Left Outside Alone

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"Left Outside Alone"
LeftOutsideAlone.jpg
Single by Anastacia
from the album Anastacia
B-side "Get Ready"
Released March 15, 2004 (2004-03-15)
Format
Recorded December 2003; O'Henry Sound Studios
(Burbank, California)
Record One
(Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California)
The Record Plant
(Hollywood, Los Angeles, California)
Genre Pop rock
Length 4:17 (album version)
3:35/3:50 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Dallas Austin
  • Glen Ballard
Anastacia singles chronology
"Love Is a Crime"
(2003)
"Left Outside Alone"
(2004)
"Sick and Tired"
(2004)
"Love Is a Crime"
(2003)
"Left Outside Alone"
(2004)
"Sick and Tired"
(2004)
Audio sample

"Left Outside Alone" is a song by American recording artist Anastacia from her third studio album, Anastacia. Written primarily by Anastacia as well as Dallas Austin, and Glen Ballard detailing the singer's strained relationship with her estranged father. The song was released as the album's lead single on March 15, 2004 to both critical and commercial success. The song peaked at number one in Australia, Austria, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland; number two in Denmark, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Norway; and number three in the United Kingdom and Hungary, while overall it became the 6th biggest selling European single of 2004.

In the United States, "Left Outside Alone" was another success on the Billboard dance charts, where it reached the top position on the Hot Dance Singles Sales, as well as number five on the Hot Dance Club Play. The track received universal acclaim with praise coming from Anastacia's new musical sound as well as her new singing sound found in the opening of the song being compared to Evanescence's Amy Lee.

Critical reception and composition[edit]

"Left Outside Alone" received universal acclaim from critics. AllMusic editor Matthew Chisling wrote "Stronger tracks on the album include "Left Outside Alone,"..., on which Anastacia berates the listener with cries of frustration in pop/rock at its finest." [1] Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian wrote "Apparent references pop up: "It's not OK, I don't feel safe," runs the chorus to Left Outside Alone." [2] The Independent editor Andy Gill said that this song is "the source of the vulnerability."[3] Dom Passantino of Stylus Magazine wrote “Left Outside Alone” starts off as if we’re being sang to by the Holy Ghost (assuming Kate Bush is the Father and Tori Amos is the Son), over, yes, exactly the same chords that oversaw “Daredevil”... Then Anastacia switches style back to her normal voice… calling it normal seems a fallacy." He later praised the song with these words "genuinely interesting, genuinely experimental, and genuinely good single." [4] Yahoo Music! editor Dann Ginoe praised the song: "With a high-pitched gothic quiver floating atop ambient brooding, "Left Outside Alone"’s opening strains could easily have her mistaken for Evanescence’s Amy Lee. The familiar air-raid siren wail does kick in eventually, but it’s bellowing to an uncharacteristically snarly, guitar-churning chorus. Yup, that’s right, Anastacia’s gone rock." [5] The songs vocal range spans from D3 to F5.

Music videos[edit]

Shot in Burbank, California in February 2004, the regular music video for "Left Outside Alone" directed by Bryan Barber.[6] There are actually three music videos for the song. The regular (and first) version was released to the worldwide market, excluding North America.

The regular version begins with Anastacia on a bridge. Later she is walking along a street with a red poster on an advertising pillar. The street is of European style with European cars (a Fiat 500 with a vehicle registration plates of France, a Smart Roadster, and a Citroën DS). Then she gets in a car, and whilst driving, she looks into a car next to her and sees "herself" canoodling passionately with a man. When she gets out of the car she notices people dancing to her song on the street.

The alternate version of this video, known as the "blue-poster version", was made for the Jason Nevins Global Club Edit of the song, contains different edits, including the usage of a blue poster instead of the red one, and it also has a different ending.

In 2005, a completely new video was released for American audiences. Shot on May 19–20, 2005, this version was directed by David Lippman and Charles Mehling, and was shot in Los Angeles, California.[7] Although this version was recorded specially for the American market, "Left Outside Alone" was never officially released there. In this version, Anastacia is in a castle lying alone in a bed surrounded by candles.

Part 2[edit]

A different version of the track (entitled "Left Outside Alone, Part 2") appears on the deluxe edition of Anastacia's sixth studio album Resurrection. This version features an alternative melody for the same lyrics heard in the original song. She was quoted as saying: "Ten years later, I’m putting out an album and I wanted to revisit that song. I gave myself an opportunity to do that. I loved it and it’s a completely different perspective on the song." [8]

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA) 2× Platinum[42] 140,000
Austria (IFPI) Gold[43] 7,500
Belgium (IFPI) Gold[44] 15,000
Germany (BVMI) Gold[45] 100,000
Norway (IFPI) Gold[46] 15,000
Switzerland (IFPI) Gold[47] 10,000
United Kingdom (BPI) Gold[48] 400,000

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date
World March 15, 2004 (2004-03-15)
United States March 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)

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