Fairytales (Alexander Rybak album)

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Fairytales
Alexander Rybak - Fairytales (album, cover2).jpg
Studio album by Alexander Rybak
Released 29 May 2009
15 June 2009 (UK)
Recorded 2009 at Kitchen Studio in Oslo, Norway, Yla Studios and Lionheart Studio 2 in Malmö, Sweden
Label EMI (NOR, FIN, DEN, GER, AUT)
Universal (RUS, GRE, CYP)
Producer Kim Edward Bergseth, Henrik Wikström, Amir Aly
Alexander Rybak chronology
Fairytales
(2009)
No Boundaries
(2010)
Singles from Fairytales
  1. "Fairytale"
    Released: 12 January 2009
  2. "Funny Little World"
    Released: 13 May 2009
  3. "Roll With the Wind"
    Released: 2 June 2009

Fairytales is the debut studio album by the Belarusian-Norwegian artist Alexander Rybak. It was released in Norway and most of Europe on 29 May 2009. Most of the songs on the album are written and/or composed by Rybak himself.

The first single of this album is Rybak's "Fairytale", the winning song from the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. His entry broke the previous record of 292 in the festival and achieved a total of 387 points. All the participating countries (naturally excluding Norway) voted for the song.

Rybak wrote English lyrics for one Russian and one Norwegian song, for the album. The chorus in the song "Abandoned" (track #7), uses music by Kirill Moltchanov, from the theme from the 1968 Russian film Доживем до понедельника (en. We'll Live Till Monday).[1] The song "If You Were Gone" (track #6), is an English version of the Norwegian song "Vårsøg", with music by Henning Sommerro.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriterLength
1."Roll With the Wind"Mårten Eriksson, Lina Eriksson3:34
2."Fairytale"Alexander Rybak3:05
3."Dolphin"Rybak4:16
4."Kiss and Tell"Alexander Rybak, Kim Bergseth, Piotr Andrej3:20
5."Funny Little World"Alexander Rybak3:46
6."If You Were Gone"Henning Sommerro, Alexander Rybak4:31
7."Abandoned"Alexander Rybak, Kirill Moltchanov, Andrej4:09
8."13 Horses"Alexander Rybak5:42
9."Song from a Secret Garden"Rolf Løvland3:30

Bonus track

No.TitleWriterLength
10."500 Miles"The Proclaimers3:24

Bonus track

No.TitleWriterLength
11."Vocalise"Sergei Rachmaninoff4:31

French edition

No.TitleWriterLength
12."Fairytale" (French lyrics)Alexander Rybak, Thierry Samois3:05

Russian edition bonus track

No.TitleWriterLength
10."Fairytale (Holter/Erixson Radio Remix)" (bonus track)Alexander Rybak2:53

Russian winter edition[edit]

Fairytales – Зимняя сказка (en. Winter Fairytales)

Standard-Edition

No.TitleWriterLength
1."Roll With the Wind"Mårten Eriksson, Lina Eriksson3:34
2."Сказка (English: Skazka (Russian version of "Fairytale"))"Alexander Rybak3:05
3."Dolphin"Rybak4:16
4."Kiss and Tell"Alexander Rybak, Kim Bergseth, Piotr Andrej3:20
5."Funny Little World"Alexander Rybak3:46
6."Когда Уйдешь (Russian version of "If You Were Gone")"Henning Sommerro, Alexander Rybak4:31
7."13 Horses"Alexander Rybak5:42
8."Song from a Secret Garden"Rolf Løvland3:30
9."Vocalise"Sergei Rachmaninoff4:31
10."500 Miles"The Proclaimers3:24
11."Fairytale (Bonustrack)"Alexander Rybak3:05
12."If You Were Gone (Bonustrack)"Henning Sommerro, Alexander Rybak4:31

Digipack-Edition

1. CD: Same songs as Standard-Edition

2. DVD:

No.TitleLength
1."Fairytale (Video)" 
2."Roll With the Wind (Video)" 
3."Funny Little World (Video)" 
4."Kupalinka (live in Minsk)" 

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Alexander Rybak – lead vocals, violin, piano, strings. All string arrangements, song arrangements.
  • Amir Alyacoustic guitar (track #5), guitar (#1, #6), bass (#1, No. 5, #6), programming (#1, #6)
  • Gunnar Flagstad – piano (#9)
  • Henrik Wikström – keyboards (#5), programming (#5)
  • Jorunn Hauge – background vocals (#2)
  • Kai Morten Berg – percussion (#4)
  • Karianne Kjærnes – background vocals (#2)
  • Kim Edward Bergseth – background vocals (#4, #7), guitar (#3, No. 4, #7), bass (#2, No. 3, #4, #7), programming (#2, No. 3, #4, #8)
  • Laila Samuels – background vocals (#7)
  • Mattis Lerbak – drums (#3)
  • Sylvie Loche – background vocals (French bonus track: "Fairytale")

Recording and production staff

  • Amir Aly – producer (track No. 1, #5, #6), mixing (#1, No. 5, #6)
  • Björn Engelmann Cutting Room Studiosmastering
  • Henrik Wikström – producer (#5), mixing (#5)
  • Kim Edward Bergseth – producer (#2, No. 3, #4, No. 7, #8)
  • Ulf Ø. W. Holand – mixing (#2, No. 3, #4, No. 7, #8)

