Schizophonic (Geri Halliwell album)

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Schizophonic
Gerihalliwell-schizophonic.jpg
Studio album by
Released7 June 1999
RecordedJuly–December 1998
StudioOlympic Studios
(London, England)
Genre
Length40:52
Label
ProducerAbsolute
Geri Halliwell chronology
Schizophonic
(1999)
Scream If You Wanna Go Faster
(2001)
Singles from Schizophonic
  1. "Look at Me"
    Released: 10 May 1999
  2. "Mi Chico Latino"
    Released: 16 August 1999
  3. "Lift Me Up"
    Released: 1 November 1999
  4. "Bag It Up"
    Released: 13 March 2000
Alternate cover
Alternative cover of Schizophonic.
Alternative cover of Schizophonic.
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
BBC Newsmixed[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC[3]
The Independentmixed[4]
The New Zealand Herald2/5 stars[5]
NME4/10[6]
Peoplefavourable[7]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[8]

Schizophonic (stylised as Schizö-phonic) is the debut studio album by pop singer Geri Halliwell. The album was released after her split from popular girl group the Spice Girls. The term schizophonic is a portmanteau of the Greek words schizo ("split", "divide") and phonic ("sound"), and also seemingly a play on the word "schizophrenic" and the musical term "schizophonia". This was the first solo album released by a Spice Girl.

It produced four singles, all of which saw commercial success in the UK—"Mi Chico Latino", "Lift Me Up" and "Bag It Up" reached number one, while the first single "Look at Me" peaked at number two.

Background[edit]

On 31 May 1998, Halliwell left the Spice Girls due to depression and differences between the group.[9] Her former group mates eventually continued the Spiceworld Tour without her.[10] Halliwell then started developing her debut album, asking Andy Watkins and Paul Wilson (collectively known as Absolute) who had already produced songs for the Spice Girls, for help. However, the four remaining girls from the Spice Girls said that if they worked with Halliwell, they could not work with them again. Eventually, the duo decided to work with the singer. The next year, she launched her solo career and released her debut album Schizophonic.

Promotion[edit]

The album's release was promoted with a documentary, Geri, which was directed by Molly Dineen and screened by Channel 4 on 5 May 1999, following Halliwell's life after her departure from the Spice Girls.[11]

Commercial reception[edit]

In the United Kingdom, Schizophonic debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart, with sales of 35,000 copies.[12] It sold 483,853 in total, being certified two-times Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 600,000 copies.[13] In Canada, the album debuted and peaked at number 15. With strong long-term sales the album was certified Platinum with just over 100,000 copies shipped. In the United States, the album faced moderate success, selling 40,000 copies in its first week debuting and peaking at number 42 on the Billboard 200, the strongest Spice Girls solo showing on the chart. It shipped 500,000 copies and received a Gold certification in the country by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).[14] According to Nielsen SoundScan, Schizophonic has sold 181,000 copies there as of July 2007.[15] The album was also certified Gold in Australia and Spain with shipments of over 35,000 and 50,000 copies, respectively.[16] However, the album only reached number 85 in Japan, selling 3,190 copies.

Singles[edit]

Three of the four singles from the album went to number one in the United Kingdom, while the debut single made number two. The lead single was "Look at Me", produced by Absolute and Phil Bucknall. "Look at Me" was followed by three number one singles in the UK Singles Chart; "Mi Chico Latino", "Lift Me Up", and "Bag It Up".

Album covers[edit]

Schizophonic was released with two different covers, representing an angel (white), and a devil (red); both covers are the same edition of the album. On the first "O" on Schizophonic, there is an angel halo on the white cover and horns on the red cover. On the back cover, the song titles are written in both red and white, relating the theme of the song to one of the personalities. The booklet of the album features both covers on all editions, and the lyrics of the songs are included on the side that they are marked on the back cover.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Schizophonic.[17]

All tracks are written by Geri Halliwell, Andy Watkins and Paul Wilson, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Look at Me"4:31
2."Lift Me Up" (writers: Halliwell, Watkins, Wilson, Tracy Ackerman)3:52
3."Walkaway" (writers: Halliwell, Watkins, Wilson, Ackerman)5:03
4."Mi Chico Latino"3:16
5."Goodnight Kiss"4:38
6."Bag It Up"3:46
7."Sometime"4:01
8."Let Me Love You"3:45
9."Someone's Watching Over Me" (writers: Halliwell, Watkins, Wilson, Ackerman)4:15
10."You're in a Bubble"3:27
Total length:40:52

B-sides[edit]

Title Single B-side Producer(s) Length
"G.A.Y." "Mi Chico Latino" CD single Absolute, Steve Fitzmaurice 3:22
"Summertime" 3:35
"Very Slowly" "Lift Me Up" CD single Phil Thornally 3:59
"Live and Let Die" Steve Power 3:10
"These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" "Bag It Up" CD single 3:03
"Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" 2:21

Personnel[edit]

  • Geri Halliwell – vocals
  • Absolute – all instruments
  • Milton McDonald – guitar
  • Phil Hudson – guitar (track 2)
  • Paul 'P-Dub' Walton – engineer

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[44] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[45] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[47] Gold 166,000[46]
Italy (FIMI)[49] Platinum 100,000[48]
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[50] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[51] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[52] Gold 181,000[15]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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