Smile... It Confuses People

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Smile... It Confuses People
Smile...It Confuses People cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 June 2006
GenrePop, folk
ProducerJake Field, Rick Parkhouse, Duncan Thompson
Sandi Thom chronology
Smile... It Confuses People
The Pink & The Lily
Singles from Smile... It Confuses People
  1. "I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)"
    Released: 3 October 2005
  2. "What If I'm Right"
    Released: 28 August 2006
  3. "Lonely Girl"
    Released: 4 December 2006

Smile... It Confuses People is the debut studio album by Scottish singer Sandi Thom. It was released in both Ireland and the United Kingdom on 5 June 2006 by RCA Records (although the back of the album bears the RCA Music Group logo instead). The album is a mix of pop and folk, predominantly written by Thom herself alongside Tom Gilbert.

The album produced Thom's first number-one single—"I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)"—on the UK Singles Chart, the Irish Singles Chart, and Australia's ARIA Singles Chart. In the latter country, the song spent the longest period at number-one in 2006 (10 weeks) and became the country's highest-selling single for 2006. The album also generated another two singles, but they both failed to replicate the success of the first single. Smile... It Confuses People was certified platinum by BPI selling three hundred thousand copies around the UK.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [2]
"Contactmusic"3/10 stars [3]
"Metro"2/5 stars [4]
RTÉ3/5 stars [5]
The Guardian3/5 stars [6]
'The Independent2/5 stars [7]
'The Scotsman2/5 stars [8]
Virgin Media1/5 stars [9]
Yahoo! Music7/10 stars [10]

The album went straight to number one in its week of release in the UK. It spent a total of eighteen weeks in the UK top forty. It has since gone platinum in the UK and has sold over 1 million copies worldwide.

In Australia the album reached its peak at #11. On its ninth week in the chart at number fifteen the album was certified gold by ARIA selling thirty-five thousand copies around Australia.[11] It was the seventy-eighth highest selling album for 2006.[12]

I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair) was the first song released from the album and topped the UK, Ireland Singles Chart for two weeks the Australian ARIA Singles Chart for ten weeks making it the highest selling single for 2006. It was accredited Double Platinum (140,000 units) by ARIA. "What If I'm Right" was the second song released from the album and reached 22 in the UK and 30 in the Irish chart and top forty in Australia and New Zealand. "Lonely Girl" was the third song released from the album available for digital download only released in the UK on 4 December 2006 and did not chart.

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition
1."When Horsepower Meant What It Said"Sandi Thom; Tom Gilbert3:05
2."I Wish I Was a Punk Rocker (With Flowers in My Hair)"Sandi Thom; Tom Gilbert2:31
3."Lonely Girl"Sandi Thom3:10
4."Sunset Borderline"Duncan Thompson; Jake Field; Sandi Thom3:36
5."Little Remedy"Duncan Thompson; Jake Field; Sandi Thom2:53
6."Castles"Jake Field; Sandi Thom; Tom Gilbert4:25
7."What If I'm Right"Sandi Thom; Tom Gilbert2:58
8."Superman"Sandi Thom; Tom Gilbert2:43
9."Human Jukebox"Sandi Thom; Tom Gilbert3:19
10."Time"Simon Perry; Sandi Thom3:20
First Pressing
11."Under the Sun"John McLaughlin; Nick Cook; Sandi Thom3:22
Japan Edition
11."May You Never"John Martyn3:43
12."Don't Think Twice"Bob Dylan; Hugues Aufray2:24 Bonus Track
1."Soul Mining"Sandi Thom3:25

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom 2006-06-05 RCA Records CD 82876843432
Australia 2006-07-29 Sony BMG CD 82876843432


  1. ^ a b "Certifications 2006". BPI. Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  2. ^ Smile... It Confuses People at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Sandi Thom - Smile... It Confuses People Album Review". 19 June 2006.
  4. ^ metrowebukmetro (5 June 2006). "MetroLife: CD reviews".
  5. ^ "Entertainment - News, Reviews, Listings & Features - RTÉ".
  6. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (1 June 2006). "Sandi Thom, Smile - It Confuses People" – via The Guardian.
  7. ^ The Independent review Archived 1 July 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Sandi Thom".
  9. ^ "Music - Virgin Media".
  10. ^ "Celebrity - Yahoo News UK".
  11. ^ a b "Certifications 2006". ARIA. Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  12. ^ "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Albums 2006". ARIA. Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  13. ^ "Australian peak position". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  14. ^ "New Zealand peak position". Retrieved 3 June 2007.
  15. ^ [1] Archived 2 May 2008 at the Wayback Machine