Down to Earth (Jem album)

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Down to Earth
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Studio album by Jem
Released 16 September 2008
(see release history)
Recorded 2006 – 2008 in Detroit and Los Angeles
Genre Trip hop, electronica, pop rock, folk
Length 48:24 (CD version)
52:00 (with iTunes bonus track)
Label ATO
Producer Jem, Greg Kurstin, Lester Mendez, Jeff Bass, Mike Bradford
Jem chronology
Finally Woken
(2004)
Down to Earth
(2008)
Beachwood Canyon
(2016)
Singles from Down to Earth
  1. "It's Amazing"
    Released: 3 June 2008
  2. "Crazy"
    Released: 26 August 2008
  3. "And So I Pray"
    Released: 26 May 2009
  4. "I Want You To..."
    Released: 26 October 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
ArtofRhyme (3.75/5)[2]
Billboard (positive)[3]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
MusicOMH.com 2/5 stars[6]
Paste (61/100)[7]
The Phoenix 2.5/4 stars[8]
The Times 2/5 stars[9]

Down to Earth is the second studio album by Jem, the follow-up to her successful 2004 debut, Finally Woken. The first single, "It's Amazing", was featured on the soundtrack to the Sex and the City movie. In August 2008, "Crazy" was released as a single on iTunes and other digital music outlets. By January 2009, "Keep on Walking" was distributed as a free iTunes download at US Starbucks stores.

The press release states that Jem co-wrote the album with a variety of people including Jeff Bass, Lester Mendez and Greg Kurstin and sings in Japanese on the track, "Aciiid!". The album also includes a collaboration with South African singer-songwriter and poet-activist Vusi Mahlasela on the track "You Will Make It" which was dedicated to the memory of D12 member Proof.[10][11] The album entered the Billboard 200 at No. 43, selling 10,642 copies.

Jem wrote in her blog on 20 September 2008:

Title[edit]

In September 2008, Jem's official website stated the following about the album title:

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Down to Earth"   Jem Griffiths, Jeff Bass, Justin Griffiths Bass, Jem (add.) 4:34
2. "Crazy"   Jem Griffiths, Jeff Bass Bass, Jem (add.) 3:39
3. "I Want You To..."   Jem Griffiths, Lester Mendez, Lucas MacFadden Mendez, Jem (add.) 3:39
4. "It's Amazing"   Jem Griffiths, Lester Mendez Mendez, Jem (add.) 3:58
5. "Keep on Walking"   Jem Griffiths, Jeff Bass Bass, Jem (add.) 4:12
6. "You Will Make It (featuring Vusi Mahlasela)"   Jem Griffiths, Justin Griffiths Mike Bradford, Jem (add.) 6:12
7. "I Always Knew"   Jem Griffiths, Lester Mendez Mendez, Jem (add.) 3:10
8. "Got It Good"   Jem Griffiths, Jeff Bass Bass, Jem (add.) 4:27
9. "Aciiid!"   Jem Griffiths, Greg Kurstin Kurstin, Jem (add.) 2:57
10. "How Would You Like It"   Jem Griffiths, Justin Griffiths Bradford, Jem (add.) 4:02
11. "And So I Pray"   Jem Griffiths, Kevin Beber Bradford, Jem (assis.) 2:42
12. "On Top of the World"   Jem Griffiths, Lester Mendez Mendez, Jem (add.) 4:52

Personnel[edit]

  • Hiroko Aoyagi – vocals
  • Jeff Atmajian – piano, string arrangements, piano arrangement
  • Jeff Bass – bass, guitar, keyboards, producer, drum programming, tracked by
  • Kevin Beber – drum programming
  • Brian Berryman – engineer, fader engineer
  • Mick Bolger – trombone, trumpet, euphonium, mellophonium, E flat cornet
  • Mike Bradford – producer, string arrangements, instrumentation
  • Del Casher – sounds
  • Bryan Cook – engineer
  • Nick Cuchinella – trombone
  • Nabil Elderkin – photography
  • Johnny Evans – saxophone
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Jem Griffiths – vocals, producer, vocal engineer, poetry reading
  • Justin Griffiths – acoustic guitar
  • John Hanes – mixing
  • Mark Aaron James – design
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Shinobu Lee – vocals
  • David Levita – acoustic guitar, guitar
  • Lester Mendez – piano, producer, string arrangements, brass arrangement, instrumentation
  • Monica Mendez – sound design
  • Milan, Derrick & The Krew – chorus
  • Eddie Miller – vocal engineer
  • Rafael Padilla – percussion
  • Phillip Ramos – studio assistant
  • Tim Roberts – mixing assistant
  • Ken Robinson – trumpet
  • Sonus – strings
  • Welsh Choir of Southern California – chorus
  • Joe Wohlmuth – engineer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
US Billboard 200 48
Chart (2009) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[12][13] 64

Release history[edit]

[14]

Country Date
United States 16 September 2008
Canada
Japan
Ireland 30 January 2009
United Kingdom 2 February 2009
Europe
Sweden 4 February 2009
Portugal 16 February 2009
Poland
Denmark 23 February 2009
Germany 27 February 2009
Austria
Netherlands
Switzerland
Norway 2 March 2009
France 3 March 2009
Finland 4 March 2009
Greece 6 March 2009
Italy 20 March 2009

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leahey, Andrew (16 September 2008). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "ArtofRhyme review". Artofrhyme.com. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Billboard review Archived 10 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Digital Spy review". Digitalspy.co.uk. 30 January 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  5. ^ Caroline Sullivan (30 January 2009). "The Guardian review". London: Guardian. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jem – Down to Earth – review". Musicomh.com. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  7. ^ "Paste review". Pastemagazine.com. 16 September 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  8. ^ "The Phoenix review". Thephoenix.com. 23 September 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Times review". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. 9 May 2012. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Raible, Allan. "Review: Jem’s “Down To Earth”". abcnews.com. ABC News. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  11. ^ Jem - Down To Earth (CD liner notes). ATO Records. 88088-21630-2
  12. ^ "Official UK Albums Chart". Theofficialcharts.com. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  13. ^ "Jem – Down to Earth from". chartstats.com. 14 February 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  14. ^ "Jem | The Official Website of Jem". Jem-music.net. Retrieved 14 February 2012. 

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