|Studio album / Greatest hits by Cascada|
|Released||June 17, 2011|
|Producer||Manuel "Manian" Reuter, Yann "Yanou" Peifer|
|Singles from Original Me|
Original Me is the fourth studio album from German eurodance group Cascada, first released on June 17, 2011. Recording sessions for the album took place from 2009 to 2011 at Plazmatek Studio, Yanou Studio 1. The entire album, like their previous albums, was produced by the two DJs from Cascada, Yanou and DJ Manian. The album’s genre follows in the footsteps of the preceding album, Evacuate the Dancefloor, completely shifting away from the uptempo eurodance, containing electropop songs that are influenced by urban contemporary and pop music. Musically, the album is composed of electro-infused dance tracks with thick euro synths, cymbal crashing beats and Europop lyrics. Lyrically, the album, like the preceding albums, is composed of songs about love, dancing and relationships.
The album was released as a two disc set. The first disc features the eleven original songs for the album. The second set is a greatest hits compilation CD, featuring every single Cascada has released internationally. Critical reception of the album overall has been mixed, with many critics praising the new sound and lyrics. The album currently stands as a commercial failure for Cascada, being their first album failing to chart or peak in the top twenty in countries where their previous studio albums sold well. Due to the singles being dismissed by the radios for UK airplay, they failed to chart, and therefore the singles were not supported by retail for a physical release, hence them only being released digitally. This also led to the album being dropped by Robbins Entertainment, which is Cascada's US record Label. Some would say the change of music genre has caused the album to be unsuccessful, due to the fact there weren't any songs featuring their old eurodance style, which they became famous for. Others may say it was the lack of promotion by the record labels.
There was a total of three singles released from the album and one promotional song. "Pyromania" was the first song released from the album, first released on March 19, 2010. At the time, it was not confirmed to be part of an album. It was then released in the U.S. in the Summer of the same year. “Night Nurse” was released as a promotional single on November 7, 2010 in the U.K., but was released commercially in the United States exclusively on December 16, 2011. It reached number 20 there on the iTunes Dance Charts. “San Francisco” was set as the album’s best selling single, released on May 1, 2011 in Europe, and released in the U.S. on November 4, 2011. It peaked in the top 15 in the Netherlands, Austria and Germany. And the 4th single was titled Au Revoir, which had came out in September after Original Me was released. It was a failure due to it being after its album being released before it was. It was released in the U.K. and Germany on September 23, 2011 and was released in the U.S. on November 15, 2011.
Production and composition
The album was produced over a two-year time period at Plazmatek Studios in Germany. Every song on the album was produced by the two disc jockeys of Cascada, DJ Manian and Yanou. Like the previous albums by the recording group, album features songwriting cedits from other writers including Tony Cornelissen, Allan Eshuijs, Jonathan Kinnear, James Kinnear and Andres Ballinas. New writers on the album include Mimoza Blinsson, Alfred Tuohey, Nina Peifer, Max Persson, and Salar Gorgees. Some of the production was aided by writers on the album like Alfred Tuohey and Andres Ballinas.
For this album, Cascada decided to experiment with a new release strategy, planning to produce and release different singles and then attempting to bind them all into an album. A new single "Pyromania" was released in 2010. When interviewed about the new music coming out, lead singer Natalie Horler described their current music as going in a "slightly more pop direction". She still classifies it as dance music as it has combine their "clubby electronic pop" sound, with less beat per minute. A second single, "Night Nurse", was the released along with a music video featuring Natalie in full body paint of various colors in many scenes. This song never got a commercial release but was featured on a compilation CD in the UK. All of the singles released before the album's release date were came out six months apart, with "Pyromania" released in March, "Night Nurse" released in November and "San Francisco" released in June.
The album is comprised heavily of electropop music influenced by Europop, eurodance and R&B. It follows in the sound of the previous album, Evacuate the Dancefloor, taking away the bell-synth sound and thump of the drum machine and synthesizers used in the eurodance music they used to produce. The production features more cymbal crashing beats, modern robotic synthesizers and a male voice in the bridge of nearly every song that is heavily Auto-Tuned. Other instruments featured in the production of this album include piano loops, guitars and synth strings. On two of the songs, “Unspoken” and “Independence Day”, Zimbabwean-German rapper Carlprit was featured, rapping throughout the first and second verse while Horler sang the chorus.
