The Cappuccino Songs

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The Cappuccino Songs
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Studio album by Tanita Tikaram
Released 7 September 1998
Recorded July 1996 – May 1997
Genre Rock, pop, folk
Length 41:14
Label Mother 537 227-2
Producer Marco Sabiu, Charlie Mallozzi
Tanita Tikaram chronology
The Best of Tanita Tikaram
(1996)The Best of Tanita Tikaram1996
The Cappuccino Songs
Singles from The Cappuccino Songs
  1. "Stop Listening"
    Released: 1998
  2. "I Don't Wanna Lose at Love"
    Released: 1998
  3. "If I Ever"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
NME (4/10)[2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[3]

The Cappuccino Songs is the sixth studio album by Tanita Tikaram, released in 1998.


In 1996, Tikaram terminated her contract with WEA, her label for eight years. She quickly signed with Mother Records to release her next album.

For this album, Tikaram chose to work with Italian musician Marco Sabiu to produce the record. The two had met when he and his producing partner Charlie Mallozzi (known collectively as The Rapino Brothers) produced Tikaram's only new song for her 1996 The Best of Tanita Tikaram compilation, "And I Think of You - E penso a te". The album features a distinctively poppier, more electronic sound than her earlier releases, which were more folk-rock albums.

Like in her previous album, Tikaram collaborated with the London Session Orchestra for the string sections of her songs. Tikaram recorded a dark electronic cover of ABBA's little-known minor hit "The Day Before You Came", one of the few times she has covered another artist's songs.

Release and reception[edit]

The album received mixed reviews on release, and was not a big seller, charting at #69 in the UK. The album was released in continental Europe and Japan, but it was not a big seller. Unlike her previous records, this album was never released in the USA. After promotion of this album ended, Tikaram was let go of Mother records and retired from the music scene for several years.

Three singles were released from the album: "Stop Listening", "I Don't Wanna Lose at Love" and "If I Ever". The Italian and Japanese pressings of the album featured "And I Think of You - E penso a te" as a bonus track, and it was released as a promotional single in Italy in late 1998.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Tanita Tikaram and Marco Sabiu, except where indicated.[4]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Stop Listening" 4:23
2. "Light Up My World" 3:36
3. "Amore Si" 4:02
4. "Back In Your Arms" 4:01
5. "The Cappuccino Song" 3:50
6. "I Don't Wanna Lose at Love" 4:20
7. "The Day Before You Came" 4:25
8. "If I Ever" 3:41
9. "I Like This" 3:58
10. "I Knew You" 4:58

Written-By – Benny Andersson (tracks: 7), Björn Ulvaeus (tracks: 7), Marco Sabiu (tracks: 1, 3 to 6, 8, 9, 11), Tanita Tikaram (tracks: 1 to 6, 8 to 11), Varttina (tracks: 6, 11)



Chart (1998) Peak
Swiss Albums Chart 47
UK Albums Chart 69


  1. ^ "Review: The Cappuccino Songs – Tanita Tikaram". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Review: The Cappuccino Songs". IPC Media. 11 August 1998. Retrieved 4 August 2009. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, Caroline. "Review: Tanita Tikaram – The Cappuccino Songs (Mother)". Friday Review. Guardian Media Group (11 September 1998): 26. 
  4. ^ Tanita Tikaram – The Cappuccino Songs