Sentimental (Tanita Tikaram album)

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Tanita Tikaram - Sentimental cover (2005).jpg
Studio album by Tanita Tikaram
Released 12 April 2005
Genre Rock/pop/folk
Label Naïve Records 707.2317.2
Producer Neil Brockbank, Tanita Tikaram
Tanita Tikaram chronology
The Cappuccino Songs
Can't Go Back
Singles from Sentimental
  1. "Don't Let The Cold"
    Released: 2005 (promo only)
Single Album Cover
Single Album Cover

Sentimental is the seventh studio album by Tanita Tikaram, released in 2005. The album was released only on the French label Naïve Records.


After releasing her previous album The Cappuccino Songs in 1998, Tikaram retired from the music scene and lived in Italy for a time. During the 7 year-gap between albums, she tried to start an album in the more electronic vein of her last, but she decided it wasn't working and then went on to study piano for three years, an instrument she had never learnt to play. Her piano teacher, Daniela Ronconi, eventually played several instruments on the album, as well as arranging and mixing the songs.

Sentimental sees Tikaram playing the piano on a record for the first time in her career, and not her usual instrument of choice, the guitar. She eventually decided to record the songs in a warmer, live-in-studio approach without any electronic overdubs and with her voice and the piano as the focal points. The result is Tikaram's jazzier album of her career. Tikaram described the album's sound as "groovy" without being exaggerated.

For the first time on her albums, Tikaram duetted with male singers. The record's drummer, Robert Treherne, who had never sung on record, duets with Tikaram on "Everyday Is New" and "Forever", because Tikaram heard him sing the latter song before a rehearsal and decided his voice complemented hers perfectly. Treherne, a longtime collaborator with singer Nick Lowe, brought the singer to duet with Tikaram on another song, "Don't Let The Cold". Lowe also provides a humming on "Don't Shake Me Up".

Release and reception[edit]

Tikaram, who was without a record contract, signed with French independent label Naïve Records to release the album, who distributed the record around continental Europe in April 2005. Label V2 Records released the album in the UK two months later, on June 13. The album, like her previous one, was not released in the USA.

Three singles were released from the album, although none received a commercial release. The lead single of the album, the duet with Nick Lowe "Don't Let The Cold", was released as a promotional single all around Europe to radios and a videoclip was filmed to promote it. "Play Me Again" was released as a promotional single in France, and an edited version of "Everyday Is New" was released as a radio single in Scandinavia.

Track listing[edit]

All words and music by Tanita Tikaram.[1]

  1. "Something New"
  2. "Play Me Again"
  3. "My Love"
  4. "Don't Shake Me Up"
  5. "Everyday Is New"
  6. "Love Is Just A Word"
  7. "Don't Let The Cold"
  8. "Forever"
  9. "Got To Give You Up"
  10. "Heart in Winter"


Chart (2012) Peak
French Albums Chart 90
Italian Albums Chart 77
Swiss Albums Chart 87


Partial list

Giorgio Babbini – Clarinet (Bass)
Carlo Bombardi – Trombone
Giacomo Boschi – Assistant Engineer
Jack Brockbank – Assistant Engineer
Neil Brockbank – Engineer, Guitar (Bass), Mixing, Producer
Mark Creswell – Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Bass), Guitar (Electric)
Alessandro Culiani – Cello
Raj Das – Assistant Engineer
Alberto DeStefani – Violin
Di Marzio, Laura – Violin