Gavin DeGraw (album)

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Gavin DeGraw
Gavindegraw cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 6, 2008
GenrePop rock
ProducerHoward Benson
Gavin DeGraw chronology
Gavin DeGraw
Singles from Gavin DeGraw
  1. "In Love with a Girl"
    Released: February 11, 2008
  2. "She Holds a Key"
    Released: Summer 2008
  3. "Cheated on Me"
    Released: September 2008
  4. "I Have You to Thank"
    Released: January 2009

Gavin DeGraw is singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw's self-titled second album. The album was released on May 6, 2008. The album debuted at number seven on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart, selling 66,000 copies the first week.[1]

Album information[edit]

The album features an extended and re-recorded version of the song "We Belong Together", which was a single in 2006 and was featured on the soundtrack to the film of Tristan & Isolde. One week before its release, the album was put up in full to stream on on April 29, 2008.


The album was preceded by the single "In Love with a Girl", which became his second-biggest single ever since his very first debut "I Don't Want to Be", and fourth Top 40 hit in the United States, peaking at number twenty-four. Outside the U.S., the song was successful in the Netherlands too, reaching number twenty-two.[2]

Soon followed the release of "Cheated on Me", DeGraw's second single from the album, only released in North America, of which the music video was released on September 30, 2008. The single failed to generate any interest though in North America. At the same time, "She Holds a Key" was chosen as the second single in the rest of the world, which only charted in the Netherlands, becoming his fifth Top 40 hit there, peaking at number twenty-nine.[3] As the third worldwide single, "I Have You to Thank" was released in January 2009.[4] The song did not have a music video to help promote the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gavin DeGraw.

  1. "In Love with a Girl" - 3:27
  2. "Next to Me (Wait a Minute, Sister)" – 3:26
  3. "Cheated on Me" – 3:40
  4. "I Have You to Thank" - 3:27
  5. "Cop Stop" - 3:24
  6. "Young Love" - 4:09
  7. "Medicate the Kids" - 3:20
  8. "Relative" - 4:13
  9. "She Holds a Key" - 3:51
  10. "Untamed" - 4:00
  11. "Let It Go" - 3:50
  12. "We Belong Together" - 5:28
  • Target stores released a deluxe edition of this album with a bonus DVD include a feature called "Up Close with Gavin DeGraw" and the music video for "In Love With a Girl." The cover of the deluxe edition has a purple-red background instead of blue.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic2.5/5 stars[6]
The Boston Globe(positive)[8]
Common Sense Media3/5 stars[9]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[10]
Hot Press(2.5/5)[11]
The New York Times(average)[12]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[14]

Maverick magazine gave the album four-out-of-five stars, saying it is "resonating rock release and a classic depiction of Gavin’s sentimental views on love and life and champions catchy, lyrical hooks, music with meaning, guitar riffs and a voice that is a real pleasure to listen to."[15]


Chart (2008)[16] Peak
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders) 82
Canadian Albums Chart 21
Danish Albums Chart 3
Dutch Albums Chart 8
Finnish Albums Chart 36
Italian Albums Chart 44
Norwegian Albums Chart 35
Swedish Albums Chart 13
Swiss Albums Chart 23
US Billboard 200[17] 7


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-10-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Gavin Degraw "In Love with a Girl" - Music Charts
  3. ^ Gavin Degraw "She Holds a Key" - Music Charts
  4. ^ Confirmation of "I Have You to Thank" as fourth single
  5. ^ Critic reviews at Metacritic
  6. ^ Allmusic review
  7. ^ "Billboard review". Archived from the original on May 3, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-03. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ The Boston Globe review(subscription required)
  9. ^ Common Sense Media review
  10. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  11. ^ Hot Press review(subscription required)
  12. ^ The New York Times review
  13. ^ Album reviews at CD Universe
  14. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on May 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-01. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  15. ^ Maverick, L. B.. (February 2009), "Gavin DeGraw". (79):79
  16. ^ Artist Chart Album History - Gavin DeGaw - Gavin DeGraw
  17. ^ Artist Chart History - Gavin DeGaw

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