The Spirit Room

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The Spirit Room
The Spirit Room 01.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 14, 2001
Recorded1999–2001
Genre
Length42:26
LabelMaverick, Warner Bros.
Producer
Michelle Branch chronology
The Spirit Room
(2001)
Hotel Paper
(2003)
Singles from The Spirit Room
  1. "Everywhere"
    Released: July 17, 2001
  2. "All You Wanted"
    Released: October 28, 2001
  3. "Goodbye to You"
    Released: September 9, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Daily VaultB+[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5][4]
The Village VoiceC[6]

The Spirit Room is the major-label debut album by singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, released by the Maverick Recording Company and Warner Bros. Records in the United States on August 14, 2001.[7] The album was recorded at Sunset Sound, Henson Recording Studios and Ananda Studios in Hollywood, California and mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering in Los Angeles, California.

Etymology[edit]

The album's title comes from the name of a bar in Jerome, Arizona, near Branch's hometown of Sedona.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The Spirit Room debuted at number 28 with 68,000 copies sold on the US Billboard 200.[9] It produced three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Everywhere" (which peaked at number 12), "All You Wanted" (number 6) and "Goodbye to You" (number 21). In January 2002 the RIAA certified The Spirit Room gold for shipments of over 500,000 copies in the United States,[10] and just three months later, in April, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipping over one million copies.[11][12] In August 19, 2011, the album was certified double platinum by RIAA for shipping over two million copies.[13]

The Spirit Room was certified gold in Canada, selling 50,000 copies by the end of October 2003.[14]

It was also certified Gold in Australia with shipments of 35,000.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Michelle Branch, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Everywhere"
3:36
2."You Get Me"
3:53
3."All You Wanted" 3:38
4."You Set Me Free"
  • Branch
  • Shanks
3:11
5."Something to Sleep To"
  • Branch
  • Jennifer Hagio
  • Shanks
4:15
6."Here with Me"
  • Branch
  • Shanks
3:26
7."Sweet Misery" 3:43
8."If Only She Knew" 4:19
9."I'd Rather Be in Love" 3:55
10."Goodbye to You" 4:12
11."Drop in the Ocean"
  • Branch
  • Hagio
  • Will Golden
  • Bernie Reilly
4:19
Total length:42:26

Singles[edit]

  • "Everywhere" – July 17, 2001
  • "All You Wanted" – October 28, 2001[16]
  • "Goodbye to You" – September 9, 2002[17]

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: John Shanks, Jeremy Welt
  • Engineers: Marc DeSisto, Lars Fox
  • Assistant engineers: Steve Kaplan, Tom Nellen, Chris Reynolds, Jason Schweitzer
  • Mixing: Marc DeSisto, Chris Lord-Alge, Dave Way
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Pro-Tools: Lars Fox
  • Programming: Lars Fox, John Shanks
  • Production coordination: Shari Sutcliffe
  • Art direction: Kim Biggs, David Harlan
  • Photography: Matthew Welch

Charts[edit]

Chart (2001–02) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 25
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[19] 89
French Albums (SNEP)[20] 120
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[21] 75
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[22] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[23] 45
UK Albums (OCC)[24] 54
US Billboard 200[25] 28

Certifications[edit]

Territory Certification Sales
Australia (ARIA)[15] Gold 35,000
Canada (Music Canada)[14] Gold 50,000
Japan (RIAJ)[26] Platinum 200,000
United States (RIAA)[13] 2× Platinum 2,000,000

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Liana Jonas, AllMusic
  2. ^ The Daily Vault review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ a b CD Reviews at CD Universe
  5. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2012.CS1 maint: unfit url (link)
  6. ^ Robert Christgau review
  7. ^ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OGRH0U/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
  8. ^ "Michelle Branch: "She's Everywhere"". MTV. 2001. Retrieved May 23, 2010. in front of this bar called the Spirit Room.
  9. ^ Martens, Todd (2003-07-02). "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  10. ^ Michelle Branch To Kick Off Solo Headling Tour In February, 2002
  11. ^ Michelle Branch Goes Platinum, Other Newcomers Find Gold
  12. ^ searchable database
  13. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  14. ^ a b Two French language artists hit Gold Archived 2010-11-22 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ a b "Pandora Archive" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  16. ^ http://top40-charts.com/chart.php?cid=1&date=2001-08-30
  17. ^ https://www.cs.ubc.ca/~davet/music/track/RADIO202_09B/RADIO202_09B-09.html
  18. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  19. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  20. ^ "Lescharts.com – Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  21. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  22. ^ "Charts.nz – Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Michelle Branch – The Spirit Room". Hung Medien. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  24. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  25. ^ "Michelle Branch Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 24, 2019.
  26. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2002年5月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. May 2002 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 512: 12. July 10, 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  27. ^ http://www.what-song.com/Movies/Soundtrack/571/What-a-Girl-Wants