Curiouser

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Curiouser
Curiouser.jpg
Studio album by Kate Miller-Heidke
Released 18 October 2008
Recorded Pasadena, California
Genre Pop
Length 43:00
Label Sony BMG
Producer Mickey Petralia, Keir Nuttall
Kate Miller-Heidke chronology
Live at the Playroom
(2007)Live at the Playroom2007
Curiouser
(2008)
Live at the Hi-Fi
(2009)Live at the Hi-Fi2009
Singles from Curiouser
  1. "Can't Shake It"
    Released: 4 October 2008
  2. "Caught in the Crowd"
    Released: 27 February 2009
  3. "The Last Day on Earth"
    Released: 24 July 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Planet Sound 7/10 stars[2]
The Mercury 5/5 stars[3]
Rave Magazine 4.5/5 stars[4]

Curiouser is the second studio album by Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke. The first two singles, "Can't Shake It" and "Caught in the Crowd" received moderate success, while the third single "The Last Day on Earth" went on to become her first Australian top ten single, peaking at No. 3 on the ARIA singles chart.[5] The album went on to become one of the most critically applauded albums of 2008, compared to Little Eve which received mixed reviews from critics. Curiouser is Miller-Heidke's first platinum-selling album, reaching platinum status on 19 September 2009, along with the single, "The Last Day On Earth".[6]

Background[edit]

Miller-Heidke explains the album's title: "Mickey (Petralia) thought "Curiouser" was a noun, something that made you more curious," she said. "That's what made up my mind about the title. Wouldn't it be great if people listened to this album and it made them curiouser?".[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttall, produced by Mickey Petralia and Keir Nuttall.

No. Title Length
1. "The One Thing I Know" 3:05
2. "God's Gift to Women" 3:36
3. "Caught in the Crowd" 3:33
4. "Can't Shake It" 3:16
5. "The Last Day on Earth" 4:47
6. "I Like You Better When You're Not Around" 3:17
7. "Motorscooter" 3:07
8. "The End of School" 4:11
9. "Politics in Space" 3:27
10. "Supergirl" 3:19
11. "Our Song" 3:12
12. "No Truck" 4:15

Singles[edit]

Can't Shake It was released to the radio in late 2008, and became the #1 most added track to the radio in its first week[citation needed]. It debuted and peaked on the ARIA Singles Chart at #38. It was used as part of a television advertisement for the radio station NOVA, and as a result, received extensive air play across Australia. Can't Shake It is Miller-Heidke's 3rd best selling single to date.
Was highly speculated as the 2nd single in December 2008, as it was getting decent airplay on Triple J. Then it was officially released to radio on 9 February 2009. It was released on 20 February as a physical CD, and coincided with the national tour Miller-heidke embarked on in early 2009. The music video was directed by Stephen Lance and Mairi Cameron of HEAD PICTURES. The song also won Miller-Heidke the overall grand prize (US$25,000 in cash and US$20,000 worth of musical equipment, among other prizes) of the prestigious "International Songwriting Competition" 2009 (ISC).[8] Following the success, Caught In The Crowd was released as a Digital Single, with a new song "Are You F***ing Kidding Me", exclusively on iTunes. On 13 November, it was re-released as the 4th single from Curiouser. Caught in the Crowd has gained Gold accreditation in Australia.
Was not initially released as a single, but has since reached #3 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart. The song was used for promotions for the block of episodes from the Australian soap opera Neighbours which surrounded the death of Bridget Parker in early July 2009. This in turn caused high sales of the song from her Curiouser album. Due to the high demand for the song, a physical single was quickly produced, and was released on 14 July 2009. The song ended up becoming Kate's first top ten single. "Miller-Heidke" stated that no 3rd single was ever planned. The Last Day on Earth has gone 2x platinum in Australia as of March 2010.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
ARIA Albums Chart[9] 2

Year-end charts[edit]

Year Chart Rank
2009 Australian ARIA End of year Chart[10] 28

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification
Australia Platinum[11]

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format Label Catalogue
Australia (Standard Edition) 18 October 2008[12] CD Album, Download Sony BMG 88697394402[12]
Australia (Special Edition) 16 December 2008[13] CD Album Sony BMG 88697394392[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Macgregor, Jody (2008-10-19). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  2. ^ Earls, John. "Review: Kate Miller-Heidke/Curiouser". Teletext. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Jarrad Bevan (2008-11-07). "The Mercury review". Themercury.com.au. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  4. ^ "Rave Magazine review". Ravemagazine.com.au. 21 October 2008. Archived from the original on 18 February 2012. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  5. ^ "Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  6. ^ "VMusic - V Music - Latest Music Videos, Music Festivals & Gig Guide". V Music. Archived from the original on 1 July 2010. Retrieved 12 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Sony Music Australia. "Kate Miller-Heidke Official Site". Katemillerheidke.com. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  8. ^ Sony Music Australia. "Kate Miller-Heidke Official Site". Katemillerheidke.com. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  9. ^ "Top 50 Albums Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  10. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Albums 2008". Aria.com.au. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
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  13. ^ "Curiouser: Kate Miller-Heidke: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  14. ^ [3][dead link]