Two (Lenka album)

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Two
Lenka Two.jpg
Studio album by Lenka
Released 19 April 2011[1]
Genre
Length 38:55
Label Epic
Producer
Lenka chronology
Lenka
(2008)
Two
(2011)
Shadows
(2013)
Singles from Two
  1. "Heart Skips a Beat"
    Released: 11 February 2011
  2. "Two"
    Released: 30 June 2011
  3. "Everything at Once"
    Released: 4 November 2012

Two is the second studio album by Australian recording artist Lenka. It was released on 19 April 2011 in the United States through Epic Records and on 28 February 2011 in Singapore.[1][2]

The album was Lenka's second solo album after having been a member of the group Decoder Ring. The first single from the album, "Heart Skips a Beat", was released on 11 February 2011 to little commercial success. Because of this lack of success,[citation needed] Two failed to chart as well as its predecessor, Lenka (2008).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Two"  
  • Eg White
  • Kevin Salem
3:16
2. "Heart Skips a Beat"   Lenka Guy Sigsworth 3:21
3. "Roll with the Punches"  
  • Ben H. Allen
  • Lenka
Ben H. Allen 3:19
4. "Sad Song"   Lenka David Kosten 3:25
5. "Everything at Once"   Lenka David Kosten 2:37
6. "Blinded by Love"   Lenka David Kosten 3:50
7. "Here to Stay"   Eg White, Lenka
  • Eg White
  • Kevin Salem
4:02
8. "You Will Be Mine"   Guy Sigsworth 3:28
9. "Shock Me Into Love"  
  • Guy Sigsworth
  • Lenka
Guy Sigsworth 3:26
10. "Everything's OK"   Lenka Sunny Levine 3:50
11. "The End of the World"   Lenka Sunny Levine 4:14
Total length:
38:55

Singles[edit]

"Heart Skips a Beat" was the first official single.[4] and was released on the 11 February 2011, to little success. A music video was released on 17 March 2011 through Vevo.[5] However, the song was well received by critics.[citation needed]

The album's title track, "Two", was the second single. Its music video was premiered on 30 June 2011 on YouTube.[6] Like its predecessor, "Two" failed to achieve any commercial success.

"Everything at Once" was initially released as the second promotional single from the album through iTunes.[7] Lenka performed the song on Jimmy Kimmel Live! along with "Heart Skips a Beat".[8][9] The song was used in a TV advertisement for Windows 8 in 2012,[10] leading to its release as the third official single on 4 November 2012. The single was a commercial success and became Lenka's second most successful single after "The Show".[citation needed]

Promotional singles[edit]

"Roll with the Punches" was the first promotional single released from the album, on 8 November 2010.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[12]
Oklahoma Gazette positive[13]
AbsolutePunk 68/100[14]

Two was well received by most critics, earning 4 stars out of 5 from AllMusic. AbsolutePunk also gave the album a positive review with a grade of 68%, stating, "...if you're looking for harmless hooks and melodies that are recycled, yet playful, Lenka certainly has you covered."[14]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic[15]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[16] 132
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[17] 69
Swiss Albums Chart[18] 88
US Billboard 200[19] 196
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[19] 5

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format
Singapore 28 February 2011 Digital download
United States 19 April 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Amazon.com: Two: Lenka
  2. ^ Lanham, Tom. "Lenka releases sophomore album aptly titled ‘Two’ | Tom Lanham | Backstage Pass &#124". San Francisco Examiner. Sfexaminer.com. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  3. ^ "iTunes - Music - Two (Bonus Track Version) by Lenka". Itunes.apple.com. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  4. ^ 13 January 2011 at 7:13 AM (13 January 2011). "Australian singer Lenka returns with sophomore album "Two"". GantDaily.com. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Lenka - Heart Skips A Beat". YouTube. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Video on YouTube
  7. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Video on YouTube[dead link]
  9. ^ "Lenka's medical-chic performance on Jimmy Kimmel | The Official Lenka Site". Lenkamusic.com. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  10. ^ "Windows 8: Lenka - Everything Once (TV Spot) - YouTube". YouTube. 26 October 2012. Retrieved 25 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Cheung, Nadine (8 November 2010). "Song Premiere: Lenka, 'Roll With the Punches' on Cambio". Jsyk.com. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  12. ^ Hoffman, Ross. "Two - Lenka (review)". www.Allmusic.com. AllMusic. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  13. ^ Carradini, Stephen (6 April 2011). "Pleasant pop songs that don't ask too much of you". Oklahoma Gazette. Retrieved 15 May 2012. 
  14. ^ a b http://www.absolutepunk.net/showthread.php?t=2314311
  15. ^ "Two - Lenka - Credits - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2015. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Lenka - Two". ultratop.be. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Lenka - Two". ultratop.be. Retrieved 30 January 2013. 
  18. ^ Steffen Hung. "Lenka - Two". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 12 March 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Two - Lenka". Billboard.com. Retrieved 12 March 2012.