All That Matters (album)

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All That Matters
Studio album by Michael Bolton
Released November 4, 1997
Genre Pop/R&B
Length 64:34
Label Columbia
Producer Michael Bolton, Walter Afanasieff, Barry J. Eastmond, Guy Roche, Jamie Houston, Keith Thomas and Tony Rich
Michael Bolton chronology
This Is The Time: The Christmas Album
All That Matters
My Secret Passion: The Arias
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C−[2]
Los Angeles Times 1.5/4 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]

All That Matters is an album by Michael Bolton, released in 1997, and was his first studio album since 1993's "The One Thing". Bolton was aided in production by Barry J. Eastmond and Walter Afanasieff, and among the songwriters are Bolton, Diane Warren, Babyface, Lamont Dozier, Gary Burr, and Tony Rich. Bolton’s U.S. fans were puzzled by the album’s title, "All That Matters", until the phrase was found on the bonus track, "When There Are No Words", on the UK version of the album. The two singles from the album, "The Best of Love", and "Safe Place from the Storm" were disappointing in sales and radio play, and fans were disappointed that the songs were performed only a handful of times during Bolton’s 1998 tour in support of the album.

Despite the lead single's relative success (#24 on the Hot 100), the album failed to achieve substantial success, partly because subsequent singles from the album failed to make any significant impact on the charts and due to the altering musical tastes (which were in favor of teen-pop at the time). Thus, the album debuted at a disappointing #39 and after some weeks of descending the chart it completely disappeared from the Billboard Top 200, merely going Gold. It is Bolton’s last album to be certified to date.

Worldwide, the success of the album has also been limited selling just over a million copies.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Safe Place from the Storm" Michael Bolton, Diane Warren 5:22
2. "The Best of Love" Babyface, Michael Bolton 4:19
3. "Let’s Make a Long Story Longer" Michael Bolton, Jamie Houston 4:39
4. "A Heart Can Only Be So Strong" Diane Warren 5:02
5. "Fallin'" Tony Rich 3:47
6. "Forever's Just a Matter of Time" Michael Bolton, Jamie Houston 4:28
7. "Whenever I Remember Loving You" Michael Bolton, Garry Burr 4:26
8. "Show Her the Way" Michael Bolton, Barry J. Eastmond 4:42
9. "Why Me" Babyface, Michael Bolton, Lamont Dozier 4:36
10. "Can't Get Close Enough to You" Michael Bolton, Barry J. Eastmond, Jamie Houston 4:46
11. "Let There Be Love" Michael Bolton, Jamie Houston 5:23
12. "Pleasure or Pain" Michael Bolton, Tony Rich, Diane Warren 4:06
13. "Go the Distance" Alan Menken, David Zippel 4:42
14. "When There Are No Words" (bonus track in the UK version) Michael Bolton, Antonio Jeffries 4:16


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. All That Matters at AllMusic
  2. ^ Browne, David (1997-11-21). "White Noise". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  3. ^ Gardner, Elysa (1997-11-20). "You're making your list and we've made ours: tons of ideas for presents--even for those hardest to please. : From Elton to Boyz to Celine to Dylan, It's an Album Bull Market". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-04-01. 
  4. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 90. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.