Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent

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Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
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Studio album by
Released17 May 2019 (2019-05-17)
Recorded2016–19
Genre
Length42:17
Label
Producer
Lewis Capaldi chronology
Breach
(2018)
Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
(2019)
Up Next Live From Apple Champs-Élysées
(2019)
Extended edition cover
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Singles from Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
  1. "Bruises"
    Released: 16 May 2017
  2. "Lost On You"
    Released: 7 July 2017
  3. "Fade"
    Released: 9 September 2017
  4. "Grace"
    Released: 21 September 2018
  5. "Someone You Loved"
    Released: 8 November 2018
  6. "Hold Me While You Wait"
    Released: 3 May 2019
Singles from Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Extended Edition)
  1. "Before You Go"
    Released: 19 November 2019

Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent is the debut album by Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. It released on 17 May 2019 through Vertigo Records in Europe and Capitol Records in the United States, and distributed globally by Universal Music. It includes the top 10 singles "Grace", the UK and US number one single "Someone You Loved"[2] and "Hold Me While You Wait", among several previously included on Capaldi's EPs. Capaldi is currently on a world tour in support of the record, which began in May 2019.[3] It peaked at number one in the UK and Ireland, becoming the fastest-selling album of the year and also outselling all of the top 10 combined in both countries. It was certified gold in the UK a week after its release, making it the best-selling debut album by a British artist in over eight years.

Background[edit]

In the album announcement, Capaldi said: "Everyone always tells you about how amazing recording their first album was and how they'll always look back on the 'process' with fond memories. I will look back on it as an extremely stressful time that somehow also managed to be extremely boring." He went on to describe that while he liked "building up the songs", he did not enjoy re-recording guitar parts and the long mixing process. Capaldi also joked that he did not think that when he got to release his debut album that he "would give it a name as stupid I have, but here we are".[4] MTV said Capaldi "might have just won Best Album Title of 2019".[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?5.3/10[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
Clash4/10[7]
Evening Standard3/5 stars[8]
The Guardian3/5 stars[1]
The Independent4/5 stars[9]
The Line of Best Fit8/10[10]
NME2/5 stars[11]
Q4/5 stars[12]
The Skinny4/5 stars[13]
The Times3/5 stars[14]
ViceA−[15]

Ben Beaumont-Thomas of The Guardian said that "few artists have quite such a disparity between their music and their public persona" as Capaldi, who, in song, is "a man utterly battered by a breakup". He called Capaldi's honesty "appealing" and felt that there is "some solid songwriting here, and a nobility to the sheer honesty of the lyrics", describing the music as "full-force, ugly crying pop".[1] Roisin O'Connor of The Independent called Capaldi's voice "a gravelly powerhouse that manages to evoke the 22-year-old's natural charisma even on the weepiest of ballads" and said the album "alternates between piano and guitar-based tracks, with production that retains raw moments" that, while "not the most adventurous album [...] is more about unveiling the rough materials Capaldi has to work with".[9] Hayley Milross from The Line of Best Fit called the album "an assured and settled debut", saying that while Capaldi may not have "deliver[ed] an album that leans towards the extraordinary", it is a "collection of poignant love songs that are honest and sincere".[10]

Robin Murray of Clash questioned why Capaldi's music is "so boring" given his "hilarious" public persona. Murray judged that the album "isn't something anyone should hate. It's well produced, well played, and for the more part well written, if highly repetitive in its he said/she said subject matter", saying its "refusal to be disliked" is "perhaps its most dispiriting, irritating aspect".[7] Writing for NME, Jordan Bassett characterised the album as "emotional piano ballads" that "sit at stark contrast with his public persona", concluding that it is "somewhat baffling that such a charismatic star could make a record so lacking in personality, though his fans won't mind one bit".[11]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album became the second fastest-selling album of the year in Ireland after three days of availability.[16] The album started atop the Irish Albums Chart with 6,389 units (physical sales, downloads and streaming), just nearly 1,100 fewer than the gold certification disc (deleted in 2013[17]). It later became the fastest-selling album of the year (with 2,100 units more than Billie Eilish's debut album), the decade and the fourth all-time in the country.[18] The second week, the album stayed at number 1;[19][20] it spent a total of four weeks at number one.[21] As of July 2019, it is the fifth best-selling album of mid-year,[22] and the ninth best-selling vinyl album there.[23] At the end of the year, it was the biggest-selling album in the country with 45,000 units[24]. In Norway, the album peaked at number two, behind Selena Gomez's Rare.

Track listing[edit]

Adapted from iTunes.[25]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Grace"
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
3:03
2."Bruises"
  • Capaldi
  • James Earp
Earp3:38
3."Hold Me While You Wait"
  • Capaldi
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • TMS
3:26
4."Someone You Loved"TMS3:02
5."Maybe"
  • Capaldi
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
3:30
6."Forever"
  • Capaldi
  • TMS
3:30
7."One"
  • Capaldi
  • Phil Cook
  • Tom Mann
Phil Cook2:59
8."Don't Get Me Wrong"
  • Capaldi
  • Hartman
3:33
9."Hollywood"
  • Capaldi
  • Callum Stewart
  • Philip Plested
  • Kane Parfitt
  • Capaldi
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
3:11
10."Lost on You"
  • Sneddon
  • Pillai
3:15
11."Fade"Malay4:04
12."Headspace"Lewis Capaldi
  • Capaldi
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
5:06
Total length:42:17
Extended edition bonus tracks[26]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."Before You Go"
  • Capaldi
  • Barnes
  • Plested
  • Kelleher
  • Kohn
TMS3:36
14."Leaving My Love Behind"
  • Capaldi
  • Andrew Frampton
  • Max Farrar
  • Andrew Frampton
  • Max Farrar
3:31
15."Let It Roll"
  • Capaldi
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
  • Atkinson
  • Holloway
3:39
Total length:53:03

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

  • Alexandra Gavillet – photography
  • Rory Dewar – art design
  • Nicolas Atkinson – background vocals
  • Spike Stent – mixing
  • Edd Holloway – mixing
  • Mike Cave – mixing
  • Robert Voseign – mastering
  • Mike Cave – mastering

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[62] Platinum 80,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[63] Gold 10,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[64] Platinum 15,000*
Norway (IFPI Norway)[65] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[66] 2× Platinum 600,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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