We Can Create

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We Can Create
The cover of the album "We Can Create" by Maps
Studio album by Maps
Released April 16, 2007 (2007-04-16) (Download)
May 14, 2007 (2007-05-14) (CD and 10") [1]
Recorded 2006
Genre Electronica
Length 52:16
Language English
Label Mute Records
Producer James Chapman, Valgeir Sigurdsson and Ken Thomas
Maps chronology
We Can Create (2007) Turning the Mind
Singles from We Can Create
  1. "Lost My Soul"
    Released: March 26, 2006
  2. "Don't Fear"
    Released: October 30, 2006
  3. "It Will Find You"
    Released: April 30, 2007
  4. "You Don't Know Her Name"
    Released: August 7, 2007
  5. "To the Sky"
    Released: October 16, 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[citation needed]
BBC link
Drowned In Sound 8/10 stars[citation needed]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[citation needed]
The Independent 4/5 stars[citation needed]
MusicOMH 3.5/5 stars[citation needed]
NME 8/10 stars[citation needed]
Popmatters 7/10 stars [2]
Spin 3/5 stars[citation needed]
The Times 4/5 stars[citation needed]

We Can Create is the debut album from Northampton-based artist Maps, released in 2007. It was shortlisted for the 2007 Mercury Music Prize, but lost out to Klaxons debut album Myths of the Near Future. Five singles were released from the album.

Album information[edit]

Since the album has been released, it has been seen as a critical success even though sales have been fairly modest. His first North American release, To the Sky EP, was digitally released on May 22 on the same label.

Maps has toured playing the album's songs with a full live line-up. Maps played the Latitude Festival in Southwold on July 13, as well as the Leeds and Reading Festivals on August 24 and 26. They played on five dates in the United States later in the same year.

James was supported by four local musicians for live shows. Phil Thurlby and Matthew Roberts were on keyboards and vocals, Andrew Lowther was on bass and Ben Gordelier was on drums.

On July 17, it was announced that We Can Create had been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. However, it lost out to Klaxons' debut album Myths of the Near Future.

The album artwork for 'We Can Create' and all the singles leading up to its release were created by CitizenBB (Ben Brown) at Citizen.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by James Chapman.

No. Title Length
1. "So Low, So High" 3:57
2. "You Don't Know Her Name" 3:52
3. "Elouise" 5:22
4. "It Will Find You" 5:33
5. "Glory Verse" 5:30
6. "Liquid Sugar" 3:53
7. "To the Sky" 4:16
8. "Back + Forth" 3:42
9. "Lost My Soul" 3:50
10. "Don't Fear" 6:10
11. "When You Leave" 6:07
12. "It Will Find You (Maps Enlighten Mix)" (iTunes Bonus Track) 8:14
Total length: 52:16


  • "Lost My Soul": March 6, 2006
  • "Don't Fear": October 30, 2006
  • "It Will Find You": April 30, 2007
  • "You Don't Know Her Name": August 6, 2007
  • "To the Sky": October 16, 2007


  1. ^ "MUTE • Releases •". Mute.com. Retrieved 2013-07-15. 
  2. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (25 July 2007). "Maps: We Can Create". PopMatters. PopMatters Media Inc. Retrieved 5 February 2015. 

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