“San Francisco” is a song written as a tribute to the city San Francisco in California, like the hit singles “Empire State of Mind” by American rapper Jay-Z and California Gurls by American pop recording artist Katy Perry. The song has been most notably compared to “California Gurls” in sound, noting the similar floaty synth hook and grinding beats. The second track, “Au revoir,” is an electropop song with influences of glam schlager about how some men put up a front and how it does not faze Horler. “Stalker” is about an infatuation with another person that has left the other partner wanting to be around that one person all day, every day. The song is an electro infused dance cut that features the use of fizzing synthesizers and a drum machine with drums and a piano loop starting off the song. “Night Nurse” is an electropop song that has the recycled beat of “Pyromania” but has an ominous undertone and excessively Auto-Tuned male vocals. The song alludes to a love affair while featuring references to medicine, remedies and chemistry. “Pyromania” is the fourth track on the album and is written about a love for fire. It features a robotic sound, aided by the Auto-Tuned male vocals and the Lady Gaga electro-style, and a “pyro-pyro” hook.
The third song, “Unspoken”, features German rapper Carlprit and is about a mutual attraction between two lovers and their synchronicity with each other. The title track is an electropop song about conformity and the modern standard of beauty. The song features the use of Auto-Tune on Horler’s vocals along with bleeping synth effects reminiscent of 1980’s electro music. The ninth track from the album, “Sinner On the Dancefloor,” is written about a love affair on the dance floor and features pin-sharp beats produced by the drum machine, thick eurodance synthesizers, and the Auto-Tune effects on unknown male vocals on the song. “Enemy” is a slinky Euro disco song about a relationship at a standstill. “Hungover” is an obligatory pop ballad with urban influences that resembles the sound of American musician Ryan Tedder’s musical work. The sixth track on the album, “Independence Day”, is a pop song that is influences by rock and hip hop. It features the vocals of German rapper Carlprit and is about a relationship underfire.
- "Pyromania" was released as the album's first single in Germany on March 19, 2010 by Zooland Records. It was Composed as an electropop song, which features Natalie Horler singing the whole song with guest male vocals speaking the "Pyro-pyro" hook.
- "San Francisco" was released as the album's lead single on June 3, 2011. The song had originally premiered on their official YouTube account in the song's music video on April 28, 2011. The video features Horler with a group of people all dressed as modern-day hippies out on a night in San Francisco for a party, ending with them having a party on a rooftop. "San Francisco" has been met with generally positive review from critics, though it has been constantly compared to Katy Perry's 2010 hit "California Gurls", with allegations that Cascada "ripped-off" Perry in the song. The song has been commercially successful despite these claims, proving to be Cascada's most successful single since "Evacuate the Dancefloor" in Austria where the song has achieved a current peak of number 14 and has also managed to reach number 13 in Germany and 11 in the Netherlands. It was later released in the United States.
- "Au Revoir" is the 3rd overall single from the album. It will be the first single from the album in France. The music video premiered on Clubland TV. It features Natalie and many dancers dressed in a masquerade theme, and they dance all throughout the video. It was released in the UK on the 11th October but failed to chart on the top 100 due to no promotion or airplay. It was later released in Germany and the United States.
- "Night Nurse" was released as the 2nd, but promo-only single from the yet-uncompleted album, late in 2010. It hasn't been officially released until "Au Revoir" was dropped out as a lead single follow-up, as previously planned. On December 16, 2011, Zooland released "Night Nurse" as a fourth official, and final single off the album. It has been released in the United States only.
|1.||"San Francisco"||Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter, Tony Cornelissen||Manuel "Manian" Reuter, Yann "Yanou" Peifer||3:46|
