Circle of One

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Circle of One
Oleta Adams Circle of One.jpg
Studio album by Oleta Adams
Released May 14, 1990
Recorded Real World Studios
Genre Jazz, Soul
Length 47:05
Label Fontana Records (PolyGram)
Producer Roland Orzabal and David Bascombe
Oleta Adams chronology
Going on Record
Circle of One
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[2]

Circle of One is the third album by the American vocalist, pianist and songwriter Oleta Adams and was released in 1990. Circle of One was Adams' first album to receive wide distribution; her two earlier albums (an untitled album in 1982 and Going on Record in 1983) were self-financed and only received local distribution.


After a successful collaboration with Tears for Fears on their 1989 album The Seeds of Love, Adams was offered a record deal of her own with Tears for Fears then-label Fontana Records. Produced by Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal with Dave Bascombe, the album was initially unsuccessful as were the first two singles "Rhythm of Life" and "Circle of One". However, Adams had a hit in early 1991 with the third single from the album, her cover of Brenda Russell's "Get Here," which peaked at #4 in the UK and #5 in the US. The album, which had received considerable critical acclaim,[3] was rereleased with two additional tracks and peaked at #1 in the UK and made the US Top 20. It was certified Gold in both the UK and the US[3] and received two Grammy nominations.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Rhythm of Life" Nicky Holland, Roland Orzabal 4:23
2. "Get Here" Brenda Russell 4:36
3. "Circle of One" Oleta Adams 3:54
4. "You've Got to Give Me Room" Adams 5:17
5. "I've Got to Sing My Song" Adams 4:01
6. "I've Got a Right" Adams 4:00
7. "Will We Ever Learn" Holland, Ellen Shipley 5:14
8. "Everything Must Change" Benard Ighner 6:53
9. "Don't Look Too Closely" Adams 4:27
10. "Circle of One (Remix)" Adams 4:16
Total length: 47:05
  • Note: Tracks 9 and 10 were not on the original 1990 release.



Chart Date Position
US Billboard 200 1991 #20
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1991 #11
Dutch album chart September 6, 1990 #28
UK Albums Chart March 2, 1991 #1 [5]


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ a b Biography Oleta Adams. Accessed: October 2, 2006
  4. ^ Ebony Norment, Lynn, "Moving on and up with Oleta Adams: with new husband and renewed religious faith, soulful singer scores with new album", August 1996, Accessed: October 2, 2006
  5. ^ Oleta Adams - Circle Of One. Accessed: October 2, 2006
Preceded by
Innuendo by Queen
UK number one album
March 2, 1991 – March 8, 1991
Succeeded by
Auberge by Chris Rea