Back from the Edge

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Back from the Edge
James Arthur - Back from the Edge.jpg
Studio album by James Arthur
Released 28 October 2016
Genre
Label Columbia
James Arthur chronology
James Arthur
(2013)James Arthur2013
Back from the Edge
(2016)
Singles from Back from the Edge
  1. "Say You Won't Let Go"
    Released: 9 September 2016
  2. "Safe Inside"
    Released: 10 February 2017
  3. "Can I Be Him"
    Released: 15 April 2017

Back from the Edge is the second studio album by British singer and songwriter James Arthur. It was released on 28 October 2016 by Columbia Records. The album includes the single "Say You Won't Let Go".

Background[edit]

Following his self-titled debut studio album being released on 1 November 2013, peaking to number 2 on the UK Albums Chart, on 5 April 2014, several media outlets began to report that Arthur had been dropped from Syco, following a dispute regarding a song entitled, "Follow the Leader".[1][2] He took to Twitter to deny the claims,[3] however on 11 June 2014, Arthur announced via Twitter that he and Syco had parted ways by mutual agreement. During the summer of 2014, Arthur stated that he was working on his second album and was close to signing a new record deal. On 6 September 2015, he announced that he had signed with Columbia Records and that a new album was on the way.[4]

Singles[edit]

On 9 September 2016, he released "Say You Won't Let Go" as the official lead single from the album. The single peaked at the top of the UK Singles Chart, a position it maintained for three weeks. Outside the United Kingdom, the single has topped the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Singapore, Indonesia and the Republic of Ireland.[5] The music video was released in the same month and was directed by Felix Urbauer.[6]

On 10 February 2017, "Safe Inside" was released as the album's second single.[7] The music video was released slightly before on 25 December 2016 and was directed by Frank Hoffman.[8] Arthur performed the song at the 2017 National Television Awards

Promotional singles[edit]

On 8 January 2016, Arthur released a new song called "The Truth" on iTunes in the United States.[9] Following the song's release, he took to Twitter and clarified that the song would feature on Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn,[10] and that it was not the lead single, only a promotional single.[11] On 21 October, a duet version of "Let Me Love the Lonely" was released as promotional single only in Poland, featured vocals of Polish singer MaRina.[12] The song certified Gold in the country.[13]

Critical reception[edit]

In the first review of the album, The Sun newspaper gave an extremely positive review, saying "James is truly singing for his life on this album, and his vocals have never sounded better"[14] Digital Spy gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, labeling it "the anti-X Factor album" and further stating that "This is the winner we all wanted".[15]

Track listing[edit]

Back from the Edge — Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Back from the Edge"
3:53
2. "Say You Won't Let Go"
3:31
3. "Prisoner"
  • Arthur
  • Quarmby
  • Rohan
3:58
4. "Can I Be Him"
Red Triangle 4:06
5. "I Am"
  • Arthur
  • Adam Argyle
  • Andrew Jackson
Argyle 3:11
6. "Train Wreck"
  • Arthur
  • Argyle
  • Jackson
Argyle 3:28
7. "Safe Inside"
  • Arthur
  • Quarmby
  • Rohan
3:42
8. "Sober"
  • Arthur
  • Pete "Boxsta" Martin
  • Steve McEwan
Martin 3:06
9. "Phoenix"
  • Arthur
  • Tizzard
  • Parkhouse
Red Triangle 4:06
10. "Let Me Love the Lonely"
  • Arthur
  • Argyle
  • Jackson
Argyle 2:52
11. "Sermon" (featuring Shotty Horroh)
  • Arthur
  • Dave Gibson
  • Jean-Yves "Jeeve" Ducornet
4:32
12. "Remember Who I Was" Arthur
2:58
13. "Finally" Arthur
4:21

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[39] Gold 10,000^
Sweden (GLF)[40] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Label
Worldwide 28 October 2016[42] Columbia

References[edit]

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  42. ^ Back from the Edge by James Arthur on Apple Music