All This Time (Michelle McManus song)

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"All This Time"
Single by Michelle
from the album The Meaning of Love
A-side "All This Time"
B-side "On the Radio"
Released 25 November 2003 (2003-11-25)
Format CD single
Recorded 2003
Genre Pop
Length 4:23
Label BMG
Writer(s) Mac/Hector/Tennant
Producer(s) Steve Mac
Michelle singles chronology
"All This Time"
(2003)
"The Meaning of Love"
(2004)

"All This Time" is a song written for the winner of the second series of Pop Idol in the UK. The last two acts in the show, Michelle McManus and Mark Rhodes both performed the song in the final: McManus went on to win, and released "All This Time" as her debut single. It reached #1 in the UK Singles Chart on 11 January 2004 and remained there for three weeks,[1][2] later being included on her debut album, The Meaning of Love. Subsequent releases failed to duplicate its success, and McManus was dropped by BMG.[3]

Reception[edit]

BBC Music writer Ruth Mitchell described the song as "epic", with a "glorious array of lush harmonies".[4] A Daily Record journalist called it "beautiful" and a "brilliant pop gem which is laced with a luxurious gospel feel".[5] Ian Hyland in the Sunday Mirror unfavourably compared McManus to previous Pop Idol winner Will Young, but nevertheless rated the single 7/10.[6]

Conversely, Fiona Shepherd in The Scotsman described the track as a "tuneless dirge",[7] while an Entertainment.ie critic labelled it "a triumph of hype over substance".[8] Daily Telegraph critic Lynsey Hanley called the song "utterly forgettable" and "one of the lamest Pop Idol-sponsored efforts", and argued that it achieved the UK #1 position "on the back of the series' success".[9]

Cover versions[edit]

Almighty Records artist Deja Vu featuring Tasmin recorded a cover version of "All This Time". The Almighty Anthem Radio Edit (3:56) and 12" Anthem Mix (7:28)

Track listings and formats[edit]

UK CD Single

  1. "All This Time"
  2. "On the Radio"

Music video[edit]

The music video for "All This Time" was recorded in December 2003 and was released to UK Music Channels that same month. The video shows Michelle singing the song in front of a pure black background. The video also shows certain moments from Michelle's time in Pop Idol.

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2003–2004) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 1[10]
Irish Singles Chart 2[10]

Chart Procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
"Mad World" by Gary Jules and Michael Andrews
UK number one single
11 January 2004 - 31 January 2004
Succeeded by
"Take Me to the Clouds Above" by LMC vs U2
Preceded by
"Evergreen/Anything Is Possible" by Will Young
Pop Idol UK Winners Single
2003
Succeeded by
None

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ChartArchive - The Chart Archive". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. pp. 694–5. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ English, Paul (4 September 2010). "Michelle McManus: How I fought back from Pop Idol rejection to sing for the Pope". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Meaning of Love". BBC Music. Retrieved 2012-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Singles & Albums: Single of the week". Daily Record. TheFreeLibrary.com. 9 January 2004. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Hyland, Ian (4 January 2004). "Reviews: Hyland's Verdict - Singles". Sunday Mirror. Trinity Mirror. 
  7. ^ Shepherd, Fiona (13 February 2004). "An emotional wreck". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  8. ^ "Michelle - The Meaning of Love". entertainment.ie. 23 February 2004. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Hanley, Lynsey (16 February 2004). "CD reviews: Viktoria Tolstoy and more". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "Michelle Mcmanus - The Meaning Of Love - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2012-01-04.