Evolution (Sabrina Carpenter album)

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Evolution
EVOLution Sabrina Carpenter.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 14, 2016 (2016-10-14)
RecordedSeptember 2015 – August 2016
Studio
GenreElectropop
Length33:21
LabelHollywood
Producer
Sabrina Carpenter chronology
Eyes Wide Open
(2015)
Evolution
(2016)
Singular: Act I
(2018)
Singles from Evolution
  1. "On Purpose"
    Released: July 29, 2016
  2. "Thumbs"
    Released: January 3, 2017

Evolution (stylized as ƎVO⅃UTION) is the second studio album by American singer Sabrina Carpenter, released on October 14, 2016, by Hollywood Records.[1] Sabrina began recording the album in 2015, shortly after the launch of her first studio album, Eyes Wide Open until 2016.

The album received positive reviews from music critics, commercially the album debuted at number 28 on the US Billboard 200 and sold 11,500 copies in its first week.

"On Purpose" was released as the lead single from Evolution on July 29, 2016. It was followed by promotional singles "All We Have Is Love" and "Run and Hide" shortly before the album's release. "Thumbs" was the second and last single released from the album. The album was promoted with several appearances and performances. To further promote the album, Carpenter embarked on her first headlining concert tour, Evolution Tour.

Singles[edit]

The lead single from the album, "On Purpose", was released on July 29, 2016.[2][3][4] "Thumbs" impacted Top 40 radio as the second single from the album on January 3, 2017.[5]

Promotional singles[edit]

The album was made available for pre-order and the first promotional single, titled "All We Have Is Love", was released on September 23, 2016.[6] "Run and Hide" was released as the second promotional single on September 30, 2016.[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Evolution was met with positive reviews, with critics complimenting Carpenter's sense of maturity and growth on the album in comparison to her debut album. Christine M. Sellers of The Celebrity Cafe wrote that Carpenter "proves she's not just another Disney darling transitioning through her teenage years" and that the album "showcases Carpenter's growth as both a songwriter and a vocalist".[8] Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues of ANDPOP gave the album 3.8 thumbs up, saying that "with Evolution, Sabrina is showing a mature musical side, willing to experiment with techno beats, lyrics and what she can do vocally. She provides an interesting indie yet synth take on pop music, and has clearly found a unique sound that she shines in, that separates her from the rest".[9] On Allmusic, Matt Collar said: "The sophomore full-length studio album from Sabrina Carpenter, 2016's Evolution, showcases the singer/actress' bright, lyrical dance-pop sound. The album follows up Carpenter's 2015 debut, Eyes Wide Open, and finds the Girl Meets World star expanding upon that album's mix of heartfelt acoustic balladry, R&B-influenced pop, and dance-oriented anthems. Included are collaborations with a bevy of name producers including Daylight, Halatrax, Steve Mac, Ido Zmishlany, and others. Featured on the album is the single "On Purpose.""

Commercial performance[edit]

Evolution debuted at number 28 on the US Billboard 200 and sold 11,500 copies in its first week.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."On Purpose"Zmishlany3:58
2."Feels Like Loneliness"
  • Carpenter
  • Zmishlany
Zmishlany3:20
3."Thumbs"Mac3:36
4."No Words"
  • Carpenter
  • Zmishlany
Zmishlany3:32
5."Run and Hide"
Robbins3:29
6."Mirage"
  • Ogren
  • Halatrax
3:25
7."Don't Want It Back"Persaud3:01
8."Shadows"
  • Carpenter
  • Jones
  • Persaud
Persaud2:52
9."Space"
  • Carpenter
  • Missy Modell
  • Daniel Kyriakides
Daylight3:06
10."All We Have Is Love"
  • Carpenter
  • Afshin Salmani
  • Josh Cumbee
NONFICTION3:02
Total length:33:21

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Evolution.

