Eleven Kinds of Loneliness (album)

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Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
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Studio album by
Released16 March 1992
RecordedAugust 1990 – May 1991
LabelEast West Records 9031 76427 1
ProducerTanita Tikaram
Tanita Tikaram chronology
Everybody's Angel
Eleven Kinds of Loneliness
Lovers in the City
Singles from Eleven Kinds of Loneliness

Eleven Kinds of Loneliness is a 1992 album by Tanita Tikaram. All songs have been written and produced by the singer herself. "You Make the Whole World Cry" was the only single to be released from this album.

On this album, Tikaram ceased collaborating with Rod Argent and Peter Van Hooke and produced the album entirely by herself. The album did not chart in the UK.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
Calgary HeraldB-[3]
North County Times4/5 stars[4]

Upon release, Jim Lawn of the Lennox Herald described the album as "probably her most consistent both musically and lyrically".[5] Calgary Herald commented: "Tikaram's lyrics can be muddled or melodies occasionally tedious, but there's a poignancy to her music that draws you in. Eleven Kinds of Loneliness is delivered like a diary in which she deals with the pain that comes with life and love."[6] Dan Bennett of the North County Times noted the album's "distinct and flavorable style", with Tikaram "exhibit[ing] a knack for gutsy themes amid roving musical impressions".[7]

Len Righi of The Morning Call described the album as "uneven" but Tikaram's "most stylistically diverse record to date".[8] The Santa Fe Reporter felt the album "wears thin during the second half", but added "there is ample evidence of Tikaram's natural affinity for effective arrangement and her vocals have become rough-hewn dynamic expressions that vary to suit the needs of the individual pieces".[9]

Don Weller of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin considered it Tikaram's "least accessible work": "The problems are rooted in lean, flat arrangements which heighten rather than color her dark, often brooding voice, and which do nothing to put sparkle in her melodies."[10] The Clarion-Ledger stated: "A puzzling disappointment. Tikaram's folkie singing is perfectly competent. Her wooden, half-hearted material, however, is unworthy of her talent."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Tanita Tikaram.[12]

  1. "You Make the Whole World Cry"
  2. "Elephant"
  3. "Trouble"
  4. "I Grant You"
  5. "Heal You"
  6. "To Drink the Rainbow"
  7. "Out on the Town"
  8. "Hot Stones"
  9. "Men & Women"
  10. "Any Reason"
  11. "Love Don't Need No Tyranny"
  12. "The Way That I Want You"


  • Tanita Tikaram – guitar, vocals
  • David Hayes – bass, guitar, harmonica, background vocals
  • Mark Isham – keyboards, arranger
  • Rod Argent – keyboards
  • Richie Buckley – saxophone
  • Nic France – drums, percussion, keyboards, background vocals
  • Bob Noble – keyboards
  • Mark Creswell – guitar, background vocals


  1. ^ Strong, Martin C. (2000). The Great Rock Discography (5th ed.). Edinburgh: Mojo Books. pp. 993–994. ISBN 1-84195-017-3.
  2. ^ Eleven Kinds of Loneliness at AllMusic
  3. ^ Lawn, Jim (29 March 1992). "Recent Releases". Calgary Herald.
  4. ^ Bennett, Dan (22 March 1992). "Music: Ramones show there's nothing like the real thing with 'Loco Live'". North County Times.
  5. ^ Lawn, Jim (15 May 1992). "Reviews". Lennox Herald.
  6. ^ "Recent Releases". Calgary Herald. 29 March 1992.
  7. ^ Bennett, Dan (22 March 1992). "Music: Ramones show there's nothing like the real thing with 'Loco Live'". North County Times.
  8. ^ Righi, Len (19 September 1992). "Records". The Morning Call.
  9. ^ "Women vocalists". Santa Fe Reporter. 27 May 1992.
  10. ^ Weller, Don (3 May 1992). "Production makes or breaks artists' efforts". Honolulu Star-Bulletin.
  11. ^ "Records in brief". The Clarion-Ledger. 7 May 1992.
  12. ^ Tanita Tikaram – Eleven Kinds Of Loneliness