Straight No Chaser (Mr Hudson album)

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Straight No Chaser
Mr Hudson-Straight No Chaser.jpg
Studio album by Mr Hudson
Released 19 October 2009
Mr Hudson chronology
A Tale of Two Cities
(2007)A Tale of Two Cities2007
Straight No Chaser
Singles from Straight No Chaser
  1. "There Will Be Tears"
    Released: 2008
  2. "Supernova"
    Released: 14 July 2009
  3. "White Lies"
    Released: 12 October 2009
  4. "Anyone But Him"
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 63/100 link
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
BBC favourable link
Digital Spy 4/5 stars link
Drowned in Sound 8/10 link
NME 2/10 link

Straight No Chaser is the second studio album by British pop musician Mr Hudson, a follow-up to the last album released under the name Mr Hudson & The Library entitled A Tale of Two Cities. Straight No Chaser was released in the UK on 19 October 2009. It was released in the United States on 29 June 2010.


Sessions first started at Gizzard Studios in Bow, East London, with the album being engineered by Ed Deegan, however the Library (Mr Hudson's backing band) were soon fired and tapes were shelved when Mr Hudson was then flown to the Bahamas to record a new album with Kanye West. In an interview, singer Ben Hudson was asked to describe the album: "My mission statement was to make a pop record, but not a throwaway pop record. My heroes are people like Bowie and Prince and Damon Albarn. I didn't want to do anything niche. Kanye threw down the gauntlet. He said, 'Let's see if we can make you a popstar'. I was like 'Let's have a go!'. It's a bit more widescreen, a bit more punchy, but the eclecticism of the first record's still there. There's a tune where I'm a cross between Deliverance and Sade".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Supernova" (featuring Kanye West)
  • Dave McCracken
  • West (add.)
2. "White Lies"
  • McIldowie
  • Kaywan Qazzaz
  • Sef Naqui
McCracken 3:11
3. "Knew We Were Trouble"
  • McIldowie
  • Carl Wilkinson
Mr Hudson 3:15
4. "Straight No Chaser"
5. "Learning to Live" McIldowie Mr Hudson, Andrew Savours 4:18
6. "Instant Messenger" McIldowie Mr Hudson 3:44
7. "There Will Be Tears" McIldowie Mr Hudson 3:47
8. "Stiff Upper Lip"
  • McIldowie
  • Martin Brammer
  • Steve Robson
9. "Central Park" McIldowie Mr Hudson 2:53
10. "Anyone But Him" (featuring Kanye West)
  • McIldowie
  • West
Mr Hudson 3:10
11. "Everything Is Broken" (featuring Kid Cudi)
  • The Bullitts
  • Mr Hudson (add.)
12. "Lift Your Head" (Available only in UK) McIldowie Mr Hudson 3:08
13. "Time"
  • McIldowie
  • Samuel
Mr Hudson 3:58
iTunes edition bonus track
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
14. "Supernova" (Calvin Harris Remix)
Harris 5:41



  • "There Will Be Tears" was the first single from Straight No Chaser, but failed to attract the attention of the media, something only "Supernova" achieved in chart success.
  • "Supernova" was the second single from Straight No Chaser. The single features American artist Kanye West, usually a rapper, as a singer on this track. It debuted at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, behind the number one single "Beat Again" by JLS (number 20 on the UK Singles Chart).[3]
  • "White Lies" was the third single from Straight No Chaser. The song was released on 12 October 2009 in the United Kingdom and reached #20 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Anyone But Him" is the fourth single from Straight No Chaser

Chart performance[edit]

Straight No Chaser debuted at #25 in the United Kingdom on 25 October 2009.

Chart (2008) Peak
UK Albums Chart[4] 25