All Rise (Blue album)

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All Rise
All Rise.jpg
Studio album by
Released26 November 2001
Recorded2000–2001; London, England and Oslo, Norway
Genre
LabelVirgin, Innocent
Blue chronology
All Rise
(2001)
One Love
(2002)
Singles from All Rise
  1. "All Rise"
    Released: 21 May 2001
  2. "Too Close"
    Released: 27 August 2001
  3. "If You Come Back"
    Released: 12 November 2001
  4. "Fly By"
    Released: 18 March 2002
  5. "Best in Me"
    Released: 18 August 2002

All Rise is the debut studio album by English boy band Blue, released on 26 November 2001 in the United Kingdom and on 27 April 2004 in the United States. It peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart and was certified 4× Platinum in the UK.[1] The album spent 63 weeks on the UK top 75 Albums chart.[2]

Background and release[edit]

In May 1999, Lee Ryan and Antony Costa met at the ages of 15 and 17, respectively, when auditioning for a boy band on ITV's This Morning, with Simon Cowell putting the group together.[3] Ryan made it into the band, as did 21-year-old Will Young (who would go on to win the first series of Pop Idol in 2002), although Costa was not chosen.[3] The boy band never took off, but Ryan and Costa remained friends following their meeting. In 2000, Costa and another one of his friends, Duncan James, decided to form their own band, and they were soon joined by Ryan. Their manager Daniel Glatman said, "Duncan came to see me with his friend, Antony Costa, who was also in the same position [wanted to be in the music industry], and they told me that they wanted to do something together. When I asked them if they had anyone in mind to work with, they said they had a friend, Lee Ryan, whom they wanted to invite to join their band. The three of them came in a couple of days later and I was completely blown away by the incredibly talented stars that stood before me."[4] Ryan, Costa, James and Glatman all felt that something was missing and so they went on to audition for a fourth member, a position eventually filled by Ryan's flatmate, Simon Webbe.[4][5]

Blue started recording for their debut album following their new line-up. They released their debut single "All Rise" in May 2001 and it reached number four on the UK Singles Chart. Their follow-up single "Too Close" was released in August 2001 and peaked at number one. Following this, the band went to New York City to film the "If You Come Back" music video, and while there, they witnessed the attacks on the World Trade Center. The following month, Blue were being interviewed by British newspaper The Sun and Ryan commented that "This New York thing is being blown out of proportion" and asked "What about whales? They are ignoring animals that are more important. Animals need saving and that's more important." The other members of the band tried to silence Ryan, but he went on. This caused a huge media backlash that resulted in Blue losing a record deal in the United States and campaigns to sack Ryan from the group.[6] Despite the backlash, Blue went on to achieve a second UK number-one in November with the ballad.

Singles[edit]

"All Rise" — The debut single, released in May 2001. The single peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 3 on the Australian Top 40, at No. 1 in New Zealand and No. 5 in Ireland. The song has received a Silver sales status certification for sales of over 200,000 copies in the UK. "Too Close" was the second single,an it was released in August 2001. The song is a cover version of U.S. R&B group Next's number one hit. The single peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, No. 5 on the Australian Top 40, No. 1 in New Zealand and No. 17 in Ireland. The song has received a Silver sales status certification for sales of over 200,000 copies in the UK.

The third single, released was "If You Come Back", it was released in November 2001. The single peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was produced by multi-platinum producer Ray Ruffin & co-written by Nicole Formescu, Ray Ruffin, Lee Brennan and Ian Hope. The song has received a Silver sales status certification for sales of over 200,000 copies in the UK. "Fly By II" ws chosen as the fourth and final single, it was released in March 2002. The single peaked at No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart, at No. 9 in New Zealand, No. 16 in Ireland, and No. 23 in Belgium. The song has received a Silver sales status certification for sales of over 200,000 copies in the UK. The song "Best in Me" was released as a single exclusively in Australia, New Zealand and Philippines in August 2002. The single peaked at No. 10 on the New Zealand Singles Chart, becoming one of Blue's most successful singles in the region. A music video was recorded and was later used to promote the group's compilation album, Best of Blue.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[7]
NME5/10 stars[8]

