We Fall

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We Fall
Emile Haynie, We Fall.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 24, 2015 (2015-02-24)
Recorded2014
Chateau Marmont Hotel
(Los Angeles, California)
Length46:06
LabelInterscope
ProducerEmile Haynie (also exec.)
Singles from We Fall
  1. "Falling Apart"
    Released: September 16, 2014

We Fall is the debut studio album by American music producer Emile Haynie, released on February 24, 2015, by Interscope Records. The album features guest appearances from Andrew Wyatt, Brian Wilson, Rufus Wainwright, Lana Del Rey, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sampha, Dev Hynes, Nate Ruess, Colin Blunstone, Lykke Li, Romy Madley Croft, Randy Newman, Father John Misty, Thomas Bartlett a/k/a Doveman and Julia Holter.

Background[edit]

Emile Haynie began his musical career producing hip hop music for several prominent rappers in the industry, such as Eminem, Obie Trice, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Proof, Remy Ma, Ice Cube and Rhymefest, among others. In 2009, Haynie teamed up with Plain Pat and Kid Cudi, to launch their record label, Dream On. In 2010, Haynie produced the song "Runaway" for Cudi's GOOD Music label-boss, Kanye West. The song quickly became a hit single, peaking at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and subsequently raised Haynie's profile in the music industry. The following year, Haynie began working with American indie pop singer Lana Del Rey, producing eight singles from her Born to Die album, namely the title-track, "Off to the Races", "Carmen", "Blue Jeans", "Summertime Sadness", "National Anthem", "Blue Velvet" and "Dark Paradise". In late 2012, American pop singer Bruno Mars released the single "Locked Out of Heaven", which was produced by Haynie alongside The Smeezingtons, Mark Ronson and Jeff Bhasker. "Locked Out of Heaven" went on to become certified 4x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). On January 19, 2015, after having much success as a producer, Haynie announced he would be releasing his debut studio album, titling it We Fall. [1][2] Haynie revealed We Fall, is a narrative that details his recovery from a shattered romance.[3]

the embittered story of a long-term relationship told after its breakdown, soaked in traditional songwriting, and packed with guest features that run the spectrum from Brian Wilson to Lykke Li, and Lana Del Rey to Rufus Wainwright. It's a singular achievement for a debut, and one that could only have been pulled off by Haynie, who over the last 15 years has gradually become the go-to producer for pop's biggest names. It's also a world away from where he started, growing up in Buffalo in the 1980s on a strict diet of New York hip-hop.

—Aimee Cliff of The Fader on Haynie's We Fall.[4]

Recording and production[edit]

The recording process began when Haynie traveled from his New York City home, for a stay in Los Angeles for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, which stretched into six months in room 39, of the famed Chateau Marmont.[3] To record the album, Haynie called upon his longtime friends and close colleagues he's made throughout the years in the music industry : "I made the album with mostly my friends, who knew what I was going through. I wanted to put the relationship under a microscope, and relive all my emotions, from being pissed off and hurt to a sense of relief."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic70/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times7/10[7]
The New York Times7/10[8]
Spin7/10[9]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[10]

At Metacritic, which assigns a "weighted average" rating out of 100 from selected independent ratings and reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a Metascore of 70, based on seven reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[5]

Release and promotion[edit]

"Falling Apart," the album's first single, featuring Andrew Wyatt and Brian Wilson, was serviced to Triple A and non-commercial radio in January. The single is also available as a 12-inch vinyl single exclusively at indie retailers with album pre-order on February 3, 2015.[3]

On January 20, 2015, Haynie released "Wait for Life,", which features vocals from Lana Del Rey, as a promotional single along with pre-order for the album.[11][12]

On February 10, 2015, Haynie released "Come Find Me", featuring Lykke Li and The xx's Romy Madley Croft.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs produced by Emile Haynie.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Falling Apart" (featuring Andrew Wyatt and Brian Wilson)Emile Haynie, Andrew Wyatt4:53
2."Little Ballerina" (featuring Rufus Wainwright)Haynie, Wyatt, Nate Ruess4:47
3."Wait for Life" (featuring Lana Del Rey, Doveman)Haynie, Lana Del Rey, Thomas Bartlett4:52
4."Dirty World"Haynie4:47
5."A Kiss Goodbye" (featuring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sampha, and Dev Hynes)Haynie, Sampha, John Hill, Annie Clark3:46
6."Fool Me Too" (featuring Nate Ruess)Haynie, Ruess, Danny Keys4:05
7."Nobody Believes You" (featuring Andrew Wyatt and Colin Blunstone)Haynie, Wyatt4:42
8."Come Find Me" (featuring Lykke Li and Romy Madley Croft)Haynie, Lykke Li2:53
9."Who to Blame" (featuring Randy Newman)Haynie, Wyatt, Roger Joseph Manning, Jr.4:32
10."Ballerina's Reprise" (featuring Father John Misty and Julia Holter)Haynie, Father John Misty, Julia Holter2:02
11."The Other Side"Haynie4:49
Total length:46:06

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Corner, Lewis (January 19, 2015). "Lana Del Rey and Lykke Li for Emile Haynie album We Fall". Digital Spy. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Goble, Corban (January 19, 2015). "Lana Del Rey Teams With Emile Haynie for "Wait for Life" From All-Star Album We Fall". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 28, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/emile-haynie-announces-debut-lp-300023378.html
  4. ^ http://www.thefader.com/2015/02/10/emile-haynie-interview
  5. ^ a b "Reviews for We Fall by Emile Haynie". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  6. ^ Matt Collar. "We Fall - Emile Haynie - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  7. ^ Mikael Wood. "We Fall - Emile Haynie - Los Angeles Times". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  8. ^ Jon Paralese. "We Fall - Emile Haynie - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  9. ^ Brennan Carley. "We Fall - Emile Haynie - Spin". Spin. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  10. ^ Jon Dolan. "We Fall - Emile Haynie - Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  11. ^ http://www.directlyrics.com/new-music-emile-haynie-wait-for-life-full-audio-review-news.html
  12. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/58126-lana-del-rey-teams-with-emile-haynie-for-wait-for-life-from-all-star-album-we-fall/
  13. ^ http://consequenceofsound.net/2015/02/emile-haynie-lykke-li-and-the-xxs-romy-madley-croft-team-up-on-come-find-me-listen/

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