All I Need to Know (Emma Bunton song)

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"All I Need to Know"
All I Need to Know (Emma Bunton single - cover art).jpg
Single by Emma Bunton
from the album Life in Mono
B-side "Midnight and Martinis"
Released 12 February 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Soul
Length 4:18 (Album version)
3:36 (Single edit)
Label Universal
  • Emma Bunton
  • Jamie Hartman
Producer(s) Simon Franglen
Emma Bunton singles chronology
"All I Need to Know"
"I Know Him So Well"
Music video
"All I Need to Know" on YouTube

"All I Need to Know" is a song by British singer-songwriter, Emma Bunton. It was released as the second and final single from her third solo album, Life in Mono (2006). The song was co-written with Jamie Hartman, who is notable for previously writing the hit "All Time Love" for Will Young. First announced by her official site,[1] the single was released physically on 12 February 2007 in the United Kingdom and Ireland. It was also available to download from 5 February 2007. The physical release of this single is a two-track CD, with a remix being available only as an iTunes exclusive. The single entered the UK Singles Chart in the week of 24 February 2007 at number 60 and charted for only one week before falling out,[2] making it the lowest charting single of Bunton's career at the time.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed to positive reviews.

Music OMH called the song "similarly arresting", describing it as "a beautifully tender piano ballad that the likes of Lucie Silvas would be well advised to take note of.[3] Fraser McAlpine of TheChartBlog (BBC) explained the composition thus: "the first verse is wafty and piano-led, then there's a quiet chorus, then the drums kick in for a meatier version of same", while adding "the dragging pace and out-dated 'classy' production are going to get really boring, really quickly" and comparing it negatively to Viva Forever.[4] The Guardian deemed it "breathtakingly lovely".[5]

Music video[edit]

Directed by Max & Dania, the music video was shot shortly before Christmas 2006 in the East End of London.[6] The video features Bunton as an angel watching over various lonely people, none of whom can see her.

The only trace of her presence are floating feathers that come from her wings, which are only observable as reflections or from a distance.

The video was originally inspired by the photography of Peter Lindbergh, who is one of the world's preeminent fashion photographers.[7]

Track listings and formats[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "All I Need to Know".


  1. "All I Need to Know" (single edit) - 3:36
  2. "Midnight and Martinis" - 4:14

UK iTunes

  1. "All I Need to Know" (single edit) – 3:36
  2. "All I Need to Know" (Bimbo Jones Vocal Club Mix) – 6:53
  3. "Midnight and Martinis" – 4:14

UK radio promo

  1. "All I Need to Know" (single edit) – 3:36

UK club promo

  1. "All I Need to Know" (Bimbo Jones Vocal Club Mix) – 6:53
  2. "All I Need to Know" (Bimbo Jones Twisted Club Mix) – 6:39
  3. "All I Need to Know" (Bimbo Jones Club Dub Mix) – 7:15
  4. "All I Need to Know" (Bimbo Jones Vocal Radio Edit) – 3:24
  5. "All I Need to Know" (single edit) – 3:36

19 Management internal CD-R1

  1. "All I Need to Know" (promo radio edit) – 3:29

1The musical arrangement of the promo radio edit is different from that of the released single edit, and features extra strings and an enhanced beat. This version was not released commercially but has since leaked onto the internet.


Chart (2007) Peak
Scottish Singles Chart[8] 24
UK Singles Chart 60


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