Back to Love (Anthony Hamilton album)

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Back to Love
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Studio album by Anthony Hamilton
Released December 13, 2011 (2011-12-13)
Recorded 2009–11
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 46:00 (standard edition)
64:00 (deluxe edition)
Label RCA
Producer Anthony Hamilton (exec.), Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Mike City, Bobby Ross & Issiah Avila, Kelvin Wooten, Dre & Vidal, Antonio Dixon, Salaam Remi, Jairus Mozee
Anthony Hamilton chronology
The Point of It All
(2008)
Back to Love
(2011)
Home for the Holidays
(2014)
Singles from Back to Love
  1. "Woo"
    Released: October 11, 2011
  2. "Pray for Me"
    Released: March 27, 2012
  3. "Best of Me"
    Released: February 4, 2013

Back to Love is the fifth studio album by American R&B singer, Anthony Hamilton. It was released on December 13, 2011, by RCA Records and nominated for "Best R&B Album" in 2013.[1] The album's lead single "Woo", which was released on October 11, 2011. The second single "Pray For Me" was also Grammy nominated in 2013 for "Best R&B song"[1] and reached #1 on the Billboard Adult R&B Songs chart.[2] The album features writing and production from Babyface, Dre & Vidal, Kelvin Wooten, Mike City, Jairus Mozee, Avila Brothers, as well as Hamilton himself.

Singles[edit]

  • The album's lead single "Woo", which was released on October 11, 2011.
  • The album's second single "Pray for Me" was released on March 27, 2012.
  • The album's third single "Best of Me" was released on February 4, 2013.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Back to Love" A. Hamilton, S. Remi, V. Henry Salaam Remi 3:20
2. "Writing on the Wall" A. Hamilton, M. Flowers Mike City 3:28
3. "Woo" A. Hamilton, A. Dixon, B. Coleman, K. Edmonds, P. Smith Babyface, Antonio Dixon 3:15
4. "Pray for Me" A. Hamilton, A. Dixon, K. Edmonds, P. Smith Babyface, Antonio Dixon 4:40
5. "Best of Me" A. Hamilton, J. Mozee Jairus Mozee 3:46
6. "Never Let Go" (featuring Keri Hilson) A. Hamilton, C. Johnson, J. Wonda Jerry Wonda 3:40
7. "Mad" A. Hamilton, A. Dixon, K. Edmonds, P. Smith Babyface, Antonio Dixon 3:43
8. "I'll Wait (To Fall in Love)" A. Hamilton, B. Avila, I. Avila Avila Brothers 4:15
9. "Sucka for You" A. Hamilton, K. Wooten Kelvin Wooten 4:19
10. "Baby Girl" A. Hamilton, K. Wooten Kelvin Wooten 3:34
11. "Who's Loving You" A. Hamilton, A. Heard, M. Anzel, Victoria "Bekele" Tollossa Andreao Heard 3:47
12. "Life Has a Way" A. Hamilton, J. Poyser James Poyser 4:15
Total length: 46:00

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Back to Love has received generally favorable reviews from music critics. According to critic review aggregator Metacritic, the album has received a score of 82 out of 100, based on 10 reviews.[3]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
About.com 3.5/5 stars[4]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. Club A-[6]
Entertainment Weekly A–[7]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[8][9]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[10]
Pop Matters 6/10[11]
Spin 8/10[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 12 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling over 63,000 copies in the first week.[13] The album has sold 372,000 copies in the US as of February 2016.[14]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
South African Albums (RISA)[15] 4
UK R&B Albums Chart[16] 38
US Billboard 200[17] 12
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[18] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
South Africa (RISA)[19] Platinum 50,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Diehl, Matt (2013-02-08). "Anthony Hamilton : My Grammy Ritual". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2015-08-04. 
  2. ^ "Anthony Hamilton - Adult R&B Songs Chart History | Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Critic Reviews for Back to Love". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2011-12-24. 
  4. ^ "Allmusic Review". 
  5. ^ "About Review". 
  6. ^ "AV Club Review". 
  7. ^ "AV Club Review". Archived from the original on January 13, 2012. 
  8. ^ Hardy, Ernest. Review: Comin' from Where I'm From. Rolling Stone. Retrieved on 2009-11-09.
  9. ^ "LA Times Review". Los Angeles Times. December 12, 2011. 
  10. ^ "LA Times Review". 
  11. ^ "Pop Matters Review". 
  12. ^ "Pop Matters Review". 
  13. ^ Caulfield, Keith (2011-12-21). "Michael Buble's 'Christmas' Hits Fourth Week at No. 1". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  14. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on February 29, 2016. 
  15. ^ "South African Top 20 Albums Chart". RSG (Recording Industry of South Africa). Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40 – 18 December 2011 - 24 December 2011". The Official Charts Company. 
  17. ^ "Anthony Hamilton – Chart history" Billboard 200 for Anthony Hamilton.
  18. ^ "Anthony Hamilton – Chart history" Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums for Anthony Hamilton.
  19. ^ "Anthony Hamilton schedule, dates, events, and tickets". AXS (Recording Industry of South Africa). Retrieved July 3, 2015.