Nothing's Real

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Nothing's Real
Shura - Nothing's Real.png
Studio album by Shura
Released 8 July 2016 (2016-07-08)
Recorded 2014–2016
Studio
Genre Electropop[1]
Length 49:00
Label Polydor
Producer
Shura chronology
White Light EP
(2015)
Nothing's Real
(2016)
Singles from Nothing's Real
  1. "Touch"
    Released: 4 March 2014
  2. "Indecision"
    Released: 26 October 2014[2]
  3. "2Shy"
    Released: 10 March 2015[3]
  4. "White Light"
    Released: 10 July 2015[4]
  5. "What's It Gonna Be?"
    Released: 30 June 2016[5]
  6. "The Space Tapes"
    Released: 8 July 2016[6]
  7. "311215"
    Released: 23 September 2016[7]
  8. "Nothing's Real"
    Released: 4 November 2016[8]

Nothing's Real is the debut studio album by English singer Shura. It was released on 8 July 2016 by Polydor Records. The album was met with positive reviews from music critics.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic79/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[10]
Clash8/10[11]
Exclaim!7/10[1]
The Guardian4/5 stars[12]
musicOMH4.5/5 stars[13]
NME4/5[14]
Pitchfork7.7/10[15]
PopMatters8/10 stars[16]
Q3/5 stars[17]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[18]

Nothing's Real received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 79, based on 18 reviews.[9] Heather Phares of AllMusic wrote that Nothing's Real "boasts richer songwriting and wider-ranging sounds than might have been expected", concluding that the album "marks Shura as the kind of smart pop star the 2010s need."[10] Rob Mesure of musicOMH called the album "beautifully constructed" and stated, "The sound might be '80s, but this is undeniably now, and Shura a new star in 2016's increasingly bible-black night."[13] Andrew Paschal of PopMatters commented that the album is "packed with solid, infectious, deeply catchy pop songs, most all of which can stand alone just as easily as they can run with the pack."[16] Writing for Pitchfork, Laura Snapes remarked that Shura is "at the vanguard of a scene of young queer pop stars who are updating the '80s model of self-sufficient, fully liberated mainstream pop", adding that the album "offers a fresh vision for pop's new reality."[15]

Lisa Henderson of Clash opined, "Previously heard tracks still stand up as pop juggernauts but there's an obvious growth that has happened during the two-year wait; sonically and lyrically, Shura is at her most urgent and incisive."[11] Harriet Gibsone of The Guardian felt that the album's "more uptempo moments are especially promising; melodies so satisfying she should consider handing them to a major-league artist in need of a reboot."[12] Hannah Ziegler of Exclaim! viewed the album as "a neon sugar rush that occasionally fizzles out with filler tracks", commenting that it "ultimately leaves a lasting impression".[1] Joe Levy of Rolling Stone dubbed the album "a tangle of glam and glum" and wrote that Shura's videos "make clear the subjects of these songs ['What's It Gonna Be?', '2Shy' and 'Indecision'] are often women, but on record her work is open-ended—a map to a treasure that's just never there."[18] Hannah J. Davies of Q magazine expressed, "Avoiding the abstract experimentalism of her sample-heavy single 'The Space Tapes', she gives a fine display of how to be both retro and radio-friendly."[17]

Accolades[edit]

Publication Accolade Rank Ref.
The Guardian The Best Albums of 2016 40 [19]
Idolator The 10 Best Albums of 2016 5 [20]
musicOMH Top 50 Albums of 2016 12 [21]
The Skinny Top 50 Albums of 2016 19 [22]
The Sunday Times 100 Best Records of the Year 35 [23]
Variance 50 Best Albums of 2016 39 [24]

Commercial performance[edit]

Nothing's Real debuted at number 13 on the UK Albums Chart, selling 4,777 copies in its first week.[25]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."(I)"1:29
2."Nothing's Real"
  • Denton
  • Pott
  • Pott
  • Shura
4:07
3."What's It Gonna Be?"
3:34
4."Touch"
  • Denton
  • Pott
  • Pott
  • Shura
3:34
5."Kidz 'n' Stuff"
5:10
6."Indecision"
  • Denton
  • Pott
  • Pott
  • Shura
3:32
7."What Happened to Us?"
  • Denton
  • Pott
  • Pott
  • Shura
4:09
8."(II)"
  • Denton
  • Pott
  • Pott
  • Shura
0:45
9."Tongue Tied"
  • Kurstin
  • Denton
  • McDonald
3:50
10."Make It Up"
  • Denton
  • Pott
  • Pott
  • Shura
3:31
11."2Shy"
  • Denton
  • Pott
  • Pott
  • Shura
4:38
12."White Light" / "311215" (hidden track)
  • Denton
  • Pott ("White Light") / Denton ("311215")
  • Pott
  • Shura
10:41
Total length:49:00