|2.||"Au Revoir"||Peifer, Reuter, Allan Eshuijs||Reuter, Peifer||3:08|
|3.||"Unspoken" (with Carlprit)||Peifer, Reuter, Jonathan Kinnear, James Kinnear, Rudi Schwamborn||Reuter, Peifer||3:26|
|4.||"Pyromania"||Peifer, Reuter, Eshuijs||Reuter, Peifer||3:30|
|5.||"Enemy"||Peifer, Reuter, Steve Robson||Reuter, Peifer||3:30|
|6.||"Independence Day" (with Carlprit)||Peifer, Reuter, Andres Ballinas, Schwamborn||Reuter, Peifer, Andres Ballinas*||3:51|
|7.||"Stalker"||Peifer, Reuter, Eshuijs, Mimoza Blinsson, Alfred Tuohey||Reuter, Peifer, Alfred Tuohey (co.)||3:32|
|8.||"Night Nurse"||Peifer, Reuter, Cornelissen||Reuter, Peifer||3:23|
|9.||"Sinner on the Dancefloor"||Peifer, Reuter, Ballinas||Reuter, Peifer||2:56|
|10.||"Original Me"||Peifer, Reuter, Cornelissen, Nina Peifer||Reuter, Peifer||3:09|
|11.||"Hungover"||Peifer, Reuter, Jonathan Kinnear, James Kinnear, Max Persson, Salar Gorgees||Reuter, Peifer||3:48|
|Disc 2: Greatest Hits|
|1.||"Everytime We Touch"||Peter Risavy, Maggie Reilly, Stuart MacKillop||Manuel "Manian" Reuter, Yann "Yanou" Peifer||3:19|
|2.||"What Hurts the Most"||Steve Robson, Jeffrey Steele||Reuter, Peifer||3:38|
|3.||"Evacuate the Dancefloor"||Peifer, Reuter, Allan Eshuijs||Reuter, Peifer||3:27|
|4.||"Truly Madly Deeply"||Daniel Jones, Darren Hayes||Reuter, Peifer||4:12|
|5.||"What Do You Want from Me?"||Peifer, Reuter, Tony Cornelissen||Reuter, Peifer||2:48|
|6.||"Bad Boy"||Peifer, Reuter||Reuter, Peifer||3:12|
|7.||"How Do You Do"||Per Gessle||Reuter, Peifer||3:15|
|8.||"A Neverending Dream"||Alexander Kaiser, Matthias Uhle||Reuter, Peifer||3:23|
|9.||"Fever"||Peifer, Reuter, Ballinas||Reuter, Peifer||3:20|
|10.||"Wouldn't It Be Good"||Nik Kershaw||Reuter, Peifer||3:27|
|11.||"Dangerous"||Peifer, Reuter, Cornelissen||Reuter, Peifer||2:59|
|12.||"Because the Night"||Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith||Reuter, Peifer||3:26|
|13.||"Faded"||Matthew Gerrard, Jessica Origliasso, Lisa Origliasso, Robbie Nevil||Reuter, Peifer||2:49|
|14.||"Perfect Day"||Peifer, Reuter, Eshuijs||Reuter, Peifer||3:45|
|15.||"Last Christmas"||George Michael||Reuter, Peifer||3:52|
|iTunes bonus track|
|16.||"Cascada Megamix" ("San Francisco", "Au Revoir", "Night Nurse", "Pyromania", "Unspoken", "Stalker", "Original Me", "Sinner on the Dancefloor", "Enemy", "Hungover", "Independence Day")||5:38|
|1.||"San Francisco"||Yann Peifer, Manuel Reuter, Tony Cornelissen||Manuel "Manian" Reuter, Yann "Yanou" Peifer||3:49|
|2.||"Au Revoir"||Peifer, Reuter, Allan Eshuijs||Reuter, Peifer||3:08|
|3.||"Stalker"||Peifer, Reuter, Eshuijs, Mimoza Blinsson, Alfred Tuohey||Reuter, Peifer, Alfred Tuohey*||3:32|
|4.||"Night Nurse"||Peifer, Reuter, Cornelissen||Reuter, Peifer||3:23|
|5.||"Pyromania"||Peifer, Reuter, Eshuijs, RedOne||Reuter, Peifer||3:30|
|6.||"Unspoken" (featuring Carlprit)||Peifer, Reuter, Jonathan Kinnear, James Kinnear, Rudi Schwamborn||Reuter, Peifer||3:26|
|7.||"Original Me"||Peifer, Reuter, Cornelissen, Nina Peifer||Reuter, Peifer||3:09|
|8.||"Sinner on the Dancefloor"||Peifer, Reuter, Ballinas||Reuter, Peifer||2:56|
|9.||"Enemy"||Peifer, Reuter, Steve Robson||Reuter, Peifer||3:30|
|10.||"Hungover"||Peifer, Reuter, Jonathan Kinnear, James Kinnear, Max Persson, Salar Gorgees||Reuter, Peifer||3:49|
|11.||"Independence Day" (featuring Carlprit)||Peifer, Reuter, Andres Ballinas, Schwamborn||Reuter, Peifer, Andres Ballinas*||3:51|
The album peaked 46 in Austria, 44 in Switzerland and 24 in the UK becoming the band's lowest chart position in those countries. The album peaked 41 in their home country, Germany, becoming their second lowest charting album there.
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||46|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||41|
|Scottish Albums (OCC)||17|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||44|
|UK Albums (OCC)||24|
|UK Dance Albums (OCC)||2|
|Netherlands||June 17, 2011||CD, digital download||Zooland Records, Universal Music|
|United Kingdom||June 19, 2011||All Around the World|
|Germany||June 24, 2011||Zooland Records, Universal Music|
|Spain||June 20, 2011|
|Canada||July 5, 2011||CD, digital download (Single Disc)|
|Australia||July 8, 2011||CD, digital download|
|United States||November 29, 2011||Digital download|
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