Sam Sparro (album)

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Sam Sparro
Studio album by Sam Sparro
Released 28 April 2008 (2008-04-28)
Recorded 2007–2008
Sam Sparro chronology
Sam Sparro
Return to Paradise
(2012)Return to Paradise2012
Singles from Sam Sparro
  1. "Cottonmouth"
    Released: 10 June 2007[1]
  2. "Black and Gold"
    Released: 4 April 2008
  3. "Too Many Questions"
    Released: 21 June 2008 (NZ)[2]
  4. "21st Century Life"
    Released: 21 July 2008[3]
  5. "Pocket"
    Released: 13 December 2008 (AUS)[4]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
101 Albums 4/5 stars[6]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[7]
Drowned in Sound 7/10 stars[8]
NME 6/10 stars[9]
This Is Fake DIY 6/10 stars[10]

Sam Sparro is the eponymous debut studio album by Australian recording artist Sam Sparro. It was released in the UK on 28 April 2008, after the success of Sparro's debut single, "Black and Gold", which peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart. The album debuted at number five during its first week of release in the UK, and moved up one spot to number four, its current peak, in its second week of release. In September 2008 the nominees for the 2008 ARIA Awards with the album receiving two nominations including Best Male Artist and Breakthrough Artist – Album.[11]


  1. "Cottonmouth" was Sparro's first single from the album, released one year before the album, on 10 June 2007.[1]
  2. "Black and Gold" was the second single from the album, meant to act as a lead single for the album's release soon there after. The song went on to become a hit in the U.K., as well as in several other countries worldwide. It entered the UK Singles Chart at #23 and went on to peak at #2 for three non-consecutive weeks. The song also went on the peak at #4 in both Australia and Norway, #5 in Ireland, Europe, and Turkey, and #8 on the US Billboard Dance Charts.
  3. "Too Many Questions" was released in New Zealand, to the country's iTunes store on 21 June 2008.[2] It is unclear if the song was ever supposed to have been an international release or not, but if it was to have been, its release was cancelled.
  4. "21st Century Life" was the third single from the album to be released internationally (fourth single in New Zealand). It was not as successful as "Black and Gold", however, it peaked just outside the top 40 at #42 in Australia, and at #44 in the UK.
  5. "Pocket" was the fourth single (fifth single in New Zealand), as announced in an interview with Popjustice,[12] but its release was halted before it could reach the UK or US. However, It peaked at #33 on the Australian Airplay Chart. "Pocket" was released to iTunes in Australia on 13 December 2008.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Too Many Questions" Sam Sparro, Jesse Rogg Richard X, Rogg 3:56
2. "Black and Gold" Sparro, Rogg Rogg, Sparro 4:35
3. "21st Century Life" (featuring the Sweet & Sour Horns) Sparro, Rogg Rogg, Paul Epworth 4:21
4. "Sick" Sparro, Rogg Rogg, Sparro 4:08
5. "Waiting for Time" Sparro, Eg White White 3:32
6. "Recycle It!" Sparro Rogg 1:17
7. "Cottonmouth" (featuring the Sweet & Sour Horns) Sparro, Rogg Rogg, Sparro 3:37
8. "Hot Mess" Sparro, White White 3:01
9. "Pocket" Sparro, Epworth Epworth 4:45
10. "Cut Me Loose" Sparro, Rogg Rogg, Sparro, Epworth[a] 3:54
11. "Sally" Sparro, Rogg Richard X, Rogg, Sparro 3:59
12. "Clingwrap" (featuring the Sweet & Sour Horns) (track not included on various European editions of the album but is a standard track on original UK/AUS release) Sparro, Rogg Rogg, Sparro 4:01
13. "Can't Stop This" (features the hidden track "Still Hungry" which starts eight minutes in) Sparro, Epworth Epworth, Rogg[a] 4:47/12:28
Total length: 57:34
  • ^a signifies a co-producer


Credits adapted from the liner notes of Sam Sparro.

  • Davey Warf Rat Chegwidden – percussion
  • Richard Edgeler – mixing assistantance
  • Paul Epworth – production
  • Chris Falson[a] – guitar
  • James Bowen Falson[b] – guitar
  • Sam Falson/Sam Sparro – vocals, production, horn arrangements, instrumentation, keyboards
  • Adrian Gilliland – original cover photography
  • Dan Grech-Marugerat – mixing
  • Quetzal Guerrero – violin
  • Pete Hofman – mixing
  • Alex Hutchinson – layout designing
  • Alex Lake – photography
  • Stephen Marcussen – mastering
  • Mark Rankin – drum programming
  • Richard X – production
  • Jesse Rogg – production, mixing, engineering, horn arrangements
  • Todd M. Simon – engineering, trumpet, flugelhorn, horn arrangements
  • Brio Taliaferro – programming
  • Tracy Wannomae – alto saxophone, bass clarinet, flute, tenor saxophone
  • Jeremy Wheatley – mixing
  • Eg White – production, instrumentation
  • Charlie Willcocks – piano
  • Steven Wilson – illustration
  • ^a signifies person as Sparro's father
  • ^b signifies person as Sparro's brother

Chart performance[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[13] 23
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 59
Belgium Albums Chart (Flanders)[15] 94
Irish Albums Chart[14] 27
Italian Albums Chart[14] 94
UK Albums Chart[14] 4
US Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums[16] 9
US Billboard Heatseekers Albums[17] 16

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Position
Australian Dance Albums Chart 21[18]


Country Certification Sales
United Kingdom Gold[19] 100,000+

Awards and nominations[edit]

ARIA Music Awards[20]
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 Sam Sparro Best Male Artist Nominated
Breakthrough Artist – Album Nominated

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 28 April 2008
Europe 6 June 2008
Australia 7 June 2008
United States 24 June 2008
Japan 1 October 2008