Alex Lloyd (album)

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Alex Lloyd
Alex Lloyd (Album).jpg
Studio album by Alex Lloyd
Released 9 October 2005
Recorded London Bridge Studios, Seattle and
Ocean Way Studios, Hollywood (dates unknown)
Genre Rock
Length 43:49
Label Epic
Producer Rick Parashar
Alex Lloyd chronology
Distant Light
(2003)
Alex Lloyd
(2005)
Good in the Face of a Stranger
(2008)
Singles from Alex Lloyd
  1. "Never Meant to Fail"
    Released: 12 August 2005
  2. "The Wonder"
    Released: 30 September 2005
  3. "Brand New Day"
    Released: 8 April 2006

Alex Lloyd's eponymous album is his fourth, released in October 2005 (see 2005 in music).

After the release of Distant Light, Lloyd took an extended hiatus from recording and touring, electing to spend more time with his wife Ameila and newborn son Jake. It was during this time that Lloyd severed ties with his management firm One Louder and record label EMI.

Armed with a new set of songs written during this period of domestic bliss, Lloyd sought out a new management firm (Running Man Management) and record label, eventually signing with Sony BMG Music Entertainment.

Recorded in London Bridge Studios, Seattle, with famed producer Rick Parashar, Alex Lloyd was warmly received by the Australian record-buying public and music critics alike, reaching number seven on the ARIA Albums Chart and achieving platinum sales status (shipments to retailers in excess of 70,000 copies).[1]

Tracks 1, 2 and 3 were mixed by Bob Clearmountain. Tracks 6 and 7 were mixed by Jack Joseph Puig.

Alex Lloyd was also released as a limited edition DualDisc. On the DVD playing side, tracks 1, 2 and 3 are presented in 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound and the remainder of the tracks in Dolby Digital enhanced stereo. As is common with Sony/Sony-BMG releases, there are no DVD-Audio tracks.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alex Lloyd (credited as A. Wasiliev)

  1. "Brand New Day" – 4:08
  2. "Outside" – 3:31
  3. "Never Meant to Fail" – 3:48
  4. "All You Need" – 3:03
  5. "Still Waiting" – 3:26
  6. "Sometimes" – 4:18
  7. "The Wonder" – 4:14
  8. "Holding On" – 3:44
  9. "I Wish" – 3:18
  10. "Follow" – 3:16
  11. "Stand Down" – 3:27
  12. "Speeding Cars" – 3:36

Singles and album success[edit]

As with all Lloyd's previous albums, "Alex Lloyd" was a commercial and critical success. The album itself peaked at No. 7 on the Australian charts, and stayed in the Top 50 for 11 weeks. "Alex Lloyd" was the second most popular Alex Lloyd album by charting, with Watching Angels Mend peaking at No. 2, Black the Sun and Distant Light peaking at No. 9 and Good in the Face of a Stranger peaking at No. 80, due to it being a more independently released album. "Alex Lloyd" also released three singles. The first,"Never Meant to Fail" was the only single to get into the top 50 on the album, peaking at No. 27 and staying in the top 50 for 10 weeks. "Never Meant to Fail" has gone on to become one of Lloyd's most successful and remembered songs, and was performed in Australian Idol in 2006. The second single, "The Wonder" was released in 2006. This song was the only single that didn't chart. However, the third and final single "Brand New Day" peaked at No. 53 on the charts. The video clip for "Brand New Day" featured David Wenham.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[1] 7

Single chart performances[edit]

Name of Single Aus. Charts Peak Weeks in Aus. Top 50
Never Meant to Fail 27 10
The Wonder - -
Stand Down 51 -
Sometimes 57 -
Brand New Day 53 -

Apple Influence[edit]

The album is a feature of the iTunes Music Store Essentials with many tracks featuring as a part of the AppleCare Technical Support, Music on hold, which essentially plays the major tracks including Never Meant To Fail, Sometimes, The Wonder, Brand New Day, Outside and Stand Down; while AppleCare consumers are waiting to be assisted by technical support advisors. This initiative was introduced by AppleCare to increase customer satisfaction, call flow and also as a method to weigh-out potential long queue waiting times.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Alex Lloyd (album) - Australian chart run". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 18 January 2010.