Recorded, engineered, mixed and mastered at

  • Santa Monica, California (UMPG Studios)
  • North Hollywood, California (Sphere Studios)
  • London, United Kingdom (Rokstone Studios)
  • Hollywood, California (Loews Hollywood Hotel)
  • Los Angeles, California (Blueprint Studios, Roxstone Studios, Faculty Studios, Kite Music Productions, Sonic Element Studio)
  • New York City (Sterling Sound)

Performers and production

  • Sabrina Carpenter – vocals (all tracks); backing vocals (10)
  • Ido Zmishlany – production, engineering (1, 2, 4); additional vocal engineering (1); mixing (4)
  • Nolan Wescott – piano, vocal engineering (1)
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing (1)
  • Erik Madrid – mixing (2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Jorge Gutierrez – mixing assistant (2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9)
  • Steve Mac – production (3)
  • Priscilla Renea – backing vocals (3)
  • Chris Laws – engineering (3)
  • Dan Pursey – engineering (3)
  • Mitch Allan – lead vocals recording (3)
  • Phil Tan – mixing (3)
  • Jimmy Robbins – production, engineering (5)
  • Ryan Ogren – production, engineering, guitar, synth, bass, programming, backing vocals (6)
  • Halatrax – production, engineering, programming, backing vocals (6)
  • Nick Bailey – backing vocals (6)
  • Rob Persaud – production, engineering (7, 8)
  • DJ Daylight – production, engineering (9)
  • Afshin Salmani – production, engineering, mixing, backing vocals (10)
  • Josh Cumbee – production, engineering, mixing, backing vocals (10)
  • Chris Gehringer – mastering (all tracks)

Business and design

  • Dani Markman – A&R
  • Amy Teng – A&R coordination
  • Chad Christopher – legal representation for Sabrina Carpenter
  • John Ingram – legal representation for Sabrina Carpenter
  • Gena Simon – legal representation for Sabrina Carpenter
  • David Snow – creative direction
  • Anabel Sinn – art direction, design
  • Harper Smith – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 44
Australia Digital Albums (ARIA)[12] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 181
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[14] 84
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[15] 171
Irish Albums (IRMA)[16] 98
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[17] 4
UK Download Albums (OCC)[18] 46
US Billboard 200[19] 28
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[20] 11

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
United States October 14, 2016 Hollywood [1]
April 20, 2017 Vinyl [21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Jordan Runtagh (September 6, 2016). "Sabrina Carpenter Reveals How Helping Out with the Ryan Seacrest Foundation Inspired Her". People.
  2. ^ Mike Wass (July 29, 2016). "The Drop: Your Guide To New Music Friday Featuring Pink, Andy Grammer & Sabrina Carpenter". Idolator.
  3. ^ De Elizabeth (July 29, 2016). "Sabrina Carpenter's New Song "On Purpose" Is Out Now". Teen Vogue.
  4. ^ Juliet Schroder (July 29, 2016). "Listen to Sabrina Carpenter's New Single "On Purpose" Now - You Won't Regret It". Huffington Post.
  5. ^ "Top 40/M Future Releases - Mainstream Hit Songs Being Released and Their Release Dates". AllAccess Music Group. January 3, 2017. Archived from the original on 2016-12-14. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  6. ^ Sabrina Carpenter [@SabrinaAnnLynn] (September 22, 2016). "Tomorrow my new album #EVOLution is up for preorder and you will get the first instant grat "All we have is love" ❤️" (Tweet). Retrieved September 23, 2016 – via Twitter.
  7. ^ Sabrina Carpenter [@SabrinaAnnLynn] (September 29, 2016). "Wrote run and hide in a hotel room, recorded the demo in one take, that's how it lives on #EVOLution. Avail tonight!" (Tweet). Retrieved September 30, 2016 – via Twitter.
  8. ^ Christine M. Sellers (October 14, 2016). "Album Review: Sabrina Carpenter's 'Evolution'". The Celebrity Cafe.
  9. ^ Brittany Goldfield Rodrigues (October 14, 2016). "Track By Track Review Of Evolution By Sabrina Carpenter". ANDPOP.
  10. ^ "Sabrina Carpenter - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-04-26.
  11. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Sabrina Carpenter – Evolution". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  12. ^ "The ARIA Report" (PDF) (1391). Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). October 24, 2016: 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 25, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  13. ^ "Ultratop.be – Sabrina Carpenter – Evolution" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  14. ^ "Sabrina Carpenter Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  15. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Sabrina Carpenter - Evolution". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  16. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 42, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  17. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. October 24, 2016. Retrieved October 21, 2016.
  18. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". www.officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2018-11-24.
  19. ^ "Sabrina Carpenter Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  20. ^ "Sabrina Carpenter Chart History (Top Album Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  21. ^ "Sabrina Carpenter - Evolution (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved May 10, 2017.