch: "She's Everywhere"". MTV. 2001. Retrieved May 23, 2010. "in front of this bar called the Spirit Room." 
  8. ^ Michelle Branch To Kick Off Solo Headling Tour In February, 2002
  9. ^ Michelle Branch Goes Platinum, Other Newcomers Find Gold
  10. ^ searchable database
  11. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  12. ^ Two French language artists hit Gold
  13. ^ "Pandora Archive". Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  14. ^ Martens, Todd (2003-07-02). "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media, Inc). Retrieved 2009-02-02. 
  15. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2002年5月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. May 2002 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese) (Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan) 512: 12. July 10, 2002. Archived from the original on November 2, 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2014.