Funky Dory

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Funky Dory
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Studio album by Rachel Stevens
Released 29 September 2003
Recorded London, England
Stockholm, Sweden
Genre Pop, dance
Length 40:00
Label Polydor, Universal International
Producer Bloodshy & Avant, David Eriksen, Richard X, Martin Harrington, Ben Chapman, Yak Bondy, Steve Lipson, Michael Peden, Bag, Arnthor, B Rich, Brio Taliaferro, Wild Oscar, Jeremy Wheatley, Pete Hoffmann
Rachel Stevens chronology
Funky Dory
(2003)
Come and Get It
(2005)Come and Get It2005
Singles from Funky Dory
  1. "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex"
    Released: 15 September 2003
  2. "Funky Dory"
    Released: 8 December 2003
Re-issue cover
Rachel Stevens Funky Dory rerelease.jpg
Singles from Funky Dory (Re-issue version)
  1. "Some Girls"
    Released: 12 July 2004
  2. "More, More, More"
    Released: 4 October 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
RTÉ 3/5 stars [2]
Amazon.co.uk (favourable)[3]
The Observer 5/5 stars[4]

Funky Dory is the solo debut album by British popdance singer Rachel Stevens. It was released by Polydor Records on September 29, 2003 in the United Kingdom. The album was produced by various record producers including Bloodshy & Avant and Richard X.

It received a positive reception from music critics, some of whom complimented its surprising diversity, charm and relative depth, while others thought of it to be poorly written, produced and forgettable. Despite critical commentary, it became Stevens' most successful album release, and reached number nine in the United Kingdom, where it was certified gold. On July 16, 2004 the album was re-issued in the United Kingdom, including three new songs, and reached number thirteen on the albums chart. Funky Dory was released in Canada on March 16, 2004; however, it failed to generate much interest outside of the United Kingdom.

It has sold 350,000 copies worldwide and was certified Gold in the UK.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex" Cathy Dennis, Henrik Jonback, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg Bloodshy & Avant 3:28
2. "Funky Dory" David Bowie, Gary Clark, Martin Brammer David Eriksen, Martin Sjølie 3:12
3. "Fools" Anders Bagge, Arnthor Birgisson, Karen Poole BAG & Arnthor 3:13
4. "Breathe In, Breathe Out" Daniel Thørnqvist, Rikard Lögfgren Stephen Lipson 3:14
5. "Glide" Dennis, Karlsson, Jonback, Winnberg Bloodshy & Avant 3:38
6. "Heaven Has to Wait" Bagge, Birgisson, Dennis Bloodshy & Avant 4:10
7. "Blue Afternoon" Henrik Korpi, Mathias Johansson, Yak Bondy Bondy 4:14
8. "I Got the Money" Ben Chapman, Lucie Silvas, Martin Harrington Chapman, Harrington 4:05
9. "Little Secret" Dennis, Guy Chambers Eriksen 3:28
10. "Solid" Børge Petersen-Øverleir, Eriksen, Lisa Greene Eriksen, Sjölie 3:47
11. "Silk" Silvas, Michael Peden, Tom Nicholls Peden 3:36
12. "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex*" (Bimbo Jones Club Mix) Dennis, Karlsson, Jonback, Winnberg Bimbo Jones 6:46

Re-issue[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Some Girls" Hannah Robinson, Richard X Richard X, Pete Hofmann^ 3:34
2. "Sweet Dreams My LA Ex" Cathy Dennis, Henrik Jonback, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg Bloodshy & Avant 3:28
3. "Funky Dory" (Single Version) David Bowie, Gary Clark, Martin Brammer Jeremy Wheatley, Brio Taliaferro 3:13
4. "Fools" Anders Bagge, Arnthor Birgisson, Karen Poole BAG & Arnthor 3:13
5. "Breathe In, Breathe Out" (SWAT-Team Version) Daniel Thørnqvist, Rikard Lögfgren Bob Robinson, Colin Wolfe, Dallas Austin, Xavier Hargrove 3:14
6. "Glide" Dennis, Karlsson, Jonback, Winnberg Bloodshy & Avant 3:38
7. "Heaven Has to Wait" Bagge, Birgisson, Dennis Bloodshy & Avant 4:10
8. "More, More, More" Gregg Diamond Wild Oscar 3:33
9. "Blue Afternoon" Henrik Korpi, Mathias Johansson, Yak Bondy Bondy 4:14
10. "I Got the Money" Ben Chapman, Lucie Silvas, Martin Harrington Chapman, Harrington 4:05
11. "Little Secret" Dennis, Guy Chambers Eriksen 3:28
12. "Solid" Børge Petersen-Øverleir, Eriksen, Lisa Greene Eriksen, Martin Sjølie 3:47
13. "Silk" Silvas, Michael Peden, Tom Nicholls Peden 3:36
14. "Some Girls" (Rhythm Masters Vocal Mix) Hannah Robinson, Richard X Rhythm Masters 6:46

*Not included on the Canadian and Hong Kong edition.
(^) denotes additional production

Release history[edit]

Country Date Version
United Kingdom 29 September 2003 Original
Hong Kong 9 March 2004
Canada 16 March 2004
United Kingdom 16 July 2004 Re-release
United States 26 June 2007 Re-release

Chart performance[edit]

Funky Dory debuted at number nine on the UK albums chart. Since its release the album has achieved platinum status in the United Kingdom, where after six weeks, it descended from the top-seventy-five. The albums re-issue debuted at number thirteen on the albums chart, selling 14,600 copies in its first week, becoming the hundred and eightieth best selling album of 2004. Together, both albums have sold over 310,000 copies in the UK. Elsewhere the album failed to generate much interest, resulting in low sales and chart positions.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Poland (OLiS)[6] 2
UK Albums (OCC) 9
Chart (2004)
(re-released version)
Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC) 13

Certifications[edit]

Country Provider Certification
(thresholds)[7]
United Kingdom BPI Platinum[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. 2003-09-29. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Rachel Stevens - Funky Dory - RTÉ Ten". Rte.ie. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  3. ^ "Funky Dory: Rachel Stevens: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  4. ^ "Rachel Stevens, Funky Dory: 5 stars | OMM | The Observer". Observer.guardian.co.uk. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  5. ^ a b "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. bpi.co.uk. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "Rachel Stevens - Funky Dory - Album Charts Week November 19, 2003". ZPAV. Retrieved 2011-04-12. 
  7. ^ "International Certification Award levels" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 

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