The Orange Album

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The Orange Album
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Studio album by Stefy
Released August 29, 2006
Recorded 2004–06
Genre
Length 44:09
Label Wind-up
Producer
  • Jimmy Harry
  • Glitch
Singles from The Orange Album
  1. "Chelsea"
    Released: July 18, 2006
  2. "Hey School Boy"
    Released: November 6, 2006

The Orange Album is the debut album by American band Stefy. It was released on August 29, 2006 in the United States and on April 23, 2007 in the United Kingdom by Wind-up. Compared to the works of Gwen Stefani and Blondie, the album took influence from pop, new wave, electronic, and rock music. Stefy collaborated with producers Jimmy Harry and Glitch for the album, as well as Greg Kurstin and Mimi Jacobson for lyrics. According to the lead singer, Stefy Rae, The Orange Album took over three years to complete.[citation needed]

The Orange Album received mixed reviews from music critics, with many applauding the "danceable qualities" of the album, but criticizing the "weak" songs. Commercially, the album was unsuccessful, peaking at number 142 and selling 5,200 copies in the UK, however, the album had some success in New Zealand, being named "CD of the Week" in early 2007 by the music television show C4 Select Live.

Promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

Stefy released two singles from the album, and a total of five music videos. Lead single "Chelsea" was commercially successful, managing to peak in the lower positions of several charts, including in the UK and in Ireland. The single also peaked at number fifteen on the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart, and number eighteen on the Dance/Mix Show Airplay component chart.[1] A music video for the single was produced, and featured actor Adam West as a judge in a fictitious court setting.[2]

The album's second and final single, "Hey School Boy", was released on November 6, 2006, and was commercially unsuccessful. A music video directed by Nigel Dick was created, and uploaded on Stefy's Vevo account. Promotional single "Orange County" was also released in 2006, and was considered a standout track from The Orange Album. The last three videos were made by Stefy herself, and were not sold as singles. The videos were made for the songs "Orange County", "Pretty Little Nightmare" and "Lucky Girl", while the latter is a song originally written and recorded by Los Angeles-based artist Jonneine Zapata.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Billboard (Favorable)[3]
CMJ New Music Monthly (Unfavorable)[4]
Daily Express (Favorable)[5]
IGN (Favorable)[6]

The Orange Album received mixed reviews from music critics. In a highly favorable review, Marcus Dunk of Daily Express applauded the album, calling it "a delirious run of pop tracks – all with strong eighties' vibes and relentless hooks."[5] Chris Carle, writing for IGN, declared the album "amazing", stating "[Rae's] vocals are right out front" and "the entire record is solid"; Carle further praised the tracks "Chelsea", "Hey School Boy", and "Lucky Girl".[6] A critic from Billboard also enjoyed the effort for being "refreshing, adventurous, [and] even daring," adding that "Stefy is one to watch".[3]

Scott Hefflon of Lollipop Magazine panned the album, calling it "thin, deliberate, new wave pop diva crap that banks off the fact that people wanna hear a tribute band", unfavorably comparing it to the works of Blondie, No Doubt, and Missing Persons.[7] A critic from CMJ New Music Monthly was disappointed with The Orange Album, labelling it as "pale imitations of classic decade-of-decadence acts", concluding that Stefy is "trying too hard to be cool".[4]

Chart performance[edit]

Commercially, The Orange Album did not perform well. The album failed to chart on the Billboard 200, but fared well on the US Dance/Electronic Albums chart, debuting and peaking at number twelve for the week ending September 9, 2006; however, it dropped off the chart one week later.[8] In the United Kingdom, the album also underperformed, debuting and peaking at position 142 in early 2007.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Jimmy Harry except "You and Me Against the World", which is produced by Harry and Glitch.[10]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Chelsea"
2:52
2. "Hey School Boy"
  • Harry
  • Mimi Jakobson
  • Rae
3:29
3. "Love You to Death"
  • Harry
  • Jakobson
  • Rae
3:12
4. "Orange County"
  • Harry
  • Glitch
  • Jakobson
  • Rae
4:25
5. "Where Are the Boys"
  • Harry
  • Rae
4:31
6. "Cover Up"
3:43
7. "Orange Crush"
  • Harry
  • Glitch
  • Rae
2:52
8. "Lucky Girl"
  • Jonneine Zapata
  • Ty Stevens
4:07
9. "You and Me Against the World"
  • Harry
  • Jakobson
  • Rae
4:18
10. "Pretty Little Nightmare"
  • Harry
  • George
  • Rae
3:13
11. "Nothing Really" 3:45
Total length: 44:09

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 142
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[8] 12

Release history[edit]

Location Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States August 29, 2006 Wind-up [11]
United Kingdom April 23, 2007 [12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chart Search". Billboard Dance/Mix Show Airplay for Stefy. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Stefy – Chelsea". Roxwell. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "Billboard – Oct 14. 2006". Billboard. October 14, 2006. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "CMJ New Music Monthly – Sep 2006". CMJ New Music Monthly. September 2006. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Dunk, Marcus (April 13, 2007). "Stefy: The Orange Album". Daily Express. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Carle, Chris (August 28, 2006). "Stefy – The Orange Album". IGN. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  7. ^ Hefflon, Scott (November 20, 2006). "Stefy – The Orange Album – Review". Lollipop Magazine. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Stefy – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums for Stefy. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  9. ^ a b Chart Log UK: "The Orange Album". UK Albums Chart. Zobbel.de. Retrieved May 29, 2016.
  10. ^ The Orange Album (Liner notes). Stefy. Los Angeles, California: Wind-up Records (Barcode: 60150 13118 2). 2006. 
  11. ^ "The Orange Album by Stefy". iTunes Store. Retrieved May 28, 2016. 
  12. ^ "The Orange Album By Stefy (2007-04-23)". Amazon.com. Retrieved June 6, 2016.