A Place We Knew

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A Place We Knew
Dean Lewis - A Place We Knew.png
Studio album by
Released22 March 2019 (2019-03-22)
Length40:09
LabelIsland
ProducerEdd Holloway, Nick Atkinson, John Castle, Dylan Nash
Dean Lewis chronology
Same Kind of Different
(2017)
A Place We Knew
(2019)
Singles from A Place We Knew
  1. "Be Alright"
    Released: 29 June 2018
  2. "7 Minutes"
    Released: 18 January 2019
  3. "Stay Awake"
    Released: 19 March 2019[1][2]

A Place We Knew is the debut studio album by Australian singer songwriter Dean Lewis. The album was released on 22 March 2019. The album was announced in February 2019, with Lewis revealing that "all the songs were written through relationships I'd been in and houses I used to live in and hotel rooms".[3]

Of the album, Dean stated that "Things come and go so fast, but I wanted to make something authentic, raw"[4], describing the title as "encapsulat(ing) the bittersweet memories of past relationships".[5]

The album topped the Australian chart upon release. It will be supported by a US and European tour from February to April 2019, as well as a five-date Australia and New Zealand tour in May 2019.[5] During his musical guest appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 18, 2019, Lewis performed "7 Minutes" and "Stay Awake" to support the release of the album.

Singles[edit]

"Be Alright" is the album's lead single, released on 29 June 2018 and peaked at number 1 in Australia and won an ARIA Music Award at the ARIA Music Awards of 2018. "7 Minutes" was released on 18 January 2019 as the album's second single and peaked at number 10 in Australia. "Stay Awake" released on 19 March 2019 as the album's third single.

The album includes the singles "Waves" and "Chemicals" from Lewis' 2017 extended play Same Kind of Different.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Herald Sun3.5/5 stars[6]
Who Magazine5/5 stars[7]

Cameron Adams from Herald Sun gave the album 3.5 out of 5 stars saying "Vance Joy, and before him Ed Sheeran and The Lumineers, [have] set the sonic blueprint for Lewis' who is 'seizing the moment' for super-ultra-non-toxic masculinity in music." Suggesting to try this album if you like Joy and Sheeran".[6]

Gavin Scott from Who Magazine gave the album 5 out of 5 stars saying "Thanks to both the deeply personal nature of Lewis' lyrics, inspired by his own real-life relationships, and the pain and emotion that comes through in his vocals, it's impossible not to feel moved by A Place We Knew. A substantial, meaningful album for a world too often distracted by frivolity."[7]

Jeff Jenkins from Stack Magazine said "His break-up balladry – emotive, anthemic and folk-tinged – falls somewhere between Ed Sheeran and Sheppard. It's a potent formula".[8] Brodie Lancaster from The Saturday Paper said "The appeal of Dean Lewis's debut album is that the earnest musings on broken relationships can be moulded to anyone's story. But what his formulaic songwriting gains in popularity, it lacks in depth and insight".[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Hold of Me"Dean LewisDylan Nash3:22
2."7 Minutes"
  • Lewis
  • Nicholas Atkinson
  • Edd Holloway
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • Nash[b]
3:31
3."A Place We Knew"Lewis3:26
4."Stay Awake"
  • Solomon
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • Nash[a]
3:05
5."Waves"
  • Lewis
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
4:00
6."Be Alright"
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • Nash[b]
3:16
7."Chemicals"Lewis
  • John Castle
  • Holloway[b]
3:41
8."Straight Back Down"
  • Lewis
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • Nash[b]
3:25
9."Time to Go"LewisD. Hume3:10
10."Don't Hold Me"
  • Lewis
  • J. Hume
2:59
11."For the Last Time"Lewis
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • Nash[b]
3:15
12."Half a Man"
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
2:59
Total length:40:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 33
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 30
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 61
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 15
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[15] 28
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[16] 21
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[17] 27
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 60
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 32
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 20
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[21] 7
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[22] 25
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[23] 46
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[25] 37
US Billboard 200[26] 31

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia 22 March 2019 Digital download,[27] CD,[28] Island Records Australia 7739314

References[edit]

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