Colorblind (Counting Crows song)

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"Colorblind"
Song by Counting Crows
from the album This Desert Life
Released 1999
Format Digital download
Genre Ballad
Length 3:23
Label
Songwriter(s) David Bryson, Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, David Immerglück, Matt Malley, Ben Mize, Dan Vickrey.
Producer(s)

"Colorblind " is a song by American rock band Counting Crows. Written by band members Adam Duritz and Charlie Gillingham for their third album This Desert Life (1999), production was helmed by Dennis Herring and David Lowery. It was prominently featured in the 1999 drama film Cruel Intentions starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, and Selma Blair, and has since been covered by various artists, including Between the Buried and Me, Leona Lewis (for Hurt: The EP), and Natalie Walker. A choral cover recorded by Scalia & Kolacny Brothers was also featured in the TV series Manhattan (Season 2, Episode 5, "The World Of Tomorrow").

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013-14) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[1] 144

Leona Lewis version[edit]

"Colorblind"
Promotional song by Leona Lewis
from the album Hurt: The EP and Glassheart
Released 9 December 2011
28 September 2012 (Acoustic version)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2011/12
Genre Rock
Length 3:20
3:26 (Acoustic version)
Label Syco
Songwriter(s) David Bryson, Adam Duritz, Charlie Gillingham, David Immerglück, Matt Malley, Ben Mize, Dan Vickrey.
Producer(s) Fraser T Smith

In December 2011, British recording artist Leona Lewis released a three track extended play entitled Hurt: The EP, which included a cover version of "Colorblind" as well as two other covers. Lewis re-recorded an acoustic version of the song for inclusion on the deluxe edition of her third studio album Glassheart (2012). It was originally written by Adam Duritz and Charlie Gillingham of Counting Crows, and Fraser T Smith served as the song's producer. "Colorblind" received positive reviews from music critics upon the release of Hurt: The EP, who praised Lewis's rock interpretation. The EP charted on national single charts, therefore "Colorblind" charted as part of a three track collective, and peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart. On September 28, 2012, the acoustic version of the song was released as a free digital download on Amazon.co.uk.

Background and development[edit]

Shortly after her The Labyrinth arena tour ended in July 2010, Lewis began to work on her third studio album.[2] It was reported that Simon Cowell had set a deadline for Lewis to complete the album for a Summer 2011 release.[3] After originally having been given a release date of 28 November 2011,[4] Glassheart was pushed back to March 2012.[5] Lewis' reason for delaying the release of the album was that after she met producer Fraser T Smith, she wanted to collaborate with him on new material for possible inclusion on Glassheart.[5][6] Lewis delayed the release of the album a third time, with Glassheart set for release on 26 November 2012.[7] As a result of her fans having to wait until November 2012, a year after the album was originally set to be released, Lewis decided to release an extended play entitled Hurt: The EP, as something to "bridge the gap" while she recorded new material.[5] Hurt: The EP consists of three covers: "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails, "Iris" by the Goo Goo Dolls and "Colorblind" by Counting Crows.[8] The EP was produced by Smith.[9] In an interview for In:Demand, Lewis explained why she chose to record the songs, saying that she thought female interpretations of them would provide a "powerful perspective", because of the how the originals were sung by male vocalists.[10] Lewis stated that she chose to record "Iris" and "Colorblind" due to how she "loved" the songs after listening to them for the first time, and added that the latter has a "beautiful lyric".[10]

Release[edit]

Hurt: The EP was only made available to purchase digitally, and it was released in Canada, Ireland and the United Kingdom on 9 December 2011 to download via iTunes Store.[11][12][13] It was also made available to purchase on Amazon.co.uk on 11 December 2011.[14] Hurt: The EP was released in the United States on 17 January 2012.[15] The deluxe edition features six additional tracks which on CD versions of the album, feature on a second disc. The first three songs are acoustic performances of "Trouble", "Come Alive" and "Glassheart". Tracks four and five are two new songs not featured on the standard edition.[16] "Colorblind" is song number four, while number five is a song called "Sugar" that Sylvia Patterson for The Guardian described as "an orchestral landscape."[17] On September 28, 2012, the acoustic version of "Colorblind" was released as a free digital download on Amazon.co.uk.[18] "Sugar" was written by Sandé and Al Shux.[19] The second disc closes with the Afrojack remix of album's first single "Collide".[16]

Composition and critical reception[edit]

