This Time (Melanie C album)

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This Time
Studio album by Melanie C
Released 30 March 2007 (2007-03-30)
Recorded July 2006– January 2007
Length 49:43
Melanie C chronology
Beautiful Intentions
This Time
The Sea
Singles from This Time
  1. "The Moment You Believe"
    Released: 16 March 2007
  2. "I Want Candy"
    Released: 26 March 2007
  3. "Carolyna"
    Released: 8 June 2007
  4. "This Time"
    Released: 12 October 2007
  5. "Understand"
    Released: 25 July 2008

This Time is the fourth studio album released by British singer/songwriter Melanie C. It was primarily released on 30 March 2007 in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. It was released in United Kingdom and some other countries on 2 April. The album features the singles "I Want Candy", "The Moment You Believe", "Carolyna", "This Time" and "Understand", and sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.


This Time was written and recorded throughout the second half of 2006 and early 2007 and released on Chisholm's own record label, Red Girl Records.

The songs "What If I Stay" and "Don't Let Me Go" are cover versions of two songs originally written and recorded by Speedway lead singer Jill Jackson for her debut solo album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
BBC Ambivalent[2]
MusicOMH 2/5 stars[3]
Manchester Evening News 4/5 stars[4]
The Times 3/5 stars[5]

This Time garnered mixed reception from music critics who were divided by the lyrical content feeling nondescript. Glenn Meads of the Manchester Evening News praised the album's tracks for showcasing Chisholm's new found maturity and consistent genre versatility in her voice, concluding that its "perfect for anyone fed up with Melua, Jones and other artists who sleep walk their way through each track. At least Melanie sounds like she means it."[4] Talia Kraines of BBC commended the album for having tracks that allowed Chisholm's voice to show emotion but that it will only appeal to long-time fans than attract new ones.[2] AllMusic's Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave credit to the sleek production and Chisholm's voice showing character and maturity but found the songs too middling and subpar to notice them.[1] Despite praising Chisholm's vocal performance and her duet with Adam Argyle, John Murphy of MusicOMH found the songs "bland and forgettable" and lacked personality to give it life, concluding that "[I]t's a shame, but this album won’t be the one to propel a Spice Girl back to the top of the charts."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of This Time.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Understand"  
Steve Mac 3:43
2. "What If I Stay"  
Stephen Hague 3:17
3. "Protected"  
  • Chambers
  • Richard Flack
4. "This Time"   Argyle
  • Joel Edwards
  • Robin Barter
5. "Carolyna"  
  • Chisholm
  • Paul Gendler
  • Mac
Mac 3:21
6. "Forever Again"  
  • Argyle
  • Kevin D Hughes
  • Lee Graves
Hague 3:37
7. "Your Mistake"  
  • Chisholm
  • Argyle
  • Greg Hatwell
  • Marc Lane
8. "The Moment You Believe"   Vettese 3:30
9. "Don't Let Me Go" (featuring Adam Argyle)
  • Argyle
  • Jackson
Hague 3:57
10. "Immune"  
Hague 4:37
11. "May Your Heart"  
  • Hague
  • Clark
12. "Out of Time"  
  • Chisholm
  • Phil Thornalley
  • Dave Munday
Thornalley 3:47
13. "I Want Candy"  
  • Richard Gottehrer
  • Bert Russel
  • Bob Feidman
  • Gerald Goldstein
Hague 3:24
Total length:


Title Single Songwriter(s) Producer(s) Length
"Fragile" "The Moment You Believe" and "Carolyna" UK 7 & UK DVD Melanie Chisholm, Greg Hatwell Greg Hatwell 4:05
"Already Gone" "I Want Candy" UK 7" Chisholm, Phil Thornalley, Dave Munday Stephen Hague 4:12
"We Love to Entertain You" "This Time" CD Chisholm, Hatwell Greg Hatwell 3:34

Leftover Tracks[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Germany 30 March 2007 (2007-03-30)
United Kingdom 2 April 2007 (2007-04-02)
Europe April 2007 (2007-04)
Canada 8 April 2008 (2008-04-08)
Brazil 2 November 2009 (2009-11-02)
Argentina[6] 1 December 2011 (2011-12-01)


Chart Providers Peak
Certification Units
Swiss Albums Chart Media Control 8 Gold[7] 15,000+
German Albums Chart 15
Austrian Albums Chart 26
European Albums Chart IFPI 34
Swedish Albums Chart GLF 48
Polish Albums Chart ZPAV 54
Scotland Albums Chart Official Charts Company 66[8]
UK Albums Chart BPI/Official Charts Company 57 13,502
Italian Albums Chart FIMI/Nielsen 77


  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "This Time - Melanie C". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  2. ^ a b Kraines, Talia. "Music - Review of Melanie C - This Time". BBC. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b Murphy, John (2 April 2007). "Melanie C - This Time". MusicOMH. Retrieved 28 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Meads, Glenn (2 April 2011). "Melanie C - This Time (Red Girl Records)". Manchester Evening News (Trinity Mirror). Archived from the original on 22 April 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "On Record". The Times (News UK). 1 April 2007. Archived from the original on 9 April 2007. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "Melanie C - Melanie Chisholm". Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
  7. ^ Steffen Hung. "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community". Retrieved 2012-01-12. 
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