Life in Mono (album)

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Life in Mono
Emmabunton album lifeinmono.jpg
Studio album by Emma Bunton
Released 4 December 2006
Recorded 2005–2006
Label Universal Music
  • Simon Franglen
  • Gary Clark
  • Eric Pressly
Emma Bunton chronology
Free Me
(2004)Free Me2004
Life in Mono
Singles from Life in Mono
  1. "Downtown"
    Released: 13 November 2006
  2. "All I Need to Know"
    Released: 12 February 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[2]
MSN Positive[3]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
Yahoo! Music UK 7/10 stars[6]

Life in Mono is the third studio album by English pop singer Emma Bunton. The album was originally set for a November 2006 release in the UK, however it was later pushed back to 4 December 2006. Much like her previous album, Free Me, the album experiments with elements of 1960s pop music. For this particular album the musical arrangement was more directed towards 1960s French pop music, with some elements of British 1960s pop and Motown.


Bunton had been working on her third release since winter 2004. The album's title track is a cover version of the hit "Life in Mono" by 1990s trip hop band Mono, best known through its usage in the 1998 film Great Expectations. The track "Take Me to Another Town" contains a sample from Herb Alpert's 1965 "Green Peppers". Songs recorded during this period that did not appear on the final album include "Crazy", "Rhapsody", and "Secrets".

Due to Bunton's pregnancy all forms of promotion were cancelled after a few months. Rumors of a third single surfaced through websites[citation needed] after Bunton stated she was thinking of releasing a third single, however this never came. The album tracks "I Wasn't Looking (When I Found Love)", "Perfect Strangers" and "Take Me to Another Town" were rumoured as choices for the third single.


Chart performance[edit]

Although it sold almost 13,000 copies in its first week,[citation needed] the album was Bunton's first not to reach the UK top 10. It debuted on the UK Albums Chart at No. 65 on 10 December 2006 and fell to No. 75 in its second week before dropping out of the chart the following week.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Life in Mono.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "All I Need to Know"
  • Emma Bunton
  • Jamie Hartman
Simon Franglen 4:18
2. "Life in Mono"
  • John Barry
  • Martin Virgo
Franglen 3:48
3. "Mischievous" Franglen 3:41
4. "Perfect Strangers"
  • Emma Bunton
  • Gary Clark
  • Pam Sheyne
Franglen 3:31
5. "He Loves Me Not"
  • Emma Bunton
  • Yak Bondy
Franglen 3:28
6. "I Wasn't Looking (When I Found Love)"
  • Emma Bunton
  • Pascal Gabriel
  • Hannah Robinson
Franglen 3:31
7. "Take Me to Another Town"
  • Gary Clark
  • Keely Pressly
  • Eric Pressly
  • Clark
  • Pressly
8. "Undressing You"
  • Tim Kellett
  • Kate Elsworth
Franglen 3:21
9. "I'm Not Crying Over Yesterdays"
  • Emma Bunton
  • Blair Mackichan
  • Justin Gray
Franglen 3:23
10. "All That You'll Be"
  • Emma Bunton
  • Peter Gordeno
  • Chris Porter
Franglen 4:00
11. "Downtown" Tony Hatch Franglen 3:24
Total length: 41:21


Title Featured on Producer(s) Length
"Midnight and Martinis" "All I Need to Know" single Lee Dagger, Marc JB 4:14


Chart (2006) Peak
Scottish Albums (OCC)[8] 69
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 65


  1. ^ Mawer, Sharon. "Life in Mono – Emma Bunton". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  2. ^ Zendle, Miriam (4 December 2006). "Life in Mono – Emma Bunton (Digitalspy Review)". Digitalspy. Archived from the original on 17 January 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Life in Mono – Emma Bunton (MSN Review)". MSN. 1 December 2006. Archived from the original on 6 December 2006. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Murphy, John (4 December 2006). "Life in Mono – Emma Bunton (musicOMH Review)". musicOMH. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Macpherson, Alex (1 December 2006). "Life in Mono – Emma Bunton (The Guardian Review)". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  6. ^ Gill, Jaime (3 January 2007). "Life in Mono – Emma Bunton (LAUNCH Yahoo!ardian Review)". Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 13 January 2007. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Life In Mono - Deluxe edition". Discogs. Retrieved 13 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  9. ^ "Emma Bunton | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 6 August 2017.