Humour and the Misfortune of Others

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Humour and the Misfortune of Others
Humour and The Misfortune of Others.jpg
Studio album by Hollie Smith
Released 15 March 2010
Genre Soul, funk
Length 56:43
Label Soundsmith/EMI
Producer Riki Gooch[1]
Hollie Smith chronology
Long Player
(2007)Long Player2007
Humour and the Misfortune of Others
(2010)
Singles from Humour and the Misfortune of Others
  1. "Mamma"
    Released: 8 March 2010[2]

Humour and the Misfortune of Others is the second studio album by New Zealand soul singer Hollie Smith. It was released on 15 March 2010.[3][4]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The New Zealand Herald[5] 5/5 stars
The Dominion Post[6] 3.5/5 stars
The Nelson Mail[7] 3.5/5 stars

Russell Baillie of The New Zealand Herald gave the album five stars, praising its "big angry and/or anguished anthems, clearly venting about her life and career's ups and downs".[5] Nick Ward of The Nelson Mail gave the album three-and-a-half stars, saying of it "Smith's voice has picked up a raspy edge that comes and goes, but she begins to loosen the restraints and show more melodic inventiveness".[7]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mamma" – 4:06
  2. "Vs 19:19" – 4:54
  3. "Let Me Go" – 3:42
  4. "By My Side" – 4:48
  5. "Humour" – 4:44
  6. "Finding Home" – 5:03
  7. "Hiding" – 3:41
  8. "Overtime" – 6:42
  9. "Before This Day Is Done" – 5:11
  10. "Why Can't We Get Along" – 5:25
  11. "Brothers, Friends, Lovers" – 4:01
  12. "Will You Be the One?" – 4:26

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Humour and the Misfortune of Others debuted at number one on the RIANZ New Zealand Albums Chart, the week of its release. It follows Smith's previous album, Long Player's number-one debut.[8]

Chart (2010) Peak position
New Zealand Albums Chart[9] 1
Preceded by
The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga
New Zealand Albums Chart number-one album
22 March
Succeeded by
The Fame Monster by Lady Gaga

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Smith's dream week". The New Zealand Herald. 18 March 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "Mama – Single". iTunes Store. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Humour and The Misfortune of Others". iTunes Store. Archived from the original on 26 April 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Humour And The Misfortune Of Others". Amplifier. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Baillie, Russell (13 March 2010). "Review: Humour and the Misfortune of Others". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  6. ^ Davis, Lindsay (19 March 2010). "CD review: Humour and the Misfortune of Others – Hollie Smith". The Dominion Post. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Ward, Nick (25 March 2010). "Review: Humour and the Misfortune of Others". The Nelson Mail. Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  8. ^ "Hollie Smith – Long Player". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 18 October 2007. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  9. ^ "Hollie Smith – Humour and the Misfortune of Others". charts.org.nz. Archived from the original on 24 May 2010. Retrieved 25 March 2010.