Notes

  • ^a signifies an additional producer

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Nothing's Real.[27]

  • Shura – vocals (tracks 2–7, 9–12b); production (tracks 1, 2, 4–8, 10–12b); programming (track 1); synths (tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12a, 12b); keyboards (tracks 2, 4, 6, 7, 10, 12a, 12b); additional production (tracks 3, 9); backing vocals, programming (track 4); percussion (tracks 4, 12a); guitar (tracks 10, 12b); synth bass (track 12a); art direction
  • Julian Burg – recording engineering (tracks 3, 9)
  • Maxwell Cooke – synth bass (track 5)
  • JP Duncan – management
  • Michael Freeman – mixing assistance (tracks 2–4)
  • Dan Grech-Marguerat – additional programming, mixing (track 12a)
  • Greg Kurstin – bass, drums, keyboards, production, recording engineering (tracks 3, 9); guitar (track 9)
  • Rachel Lander – strings (track 2)
  • Mat Maitland – art direction
  • Kirsty Mangan – strings (track 2)
  • Steph Marziano – mixing assistance (tracks 1, 5, 7–11, 12b)
  • Daniel Moyler – recording engineering (tracks 1–3, 5–7, 9–12b)
  • Mandy Parnell – mastering
  • Alex Pasco – recording engineering (tracks 3, 9)
  • Jonny Pilcher – piano (track 12b)
  • Louise Pomeroy – illustrations
  • Joel Laslett Pott – keyboards, recording engineering, synths (all tracks); guitar (tracks 1–7, 9–11); production (tracks 1, 2, 4–8, 10–12b); bass (tracks 2, 4, 7, 9, 10, 11); backing vocals (tracks 2, 3, 7, 11); programming (tracks 2–4, 7, 10–12a); additional production (tracks 3, 9); piano (tracks 4, 11); synth bass (tracks 4, 6, 12a); percussion (tracks 4, 6, 7, 10–12a); additional programming (track 9); electric guitar (track 12a)
  • Matt Ritson – additional beats, drums, percussion, samples (track 2)
  • Will Ritson – drums, percussion, PO-12 (track 2)
  • Stephen Roberts – percussion (tracks 6, 10); drums (tracks 6, 9, 10)
  • Marta Salogni – mixing assistance (tracks 1, 5, 7–11, 12b)
  • Luke Saunders – programming, synth bass (track 1); synths (tracks 1, 12a); guitar (tracks 2, 5, 7); backing vocals (tracks 2, 7); bass guitar (tracks 6, 12a); electric guitar, keyboards (track 12a)
  • Al Shux – production, recording engineering (track 5)
  • Tom Stanley – recording engineering (tracks 2, 5–8, 11, 12a)
  • Mark 'Spike' Stent – mixing (tracks 2–4)
  • Geoff Swan – mixing assistance (tracks 2–4)
  • Giacki Watterson – beat programming (track 12b)
  • Andrew Whitton – photography
  • Ally Wilkinson – drums (tracks 5, 7, 11, 12a); percussion (tracks 7, 11, 12a)
  • Carey Willetts – recording engineering (track 2)
  • David Wrench – mixing (tracks 1, 5, 7–11, 12b)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
Australian Hitseekers Albums (ARIA)[28] 6
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[29] 73
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[30] 130
Irish Albums (IRMA)[31] 73
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[32] 8
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 35
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 13
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[36] 3
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[37] 12

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Indecision (2014) | Shura". 7digital (UK). Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "2Shy – Single by Shura". iTunes Store (UK). Archived from the original on 31 January 2016. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "White Light – Single by Shura". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "What's It Gonna Be? (Tourist Remix) – Single by Shura". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Space Tapes (2016) | Shura". 7digital (UK). Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "311215 – Single by Shura". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Nothing's Real (Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas Remix) – Single by Shura". iTunes Store (UK). Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
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  10. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Nothing's Real – Shura". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 July 2016. 
  11. ^ a b Henderson, Lisa (18 July 2016). "Shura – Nothing's Real". Clash. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  12. ^ a b Gibsone, Harriet (7 July 2016). "Shura: Nothing's Real review – languid, introverted blog-pop". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
  13. ^ a b Mesure, Rob (9 July 2016). "Shura – Nothing's Real". musicOMH. Retrieved 2 October 2016. 
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  17. ^ a b Davies, Hannah J. (August 2016). "Q Review: New Albums". Q. No. 362. p. 117. ISSN 0955-4955. 
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