Beautiful Collision

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Beautiful Collision
Studio album by Bic Runga
Released 1 July 2002
Genre Pop, rock
Length 40:11
Label Columbia
Producer Bic Runga
Bic Runga chronology
Together in Concert: Live
(Tim Finn, Bic Runga & Dave Dobbyn)
(2000)Together in Concert: Live2000
Beautiful Collision
Live in Concert with the Christchurch Symphony
(2003)Live in Concert with the Christchurch Symphony2003

Beautiful Collision is the second solo album by New Zealand artist Bic Runga, released on 1 July 2002 in New Zealand, 15 July 2002 in Australia, and 5 November 2002 in the United States.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic[1] 4.5/5 stars
The New Zealand Herald[2] 4/5 stars

Ken Goldstein of PopMatters gave the album a positive review,[3] as did Emma Phillpott from NZ Musician.[4]

At the 2003 New Zealand Music Awards, Beautiful Collision was nominated for Album of the Year, Best Female Vocalist, Best Solo Artist and Producer of the Year. It lost Album of the Year to The Datsuns' self-titled album, but won the other three categories. At the awards ceremony, it was also announced as the highest-selling New Zealand album for the year of 2003. Additionally, "Get Some Sleep" was nominated for the award for Single of the Year, but was beaten by Goodshirt's song "Sophie".[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

Beautiful Collison debuted at number one on the New Zealand Albums Chart on 14 July 2002. It spent an additional seven non-consecutive weeks at number one in June and July 2003. Beautiful Collision lasted a total of 101 non-consecutive weeks on the New Zealand Albums Chart; its last appearance was on 11 October 2004.[6] It was ranked as the eighth best-selling album in New Zealand in 2002, and the best-selling album in 2003. Beautiful Collision was certified 11-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, denoting shipment of 165,000 copies.[7] The album spent one week on the Australian Albums Chart in August 2002, at number forty-one.[8] Beautiful Collision peaked at number fifty-five on the UK Albums Chart, and lasted two weeks on the chart.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Bic Runga.

  1. "When I See You Smile" – 1:46
  2. "Get Some Sleep" – 3:35
  3. "Something Good" – 3:18
  4. "Precious Things" – 3:53
  5. "The Be All and End All" – 3:22
  6. "Election Night" – 3:04
  7. "Honest Goodbyes" – 3:58
  8. "She Left on a Monday" – 3:57
  9. "Beautiful Collision" – 3:45
  10. "Listening for the Weather" – 3:29
  11. "Counting the Days" – 2:16
  12. "Gravity" – 3:40


Additional musicians[edit]

  • Bic Runga – arrangement, string arrangement
  • Duncan Haynes – string arrangement
  • Andy Morton – kung fu samples, drum programming
  • Lee Prebble – additional editing
  • Boh Runga – vocal guidance and direction
  • Pearl Runga – vocal guidance and direction
  • Sophia Runga – vocal guidance and direction
  • Luke Tomes – drum programming

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Beautiful Collision – Bic Runga". AllMusic (Rovi Corporation). Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Baillie, Russell (22 June 2002). "Bic Runga: Beautiful Collision". The New Zealand Herald. APN News & Media. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Goldstein, Ken (3 June 2004). "Bic Runga: Beautiful Collision". PopMatters. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  4. ^ PhilPott, Emma. "Bic Runga: Beautiful Collision". NZ Musician. Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "2003 Winners". New Zealand Music Awards. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bic Runga - Beautiful Collision". (Hung Medien). Archived from the original on 1 October 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Sjostedt, Arne (10 May 2012). "Bic's timely return". The Canberra Times. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "Bic Runga - Beautiful Collision". (Hung Medien). Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Bic Runga". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 13 August 2013.