Twelve Tales of Christmas

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Twelve Tales of Christmas
Tom Chaplin - Twelve Tales of Christmas.jpg
Studio album by Tom Chaplin
Released 17 November 2017 (2017-11-17)
Recorded 2017
Studio Abbey Road Studios
Muttley Ranch
Snap Studios
Genre Christmas
Length 43:21
Label Island
Producer David Kosten
Tom Chaplin chronology
The Wave
(2016)The Wave2016
Twelve Tales of Christmas
(2017)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Mail Online4/5 stars[1]
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]

Twelve Tales of Christmas is a Christmas-themed solo studio album by the English singer-songwriter Tom Chaplin. The album was released on 17 November 2017 by Island Records.

It is Chaplin’s second solo studio album, following on from the release of his debut album The Wave in 2016, as well as the four studio albums he had recorded as the lead singer of Keane.

Background[edit]

On 13 October 2017, Chaplin announced that he had recorded his first solo Christmas album, entitled Twelve Tales of Christmas, to be released on 17 November 2017. Simultaneously the first single from the album was released, entitled "Under a Million Lights".[3]

The album consists of eight original tracks and four cover versions: "Walking in the Air" (written by Howard Blake), "2000 Miles" (originally by The Pretenders), "River" (originally by Joni Mitchell) and "Stay Another Day" (originally by East 17).[4]

It was also announced that Chaplin would perform three gigs to accompany the release of the album; at the Palace Theatre in Manchester on 10 December 2017 at The Forum in Bath on 11 December and at the Royal Festival Hall in London on 12 December.[5]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Walking in the Air"3:54
2."Midnight Mass"3:24
3."2000 Miles"3:06
4."Under a Million Lights"
  • Chaplin
  • Hales
3:22
5."River"5:16
6."London Lights"
  • Chaplin
  • Tom Hobden
  • Fred Abbott
3:04
7."We Remember You This Christmas"
  • Chaplin
  • Hobden
  • Abbott
3:05
8."Stay Another Day"3:46
9."For the Lost"
  • Chaplin
3:20
10."Another Lonely Christmas"
  • Chaplin
  • Max McElligott
3:38
11."Follow My Heart"
  • Chaplin
4:44
12."Say Goodbye"
  • Chaplin
  • Bruno Major
2:42

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[6] 28
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 21

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Christmas album? That's a Wizzard idea! Keane frontman Tom Chaplin's subtly shimmering festive tracks deserve a shot at Christmas No 1". Mail Online. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  2. ^ "AllMusic Review by Neil Z. Yeung". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Tom announces new Christmas album! - Tom Chaplin". Tomchaplinmusic.com. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Tom Chaplin gives Jo his new single, Jo Whiley - BBC Radio 2". BBC. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  5. ^ Stickler, Jon. "Tom Chaplin Confirms December Shows, Announces New Album 'Twelve Tales Of Christmas' - Stereoboard". Stereoboard.com. Retrieved 15 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 25 November 2017.