Hurt: The EP garnered a mixed response from music critics, but "Colorblind" received positive reviews. Lewis Corner for Digital Spy was complimentary of Lewis' rock song interpretations.[20] He described "Colorblind"'s composition as a "symphony of strings."[20] Rhetta Akamatsu for The Times of India wrote that Lewis' renditions were "powerful" and "spectacular".[21] Akamatsu concluded her review of the songs with "All three performances feature intense, literate lyrics and are well-suited to Lewis's style."[21]

Credits[edit]

Track listings[edit]

  • 2011 version (Hurt: The EP)[13]
  1. "Colorblind" – 3:20
  • 2012 acoustic version (Glassheart)[18]
  1. "Colorblind" (Acoustic version) – 3:26

Charts[edit]

Although a three track EP, Hurt: The EP charted on national singles charts. It debuted at number 15 in Ireland on 15 December 2011.[22] The following week, it dropped to number 45.[23] Hurt: The EP debuted and peaked at number eight on the UK Singles Chart on 24 December 2011.[24][25] The EP attained at number seven position on the UK Digital Chart.[26] In Scotland, the EP debuted and peaked at number seven on 24 December 2011.[27]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[22] 15
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[27] 7
UK Singles Chart (Official Charts Company)[24] 8
UK Digital Chart (Official Charts Company)[26] 7

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
United Kingdom 28 September 2012 Digital download Syco

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lescharts.com – Counting Crows – Colorblind" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2015-08-09.
  2. ^ Rick Edwards (28 February 2010). "T4". 1:00 minutes in. Channel 4. Channel 4.  Missing or empty |series= (help)
  3. ^ Duncan, Amy (11 February 2011). "Leona Lewis continues mission to upstage Lady Gaga". Metro. Associated Newspapers. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  4. ^ "Leona Lewis announces Glassheart album release date". BBC. 6 September 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c Corner, Lewis (25 January 2012). "Leona Lewis delays release of third album 'Glassheart'". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi Médias. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Corner, Lewis (5 August 2011). "Leona Lewis working with Adele producer on new album". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi Médias. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "'Glassheart'". Amazon.co.uk. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Daw, Robbie (5 December 2011). "Leona Lewis 'Hurt' EP To Contain Nine Inch Nails Cover". Idolator. Buzz Media. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Lewis, Leona (2011). Hurt: The EP (inlay cover) (Media notes). Syco, RCA. B006HD1T4A. 
  10. ^ a b "Leona Lewis Interview – In Demand" (video). In:Demand. Bauer Place & Passion. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  11. ^ "'Hurt: The EP' – Leona Lewis". iTunes Store (CA). Apple Inc. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  12. ^ "'Hurt: The EP' – Leona Lewis". iTunes Store (IE). Apple, Inc. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "'Hurt: The EP' – Leona Lewis". iTunes Store (UK). Apple, Inc. 9 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "'Hurt: The EP'". Amazon.co.uk. 11 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "'Hurt: The EP' – Leona Lewis". iTunes Store (US). Apple, Inc. 17 January 2012. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Amazon – Leona Lewis – Glassheart (Deluxe Edition)". UK Amazon MP3 Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 16 September 2012. 
  17. ^ Patterson, Sylvia (3 September 2011). "Leona Lewis: the Hackney heroine has given Simon Cowell a lesson in taste". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  18. ^ a b "Colorblind (Acoustic)". Amazon.co.uk. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Sandé, Emeli; Shuckburg, Alexander. "SUGAR Work ID:884471921". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Archived from the original on 6 March 2013. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  20. ^ a b Corner, Lewis (11 December 2011). "Leona Lewis: 'Hurt EP' review". Digital Spy. Hachette Filipacchi Médias. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  21. ^ a b Akamatsu, Rhetta (21 January 2012). "Music Review: Leona Lewis- Hurt: The EP". The Times of India. The Times Group. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  22. ^ a b "Irish Singles Chart (December 15, 2011)". Chart-Track. Irish Recorded Music Association. 15 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  23. ^ "Irish Singles Chart (December 22, 2011)". Chart-Track. Irish Recorded Music Association. 22 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  24. ^ a b "2011 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive – 24th December 2011". Official Charts Company. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  25. ^ "Chart Log UK: Chart entries update". Official Charts Company. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 24 March 2012. 
  26. ^ a b "2011 Top 40 UK Single Downloads Archive – 24 December 2011". Official Charts Company. 24 December 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  27. ^ a b "2011 Top 40 Scottish Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. 24 December 2011. Archived from the original on 26 May 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2012.