Welcome to the Jungle (Neon Jungle album)

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Welcome to the Jungle
Neon Jungle album cover.jpg
Studio album by Neon Jungle
Released 28 July 2014
Recorded 2013–14
Genre
Label RCA
Producer Snob Scrilla, soFLY & Nius, Fear of Tigers
Singles from Welcome to the Jungle
  1. "Trouble"
    Released: 1 September 2013
  2. "Braveheart"
    Released: 19 January 2014
  3. "Welcome to the Jungle"
    Released: 20 April 2014
  4. "Louder"
    Released: 20 July 2014
  5. "Can't Stop the Love[1]"
    Released: 15 December 2014

Welcome to the Jungle is the debut and only studio album by British girl group Neon Jungle, released on 28 July 2014 by RCA Records.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Welcome to the Jungle received mixed to positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who commended the group as a whole and their originality, whilst some felt they had not yet "found their sound".[3] Ally Carnwath of The Guardian called the album a "mixed bag, front-loaded with singles and with the requisite number of formulaic club bangers, but also containing some flashes of personality and nicely executed ideas".[4] Stoke Sentinel was more positive, saying that the album "has even more to give [with] no filler tracks here".[5] Helena Ho of Renowned for Sound gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and bemoaned its track listing, but she complimented individual tracks and called it "a solid debut from Neon Jungle, with a lot of ... standouts".[3]

Cover versions[edit]

The song "Waiting Game" by Banks was covered on Welcome to the Jungle without the singer's knowledge.[6] Her single of the song had debuted at No. 99 on the UK Singles Chart in January 2014[7] after being featured in a Victoria's Secret commercial,[8] and was due to be featured on her debut album, Goddess.[9]

Banks posted to her Facebook account that although the use of her song was apparently legal, she felt "really icky" that so personal a song had been used on another album before it could appear on hers.[6] Helena Ho described the Neon Jungle version as a "mess" that is "horribly over-sung and nowhere near captures the sultriness of the original",[3] while Rebecca Mattina was more positive, saying that while their version "doesn’t quite have the same deep and intense allure that Banks commands with her emotionally delicate vocals, I can’t deny the power Amira and Shereen bring to those runs at the end".[10]

The album also contains a cover version of Hozier's "Take Me to Church".[9]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Braveheart"More Mega3:44
2."Welcome to the Jungle"
soFLY & Nius3:34
3."Trouble"
Mathmatica2:32
4."Louder"
  • Duck Blackwell
  • Adam Argyle
  • Jetta John-Hartley
Blackwell3:24
5."Can't Stop the Love" (featuring Snob Scrilla)
  • More Mega
  • Wilkins
3:42
6."Bad Man"
  • Davis
  • Ray
More Mega3:29
7."Sleepless in London"
  • Davis
  • Ray
  • More Mega
  • Wilkins
3:14
8."So Alive"Rogers3:14
9."Fool Me"
  • Blackwell
  • Argyle
  • John-Hartley
Blackwell3:13

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[11] 48
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neon Jungle on Twitter: "We've got some big news to share with you…"". Twitter.
  2. ^ "Neon Jungle Announce New Song 'Louder', Debut Album Details – Big Top 40". bigtop40.com. Retrieved 28 May 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Renowned for Sound - Album Review: Neon Jungle – Welcome to the Jungle". 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ Ally Carnwath. "Welcome to the Jungle review – Neon Jungle's debut is a mixed bag | Music | The Observer". Theguardian.com. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  5. ^ Sentinel, The (1 August 2014). "CD reviews: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Neon Jungle, beck and Jenny Lewis". Stoke Sentinel. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  6. ^ a b "BANKS – People keep asking why I let Neon Jungle put my..." Facebook. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  7. ^ "UK Singles Chart: CLUK Update 18.01.2014 (wk2)". Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  8. ^ Saad, Nardine (12 December 2013). "Watch extended cut of Victoria Secret models Paris commercial". L.A. Times. Retrieved 7 January 2014.
  9. ^ a b "NME News 'Neon Jungle 'no comment' over claims they covered Banks song without artist's knowledge'". Nme.Com. 31 July 2014. Retrieved 11 August 2014.
  10. ^ "Track by Track Album Review: Welcome to the Jungle by Neon Jungle". AndPop.
  11. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Neon Jungle – Welcome to the Jungle". Hung Medien.
  12. ^ "Neon Jungle | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart.