Almost Lover

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"Almost Lover"
Single by A Fine Frenzy
from the album One Cell in the Sea
Released May 22, 2007 (2007-05-22)
Length 4:30
Label Virgin
Writer(s) Alison Sudol
  • Hal Cragin
  • Lukas Burton
A Fine Frenzy singles chronology
"Almost Lover"

"Almost Lover" is a song written and recorded by A Fine Frenzy, the stage name of American singer-songwriter Alison Sudol. It was released May 22, 2007 through Virgin Records as the lead single from her debut studio album, One Cell in the Sea (2007). The single failed to enter the US Billboard Hot 100, but experienced success in Europe, reaching the top 10 in the singles charts of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.


"Almost Lover" is a piano-driven pop ballad with elements of alternative rock written and composed by Alison Sudol. According to the digital sheet music published at by Alfred Publishing Co., Inc., the song was originally composed in the key of A minor and set in common time to a slow tempo of 63 BPM, with a vocal range spanning from G3 through C5.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Susan Visakowitz of Billboard wrote that, although Sudol "tackles a well-worn subject" on the song, "she does so with poetic turns of phrase and a lovely, unassuming vocal" that result in "Almost Lover" creating a "lasting first impression."[2] In a review of One Cell in the Sea, Shirley Halperin of Entertainment Weekly wrote that "attention to the dramatic works wonders" on "Almost Lover" by showcasing Sudol's vocals.[3]

Formats and track listings[edit]


1. "Almost Lover" (Album version)
2. "Almost Lover" (2nd Version)
3. "Almost Lover" (Radio Edit)
4. "Almost Lover" (Radio Mix)
5. "Almost Lover" (Video Mix)
6. "Almost Lover" (Instrumental)
7. "Almost Lover" (Eric Ivan Rosse Remix)

Music video[edit]

There are two music videos made for the single. The first one was directed by Laurent Briet, and sees A Fine Frenzy playing a piano in the forest, sitting in the middle of a stream. Suddenly rocks start to fly up to the sky. Later, it can be seen that parts of the piano start to detach from each other.[7] The second video was directed by the Nee Brothers. In this version, A Fine Frenzy is behind glass doors. She plays a dirty piano as she recalls her almost lover from the past. Flashbacks can be seen of the pair on the beach.[8] The video was later edited to feature a revised "domestic remix" of the song.[9]

Usage in popular culture[edit]

"Almost Lover" was featured on a season three episode of American reality television series, The Hills titled, "A Night at the Opera" and a season four episode of American legal comedy-drama, Suits titled, "Fork in the Road".[10] Rolling Stone listed the Hills feature as one of the series' 15 best musical moments.[11] The song was also used as the backing music for a performance by Courtney Galiano on season four of American reality competition program, So You Think You Can Dance, and for performances by Lisa Auguste and Corynne Barron on the first and second seasons, respectively, of the Canadian counterpart, So You Think You Can Dance Canada.[10]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Catalog No. Ref.
Worldwide May 22, 2007 Digital download Virgin N/A [4][21]
Europe January 11, 2008 Maxi single Capitol 5198502 [5]
March 7, 2008 CD single Virgin
  • 2087332
  • 2087352
United States January 20, 2009 [6]


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  2. ^ Visakowitz, Susan; et al. (1 Sep 2007). Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. p. 56. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  3. ^ Halperin, Shirley (July 20, 2007). "One Cell in the Sea". Entertainment Weekly. Wenner Media. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
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  8. ^ "A Fine Frenzy | Almost Lover (Version 2) | Music Video". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  9. ^ "A Fine Frenzy | Almost Lover Domestic Remix | Music Video". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Alison Sudol - IMDb". IMDb. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  11. ^ Goodman, Abbey (August 28, 2012). "The 15 Greatest Music Moments on "The Hills"". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  12. ^ " – A Fine Frenzy – Almost Lover" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200841 into search. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
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  16. ^ "A Fine Frenzy – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for A Fine Frenzy. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  17. ^ "A Fine Frenzy – Chart history" Billboard Digital Songs for A Fine Frenzy. Retrieved October 8, 2016.
  18. ^ ":: MTV | Single Jahrescharts 2008 | charts". MTV Germany. Viacom International Media Networks Europe. Archived from the original on March 11, 2010. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  19. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (A Fine Frenzy; 'Almost Lover')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  20. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (A Fine Frenzy; 'Almost Lover')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  21. ^ "Almost Lover - Single by A Fine Frenzy". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple Inc. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 
  22. ^ "Almost Lover - A Fine Frenzy | Release Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 8 October 2016. 

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