Two (Lenka album)

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Two
Studio album by Lenka
Released 19 April 2011[1]
Genre
Label Epic
Producer
Lenka chronology
Lenka
(2009)
Two
(2011)
Shadows
(2013)
Singles from Two
  1. "Heart Skips a Beat"
    Released: 11 February 2011
  2. "Two"
    Released: 30 June 2011
  3. "Everything at Once"
    Released: 4 November 2012

Two is the second studio album by Australian recording artist Lenka. It was released on 19 April 2011 in the United States through Epic Records, however, was released 28 February 2011 in Singapore.[1][2] The album serves as Lenka's second solo album after having been a member of the group Decoder Ring. The first and lead single from the album, "Heart Skips a Beat", was released on 11 February 2011 to little commercial success. Due to the lead single's lack of success, Two failed to chart as well as its predecessor, Lenka (2008).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Two"   Eg White, Lenka Eg White, Kevin Salem 3:16
2. "Heart Skips a Beat"   Lenka Guy Sigsworth 3:21
3. "Roll with the Punches"   Ben H. Allen, Lenka Ben H. Allen 3:19
4. "Sad Song"   Lenka David Kosten 3:25
5. "Everything at Once"   Lenka David Kosten 2:37
6. "Blinded by Love"   Lenka David Kosten 3:50
7. "Here to Stay"   Eg White, Lenka Eg White, Kevin Salem 4:02
8. "You Will Be Mine"   Guy Sigsworth, Lenka Guy Sigsworth 3:28
9. "Shock Me Into Love"   Guy Sigsworth, Lenka Guy Sigsworth 3:26
10. "Everything's OK"   Lenka Sunny Levine 3:50
11. "The End of the World"   Lenka Sunny Levine 4:14

Singles[edit]

"Heart Skips a Beat" was announced as the first official single.[4] A music video has been released on 17 March 2011 through Vevo.[5] and was released on the 11 February 2011, to little success. However, the song was well received by critics.

The album's title track "Two" was released as the second single. The song's music video premiered on 30 June 2011 in YouTube. Like its predecessor, "Two" failed with any commercial success.[6]

"Everything at Once" was initially released as the second promotional single from the album through iTunes.[7] Lenka performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with "Heart Skips a Beat".[8][9] The song also featured in a TV advertisement for Windows 8 in 2012, causing its release as the third official single on November 4, 2012. The single received commercial success and became Lenka's second most successful single after "The Show".

Promotional singles[edit]

"Roll with the Punches" was released as the first promotional single released from the album. It was released on 8 November 2010.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[11]
Oklahoma Gazette positive[12]
Absolute Punk 68/100[13]

Two was well received by most critics, earning 4 stars out of 5 from Allmusic. 'Absolute Punk' also gave the album a positive review giving it a rating of 68% stating: "...if you're looking for harmless hooks and melodies that are recycled, yet playful, Lenka certainly has you covered."[13]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders) 132[14]
Belgium Albums Chart (Wallonia) 69[15]
Swiss Albums Chart 88[16]
U.S. Billboard 200 196[17]
U.S. Billboard Top Heatseekers 5[17]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
Singapore 28 February 2011 Digital download
United States 19 April 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Amazon.com: Two: Lenka
  2. ^ Lanham, Tom. "Lenka releases sophomore album aptly titled ‘Two’ | Tom Lanham | Backstage Pass | San Francisco Examiner". Sfexaminer.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Two (Bonus Track Version) by Lenka". Itunes.apple.com. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  4. ^ 13 January 2011 at 7:13 AM (13 January 2011). "Australian singer Lenka returns with sophomore album "Two"". GantDaily.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Lenka - Heart Skips A Beat". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  8. ^ Video on YouTube[dead link]
  9. ^ "Lenka's medical-chic performance on Jimmy Kimmel | The Official Lenka Site". Lenkamusic.com. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  10. ^ Cheung, Nadine (8 November 2010). "Song Premiere: Lenka, 'Roll With the Punches' on Cambio". Jsyk.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  11. ^ Hoffman, Ross. "Two - Lenka (review)". www.Allmusic.com. Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  12. ^ Carradini, Stephen (2011-04-06). "Pleasant pop songs that don't ask too much of you". www.okgazette.com. Oklahoma Gazette. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  13. ^ a b http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2314311
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Lenka - Two". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  15. ^ Steffen Hung. "Lenka - Two". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2013-01-30. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Lenka - Two". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  17. ^ a b "Two - Lenka". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12.