Walk with Me (album)

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Walk with Me
Studio album by Jamelia
Released 25 September 2006 (Europe)
17 March 2007[1] (Australia)
Recorded 2006
Genre R&B, pop, dance
Length 41:48
Label Parlophone
Producer Soulshock & Karlin, Peter Biker, Fort Knox Five, Matt Prime, Stuart Crichton, Cutfather & Joe, Fraser T Smith
Jamelia chronology
Thank You
(2003)
Walk with Me
(2006)
Singles from Walk With Me
  1. "Something About You"
    Released: 11 September 2006
  2. "Beware of the Dog"
    Released: 4 December 2006
  3. "No More"
    Released: 19 March 2007

Walk with Me is the third and latest studio album by British R&B singer-songwriter Jamelia, released by EMI controlled Parlophone Records in September 2006 (see 2006 in music). The album contains the singles "Something About You", "Beware of the Dog" and "No More".

Background[edit]

After the release of her second studio album, Jamelia took a break from her career to give birth to her second daughter Tiani. Whilst she was pregnant she started writing new material but due to her new-found happiness she found the process frustrating: "When I first tried to write, I was five months pregnant and every song was either rubbish or insincere. I thought I needed to write another Thank You, but I was so sickeningly happy, I couldn't write anything with any strong emotion."[2] It was not until after she gave birth that she was able to rediscover her song writing skills and start laying down the foundations for her third album. Eager to continue her growth as an artist, Jamelia was determined to continue making music that reflected her personality and musical outlook: "My whole aim was to do something different. I do not believe in giving people something that they have already heard from me. We know what worked the last time (on Thank You) but I think changing and reinventing yourself is the way forward."[3]

The album is named Walk with Me as a tribute to the journey which she has taken over the course of her career: "I just feel like my life and my career has been a journey and I’ve always felt that I’ve been lucky enough to have people just be there for me. It’s also an invitation for anyone who has never bought a Jamelia record to have a listen to it."[4]

Production[edit]

Although labelled as an R&B artist, Jamelia claims she is influenced by lots of different genres of music and wanted to reflect that on the album, something she achieved by working with a variety of different producers such as Bloodshy & Avant (Madonna, Britney Spears), Soulshock & Karlin (Whitney Houston, Victoria Beckham), Fraser T Smith (Kano) and Jimmy Hogarth (Beverley Knight, James Blunt). The result is a collection of songs that is still classified as an urban album, but contains other influences such as pop and rock – a trend that follows her previous album which contained pop songs such as "Superstar" and "See It in a Boy's Eyes" (co-written with Coldplay frontman Chris Martin) alongside more R&B songs such as "Bout" and "Off Da Endz".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
The Daily Telegraph (?)[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
The Observer (?)[8]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Teentoday.co.uk 4/5 stars[10]
The Times 4/5 stars[11]

Upon its release, the album entered the UK Top 75 albums chart at number 20 before dropping to number 44 the following week and quickly falling off the album chart. However, in January 2007 the album witnessed a resurgence when it re-entered the top 75 chart at number fifty-one, and climbed again to number 45 the following week. As of September 2007, Walk with Me has sold 107,000 copies and has been certified as Gold. The album has also reached Gold status in Poland.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Something About You"   Jamelia Davis, Soulshock, Peter Biker Soulshock, Peter Biker 3:25
2. "Do Me Right" (featuring Afrika Bambaataa) Davis, Afrika Bambaataa, Matt Prime, Hannah Robinson, Steven Albert, Sidney Barcelona, Jon Horvath, Rob Myers, Steve Raskin Fort Knox Five 3:39
3. "Window Shopping"   Davis, Prime, Robinson Matt Prime 3:38
4. "Know My Name"   Davis, Karen Poole, Soulshock, Biker Soulshock, Peter Biker 3;28
5. "No More"   Davis, Stuart Crichton, Tommy Lee James, The Stranglers Stuart Crichton 2:54
6. "Ain't a Love"   Davis, Prime, Robinson, Joe Belmaati, Mich Hansen Cutfather & Joe 3:46
7. "La La Love"   Fraser T Smith, Nina Woodford Fraser T Smith 3:38
8. "Go"   Davis, Eg White Jimmy Hogarth 3:26
9. "Get Up, Get Out"   Davis, Soulshock & Karlin Soulshock & Karlin 3:18
10. "Beware of the Dog"   Davis, Crichton, James, Poole, Martin Gore Stuart Crichton 3:09
11. "Got It So Good"   Davis, Prime, Robinson Matt Prime 3:36
12. "Hustle" (featuring Sway) Davis, Prime, Robinson Matt Prime 3:32
Sample credits
Notes
  • Australian edition of the album does not feature the track "Get Up, Get Out".[12]

Charts[edit]

Charts Peak
position
Irish Albums Chart[13] 67
Polish Albums Charts 7
Swiss Albums Charts[13] 74
UK Albums Chart[13] 20
UK Urban Album Charts 9

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Australian release date". musichead. Retrieved 16 March 2007. 
  2. ^ Mugan, Chris. Interview. The Independent. Published 22 September 2006.
  3. ^ Interview. AOL. Retrieved 24 September 2006.
  4. ^ Swift, Jacqui. Interview. The Sun. Published 22 September 2006.
  5. ^ Allmusic review
  6. ^ The Daily Telegraph review
  7. ^ The Guardian review
  8. ^ The Observer review
  9. ^ Q review
  10. ^ Teentoday.co.uk review
  11. ^ The Times review
  12. ^ "Walk With Me" Australian Release
  13. ^ a b c http://acharts.us/album/17201