Watching Angels Mend

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Watching Angels Mend
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Studio album by Alex Lloyd
Released September 2001
Recorded The Town House
Rockfield Studios
Dub Shack
Canelot
Genre Pop rock
Label EMI
Producer Magnus Fiennes
Steve Osbourne
Alex Lloyd chronology
Black The Sun
(1999)Black The Sun1999
Watching Angels Mend
(2001)
Distant Light
(2003)Distant Light2003
Singles from Watching Angels Mend
  1. ""Downtown""
    Released: 9 July 2001
  2. "Amazing"
    Released: 17 September 2001
  3. "Green"
    Released: 18 February 2002
  4. "Everybody's Laughing"
    Released: 2002
  5. "Bus Ride"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Q 4/5 stars

Watching Angels Mend is the second studio album by Alex Lloyd on 17 September 2001 by EMI Records. It won the 2002 ARIA Music Award for Best Male Artist. And it was nominated for the ARIA Music Award for Highest Selling Album but lost to Kylie Minogue's Fever.

Reception[edit]

Daniel Werner from CMJ called the album "one of Australia's biggest homegrown albums of 2002" and "a serious contender for record of the year".[1]

Singles success and chart performance[edit]

The first single of the album released was "Downtown" which proved to be a successful opening single, reaching No. 75 in Australia, and its video clip humorously containing a puppet of Lloyd, as he couldn't be available to shoot the video clip. The second single, "Amazing" however proved to be Lloyd's first major breakthrough, reaching No. 14 in Australia, stayed in the top fifty for 21 weeks and had gold sales. "Amazing" did even better in New Zealand, reaching No. 1 and staying the top fifty for 22 weeks. "Amazing" was a minor hit in The Netherlands, where it reached No. 91 and stayed in the top 100 for 5 weeks. "Amazing" was also Lloyd's first song to enter the top 200 in the UK, peaking at No. 176. In 2002, Lloyd released two more singles "Green" and "Everybody's Laughing" both of which entered the top forty in Australia. "Green" peaked at No. 25, staying in the top fifty for 7 weeks while "Everybody's Laughing" peaked at No. 33, and stayed in the top fifty for one week. Late in 2002, Lloyd realised the fifth and final single of the album "Bus Ride", although it didn't enter the top fifty, the song still proved to be successful and it was released to celebrate Lloyd's marriage to his wife, Amelia.

Nominations and success at the ARIA Music Awards[edit]

"Watching Angels Mend" dominated the line up of the ARIA awards of 2002. The album won Lloyd "Best Male Artist" for a second time. The album itself received many nominations, including "Best Album of The Year" (lost to Kasey Chambers - Barricades & Brickwalls),"Best Rock Album" (lost to Silverchair - Diorama) and "Producer Of The Year" (lost to Daniel Johns (Co-Producer) for - Silverchair - Diorama). "Amazing" also was nominated for "Single Of The Year" and "Highest Selling Single" losing both times to Kylie Minogue - "Can't Get You Out Of My Head". Lloyd still played an important role in the night, including singing one the albums hit singles "Green".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by A. Wasiliev, except where noted.

  1. "Everybody's Laughing"
  2. "Green"
  3. "Trigger"
  4. "My Friend"
  5. "Lost in the Rain"
  6. "Sleep"
  7. "Amazing"
  8. "Downtown"
  9. "Bus Ride" (A. Wasiliev/S. Miller)
  10. "Burn"
  11. "Easy Exit Station"

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2001/02) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 2
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[3] 22

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2001) Position
ARIA Albums Chart[4] 31
Chart (2002) Position
ARIA Albums Chart[5] 37

Certification[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[6] 2× Platinum 140,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Alex Lloyd - Watching Angels Meld". 72 (771). CMJ New Music Report. July 15, 2002: 4. Retrieved 7 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Alex Lloyd – Watching Angels Mend". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Alex Lloyd – Watching Angels Mend". Hung Medien. Retrieved 16 December 2014.
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – End of year 2001". ARIA. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts – End of year 2002". ARIA. Retrieved 25 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2002 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 23 December 2010. 
  • Alex Lloyd chart positions. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  • a b Alex Lloyd New Zealand chart positions. Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 17 June 2007.
  • "Chartifacts - Week Commencing: 10 November 2008". ARIA. Archived from the original on 2008-11-12. http://www.webcitation.org/5cGtgjr2i. Retrieved on 2008-11-12.