This Beautiful Mess

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This Beautiful Mess
Sixpence None the Richer - This Beautiful Mess.jpg
Studio album by Sixpence None the Richer
Released April 18, 1995 (1995-04-18)
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock, christian rock
Label R.E.X.
Producer Armand John Petri
Sixpence None the Richer chronology
The Fatherless & the Widow
This Beautiful Mess
Tickets for a Prayer Wheel
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

This Beautiful Mess is the second album by American band Sixpence None the Richer, released in 1995 (see 1995 in music). The recording was produced by Armand John Petri, who also managed the band from 1993 to 1997.[2] This Beautiful Mess surpassed 50,000 copies sold during its first year of release and laid the foundation for Sixpence's self-titled breakout album two years later. This Beautiful Mess won the 1996 Dove Award for "Alternative/Modern Rock Album of the Year."[3] The songs "Within a Room Somewhere" and "I Can't Explain" were both minor hits on the Christian music charts.

Within a couple years of the album's release, two eventually significant rock bands formed under the moniker "This Beautiful Mess." The first originated in Colorado Springs, Co in 1996 and went on to become the platinum-selling act OneRepublic.[4] The second, formed in 1997, is the Dutch rock quintet from the Netherlands which continues making music under the same name.[5]

"This Beautiful Mess" is also used as the title of author Rick McKinley's 2006 treatise on personal and social transformation. The book's foreword was written by million-selling author Donald Miller, who filmed the 2012 movie Blue Like Jazz with Sixpence None the Richer producer Steve Taylor directing.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Matt Slocum, except where noted.

  1. "Angeltread" – 3:28
  2. "Love, Salvation, the Fear of Death" (James Arhelger, Slocum) – 3:51
  3. "Bleeding" – 5:04
  4. "Within a Room Somewhere" – 5:06
  5. "Melting Alone" – 4:03
  6. "Circle of Error" – 5:04
  7. "The Garden" (Arhelger, Dale Baker, Leigh Bingham, Slocum) – 4:03
  8. "Disconnect" (Tess Wiley) – 4:20
  9. "Thought Menagerie" – 3:11
  10. "Maybe Tomorrow" – 4:22
  11. "Drifting" – 3:42
  12. "I Can't Explain" – 3:25



  • Producer: Armand John Petri
  • Executive producers: Tyler Bacon, Gavin Morkel
  • Engineers: Bryan Lenox, Armand John Petri
  • Assistant engineers: Scott Lenox, Aaron Swihart
  • Mixing: Bryan Lenox, Armand John Petri
  • Mastering: Duncan Stanbury
  • Digital pre-production: Jeff Spencer
  • Design assistant: Jeff Spencer
  • Title: Chris Taylor
  • Photography: Ben Pearson


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Armand John Petri: BMHOF Class of 2012". Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. October 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "27th Annual Dove Awards Winners". Associated Press Archive. April 25, 1996. 
  4. ^ Freedman, Pete (2007-12-13). "One Love: Who the Hell is OneRepublic? And What's This About Them Being from the Springs?". Colorado Springs Independent. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  5. ^ Stimp, Jake (2007-11-19). "This Beautiful Mess—Beautiful and Messy". The Blah Blah. Retrieved 2010-04-08. 
  6. ^ MacCorkle, Laura (2009). "Donald Miller: Writing His Own Life Story". Archived from the original on 2009-09-26. Retrieved 2010-04-08.