The album received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Sharon Mawer of AllMusic gave the album three and half stars out of five and noted, "The vocals were sung as if there was some real feeling, and that maybe is what separated Blue from their peers."[7] Andre Paine of the NME gave the album five stars out of ten stating, when describing some of the tracks that "All of these are fine, but so as not to alienate a single teenage girl, there's also the traditional boyband slop; 'If You Come Back' ...the ballads and various Backstreet Boys rip-offs. But at least Stargate & Ray Ruffin know what they do. And Blue are young and talented enough to secure themselves a successful pop career."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album All Rise was released in time for Christmas and reached number one, eventually selling in excess of 1.3 million copies in the UK.[9] The final single from the album, "Fly by II", reached number six in March 2002. It peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart and was certified 4× Platinum in the UK.[1] The album spent 63 weeks on the UK top 75 Albums chart.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."All Rise"Mikkel S. Eriksen, Hallgeir Rustan, Tor Erik Hermansen, Simon Webbe, Daniel StephensStargate3:43
2."Too Close"Kier Gist, Darren Lighty, Robert Huggar, Raphael Brown, Robert Ford Jr., Denzil Miller, James B. Moore, Kurtis Walker, Larry SmithRay Ruffin, Cutfather & Joe[a]3:45
3."This Temptation"Eliot Kennedy, Steve Richards, Webbe, Antony Costa, Duncan James, Lee RyanSteelworks, Dancin' Danny D[a]3:35
4."If You Come Back"Ruffin, Nicole Formescu, Ian Hope, Lee BrennanRuffin, Pete Craigie[a], Stevie Lange[b]3:27
5."Fly By"Eriksen, Rustan, Hermansen, WebbeStargate3:46
6."Bounce"Eriksen, Rustan, Hermansen, WebbeStargate3:54
7."Long Time"Hope, Ruffin, Costa, WebbeRuffin4:14
8."Make It Happen"Jan Kask, Peter Mansson, Wayne Hector, Ali TennantStargate, Kask[a], Mansson[a], Lange[b]3:14
9."Back to You"Hope, Ruffin, Webbe, Costa, James, RyanRuffin, Craigie[a], Lange[b]3:04
10."Girl I'll Never Understand"Tim Woodcock, Gary BarlowSteelworks, Craigie[a]3:26
11."Back Some Day"Woodcock, Mike TerrySteelworks, Craigie[a]4:00
12."Best in Me"Bill Padley, Jem GodfreyPadley, Godfrey3:12
Japanese special edition bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."All Rise" (Blacksmith R'n'B Club Rub)Eriksen, Hermansen, Rustan, Webbe, StephensStargate, Blacksmith*4:24
14."If You Come Back" (Blacksmith R'n'B Smooth Rub)Formescu, Brennan, Ruffin, HopeRay Ruffin, Pete Craigie*, Blacksmith*3:41
15."If You Come Back" (The Playa's Mix)Formescu, Brennan, Ruffin, HopeRay Ruffin, Pete Craigie*3:57
16."Too Close" (Live from Rumba, Melbourne)Gist, Lighty, Huggar, Brown, Ford Jr., Miller, Moore, Walker, SmithRay Ruffin, Cutfather & Joe*5:02
Asian special edition bonus AVCD
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."All Rise" (Music video)  3:43
2."Too Close" (Music video)  3:45
3."If You Come Back" (Music video)  3:27
4."Fly By II" (Music video)  3:46
5."Best in Me" (Music video)  3:11
6."All Rise" (Acoustic)Eriksen, Hermansen, Rustan, Webbe, StephensStargate3:43
7."Too Close" (Blacksmith R'n'B Club Rub)Gist, Lighty, Huggar, Brown, Ford Jr., Miller, Moore, Walker, SmithRay Ruffin, Cutfather & Joe*, Blacksmith*3:45
8."If You Come Back" (8 Jam Street Mix)Formescu, Brennan, Ruffin, HopeRay Ruffin, Pete Craigie*3:27
9."Fly By" (Stargate Trilogy Remix)Eriksen, Hermansen, Rustan, WebbeStargate3:46
10."This Temptation" (Blacksmith R'n'B Radio Rub)Kennedy, Richards, Ryan, Costa, James, WebbeSteelworks, Dancin' Danny D*, Blacksmith*3:35
11."Love R.I.P."Padley, GodfreyPadley, Godfrey3:39
12."Megamix"John RileyJohn Riley6:56
Deluxe edition bonus disc
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Sweet Thing"SUPA'FLYAS, Damon Sharpe, Lindy Robbins, Ali Tennant, Simon WebbeSUPA'FLYAS3:36
2."Made for Loving You"Gary Barlow, Eliot Kennedy, Tim WoodcockSteelworks, Pete Craigie*3:25
3."All Rise" (Acoustic)Eriksen, Hermansen, Rustan, Webbe, StephensStargate3:43
4."Too Close" (Blacksmith R'n'B Club Rub)Gist, Lighty, Huggar, Brown, Ford Jr., Miller, Moore, Walker, SmithRay Ruffin, Cutfather & Joe*, Blacksmith*3:45
5."If You Come Back" (8 Jam Street Mix)Formescu, Brennan, Ruffin, HopeRay Ruffin, Pete Craigie*3:27
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional vocal producer

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] Gold 35,000^
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[29] Gold 25,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[30] 3× Platinum 45,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[31] 2× Platinum 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] 4× Platinum 1,300,000[9]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[33] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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