Singular: Act I

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Singular: Act I
Singular Act 1.jpeg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 2018
Recorded2017–2018
Studio
Genre[1][2][3]
Length25:01
LabelHollywood
Producer
Sabrina Carpenter chronology
Evolution
(2016)
Singular: Act I
(2018)
Singular: Act II
(2019)
Singles from Singular: Act I
  1. "Almost Love"
    Released: June 6, 2018
  2. "Sue Me"
    Released: November 9, 2018

Singular: Act I is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Sabrina Carpenter. It was released on November 9, 2018, through Hollywood Records. The album is the follow-up to her 2016 studio album, Evolution. It is considered the first half of a two-piece project, later being supplemented by her fourth studio album Singular: Act II (2019). Carpenter began writing the album in 2016, shortly after the launch of Evolution but she only began to record the songs in 2017.[4] The album features eight songs, all of which she co-wrote.[5] The compact disc was exclusively released for sale at Target stores.[6] In support of both Singular: Act I and Act II, Carpenter embarked on the Singular Tour in March 2019.

The lead single, "Almost Love", was released on June 6, 2018. "Sue Me" was impacted mainstream radio in January 2019 as the album's second official single. It was also supported by two promotional singles: "Paris" and "Bad Time", the former of which was released on October 24, 2018, along with the album's pre-order. The singles "Why" and "Alien" were included on the Japanese edition of the album.

The album received positive reviews from music critics, and commercially the album debuted at number 103 on the US Billboard 200.

Background[edit]

Carpenter began teasing the album in May 2018 with the release of the album's lead single "Almost Love".[7] On June 2, 2018, Carpenter released a trailer directed by Lauren Dunn,[8][9] which coincided with her performance of "Almost Love" at Wango Tango.[10] In the trailer, Carpenter announced that the album was called Singular and that it was scheduled for a winter 2018 release. One June 22, 2018, Carpenter revealed in an interview on the Zach Sang Show that her previous two singles "Why" and "Alien" would not appear on the album. On October 1, 2018, Carpenter performed "Almost Love" on The Late Late Show With James Corden.[11] During the performance, Carpenter ripped off a piece of the set wall revealing a part of the album cover art. Then at the end of the performance, Carpenter spray painted "11/9" on the wall indicating that the album was scheduled for release on November 9, 2018.[12] On October 15, 2018, Carpenter posted a teaser of a song off Singular later revealed to be "Hold Tight". On October 22, 2018, Carpenter formally announced the album and announced that it would be released in two "acts" with Act I being released on November 9, 2018, and Act II "coming soon".[13] She also released Act I's full cover art and track list that day.[14][15]

Composition[edit]

The album opens with lead single "Almost Love", which Mike Nied of Idolator described as an "edgy anthem".[16] The song contains "intermittent whistles and drums" and is about a relationship ready to take the next step.[17] "Paris" is "an ode to the city of love" that reminds the singer of a Los Angeles lover while in Paris. "Hold Tight" is a "slinky and vaguely retro R&B" song that is the album's sole collaboration. "Sue Me" is described as a "sassy kiss-off" that talks about the end of a relationship. Carpenter has also described the song as representing pure confidence.[18] "Prfct" is a song discussing the reality of love. The song's production puts Carpenter's vocals at the forefront.[17] "Bad Time" is a "synth-driven" song. Nied described "Mona Lisa" as "enticing" and containing "flirty and creative lines." The album's closing track, "Diamonds Are Forever" sees the singer recognizing her worth.[16] It contains soulful vocals from Carpenter.[19] Julian de Valliere of The Line of Best Fit called the song a "theatrical belter."[17]

Critical reception[edit]

Mike Nied of Idolator wrote that the album is an "eight-track collection is jam-packed with bop after bop." He called the album "lush with potential hits" and "another near-perfect work from one of the industry’s brightest young stars."[16] Larisha Paul of EarMilk rated the album 9.0 out of ten, giving praise to Carpenter's vocals, writing that "her inarguable dynamic vocal performances that remain consistent in every track is what sets her apart from the rest."[19] Julian de Valliere, writing for The Line of Best Fit, rated the album 7.5 out of 10, stating that "it’s certainly no small triumph that Singular: Act I stands so firmly by itself – and its creation marks an exciting new phase of an artist properly coming into her own."[17]

Singles[edit]

The lead single from the album, "Almost Love", was released on June 6, 2018. It reached number 21 on the US Mainstream Top 40 chart[20] and became Carpenter's second song to top the Dance Club Songs chart.[21] "Almost Love" was supplemented with a music video, which was released through Vevo and YouTube on July 13, 2018.[22] It was promoted by live performances at Wango Tango, Good Morning America and The Late Late Show with James Corden.[23][24][25]

"Sue Me" was confirmed as the album's second single.[6] It impacted mainstream radio on January 8, 2019.[26] It received a music video on November 16, 2018.[27] Carpenter promoted the single with live performances on The Today Show and Live with Kelly and Ryan.[18][28] The singles "Why" and "Alien" were included on the Japanese edition of the album, but were removed from the standard track listing.[29]

Promotional singles[edit]

The album was made available for pre-order and the first promotional single, titled "Paris", was released on October 24, 2018.[30] The second promotional single "Bad Time" was released on November 2, 2018.[31]

Promotion[edit]

Carpenter embarked on the Singular Tour, beginning in Orlando, Florida on March 2, 2019, in support of the album and its upcoming follow up Singular: Act II.

Track listing[edit]

Singular: Act I[32]
No.TitleWriter(s)ProducersLength
1."Almost Love"
3:32
2."Paris"
3:38
3."Hold Tight" (featuring Uhmeer)
  • Carpenter
  • Mike Sabath
  • McLaughlin
Sabath2:55
4."Sue Me"
2:59
5."prfct"Persuad2:46
6."Bad Time"
Görres[b]3:04
7."Mona Lisa"2:18
8."Diamonds Are Forever"Carlsson[b]3:49
Total length:25:01

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an executive producer
  • ^[b] signifies an also vocal producer
  • ^[c] signifies a vocal producer
  • ^[d] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[e] signifies an also remixer
  • ^[f] signifies a remixer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Digital Albums (ARIA)[34] 20
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[35] 198
UK Download Albums (OCC)[36] 48
US Billboard 200[37] 103

References[edit]

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