Victoria Beckham (album)

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Victoria Beckham
Studio album by Victoria Beckham
Released 1 October 2001
Recorded 2000–2001
Genre
Length 45:55
Label Virgin
Producer
Singles from Victoria Beckham
  1. "Not Such an Innocent Girl"
    Released: 17 September 2001
  2. "A Mind of Its Own"
    Released: 11 February 2002

Victoria Beckham is the self-titled debut album by British singer-songwriter, Victoria Beckham. It was released on 1 October 2001 by Virgin Records. Beckham was the last member of the Spice Girls to release a solo album. The album's lead single, "Not Such an Innocent Girl" was released on 17 September 2001. The second single, "A Mind of Its Own" was released on 11 February 2002. The album reached number ten in the United Kingdom and number twenty on the Australian Hitseekers Albums Chart.

Release[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
NME (4/10)[2]

The album did not include the hit "Out of Your Mind", but spawned two singles, "Not Such an Innocent Girl" and "A Mind of Its Own" which managed to reach the top ten in the United Kingdom. The album became a commercial success after it debuted and peaked at number ten in the UK Albums Chart,[3] charting for 3 weeks and selling 16,000 copies in its first week.

However, the album has only sold 52,016 copies overall in the United Kingdom, much lower than any other Spice solo album, while costing 3 million pounds to record. After Being Victoria Beckham, an official documentary that aired in early March 2002, the album re-entered the UK Albums Chart at number sixty-seven. The track "Every Part of Me" is about Beckham's son Brooklyn and includes audio of his voice in the background.

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, the album received mixed to positive reviews. The BBC described the album as "a mish-mash affair of gushy sentiment and wishy-washy RnB"[4] while NME called the album "a new low in shameless pop slaggery." Georgina Collins, writing for Amazon.co.uk, notes that "It's unlikely that Victoria will win any new fans with this effort... yet also positively acknowledges that Beckham's vocals are "still sounding far better than many critics could have imagined".

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Victoria Beckham.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Not Such an Innocent Girl"  
Kipner 3:17
2. "A Mind of Its Own"  
Kipner 3:48
3. "That Kind of Girl"  
  • Kipner
  • The biggest bink
  • Jack Kugell
  • Kipner
  • Frank
  • Kugell
3:48
4. "Like That"  
  • Beckham
  • Matt Prime
Prime 4:01
5. "Girlfriend"  
  • Beckham
  • Harvey Mason JR
  • Damon Thomas
  • Dane Bowers
  • J. Valentine
The Underdogs 3:43
6. "Midnight Fantasy"  
  • Beckham
  • Johan Åberg
  • P. Rein
  • Åberg
  • Anders Hansson
3:15
7. "I.O.U"  
  • Beckham
  • Frampton
  • Chris Braide
Frampton 3:49
8. "No Trix, No Games"  
  • Beckham
  • Kipner
  • Frampton
Kipner 3:03
9. "I Wish"   Soulshock & Karlin 4:10
10. "Watcha Talkin' Bout"  
  • Beckham
  • Schack
  • Karlin
  • N. Butler
Soulshock & Karlin 3:51
11. "Unconditional Love"  
Lawrence 3:50
12. "Every Part of Me"  
  • Beckham
  • Schack
  • Karlin
  • E. Yancey
  • Butler
Soulshock & Karlin 5:11
Total length:
45:55

B-sides[edit]

Title Single B-side Songwriter(s) Producer(s) Length
"In Your Dreams" "Not Such an Innocent Girl" UK CD Cathy Ogden, Damon Thomas, Erika Nuri, Harvey Mason Jr, Julie Morrison, Victoria Beckham The Underdogs 3:50
"Always Be My Baby" "A Mind of Its Own" UK CD Cathy Ogden, Damon Thomas, Harvey Mason Jr, Jane Vaughn, Julie Morrison 3:29
"Feels So Good" Damon Thomas, Erika Nuri, Harvey Mason Jr, Victoria Beckham 3:47

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Australian Hitseekers Albums Chart[5] 20
Turkish Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 10

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ NME review
  3. ^ http://archive.is/20120629111301/http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=9666
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/fdp2
  5. ^ http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20020221-0000/www.aria.com.au/issue607.pdf