Long Way Down (Tom Odell album)

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Long Way Down
Long-Way cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released24 June 2013[1]
Recorded2012
Genre
Length35:20
LabelColumbia
ProducerDan Grech-Marguerat
Tom Odell chronology
Songs from Another Love
(2012)
Long Way Down
(2013)
Wrong Crowd
(2016)
Singles from Long Way Down
  1. "Can't Pretend"
    Released: 6 March 2013
  2. "Hold Me"
    Released: 31 March 2013
  3. "Another Love"
    Released: 17 June 2013
  4. "Grow Old with Me"
    Released: 9 September 2013
  5. "I Know"
    Released: December 2013

Long Way Down is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter Tom Odell. It was released on 24 June 2013 and serves as the follow-up to his 2012 extended play, Songs from Another Love. It serves as his first release with a major record label, and was released with Columbia.[1]

Background[edit]

In early 2012, Odell announced that he had signed to Columbia and began recording his debut album later on in 2012. In November 2012, Tom Odell released his first EP Songs from Another Love which included famous hit "Another Love", which Odell released an official video on his VEVO for.

Odell came in to RAK Studios in St Johns Wood with producer Dan Grech-Marguerat to record the album in the summer of 2012.

Odell announced that his first single from the album would be "Can't Pretend" which was released worldwide on March 6, 2013. It was later announced the second single to come from the album was "Hold Me". Odell performed "Hold Me" and "Can't Pretend" on both Alan Carr: Chatty Man and The Jonathan Ross Show.

In December 2012, Odell announced that the title of his debut album would be Long Way Down. In addition, he also unveiled its artwork and release date of 16 April 2013, however, due to its scheduled U.S. release date it was pushed back until 24 June 2013 to prevent the leak of the album across the rest of the world. He also announced the track listing which included "Another Love", "Can't Pretend" and "Hold Me".

Promotion[edit]

To promote the album, Odell went on two tours. The first was a smaller, mini-tour which took place in March 2013, three months before the album's release; the second tour takes place in autumn 2013. In 2012 Odell appeared as an opening act for Jake Bugg on the UK leg of his tour in November 2012.

Singles[edit]

"Can't Pretend" was released as the first single on 6 March 2013 and serves as Odell's first original single on Columbia Records.

Odell released the second single, "Hold Me", on 31 March 2013. He later performed the song on Alan Carr: Chatty Man to promote its release.

"Another Love" appeared on Odell's EP Songs from Another Love and was released as the album's third single on 17 June 2013.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
Digital Spy4/5 stars[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
The Independent1/5 stars[6]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[7]
NME0/10[8]
The Observer3/5 stars[9]
PopMatters3/10[10]
The Telegraph4/5 stars[11]

Upon release, "Long Way Down" received polarised reviews from critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100, the album received an average score of 58 based on 12 reviews by mainstream critics.[2]

NME gave the album 0 out of 10, prompting Odell's father to complain to the magazine.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tom Odell (except where indicated) and produced by Dan Grech-Marguerat.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Grow Old with Me" 3:03
2."Hold Me"3:08
3."Another Love" 4:04
4."I Know"3:52
5."Sense"4:24
6."Can't Pretend" 3:37
7."Till I Lost" 3:37
8."Supposed to Be" 3:33
9."Long Way Down" 2:29
10."Sirens"3:41
Total length:35:20

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2013–16) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 66
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[14] 48
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[15] 5
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[16] 26
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[17] 36
French Albums (SNEP)[18] 60
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[19] 17
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[20] 1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[21] 39
Irish Albums (IRMA)[22] 5
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[23] 31
Scottish Albums (OCC)[24] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[25] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[26] 1
US Billboard Folk Albums[27] 12
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[28] 8

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[29] Gold 10,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[30] Platinum 20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Long Way Down". 24 June 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2018 – via Amazon.
  2. ^ a b "Long Way Down Reviews". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  3. ^ "Tom Odell, Long Way Down review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-03-29.
  4. ^ Corner, Lewis (24 June 2013). "Tom Odell: 'Long Way Down' - Album review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  5. ^ Simpson, Dave (2013-06-21). "Tom Odell: Long Way Down". London: Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  6. ^ Price, Dave (2013-06-22). "Tom Odell: Long Way Down". London: independent.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-27.
  7. ^ Saunders, Chris (2013-06-18). "Tom Odell - Long Way Down". Musicomh.com. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  8. ^ Beaumont, Mark (2013-06-24). "Tom Odell - Long Way Down". NME. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  9. ^ Fox, Killian (2013-06-23). "Long Way Down - Tom Odell". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  10. ^ Nelson, Geoff (2013-06-23). "Tom Odell: Long Way Down". Popmatters.com. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  11. ^ Brown, Helen (2013-06-20). "Tom Odell, Long Way Down, review". London: telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  12. ^ Rawlinson, Kevin (19 June 2013). "'Hello, NME? I'd like to complain about your Tom Odell review. Why? I'm his dad'". The Independent. Retrieved 30 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Chartifacts". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 10 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  14. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Tom Odell – Long Way Down" (in German). Hung Medien.
  15. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tom Odell – Long Way Down" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  16. ^ "Ultratop.be – Tom Odell – Long Way Down" (in French). Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Danishcharts.dk – Tom Odell – Long Way Down". Hung Medien.
  18. ^ "Lescharts.com – Tom Odell – Long Way Down". Hung Medien.
  19. ^ "Officialcharts.de – Tom Odell – Long Way Down". GfK Entertainment Charts.
  20. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Tom Odell – Long Way Down" (in Dutch). Hung Medien.
  21. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Tom Odell – Long Way Down". Hung Medien.
  22. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 26, 2013". Chart-Track. IRMA.
  23. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLiS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  24. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Tom Odell – Long Way Down". Hung Medien.
  26. ^ "2013-07-06 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive". UK Albums Chart. The Official Charts Company.
  27. ^ "Tom Odell". Billboard. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  28. ^ "Tom Odell". Billboard. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  29. ^ "Danish album certifications – Tom Odell – Long Way Down". IFPI Denmark. Retrieved 13 August 2018. Scroll through the page-list below until year 2018 to obtain certification.
  30. ^ "Polish album certifications – Tom Odell – Long Way Down" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 30 November 2016.
  31. ^ "British album certifications – Tom Odell – Long Way Down". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 June 2016. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Long Way Down in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.