Play It Like That
|Play It Like That|
|Studio album by Bardot|
|Released||12 November 2001|
|Genre||Pop, R&B, dance|
|Producer||Michael Szumowski, Michael D'Arcy, Phil Burton, Ray Hedges, Murlyn Music, Ollie J|
|Singles from Play It Like That|
|The Advertiser|||
|Herald Sun|||
Background and release
Bardot's second studio album, and their first without Katie Underwood, marked a more mature and sophisticated development in the band's sound, shedding the bubblegum pop image of their debut. While it remains very much a collection of dance-pop songs, the production is more modern and lyrically, the album is a lot more grown up than its predecessor. The album incorporates several genres – disco ("I Need Somebody"), UK garage ("Play It Like That"), R&B ("You Got Me Feeling") and funk ("It's Alright").
The album was recorded in early and mid-2001 in England and Australia with international producers such as Swedish team Murlyn Music (Britney Spears, Dannii Minogue), Ray "Madman" Hedges (Cher, Boyzone, Bryan Adams) and Ollie J (of UK electro group, Arkarna). Bardot also worked with Human Nature singer-producer Phil Burton, while the Dowlut brothers and Michael Szumowski returned. For the first time, each member contributed to the songwriting process. Belinda Chapple penned "Don't Call Me, I'll Call You" with Australian producer Michael D'Arcy, and the pair joined Tiffani Wood to write "Girls of the Night". Sally Polihronas co-wrote "You Got Me Feeling" and with Sophie Monk, the pair wrote "Feel Right".
The album was praised by most critics, many of whom did not expect Bardot to last past their first album. Herald Sun music editor Cameron Adams gave the album 3 stars, stating, "Bardot, more comfortable now being pop artists than just Popstars, get a big red elephant stamp for improvement with their second album." Ninemsn wrote, "they have served their apprenticeship, and deserve the success that they have worked hard for. Play It Like That will certainly launch them into the international circuit and turn heads." Adelaide's The Advertiser gave the album 3 and a half stars, believing "having a greater musical input has paid dividends. The album has a fresher, more inspired sound" while Australian music site Undercover hailed the album as "a mighty creative leap [...] You are forgiven for placing nil expectation of a new Bardot album, but coming from that perspective Play It Like That is a real treat."
- "Play It Like That" (Ollie J/M. Morgan/P. Jacobs)
- "I Need Somebody" (R. Hedges/N. Butler/J. Pickering)
- "Feel Right" (S. Polihronas/S. Monk/M. Szumowski)
- "ASAP" (F. Odesjo/H. Jonback/J. McLaughlin)
- "Don't Call Me, I'll Call You" (B. Chapple/M. D'arcy)
- "Love Will Find a Way" (Ollie J./M. Moore/P. Jacobs/P. McMahon)
- "Dirty Water" (P. Isben/M. Steer/S. Dyer/K. Bryant/M. Melhus/M. Pop)
- "You Got Me Feeling" (S. Polihronas/P-M Anquetil/CJ Lee-Joe)
- "It's Alright" (L. Stewart/T. Hale/Tab/C. Stewart)
- "Before I Let You Go" (D. Dowlut/D. Dowlut/R. Goncalves)
- "Girls of the Night" (B. Chapple/T. Wood/M. D'arcy)
- "When the Cat's Away" (F. Odesjo/H. Jonback/J. McLaughlin)
- "Something Worth Fighting For" (Tommy Faragher/Nick Howard)
- was originally meant to appear as a B-side on the "ASAP" CD single but was removed shortly before release. A version was later recorded by Russian singer Larisa Dolina.
- "He's Gotta Go" (Amanda Bloom)
- likely recorded for the album featuring vocals only from Belinda, Tiffany and Sophie. Sally's vocals does not appear on the track. Leaked in 2014 by Amanda Bloom after being uploaded onto her soundcloud account.
|Australian Albums (ARIA)||16|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- "Demo Catalog-Amanda Bloom". He's Gotta Go. Cut by Bardot (winners TV show "Popstars"). Soundcloud. 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
- "Australiancharts.com – Bardot – Play It Like That". Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.