All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend

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All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
AURORA - All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend (Official Album Cover).jpg
Studio album by
Released11 March 2016 (2016-03-11)
Recorded2015–16
Genre
Length
  • 46:48 (standard)
  • 64:40 (deluxe)
Label
Producer
  • Aurora (exec.)
  • Odd Martin Skålnes
  • Magnus Skylstad
  • Nicolas Rebscher
  • Jeremy Wheatley
  • Alf Lund Gobolt
  • Electric
  • Pablo Nouvelle
AURORA chronology
Running with the Wolves EP
(2015)
All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
(2016)
Infections Of A Different Kind - Step 1
(2018)
Singles from All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
  1. "Runaway"
    Released: February 26, 2015
  2. "Running With The Wolves"
    Released: June 10, 2015
  3. "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)"
    Released: August 25, 2015
  4. "Half the World Away"
    Released: November 12, 2015
  5. "Conqueror"
    Released: February 16, 2016
  6. "I Went Too Far"
    Released: July 5, 2016
  7. "Winter Bird"
    Released: December 20, 2016

All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend is the debut studio album by Norwegian singer Aurora. It was released on March 11, 2016 by Decca Records.[2] It was preceded as the follow up project to the Running with the Wolves extended play, which was released in May 2015. The album includes singles "Runaway", "Running With The Wolves", "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)", "Half the World Away", "Conqueror", "I Went Too Far", and "Winter Bird".

Background[edit]

The background for the album started at the beginning of 2015. AURORA herself was just beginning to break through as a professional singer and musician with her debut single "Under Stars", which was released in 12 December 2014.

After the single was released, she announced that she began to work on more music, which would eventually become her debut extended play. Then on 26 February 2015, she revealed her second single and lead single from her debut extended play, entitled "Runaway", which began to build upon her existing fan base. From the lead single, the extended play was released, under the title Running with the Wolves, on 3 May 2015.

To accelerate the post release of the EP, the second single, entitled "Running With The Wolves", was released 10 June 2015, and was classed as being the breakthrough single of AURORA's singing career. As well as the song bringing her to the centre of the media, it was also her first entry into the charts peaking at number 72 in Germany.

In the summer, she was constantly reported on working on new music and, on 25 August 2015, her third single, entitled "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)", was released. The song itself was released as an acoustic version and released the studio version of the song the following month. It was the first single outside of AURORA's previous work and sparked much controversy over her planning and producing her debut album, which she later confirmed not long after the song was released.

During the late days of October 2015, she confirmed that she was chosen to perform the lead soundtrack for the 2015 John Lewis commercial which was to air in the UK over the Christmas months. The advert premiered on 2 November 2015, revealing a cover version of song "Half the World Away" originally released and conducted by English rock band Oasis back in 1994. The version of the song was another breakthrough success for the singer as it earned her a place in the British and Irish charts, peaking at number 11 and 22, respectively.

AURORA officially released the song as her fourth single a few days later, revealing the details of her debut album. It was announced under the title All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend and it was to be released on 4 March 2016. She also revealed that "Runaway" was to be treated as the lead single and that "Running With The Wolves" and "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" were listed as songs on the album, as well as "Half The World Away".

In January 2016, since the announcement of her album, the official audio for AURORA's fifth single, entitled "Conqueror", was released with the music video to follow on 16 February 2016. It was the last song to be released officially until the album's release.

The album was eventually released as scheduled on 4 March 2016. It officially charted in 6 countries, including Norway, where it topped the charts.

Upon the album's release and its post-release, all of the remaining songs from All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend were released. The songs were "Warrior" (10 March 2016), "Lucky", "Winter Bird" (22 March 2016), "Through The Eyes Of A Child" (26 May 2016), "I Went Too Far" (3 June 2016), "Black Water Lilies", "Nature Boy", "Wisdom Cries" and "Home" (10 June 2016). During that lengthy period of time, she embarked on a major continental tour of Europe and an individual UK tour to promote the ongoing releases of her debut album.

