Ugly Beautiful

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Ugly Beautiful
Ugly Beautiful album cover.jpg
Studio album by Babybird
Released 21 October 1996
Genre
Label Echo
Producer
Babybird chronology
Ugly Beautiful
(1996)
There's Something Going On
(1998)
Singles from Ugly Beautiful
  1. "Goodnight"
    Released: 29 July 1996
  2. "You're Gorgeous"
    Released: 30 September 1996
  3. "Candy Girl"
    Released: 20 January 1997
  4. "Cornershop"
    Released: 5 May 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B+)[2]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[4]
The Independent (favorable)[5]

Ugly Beautiful is the debut studio album by English rock band Babybird. It was released on 21 October 1996 by Echo Records. The album includes the singles "Goodnight", "Candy Girl", "You're Gorgeous" and "Cornershop". "You're Gorgeous" was a surprise top-three UK[6] and international hit for the group. The album was written entirely by band-leader Stephen Jones. Many of the songs were written and recorded by Jones alone between 1988 and 1994. Several of the songs had been released in these demo incarnations on Jones' solo lo-fi work as Baby Bird that he did prior to forming the band with John Pedder, Robert Gregory, Luke Scott and Huw Chadbourn. The majority of the album was produced by Jones with Steve Power. Darren Allison and Ian Caple each produced a song.

The album was released on CD, Cassette and double-LP and received generally positive reviews. US editions differ from international versions with "King Bing" substituted for "CFC". The album charted at number nine on the UK Albums Chart,[6] number fifteen on the New Zealand Album Chart,[7] and was certified Gold by the BPI. The artwork was designed by Stephen Jones and DED Associates with photography by Al Levy.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written and composed by Stephen Jones.

  1. "Goodnight" – 2:53
  2. "Candy Girl" – 3:56
  3. "Jesus is My Girlfriend" – 5:24
  4. "I Didn't Want to Wake You Up" – 5:15
  5. "Dead Bird Sings" – 5:11
  6. "Atomic Soda" – 5:08
  7. "You're Gorgeous" – 3:42
  8. "Bad Shave 2" – 3:27
  9. "Cornershop" – 3:48
  10. "King Bing" – 9:53
  11. "You & Me" – 4:10
  12. "45 & Fat" – 4:11
  13. "Too Handsome to be Homeless" – 4:44
  14. "July" – 3:46
  15. "Baby Bird" – 5:01

US release[edit]

The US release substitutes "King Bing" for "CFC".

  1. "Goodnight" – 2:53
  2. "Candy Girl" – 3:57
  3. "Jesus is My Girlfriend" – 5:24
  4. "I Didn't Want to Wake You Up" – 5:15
  5. "Dead Bird Sings" – 4:24
  6. "Atomic Soda" – 5:08
  7. "You're Gorgeous" – 3:42
  8. "Bad Shave" – 4:39
  9. "Cornershop" – 3:48
  10. "You & Me" – 4:09
  11. "45 & Fat" – 4:13
  12. "Too Handsome to be Homeless" – 4:44
  13. "CFC" - 3:42
  14. "July" – 3:47
  15. "Baby Bird" – 5:00

Personnel[edit]

The following credits are adapted from the CD liner notes.

  • Ugly Beautiful was made by John Pedder, Robert Gregory, Stephen Jones, Luke Scott and Huw Chadbourn.
  • Stephen Jones - all instruments (tracks 3, 6, 9, 11)
  • Matt Hay - viola (track 5)
  • Stephen Jones and Steve Power - co-producer (all tracks except 3, 6, 8, 9, 11)
  • Stephen Jones - producer (tracks 3, 6 10)
  • Stephen Jones and Darren Allison - producer (track 8)
  • Ian Caple - producer (track 9)
  • Darren Allison - mixing (track 13)
  • Matt Hay - mixing (tracks 3 and 6)
  • Stephen Jones and DED Associates - artwork
  • Al Levy - photography
  • John Pedder and DED Associates - Egg (graphics)
  • Douglas Cape - band photography
  • Beaver - thanks for the feet.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Wisdom, James P. "Ugly Beautiful Review". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2014. 
  4. ^ Consumer Guide Review
  5. ^ "Babybird Ugly Beautiful Echo ECH CD11: Review". The Independent. 1996-10-17. 
  6. ^ a b "Babybird / Artist / Official Charts". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  7. ^ "charts.org.nz — Discography Babybird". © 2006-2014 Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 

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