A Woman and a Man

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A Woman and a Man
Studio album by Belinda Carlisle
Released September 11, 1996 (1996-09-11)
Recorded The Journey Room, Malibu, California
Genre Pop
Length 43:14 (Original version)
39:32 (US version)
Label Chrysalis
Producer David Tickle
Belinda Carlisle chronology
A Woman and a Man
A Place on Earth: The Greatest Hits
(1999)A Place on Earth: The Greatest Hits1999
Singles from A Woman and a Man
  1. "In Too Deep"
    Released: July 1, 1996
  2. "Always Breaking My Heart"
    Released: September 9, 1996
  3. "Love in the Key of C"
    Released: November 18, 1996
  4. "California"
    Released: February 17, 1997

A Woman and a Man is the sixth studio album by American singer Belinda Carlisle, released in the United Kingdom on September 23, 1996 by Chrysalis Records (then part of the EMI Group, like Carlisle's former label Virgin Records). The album contains songs written by Rick Nowels, Maria Vidal, Ellen Shipley, Charlotte Caffey, Neil Finn and Roxette co-founder Per Gessle who also produced one of the tracks.

It was released in the United States in 1997 (see 1997 in music) on the Ark 21 Records label. There was special DTS (surround sound) version released with a slightly different track listing compared to the original; it was only ten tracks long and did not include "Listen to Love", "Love Doesn't Live Here" and "Always Breaking My Heart" but instead had covers of the songs "Jealous Guy" by John Lennon and "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" by Shel Silverstein.


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C− [2]

The album received mixed reviews. Allmusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine rated the album four stars out of five saying it is a "mature collection of adult pop, with cool keyboards and subtle arrangements that often make the record sound like background music". However, he also noted that "Carlisle has rarely been in better voice".[1] Entertainment Weekly's Steven Mirkin gave the album C- saying that "Carlisle has neither the voice nor personality to overcome her album's cold, emotionally sterile core."[2]

Commercial reception[edit]

The album entered the UK Albums Chart at #12. It outsold Carlisle's previous album, Real, and was certified Gold by BPI for sales in excess of 100,000 copies. The album revived Carlisle's career in the singles chart – producing three top-twenty hits (two of them top-ten). It was released in the US but failed to chart on the Billboard 200 album chart with a total sales of 17,000 copies.[3]

The album charted on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart on November 11, 1996 at #31 with only one single released to radio at the time. It only spent ten weeks in the top one hundred making the album her last charting album on the charts. It was Carlisle's last album to chart in Austria, peaking at #36 and stayed in the charts for two weeks. It was Carlisle's lowest charting album in Sweden, peaking at #44 and only spending one week in the charts. In Italy, the album peaked at #35.

The singles had some success in various countries. "In Too Deep" was the first song released from the album and became a top ten hit in the UK and a top twenty in Australia. "Always Breaking My Heart" was the second song released from the album, written and produced by Per Gessle of Roxette, which was also a top ten hit in the UK. "Love in the Key of C" the third song released, became Carlisle's tenth top twenty UK hit. "California" was the fourth single released and was Carlisle's final UK Top 40 hit before retiring.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "In Too Deep" Rick Nowels 4:05
2. "California" Rick Nowels, Billy Steinberg, María Vidal 2:59
3. "A Woman and a Man" Robbie Seidman, María Vidal 5:12
4. "Remember September" Rick Nowels, Ellen Shipley 4:32
5. "Listen to Love" Christopher García, John Ingoldby, Ralph McCarthy 4:09
6. "Always Breaking My Heart" Per Gessle 3:12
7. "Love Doesn't Live Here" Per Gessle 4:09
8. "He Goes On" Neil Finn 3:13
9. "Kneel at Your Feet" Charlotte Caffey, Tom Caffey, Belinda Carlisle 4:18
10. "Love in the Key of C" Rick Nowels 3:50
11. "My Heart Goes Out to You" Anders Bagge, Rick Nowels, Allen Rich 3:35

American DTS (Surround Sound) version[edit]

(The regular American version had the same track listing as the UK version)


Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Japan September 11, 1996 EMI CD TOCP-50002
United Kingdom September 23, 1996 Chrysalis Records 724385354526
Australia October 16, 1996 853545-2


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. A Woman and a Man at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b Mirkin, Steven (August 1, 1997). "Entertainment Weekly Review". 
  3. ^ a b Keith Caulfield "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Retrieved September 23, 2007.
  4. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2011-06-24. . australianchart.com. Retrieved 25 June 2011.
  5. ^ FIMI
  6. ^ "Japan Chart Position". Retrieved August 2, 2007. 
  7. ^ "UK Chart Position". Archived from the original on July 5, 2008. Retrieved October 26, 2006. 
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Belinda Carlisle – A Woman and a Man". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter A Woman and a Man in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search