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At Night, Alone.
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Studio album by Mike Posner
Released May 6, 2016 (2016-05-06)
Recorded 2015
Studio Mike's House (Southfield, Michigan)
Kensaltown Recording Studios (Kensal Rise, London)
EastWest Studios (Hollywood, Los Angeles)
Hideout Recording Studio (Las Vegas, Nevada)
Mirrorball Studios (North Hollywood, Los Angeles)[1]
Genre Acoustic pop, electronic[2]
Length 58:17
Label Island
Producer
Mike Posner chronology
The Truth
(2015)
At Night, Alone.
(2016)
Singles from At Night, Alone
  1. "I Took a Pill in Ibiza"
    Released: July 24, 2015

At Night, Alone. is the second studio album by American singer Mike Posner. It was released on May 6, 2016 by Island.[3] The album features guest appearances by Labrinth and Big Sean.[4]

The album received positive reviews from music critics, who celebrated the record's mature sound, and his autobiographic and introspective lyrical content. The album was considered a qualitative big step forward from his previous album 31 Minutes to Takeoff.

Background[edit]

Mike Posner released his first single in two years, "The Way It Used to Be" in June 2013, and announced the release of his second album Pages.[5] In October 2013 Posner said in an interview with Billboard: "I've made maybe over 100 songs since the last album, so I've got a good 12, 15 I'm proud of".[6] A second single featuring Big Sean, "Top of the World" was released in December 2013.[7] In March 2014, Billboard reported that Pages would be released later that year, but the release never materialized. Instead, Posner released the extended play, The Truth in June 2015 on Island Records, featuring four tracks later featured on At Night, Alone.[8]

"I Took a Pill in Ibiza" was released as a single on July 24, 2015, and found international success in a remix by Seeb. In August 2015, Posner said that he had recorded two albums (Pages and Sky High) since his debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff (2010), which were both shelved by his former label RCA Records because "they didn't have a hit".[9][10]

Posner said country singer Jake Owen encouraged him to "tell the truth" in his songs" and showed him artists like Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, which made Posner realize that "you can just literally say the truth and it’s beautiful, and it’s heart-wrenching and it’s funny".[11][12] The album is inspired by country music according to Posner: "So, like, the way I was inspired by hip-hop when I first started and would sort of sing hip-hop, this new (music) is kind of my take on country music. It doesn't sound country and no one uses the word country to describe it, but it's me trying to do country and it comes out weird and different."[11]

Singles[edit]

"I Took a Pill in Ibiza" was first released on Mike Posner's extended play, The Truth, on June 22, 2015.[13] The remix version by Seeb was released on July 24, 2015.[14]

Promotional singles

"Be as You Are" was released as promotional single in the United States on July 26, 2016.[15] On February 17, 2017 a remix of "In the Arms of a Stranger" by Grey was released as promotional single.[16]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AOTY60/100[17]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[18]
Idolator3.5/5[2]
The Guardian2/5 stars[19]

David Jeffries of AllMusic noted an improvement for Posner in the album, writing, "This might not yet be the ultimate showcase for his talents, but At Night, Alone is both a welcome return and a significant step forward." Jordan Simon of Idolator wrote, "Posner on the album places his bets as pop's 'born-again' countryman," calling the album "not a pop jamboree. It is truth in advertising, an album exclusively optimized for solitude spent immersed in deep thought." Gwilym Mumford of The Guardian wrote, "Some curios apart—the a cappella revolutionary hymn 'Only God Knows' and rowdy folk-punk of 'Jade'—there is little here that lingers long in the memory, with only Posner's braggadocio and pinched vocals distinguishing him from the singer-songwriter crowd."

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."At Night, Alone."PosnerPosner0:10
2."I Took a Pill in Ibiza"Posner4:40
3."Not That Simple"
  • Posner
  • Adam Friedman
  • Ely Rise
  • Posner
  • Terefe
  • Friedman
3:54
4."Be as You Are"
  • Posner
  • Friedman
  • Posner
  • Friedman
  • Terefe[a]
3:53
5."In the Arms of a Stranger"Posner
  • Posner
  • Terefe
  • Friedman
  • MdL
3:47
6."Silence" (featuring Labrinth)
  • Posner
  • Terefe
4:18
7."Iris"
  • Posner
  • Friedman
  • Posner
  • Friedman
  • MdL
3:31
8."Only God Knows"PosnerPosner2:45
9."Jade"Posner
  • Posner
  • MdL
3:41
10."One Hell of a Song"Posner
  • Posner
  • Friedman
  • MdL
3:16
11."Buried in Detroit"Posner
  • Posner
  • Terefe
4:08
12."Thank You"Posner
  • Posner
0:08
13."I Took a Pill in Ibiza" (SeeB Remix)Posner
  • Posner
  • Terefe
  • SeeB[b]
3:17
14."Not That Simple" (Kyle Tree Remix)
  • Posner
  • Adam Friedman
  • Ely Rise
  • Posner
  • Terefe
  • Friedman
  • Kyle Tree[b]
3:27
15."Be as You Are" (JordanXL Remix)
  • Posner
  • Friedman
  • Posner
  • Friedman
  • Terefe[a]
  • JordanXL[b]
3:23
16."In the Arms of a Stranger" (Brian Kierulf Remix)Posner
  • Posner
  • Terefe
  • Friedman
  • MdL
  • Brian Kierulf[b]
3:27
17."Silence" (Sluggo x Loote Remix) (featuring Labrinth)
  • Posner
  • McKenzie
  • Posner
  • Terefe
  • Dave Katz[b]
  • Jackson Foote[b]
3:09
18."Buried in Detroit" (Lucas Löwe Remix) (featuring Big Sean)
  • Posner
  • Terefe
  • Jordan Orvosh[b]
3:23
Total length:58:17
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • ^[b] signifies a remixer

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the liner notes:[1]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[33] Gold 20,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Mike Posner's 'At Night, Alone': Album Review - Idolator". Music News, Reviews, and Gossip on Idolator.com.
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  5. ^ "Mike Posner Returns To 'The Way It Used To Be': Hear New Single". Billboard.
  6. ^ "Mike Posner Gears Up to Finish 'Pages' Album, Hints at Big Guest Artists". Billboard.
  7. ^ "Top of the World (feat. Big Sean) - Single". iTunes.
  8. ^ "The Truth".[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Sullivan, Lindsey (February 8, 2016). "Mike Posner on His Hit 'I Took a Pill in Ibiza'". Billboard. Retrieved May 5, 2016.
  10. ^ "How Merle Haggard, Big Sean Influenced Mike Posner's New Album". Billboard. 6 May 2016.
  11. ^ a b "Mike Posner Talks Writing for Maroon 5, Recording Sophomore Album - Billboard". Billboard.
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  13. ^ "Mike Posner - 'The Truth' EP Available Now! - MikePosnerHits.com". 22 June 2015.
  14. ^ I Took a Pill In Ibiza (SeeB Remix) - Single by Mike Posner on iTunes[dead link]
  15. ^ "Future-releases". Archived from the original on July 21, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2016.
  16. ^ "In the Arms of a Stranger (Grey Remix) - Single by Mike Posner on Apple Music". iTunes.
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  18. ^ "At Night, Alone - Mike Posner - Songs, Reviews, Credits - AllMusic".
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