When I Was Born for the 7th Time

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When I Was Born for the 7th Time
Studio album by Cornershop
Released September 8, 1997
Recorded 657 Holloway Road, London; Eastcote Studios, London; Sun Plantation, San Francisco; West Organge Studios, Preston, Lancashire
Genre Indie rock, raga rock
Length 54:12
Label Wiiija
Producer Tjinder Singh, Dan the Automator, Daddy Rappaport
Cornershop chronology
Woman's Gotta Have It
(1995)
When I Was Born for the 7th Time
(1997)
Handcream for a Generation
(2002)

When I Was Born for the 7th Time is the third studio album by the British indie rock band Cornershop, released on September 8, 1997 by Wiiija. The album received high acclaim from music critics and features the international hit single "Brimful of Asha".

Recording and release[edit]

When I Was Born for the 7th Time was recorded over a period of approximately two months.[1] Singer and guitarist Tjinder Singh described the recording process as "very intense. There was a lot of smoking going on, it was a very relaxed time, and very enjoyable all the way through. At the end, our engineer had to go for medical assistance. He got freaked out. He smoked so much and then he stopped and he went loopy. He was on medication. His body couldn't take it."[1] The album was released on September 8, 1997 by the independent record label Wiiija.[2] The song "Brimful of Asha" was released as a single and became an international hit. The track "Candyman" was used in a Nike commercial featuring LeBron James, while "Good Shit" was featured in a commercial for Target with the chorus being altered to read "Good Stuff..."; in the single release and in the video played on MTV Europe the title was "Good Ships". As of February 2002, the album has sold 198,000 copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Robert Christgau A[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
Select 4/5 stars[1]
Spin 9/10[7]

When I Was Born for the 7th Time received high acclaim from music critics. Writing for Rolling Stone, Neva Chonin opined that the album "is a cohesive, finely crafted LP in which the last album's low-fi funk expands into low, fat grooves, and Singh's pancultural, anti-racist lyrics become more sophisticated but no less impassioned."[6] In 1998, the album was ranked at number three in The Village Voice‍ '​s Pazz & Jop critics' poll for 1997.[8] Similarly, Spin journalists placed the album at number one in their list of Top 20 Albums of the Year.[9] In 2000, Q magazine placed the album at number 68 in its list of 100 Greatest British Albums.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tjinder Singh unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sleep on the Left Side"     4:06
2. "Brimful of Asha"     5:17
3. "Butter the Soul"     3:19
4. "Chocolat"     1:24
5. "We're in Yr Corner"     5:47
6. "Funky Days Are Back Again"     3:41
7. "What Is Happening?"     2:15
8. "When the Light Appears Boy" (featuring Allen Ginsberg)   2:41
9. "Coming Up"     1:03
10. "Good Shit"     4:40
11. "Good to Be on the Road Back Home Again" (with Paula Frazer)   5:45
12. "It's Indian Tobacco My Friend"     4:51
13. "Candyman" (with Justin Warfield)   3:49
14. "State Troopers"     3:07
15. "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney 2:27

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Ian Harrison (October 1997). "Ill Reincarnation: Forget all memories of lo-fi losers, Cornershop are the British Beastie Boys...". Select. 
  2. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "When I Was Born for the 7th Time". AllMusic. Archived from the original on 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  3. ^ "Cornershop Tease New Set With 24-Hour Remix". Billboard. 2002-02-12. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  4. ^ David Browne (1997-09-26). "When I Was Born for the 7th Time". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  5. ^ Robert Christgau (1997-10-04). "Consumer Guide: November 4, 1997". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  6. ^ a b Neva Chonin (1997-08-05). "When I Was Born for the 7th Time". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2006-08-26. Retrieved 2006-08-26. 
  7. ^ Erik Davis (September 1997). "When I Was Born for the 7th Time". Spin 13 (6): 153. Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  8. ^ Robert Christgau (1998-02-24). "The 1997 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2014-03-25. Retrieved 2014-10-06. 
  9. ^ Charles Aaron (January 1998). "Top 20 Albums of the Year". Spin 14 (1): 86. Retrieved 2014-10-25. 
  10. ^ "100 Greatest British Albums". Q: 65. June 2000. 

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