The Wheel of Time (album)

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The Wheel of Time
Studio album by Sandra
Released 17 May 2002
Recorded 2000–2002
Genre Synthpop
Length 44:55
Label Virgin
Producer Michael Cretu, Jens Gad
Sandra chronology
My Favourites
(1999)My Favourites1999
The Wheel of Time
The Essential
(2003)The Essential2003
Singles from The Wheel of Time
  1. "Forever"
    Released: 1 October 2001
  2. "Such a Shame"
    Released: 25 March 2002
  3. "I Close My Eyes"
    Released: 11 November 2002

The Wheel of Time is the seventh studio album by German singer Sandra, released in 2002.

Professional ratings
Review scores
laut.de3/5 stars[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Forgive Me" (Cretu - Cretu) — 4:25
  2. "Footprints" (Filz/Schoenherz - Filz/Schoeherz) — 3:44
  3. "Motivation" (Inker - Inker) — 4:03
  4. "I Close My Eyes" (Jonas - Jonas/Cretu) — 4:07
  5. "Perfect Touch" (Cassandra/Filz/Jedner - Filz) — 3:45
  6. "Silent Running" (Robertson/Rutherford - Robertson/Rutherford) — 4:18
  7. "Such a Shame" (Hollis - Hollis) — 4:21
  8. "Now!" (Cretu/Gad - Cretu) — 4:02
  9. "Freelove" (Gore - Gore) — 4:16
  10. "Forever" (Ries/Filz - Ries/Filz) — 3:46
  11. "The Wheel of Time" (Cretu/Gad - Cretu/Gad) — 4:08

Critical reception[edit]

Produced by Michael Cretu and Jens Gad, the album was well received by Sandra's fans, receiving positive reviews from critics, including a 3 star (Out of 5) Review from German website The first single "Forever", released in 2001, had moderate success and showed a new mature, more natural-looking Sandra, still sporting short hair. Although some criticised the fact that The Wheel of Time contained no less than five cover versions of 1980s songs, including the second single release "Such a Shame" (originally performed by Talk Talk), the album debuted and peaked at number eight on the German Album Charts, where it became successful. Michael Cretu convinced Sandra to cover a Depeche Mode song, which she did in just one take - "Freelove".


The album spawned three singles: "Forever", "Such a Shame" and "I Close My Eyes". "Forever" was released in October 2001 as the lead single and achieved moderate success, peaking at number forty seven on the German Singles Chart. The second single release was "Such a Shame", a cover of a hit single of the 1980s by British band Talk Talk, released in March 2002, which was a relative failure (number seventy six in Germany). "Forgive Me" was released in June 2002 as a third and promotional single in Germany only. This edition was released to promote the single only, but the single was later cancelled. "I Close My Eyes" was released in November 2002 as the album's fourth single, but the song wasn't successful on the charts and peaked only at number ninety three. The vocal of this song was reportedly recorded in one take.


Chart (2002) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart 63
Czech Republic Top 50 17
German Album Charts 8
Swiss Albums Chart 68


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