Lonely Are the Brave (Maverick Sabre album)

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Lonely Are the Brave
Lonely Are the Brave.jpg
Studio album by Maverick Sabre
Released 27 January 2012
Recorded 2011
Length 55:02
Label Mercury
Producer
  • Utters
  • Matt Prime
  • Jimmy Hogarth
  • Fraser T Smith
  • Eg White
  • Maverick Sabre
Singles from Lonely Are the Brave
  1. "Let Me Go"
    Released: 22 July 2011
  2. "I Need"
    Released: 4 November 2011
  3. "No One"
    Released: 5 February 2012
  4. "I Used To Have It All"
    Released: 30 April 2012
  5. "These Days"
    Released: 2 July 2012

Lonely Are the Brave is the debut studio album by English/Irish vocalist/rapper Maverick Sabre. The album was first released on 27 January 2012 in Ireland,[1] which was succeeded by a release in the United Kingdom on 6 February 2012.[2] Three singles preceded its release, "Let Me Go" (July 2011), "I Need" (November 2011) and "No One" (February 2012). Lonely Are the Brave debuted at number-two on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 44,292 copies,[3] also peaking at number two on the Scottish Albums Chart and number three on the Irish Albums Chart.[4][5]

It has sold 251,020 copies as of November 2015.

Background[edit]

Speaking in December 2011, Sabre explained his reasons for titling the album 'Lonely Are The Brave': "'Lonely Are The Brave' was actually the title of an old movie that I first heard about when I was really young - around 12 or 13 - and I actually thought the feeling captured in that one phrase was amazing, because I feel everybody at some point in their lives needs to be brave to get through loneliness. And, because I thought it also summed up a lotta the emotion behind this album - particularly in terms of where I was at when I was writing a lotta the songs - I just felt as a title it fitted the project really well."[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Digital Spy gave the album 4 stars out of 5 stars - "But while his voice may sound part-Amy Winehouse, part-Daniel Merriweather, few could accuse him of leaning on others for his debut album. Drawing on his childhood, which started in Hackney and continued in Ireland, his first collection of self-penned tracks is both brutally opinionated and unnervingly honest. "I need sunshine/ I need angels/ I need something good," he mourns on lead cut 'I Need', conjuring up images of crumbling concrete tower blocks in today's "Broken Britain"."[7]

Singles[edit]

"Let Me Go" was first released in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2011 as the lead single from Lonely Are the Brave. It debuted at number sixteen on the UK chart,[8] marking Sabre's second top forty single after "Jungle"; which peaked at number thirty-one.[9] The song also peaked at number thirty-eight on the Irish chart and number twenty-seven on the Scottish chart.[10][11] The track was succeeded by "I Need", first released as the second single from Lonely Are the Brave on November 4, 2011. "I Need" debuted at number eighteen on the UK chart,[12] Sabre's second consecutive release to achieve this feat, also peaking at number thirty-two on the Irish chart and number twenty-four on the Scottish chart - higher than the peak of the previous release.[13][14] A third single, "No One", was released in the UK on 5 February 2012 to coincide with the album release. The single failed to chart in Ireland and Scotland, despite debuting at number fifty on the UK chart.[15] A fourth single, "I Used To Have It All", was released in the UK on 30 April 2012. The fifth single "These Days" was released on 2 July 2012.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer Length
1. "I Need" Utters 4:00
2. "Let Me Go" Matt Prime 3:31
3. "Open My Eyes" Utters 4:06
4. "Memories" Maverick Sabre 3:37
5. "Cold Game" Jimmy Hogarth 3:43
6. "No One" Fraser T Smith 3:34
7. "These Days" Matt Prime 3:40
8. "Sometimes" Maverick Sabre, Utters 3:47
9. "I Used to Have It All" Eg White, Utters 3:51
10. "Shootin' the Stars" Jimmy Hogarth 3:36
11. "I Can Never Be" Utters 4:59
12. "Running Away" Fraser T Smith 3:33
13. "A Change is Gonna Come" (Acoustic Version)   3:14
14. "I Don't See the Sun (Don't Ever Feel Too Much)" / "They've Found Him a Gun" (Live at the Jazz Café) (hidden track)   8:31

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
Irish Albums Chart[4] 3
Scottish Albums Chart[5] 2
UK Albums Chart[3] 2

Release history[edit]

Country Release date Format(s)
Ireland 27 January 2012[1] Digital download
United Kingdom 6 February 2012
[2][18]
Digital download
CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Maverick Sabre - Lonely Are the Brave - Album Download". iTunes (Ireland). 2012-01-12. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ a b "Maverick Sabre - Lonely Are the Brave - Album Download". iTunes (United Kingdom). 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  3. ^ a b "UK Albums Chart > Archive > Week Ending: February 18, 2012". The Official Charts Company. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Irish Albums Chart > Archive > Week Ending: February 9, 2012". GFK. 2012-02-03. Retrieved 2012-02-12. 
  5. ^ a b "Scottish Albums Chart > Archive > Week Ending: February 18, 2012". The Official Charts Company. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  6. ^ Maverick Sabre interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' March 2010
  7. ^ "Maverick Sabre: 'Lonely Are The Brave' - Album Review". Digital Spy. 2012-02-06. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  8. ^ "2011-8-6 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". The Official Charts Company. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  9. ^ "2011-1-22 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". The Official Charts Company. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-07-28. 
  10. ^ "GFK Irish Chart Track". Chart Track. 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  11. ^ "2011-8-6 Top 40 Official Scottish Singles Archive". The Official Charts Company. 2011-08-06. Retrieved 2012-01-01. 
  12. ^ "2011-11-19 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". The Official Charts Company. 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  13. ^ "GFK Irish Chart Track". Chart Track. 2011-11-10. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  14. ^ "2011-11-19 Top 40 Official Scottish Singles Archive". The Official Charts Company. 2011-11-19. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  15. ^ "UK Chart: New Entries, Week Ending: 18 February 2012". Zobbel.de. 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2012-02-18. 
  16. ^ "Lonely Are The Brave: 2cd: Bonus Disc: Hmv.com Exclusive (2012): CD: hmv.com". HMV Group. 6 February 2012. Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Maverick Sabre - Lonely Are The Brave (2CD Deluxe Edition)". Play.com. 15 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Maverick Sabre - Lonely Are the Brave - CD Purchase". Amazon (United Kingdom). 2012-02-11. Retrieved 2012-02-14.