Criticize (song)

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"Criticize"
Criticize.jpg
U.S. cover art
Single by Alexander O'Neal
from the album Hearsay
B-side"A Broken Heart Can Mend" / "Fake (Extended Version)" (UK 12" only)
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1987 (September 23, 1987)
Format
Recorded1987
GenreR&B
Length4:09 (album version)
4:00 (single version)
LabelTabu
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Alexander O'Neal singles chronology
"Fake"
(1987)
"Criticize"
(1987)
"Never Knew Love Like This"
(1988)

"Criticize" is a song written by Alexander O'Neal and Jellybean Johnson and recorded by American recording artist Alexander O'Neal. It was the second single from O'Neal's second solo album, Hearsay (1987). The song's distinctive backing vocals were performed by Lisa Keith. Following the successful chart performances of the Hearsay single "Fake", "Criticize" was released as the album's second single.

Meaning[edit]

The songs lyrics are a personal commentary, critical of a nagging ex-lover, who criticizes his "friends", "ideals", "lifestyle", and "feeling[s]".

Release[edit]

The song peaked at No. 4 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming his biggest hit in that region. In O'Neal's native United States, it peaked at No. 4 on the R&B chart, and No. 70 on the main Billboard Hot 100. It was also one of his only two hits to chart in the Republic of Ireland (reaching No. 14).

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the soundtrack of the video game Grand Theft Auto IV on the in-game radio station "The Vibe 98.8".

Track listing[edit]

  • 12" Maxi (Tabu TBU 651158 6)
  1. "Criticize (Remix)" - 7:00
  2. "Criticize (Edit)" - 3:55
  3. "Criticize (A Cappella)" - 2:40
  4. "Criticize (Critical Mix)" - 5:30
  5. "Criticize (Critical Edit)" - 3:45
  6. "Criticize (Critical Dub)" - 4:30
  7. "Criticize (Nag Mix)" - 1:35
  • 12" Single
  1. "Criticize (Remix)" - 7:00
  2. "Criticize (Critical Mix)" - 5:30
  3. "Fake (Extended Version)" - 5:20
  • 7" Single (Tabu 651158 7)
  1. "Criticize" - 4:00
  2. "A Broken Heart Can Mend" - 3:40

Personnel[edit]

Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[1]

Sales chart performance[edit]

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (1987) Position
Ireland (IRMA)[2] 14
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 17
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[3] 40
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[4] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[5] 70
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[6] 21
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 4
West Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 24

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hearsay liner notes. Tabu Records. 1987.
  2. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Criticize". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "Charts.nz – Alexander O'Neal – Criticize". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "Alexander O'Neal: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  5. ^ "Alexander O'Neal Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  6. ^ "Alexander O'Neal Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  7. ^ "Alexander O'Neal Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Alexander O'Neal – Criticize". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved February 25, 2019.

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