After the tours, she released the sixth single from the album, entitled "I Went Too Far", on 5 July 2016.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic80/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
DIY3/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[5]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]

All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 10 reviews.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition[8]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Runaway"
  • Odd Martin Skålnes
  • Skylstad
4:08
2."Conqueror"
  • Aksnes
  • Geir Luedy
  • Odd Martin Skålnes
  • Skylstad
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
  • Jeremy Wheatley[b]
3:27
3."Running with the Wolves"
  • Skålnes
  • Rebscher
  • Skylstad
3:14
4."Lucky"
  • Aksnes
  • Skålnes
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
4:04
5."Winter Bird"
  • Aksnes
  • Jonathan Wright
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
4:07
6."I Went Too Far"
  • Aksnes
  • Skylstad
  • Skålnes
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
  • Wheatley[b]
3:27
7."Through the Eyes of a Child"
  • Aksnes
  • Leonard
  • Alf Lund Gobolt
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
  • Gobolt
4:34
8."Warrior"
  • Aksnes
  • Leonard
  • Alexander Knolle
  • Rebscher
  • Skylstad
  • Janis Liphardt
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
  • Wheatley[b]
3:43
9."Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)"
  • Aksnes
  • Skålnes
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
3:20
10."Home"
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
3:32
11."Under the Water"
4:24
12."Black Water Lilies"
  • Aksnes
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
4:42
Total length:46:48
Deluxe edition[9]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."Half the World Away"
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
3:18
14."Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" (Acoustic)
  • Aksnes
  • Skålnes
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
3:38
15."Nature Boy"
  • Skålnes
  • Skylstad
2:59
16."Wisdom Cries"
  • Aksnes
  • Leonard
  • Rebscher
  • Rebscher
4:07
17."Running with the Wolves" (Pablo Nouvelle Remix)
  • Aksnes
  • Leonard
  • Rebscher
  • Skålnes
  • Rebscher
  • Skylstad
  • Pablo Nouvelle (remixing)
3:50

Notes

  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer.

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 51
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[11] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[12] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[13] 95
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 43
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[15] 33
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[16] 17
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[17] 24
Irish Albums (IRMA)[18] 66
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[19] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 41
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 28
US Billboard 200[22] 150
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[23] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend - Aurora". AllMusic. 4 April 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  2. ^ AURORA announces debut album, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend
  3. ^ a b "Reviews for All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend by Aurora". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Album Review: Aurora - All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend". DIY Magazine. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ "AURORA's 'All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend': EW Review". Entertainment Weekly. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  6. ^ "Aurora - All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend". MusicOMH. 11 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  7. ^ "Aurora: All My Demons Greeting Me As a Friend review – angsty melodrama". The Guardian. 10 March 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  8. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-my-demons-greeting-me/id1065969288
  9. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-my-demons-greeting-me/id1065985699
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2 April 2016). "ARIA Albums: Zayn Has the No 1 Album in Australia". Noise11. Retrieved 2 April 2016.
  11. ^ [NO&titel=All+My+Demons+Greening+Me+as+a+Friend&cat=a "Austriancharts.at – Aurora [NO] – All My Demons Greening Me as a Friend"] (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  12. ^ [NO&titel=All+My+Demons+Greening+Me+as+a+Friend&cat=a "Ultratop.be – Aurora [NO] – All My Demons Greening Me as a Friend"] (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  13. ^ [NO&titel=All+My+Demons+Greeting+Me+as+a+Friend&cat=a "Ultratop.be – Aurora [NO] – All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend"] (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  14. ^ "Aurora Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  15. ^ "Czech Albums – Top 100". ČNS IFPI. Note: On the chart page, select {{{date}}} on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  16. ^ [NO&titel=All+My+Demons+Greeting+Me+as+a+Friend&cat=a "Dutchcharts.nl – Aurora [NO] – All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend"] (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 25 March 2016.
  17. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Aurora [NO – All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend"] (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  18. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 11, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  19. ^ http://lista.vg.no/artist/aurora/album/all-my-demons-greeting-me-as-a-friend/13750
  20. ^ [NO&titel=All+My+Demons+Greeting+Me+as+a+Friend&cat=a "Swisscharts.com – Aurora [NO] – All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend"]. Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 March 2016.
  21. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 March 2016.
  22. ^ "Aurora Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  23. ^ "AURORA Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 6 July 2017.