We've All Been There

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We've All Been There
Studio album by Alex Band
Released June 29, 2010
Recorded 2005-2007
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, adult contemporary
Length 53:17
Label AMB/EMI
Producer John Fields, Chuck Reed, Matt Serletic, Tal Herzberg
Alternative cover
International cover
Japanese cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BlogCritics (favourable)[1]
Melodic.net 4/5 stars[2]
allmusic.com 3/5 stars[1]

We've All Been There is the debut solo album by American singer-songwriter Alex Band, best known for being the former lead vocalist and songwriter of rock band The Calling. The album was released on June 29, 2010 through Band's own label, AMB Records, in a distribution deal with EMI Records.[3][4]

The album was delayed numerous times since recording was originally completed back in 2007. Band had initially signed a deal with Geffen Records, but later ventured onto his own label after eventually buying back the rights to the master tapes after Geffen had gone through major restructuring.

Lead single "Tonight", was released along with a music video on February 15, 2010.[5]

Background[edit]

After The Calling had released their second album II (2004), band mate Aaron Kamin had amicably decided to work on separate projects with Band being left to do "pretty much everything on my own". This caused Band to put The Calling on hiatus and venture into a solo career. Soon afterward, the vocalist had signed a deal with Geffen Records to record a solo album.[6]

Recording took place over a two-year period, eventually encompassing five co-producers, primarily including John Fields (Switchfoot), Daniel Damico and engineer Tal Herzberg, with Chuck Reed and Matt Serletic also working on tracks. Several session musicians were brought in to play on the record alongside Band, who himself contributed guitar and bass. Musicians such as Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums), Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards) and Tim Pierce (guitar) were also drafted in. Paul Buckmaster (Elton John) contributed string arrangements to several tracks, while Chris Lord-Alge mixed the album, having previously done so with The Calling.[6]

"Fans should expect to hear a more mature sound with big anthemic songs that have tons of meaning behind them. I put everything I had into this album and had plenty of time to make each song as perfect as it could be. Needless to say, I am very proud of it."
 — Alex Band describing We've All Been There.[7]

Later in 2007, Geffen went through major restructuring, this coupled with the death of Band's long-term Manager Stu Sobol, meant the album was left in limbo. Band explained, “At the same time, Stu Sobol, my manager for 10 years passed away, which was incredibly sad. So, between Geffen going through major changes and Stu passing away, I realised then that I had to make a serious leap of faith and believe in myself. I decided that, if I’m gonna fail, I’d rather fail doing what I want to do.”[6] Band would spend a year negotiating with Geffen to buy back the master tapes.[6]

Band later described the recording process as, "a huge challenge due to all the drama within the label". Alex named his favourite songs on the album as "Please" and "Leave", while also stating that for future albums the recording process would be much more enjoyable as he is now releasing his music independently.[7] Speaking of the troubles he faced with Geffen among other labels, he explained that they wanted to make such "different sounding music" to what he was writing at the time, which eventually led him to set up his own independent label.[7] Almost three years after recording had been initially finished, he agreeing a partnership deal with EMI Records for distribution of the album throughout the world.[6] The music video for lead single, "Tonight" was filmed in double time in order to achieve the desired slowed down effects in the editing stages. Band's new fiancée features in the video.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Alex Band.[8]

No. Title Length
1. "We've All Been There"   4:00
2. "What Is Love"   3:53
3. "Tonight"   3:57
4. "Forever Yours"   3:12
5. "Please"   3:53
6. "Will Not Back Down"   4:04
7. "Euphoria"   3:54
8. "Never Let You Go"   3:52
9. "Only One"   3:36
10. "Leave (Today Is the Day)"   3:34
11. "Holding On"   3:18
12. "Without You"   4:20
13. "Love"   3:38
14. "Start Over Again"   4:06

International edition[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "We've All Been There"   4:01
2. "Tonight"   4:01
3. "Forever Yours"   3:13
4. "Will Not Back Down"   4:06
5. "Please"   3:53
6. "Without You"   4:20
7. "Only One"   3:40
8. "Leave (Today Is the Day)"   3:35
9. "Never Let You Go"   3:52
10. "Euphoria"   3:55
11. "What Is Love"   3:54
12. "Start Over Again"   4:06

Personnel[edit]

The following personnel contributed to We've All Been There:[8]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 17
European Top 100 Albums [9] 47
German Albums Chart [10] 12
Swiss Albums Chart 46
US Albums Chart 42

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Coachman, Kirsten. "Music Review: Alex Band - We've All Been There". BlogCritics. Retrieved 2010-06-14. 
  2. ^ Phillips, Matthew. "Alex Band "We've All Been There" (EMI Records, 2010)". Melodic.net. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  3. ^ "We've All Been There: Alex Band: Music". Amazon. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  4. ^ "We've All Been There CD by Alex Band". CD Universe. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  5. ^ "Alex Band ‘Tonight’ Video". Popdirt.com. Retrieved 02-10-2010. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Bio - Alex Band". Alexband.net. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  7. ^ a b c d Guyette, Kayley. "Interview: Alex Band". The Sound Alarm. Retrieved 2010-03-25. 
  8. ^ a b We've All Been There (CD). Alex Band. EMI. 2010. 
  9. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/european-albums?tag=relcharts
  10. ^ "David Garrett erklimmt die Chart-Spitze - media control". Media-control.de. Retrieved 2012-11-07. 

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