Secret Symphony

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Secret Symphony
SecretSymphony.jpg
Studio album by Katie Melua
Released 5 March 2012
Genre
Length 37:32
Label Dramatico
Producer Mike Batt
Katie Melua chronology
The House
(2010)The House2010
Secret Symphony
(2012)
Ketevan
(2013)Ketevan2013
Singles from Secret Symphony
  1. "Gold in them Hills"
    Released: 11 November 2011
  2. "The Bit That I Don't Get"
    Released: 10 February 2012
  3. "Better Than a Dream"
    Released: 9 March 2012
  4. "Moonshine"
    Released: 4 June 2012
  5. "The Walls of the World"
    Released: 17 September 2012
  6. "Forgetting All My Troubles"
    Released: 3 December 2012
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating

Secret Symphony is the fifth studio album by singer-songwriter Katie Melua, and was released on 5 March 2012.[1] The album was recorded at Air Studios in London in collaboration with orchestrator and conductor Mike Batt.

Melua said in a statement: "This album was going to be my 'singer's album'. I had always wanted to do this one day; singing other people's songs brings something out of you and your voice that isn't perhaps where you would have gone vocally with your own material."

She added: "It stretches you. As it happened Mike and I did write a couple of new ones, but the general idea was to find songs by great writers such as Ron Sexsmith ('Gold In Them Hills') and a favourite song of mine, originally recorded by Bonnie Raitt ('Too Long At The Fair') plus some more well-known ones like Keeping The Dream Alive."

The lead single, "Better Than a Dream", and the track "Walls of the World" were both originally recorded by Melua's longtime collaborator Mike Batt, for the TV series The Dreamstone and his 1977 solo album Schizophonia[2] respectively.

The record serves as the follow-up to Melua's 2010 album The House, which reached number four on the UK album chart. Musicperk.com rated the album 9/10. [3]

A "Special Bonus Edition" of the album has also been released. It consists of the album, four extra track dubbed "The Secret Sessions" and a second cd containing a live album: "Live In Berlin". [4][5]

In 2012 it was awarded a diamond certification from the Independent Music Companies Association which indicated sales of at least 200,000 copies throughout Europe.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Standard listing[7]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gold in them Hills" Ron Sexsmith 3:31
2. "Better Than a Dream" Mike Batt 3:10
3. "The Bit That I Don't Get" Batt 3:12
4. "Moonshine" Francis Healy 2:41
5. "Forgetting All My Troubles" Melua 3:22
6. "All Over the World" Françoise Hardy 2:56
7. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" Jimmy Cox 4:33
8. "The Cry of the Lone Wolf"
  • Melua
  • Batt
3:59
9. "Heartstrings"
  • Melua
  • Batt
2:53
10. "The Walls of the World" Batt 3:25
11. "Secret Symphony" Batt 3:51


Special Bonus Edition[8]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Gold in them Hills" Ron Sexsmith 3:31
2. "Better Than a Dream" Mike Batt 3:10
3. "The Bit That I Don't Get" Batt 3:12
4. "Moonshine" Francis Healy 2:41
5. "Forgetting All My Troubles" Melua 3:22
6. "All Over the World" Françoise Hardy 2:56
7. "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out" Jimmy Cox 4:33
8. "The Cry of the Lone Wolf"
  • Melua
  • Batt
3:59
9. "Heartstrings"
  • Melua
  • Batt
2:53
10. "The Walls of the World" Batt 3:25
11. "Secret Symphony" Batt 3:51
12. "Feels Like Home (The Secret Sessions)" Randy Newman 4:50
13. "Too Long At The Fair (The Secret Sessions)" Joel Zoss 3:06
14. "Love Me Tender (The Secret Sessions)"
3:14
15. "It's Over (The Secret Sessions)" 3:20
Cd 2: Live in Berlin

Chart performance[edit]

In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at #8 with 19,071 copies sold in its first week.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Published Thursday, Sep 8 2011, 16:41 BST (2011-09-08). "Katie Melua announces new album 'Secret Symphony' - Music News". Digital Spy. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  2. ^ Dave Sleger. "Schizophonia - Mike Batt | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Secret Symphony - Katie Melua | Musicperk - Trending news, analysis, reviews, ratings and exclusive content for music". Musicperk.com. 2016-06-04. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  4. ^ Katie Melua. "Secret Symphony Bonus Edition by Katie Melua". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Katie Melua - Secret Symphony (Special Bonus Edition) (CD, Album)". Discogs.com. 2012-11-01. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  6. ^ http://www.vut.de/index.php?id=42&tx_vutnews_pi1%5Barticle%5D=210&cHash=b7db7c5c120f55ac6c06cd370dbeec86
  7. ^ "Secret Symphony: Katie Melua: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  8. ^ "Secret Symphony (Special Bonus Edition): Katie Melua: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-09. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Katie Melua - Secret Symphony". ultratop.be. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  11. ^ "CANOE - JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Jam.canoe.ca. 2015-04-21. Archived from the original on 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  12. ^ a b "Secret Symphony by Katie Melua - Music Charts". Acharts.us. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  13. ^ "Official Retail Sales Chart - sales for the period 05.03.2012 - 11.03.2012". OLiS. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100 | Official Charts Company". Officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  15. ^ "玫瑰大眾購物網". G-music.com.tw. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  16. ^ "ChartArchive - Katie Melua - Secret Symphony". Archive.is. Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Das österreichische Hitparaden- und Musik-Portal". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  18. ^ a b "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop.be. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  19. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch Charts". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  20. ^ "VIVA Jahrescharts 2012 Album - Charts - VIVA". Viva.tv. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2012". Hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 
  22. ^ "Danish album certifications – Katie Melua – Secret Symphony". IFPI Denmark.  Click on næste to go to page if certification from official website
  23. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Katie Melua; 'Secret Symphony')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  24. ^ "Polish album certifications – Katie Melua – Secret Symphony" (in Polish). Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. 
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Katie Melua – Secret Symphony". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Secret Symphony in the search field and then press Enter.