The 18th Day

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The 18th Day
Estelle - The 18th Day.jpg
Studio album by Estelle
Released 18 October 2004 (2004-10-18)[1]
Recorded 2003–04
Genre R&B, hip hop, hip hop soul, soul
Label V2
Producer Estelle, John Legend, Mike Peden, Jimmy Hogarth, Rich Shelton, Kevin Veney, Loren Hill, Thayod Ausar, Omar Edwards, James Poyser, The Atmostfear/Monsoon Music, Tiger Wilson/Ms. Wilson Oldest Boy, Joe Buhdha, Colin Emmanuel, "You Can Ask" Giz, The Atmostfear, Drew Horley, Joe Buhdha
Estelle chronology
The 18th Day
Singles from The 18th Day
  1. "1980"
    Released: 19 July 2004
  2. "Free"
    Released: 4 October 2004
  3. "Go Gone"
    Released: 29 March 2005
  4. "Dance with Me (remix)"
    Released: July 2005
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
BBC Music mixed[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
The Independent 3/5 stars[5]
MEN News 4/5 stars[6]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5[7]
Stylus Magazine favorable[8]
Uncut 3/10[9]

The 18th Day is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter/rapper Estelle. The first edition was released on 18 October 2004[1] and the second edition on 4 April 2005.

The album is almost split into two distinct styles: one half funky, UK R&B hip-hop, with the other more downbeat and soulful. Opening track "1980", the first single, contains a Wall of Sound and lyrics reminiscing about growing up. "Dance Bitch" resembles US hip hop stylings similar to Missy Elliott, while "Go Gone" has a Northern soul sound; "Free" is a bouncy funk number and also served as the second single.

For the ballad "I Wanna Love You" and track "Crazy", Estelle eschews rapping for singing. Final track "I'm Gonna Win" is a dramatic number with uplifting vocals. Estelle was later voted best newcomer at the 2004 MOBO Awards.


"1980" was released on 19 July 2004. "Free" was released on 4 October 2004. "Go Gone" was released on 29 March 2005.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "1980"   Estelle, R. Shelton, K. Veney, L. Hill Rich Shelton, Kevin Veney, Loren Hill 4:01
2. "Don't Talk" (featuring Baby Blue) Estelle, Shelton, Veney, Hill, K. Harper, R. Prager, H. Swaray Rich Shelton, Kevin Veney, Loren Hill 3:39
3. "Dance Bitch"   Estelle, C. Wilson E-Boogie 3:47
4. "Change Is Coming"   Estelle, E. Banks Thayod Ausar 4:01
5. "Go Gone"   Estelle, C. Emmanuel Colin Emmanuel 3:31
6. "Free" (featuring Megaman) Estelle, Megaman, J. Hogarth Jimmy Hogarth 3:30
7. "I Wanna Love You"   Estelle, Banks Thayod Ausar 3:55
8. "Maybe"   Estelle, O. Edwards Omar Edwards, James Poyser[a] 5:45
9. "Crazy"   Estelle, B. Muhammad, F. Oliphant, R. Shaw Atmostfear, Tiger Wilson 3:54
10. "Hey Girl" (featuring John Legend and Baby Blue) Estelle, Prager, R. Douglas, J. Stephens Joe Buhdah, E-Boogie[a], John Legend[a] 6:15
11. "All Over Again" (featuring Royston) Estelle, Emmanuel, A. Simpson Colin Emmanuel 4:15
12. "Dance with Me"   Estelle, M. Peden, Swaray, C. Russell Mike Peden 3:41
13. "On and On"   Estelle, Muhammad, Shaw, N. Robinson Jr., C. Amorrelli "You Can Ask" Giz, Atmostfear 3:47
14. "I'm Gonna Win"   Peretti, Creatore, Weiss E-Boogie, Drew Harley 3.43
15. "Freedom" (featuring Talib Kweli and John Legend; re-release bonus track) Estelle, Stephens, T. K. Greene Joe Buhdah 5:08


  1. ^ a b "The 18th day by Estelle". iTunes. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  2. ^ "The 18th Day... – Estelle". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  3. ^ Carter, Chris (2004). "Estelle The 18th Day Review". BBC. BBC Music. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (2004-10-15). "Estelle, The 18th Day". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  5. ^ Gill, Andy (2004-10-15). "Album: Estelle – The 18th Day, V2". The Independent. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  6. ^ Taylor, Paul (2004-10-26). "Estelle - The 18th Day (V2)". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  7. ^ Boy, Davey (2009-04-07). "Estelle – The 18th Day". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2016-06-19. 
  8. ^ Edwards, Mark (2004-11-30). "Estelle – The 18th Day – Review". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 
  9. ^ "Estelle – The 18th Day". Uncut. Archived from the original on 2013-07-05. Retrieved 2013-07-05. 

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