Twelve Months, Eleven Days is the second solo album released by British singer-songwriter Gary Barlow. The album was released by BMG and RCA Records on October 11, 1999. It was to be Barlow's last studio album for 14 years until the release of Since I Saw You Last
Following the success of Barlow's debut album Open Road, expectations were high for his second solo album. However, when the album's lead single, "Stronger", a dance-ballad, was released on July 5, 1999, many fans were unsure of Barlow's change in direction, and the single only peaked at #16 on the UK Singles Chart. At the time, the British press had been ridiculing Barlow for not providing the media the headlines that they craved about his private life, and that his ex-bandmate, Robbie Williams, had regularly been in the papers with his erratic behaviour and party lifestyle. In an attempt to create a hype for the album, Barlow released "For All That You Want" as the album's second single, which entered and peaked at #24 on the UK Singles Chart.
When the album was released on October 11, 1999 it debuted at #35 on the UK Albums Chart, and after two weeks, fell out of the Top 100. It also debuted at number 19 in Ireland and number 67 in Germany before falling out of the chart the following week. This was believed to be down to poor promotion and little airplay, and the fact that he had been targeted by the press and Robbie Williams with him citing that his departure from Take That was due to Barlow. "Lie to Me" was intended to be released as the album's third single, however, after music differences and arguments between Barlow and RCA over their involvement in his long term career the single was cancelled. Barlow later referred to "Lie to Me" as the best song on the album.
Jon O'Brien of Allmusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5 stating positively that "comeback single "Stronger" was an infectious slice of Enrique Iglesias-style Latin dance-pop, co-penned with the team behind Cher's "Believe"; [whilst] the funky "Fast Love"-esque "Wondering" shows he is capable of pulling off the George Michael uptempos as well as the heartfelt ballads; and "Walk" was a surprisingly accomplished stab at slick new jack swing-inspired R&B -- all proving that Barlow hadn't lost his ability to write infectious melodies overnight." However he went on to say that for the album to have been a success when being "released in the midst of Robbie Williams' chart domination, Barlow needed to have recorded something with a little more substance than the watered-down pop of Open Road if he was to have any chance of competing with his virtually untouchable former bandmate, something that its lowly number 35 chart position seemed to firmly confirm he failed to do." However the O'Brien concluded his review positively stating that the "largely forgotten swan song to a glittering career, in the wake of Take That's triumphant revival Twelve Months, Eleven Days has witnessed something of a reassessment. And while there's nothing here that would appear on a Gary Barlow greatest-hits collection, it's certainly not the car crash that its dismal sales suggest."