Hometime (album)

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Hometime
Alison Moyet - Hometime.jpg
Studio album by Alison Moyet
Released 19 August 2002 (UK)
10 September 2002 (US)
Recorded 2002
Genre Pop
Length 47:05
Label Sanctuary Records
404 Music Group (US)
Producer The Insects
Alison Moyet chronology
The Essential Alison Moyet
(2001)
Hometime
(2002)
Voice
(2004)

Hometime is the fifth studio album of English singer/songwriter Alison Moyet.

There is a gap of almost eight years between the release of Essex, the singer's previous studio album, and Hometime; this was caused by a dispute between the singer and Sony Music Entertainment, her former record label, who wanted her to produce what they saw as more "commercial" music. Hometime was the first album by Moyet released by her new record label, Sanctuary Records.

Much to the chagrin of Sony - who had refused to release the album - Hometime enjoyed a great deal of critical and commercial success; the album sold in excess of a quarter of a million copies in the UK within the first months of its release, Moyet became one of the top five bestselling female artists of 2002, and was nominated for a BRIT Award and a Mercury Music Prize that year.

Hometime was produced by The Insects (Tim Norfolk and Bob Locke) who had previously worked with Massive Attack and Madonna among others.

A deluxe edition of 'Hometime' was released by Cooking Vinyl on 2 October 2015.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Billboard favourable[3]

In the 5 October 2002 issue of the American magazine Billboard, a review of the album was featured under the 'Noteworthy' section. The reviewer commented:

"Beautifully produced by the Insects and primarily penned by the artist herself, Hometime finds Moyet tackling signature themes like love, lust and, yes, heartbreak. "Yesterday's Flame" is steeped in Portishead sensibilities, while the single-worthy "Do You Ever Wonder" will likely have many listeners rediscovering vintage Dionne Warwick recordings. "Should I Feel That It's Over," is, simply put, today's Moyet giving us classic Moyet. With Hometime, Moyet surely delivers the best album of her career."[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Alison Moyet and Pete Glenister unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Yesterday's Flame" - 4:28
  2. "Should I Feel That It's Over" - 4:01
  3. "More" - 3:59
  4. "Hometime" - 3:47
  5. "Mary, Don't Keep Me Waiting" - 3:38
  6. "Say It" (Carlton McCarthy, Eg White) - 4:00
  7. "Ski" (Ballard, Clarke, Gray, Lewis, Moyet) - 4:22
  8. "If You Don't Come Back to Me" - 4:30
  9. "Do You Ever Wonder" (McCarthy) - 3:10
  10. "The Train I Ride" - 5:03
  11. "You Don't Have to Go" - 4:17

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
German Albums Chart[5] 69
UK Albums Chart[6] 18

Personnel[edit]

  • Alison Moyet - lead vocals
  • Bob Locke - bass, keyboards, percussion, vibes, drum programming (tracks: 1, 4-7, 9-11), vocals (track: 10)
  • Tammy Payne - congas (track: 1)
  • David Ballard - drums, percussion (tracks: 1, 5-7, 10-11)
  • Tim Norfolk - guitar, lap steel, keyboards, percussion, drum programming (tracks: 1, 3-7, 9-11)
  • Paul Sherman - bass (tracks: 2, 8)
  • Roger Linley - bass (tracks: 2, 8)
  • Clive Deamer - drums (track: 3)
  • Corin Dingley - drums (track: 4)
  • John Baggott - harpsichord (tracks: 4, 9), piano, keyboards, drum programming (tracks: 6, 7, 9, 11)
  • Pete Glenister - guitar, keyboards (track: 5)
  • Alex Swift - drum programming (track: 6)
  • Adrian Utley - guitar (tracks: 6, 11)
  • Damon Reece - percussion (tracks: 6, 7)
  • Eg White - piano, drum programming (track: 6)
  • Derek Green - vocals (track: 6)
  • Ricci P. Washington - vocals (track: 6)
  • John Lewis - guitar (track: 7)
  • Simon Hale - piano (track: 9)
  • Angelo Bruschini - guitar (track: 10)

Production[edit]

Non album tracks Hometime era[edit]

  1. "Tongue Tied" - 3:15 (B-side to "Should I Feel That It's Over")
  2. "Nobody's Darling" - 3:39 (B-side to "Should I Feel That It's Over")
  3. "If You Don’t Come Back to Me" (Live October 2002) - 4:43 (B-side to "More")
  4. "Should I Feel That It’s Over (Live October 2002)" - 4:01 (B-side to "More")
  5. "Yesterday's Flame" (Insects Remix) - 4:48 (B-side to "Do You Ever Wonder")
  6. "Bilan" (French version of "More") - 4:01 (B-side to "Do You Ever Wonder", also included as bonus track on certain editions of "Hometime")
  7. "Si Tu Ne Me Reviens Pas" (French version of "If You Don't Come Back To Me") - 4:21 (included as bonus track on certain editions of "Hometime")

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