Album artwork

  • Baard Lunde – photos
  • Guro Synes – artwork, design
  • Trond Kulterud – artwork, design

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
Armenia[2] 29 May 2009 Universal CD
Austria[3] EMI CD
Azerbaijan[2] Universal CD
Belarus[2] Universal CD
Belgium[4] V2/Universal CD
Denmark[2] EMI CD; Digital download
Finland[2][5] EMI CD; Digital download
Germany[6] EMI CD; Digital download
Kazakhstan[2] Universal CD
Kyrgyzstan[2] Universal CD
Luxembourg[4] V2/Universal CD
Netherlands[4] V2/Universal CD
Norway[7] EMI CD
Russia[2] Universal CD
Romania[2] Universal CD
Switzerland[8] EMI CD
Tajikistan[2] Universal CD
Turkmenistan[2] Universal CD
Uzbekistan[2] Universal CD
Ukraine[2] Universal CD
Cyprus[2] 2 June 2009 Universal CD
Greece[2] Universal CD
Sweden[9] 3 June 2009 Lionheart CD
Estonia[10] June 4, 2009 CD
Ireland[11][12] June 15, 2009 EMI CD
United Kingdom[11][13] 15 June 2009 EMI CD
France[14][15] 17 August 2009 M6 Interactions CD
Poland[16] 21 August 2009 Universal CD

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Certification Sales
Austrian Albums Chart[17] 46
French Albums Chart[18] 21 20,000
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[19] 13
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[19] 62
Cyprus International Albums Chart[20] 9
Dutch Albums Chart[21] 29
Danish Albums Chart[22] 15
Finnish Albums Chart[23] 4
Irish Albums Chart[24] 91
German Albums Chart[25][26] 16
Norwegian Albums Chart[27] 1 3x Platinum 90,000
Polish Albums Chart[28] 7
Russian Albums Chart 1 2x Platinum 40,000
Swedish Albums Chart 2
Swiss Albums Chart[29] 65
European Top 100 Albums[30] 18

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[31]

On 27 May 2009 Norway's biggest newspaper Verdens Gang was the first to review the album giving it top score, 6 out of 6. "Alexander Rybak has not only become a star in no time, he deserves the status as well", the paper said.[32] On the same day it was revealed that the album had been leaked illegally on the net. Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet was less enthused. "Rybak is seducing, but not entirely convincing" their critic stated, giving it 4 out of 6 points.[33] Aftenposten gave it 5 out of 6 stars, calling Rybak "a complete artist."[34] Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, however, caused a stir by giving the record merely 1 star and hurling epithets like "violin hobbit" and "smurf hits" at the artist.[35] TV2 in Norway gave the album 4 out of 6 stars, stating that Rybak was "no one-hit-wonder at all".[36] NRK gave Rybak a good review saying that Rybak was "a good pop composer."[37] Dagsavisen gave the record 5 points out of 6, exclaiming "the fairy tale continues!"[38] The radio channel P4 Radio Hele Norge gave the album a rather poor review. Calling it a record for "13 year old girls and Eurovision enthusiasts" it got 2 stars.[39] Bergensavisen was impressed by the record, especially by the album's "personal style", and gave it 5 stars.[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ ДОЖИВЕМ ДО ПОНЕДЕЛЬНИКА (1968) 1/10 on YouTube
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  6. ^ Fairytales: Alexander Rybak, Amazon.de
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  8. ^ Alexander Rybak – Fairytales, emimusic.ch
  9. ^ Fairytales – album, Lionheart
  10. ^ Alexander Rybaki "Fairytales" album ilmub 4. juunil (Estonian), publik.delfi.ee, May 19, 2009
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  14. ^ Fairytales – Rybak Alexander, Amazon.fr
  15. ^ A French version of Fairytale, esctoday.com, August 19, 2009
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  18. ^ Alexander Rybak – Fairytales, Acharts.us
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  22. ^ Hitlisten.NU – Album Top-40, hitlisterne.dk
  23. ^ Suomen virallinen lista
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  26. ^ Offizielle Charts, musicload.de
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  28. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS – Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
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  31. ^ Allmusic review
  32. ^ "Alexander Rybak: Fairytales – VG Nett om Melodi Grand Prix". Vg.no. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  33. ^ "Forfører – men blender ikke – kultur". Dagbladet.no. May 27, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  34. ^ SVEIN ANDERSEN Publisert: 28.05.09 08:21. "Eventyrlig debut – Oslo – Fairytales, Alexander Rybak, CD, pop, (EMI Norway/EMI) 9 låter, 35.00 Oslopuls.no". Oslopuls.aftenposten.no. Archived from the original on October 4, 2011. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  35. ^ "Fiolhoben är för kass | Musik – Recensioner | Musik | Nöjesbladet | Aftonbladet". Aftonbladet.se. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  36. ^ "ALEXANDER RYBAK – Slett ikke noe one-hit wonder – Side2". Pub.tv2.no. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  37. ^ "Klar hjemmeseier – Kultur-og-underholdning – NRK". Nrk.no. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  38. ^ "Eventyret fortsetter : Dagsavisen". Dagsavisen.no. Archived from the original on May 30, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
  39. ^ ""For 13 år gamle jenter og Grand Prix-entusiaster" – P4 Radio Hele Norge". P4.no. May 27, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2011.
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