Somewhere in the Real World

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Somewhere in the Real World
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Studio album by Vanessa Amorosi
Released 24 May 2008 (2008-05-24) (Australia)[1]
Genre Pop, rock, soul
Length 50:04[2]
Label Universal Music Australia
Producer Ron Aniello[3]
Vanessa Amorosi chronology
The Best of Vanessa Amorosi
Somewhere in the Real World
Singles from Somewhere in the Real World
  1. "Kiss Your Mama!"
    Released: 8 September 2007
  2. "Perfect"
    Released: 26 April 2008[4]
  3. "The Simple Things (Something Emotional)"
    Released: 20 September 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]

Somewhere in the Real World is the Gold album by Vanessa Amorosi, released in Australia on 24 May 2008.[1] It was recorded in Los Angeles in 2007, after numerous delays since 2006.[6] "Kiss Your Mama!" was released as the first single from the album on 8 September 2007. It reached the top twenty of the ARIA Singles Chart. "Perfect" reached Platinum sales and was the most played Australian song on Australian radio for 2008. "Perfect" was used in the Seven Network's promotion for Bionic Woman, and was released as the second single on 26 April 2008. "Start It" has been chosen by the Australian Football League (AFL) to be their theme song in 2008.[7]

Amorosi's tastes became a bit heavier and more soulful, finding inspiration from 60's rock legends such as Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. "As an entertainer and as a person, I am always searching for what is real," Vanessa Amorosi explains why her album is titled Somewhere in the Real World.[8]

Amorosi says: "I think this album represents me finally. When I listen to "Absolutely Everybody" and "Shine" now, I sound like a baby, because I was a baby. Somewhere in the Real World represents who I am now and I believe it’s still recognisable. You can’t change your soul, but I have matured and have had life experiences that brought out these songs.
I took a long time making sure that every song on the album meant something to me. I wanted it to be one of those albums you buy, where you listen to it from the beginning to the end and it takes you on a journey. Somewhere in the Real World is a journal of what I’ve been doing."[9]

On 2 June 2008, the album debuted at #4 on the ARIA Albums Chart, becoming Amorosi's highest charting album since her debut, The Power.[10]

"The Simple Things (Something Emotional)" was released as the album's third single in September 2008.

Track listing[edit]

# Track Name Composer Time[2]
01. "Start It" Vanessa Amorosi, Ron Aniello 2:55
02. "Perfect" Vanessa Amorosi, David Franj 4:47
03. "A Little Love" Vanessa Amorosi, David Tyson 3:53
04. "Kiss Your Mama!" Vanessa Amorosi, Ron Aniello, David Kopp, Silya Nymoen 3:07
05. "The Simple Things (Something Emotional)" Vanessa Amorosi, Pam Reswick 4:30
06. "Somewhere in the Real World" Vanessa Amorosi, Ron Aniello 4:30
07. "19 Turning Point" Vanessa Amorosi, Clif Magness 3:41
08. "Send Me the Manual" Vanessa Amorosi, Pam Reswick 3:19
09. "I Thought We'd Stay Together" Vanessa Amorosi, Ron Aniello 3:10
10. "My House" Vanessa Amorosi, Pam Reswick 3:31
11. "My Problem Is You" Vanessa Amorosi, Adrian Hannan, Barbara Hannan, Abby "Skye" Loidl 4:06
12. "I Want Your Fire" Vanessa Amorosi, Ron Aniello 3:14
13. "Who Am I?" Vanessa Amorosi, Ron Aniello[11] / Vanessa Amorosi, Josh G. Abrahams[12] 5:21
14. "Perfect (Acoustic)" - iTunes Bonus Track[13] Vanessa Amorosi, David Franj 5:54

Charts and certifications[edit]

Somewhere in the Real World debuted at #4, where it remained in its second week. It spent one month in the Top 10. The album was certified gold[14] in its 5th week of release.

Chart (2008) Provider Peak
Certification Sales[15]
Australian Albums Chart[16] ARIA 4 Gold[14] 35,000+

End of year charts[edit]

Year Country Chart Ranking
2008 Australia ARIA End Of Year Albums 2008[17] 69