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Wings (Bonnie Tyler album)

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Wings
Bonnie Tyler - Wings artwork.jpg
Studio album by Bonnie Tyler
Released 14 May 2005[1] (Wings)
12 June 2006[2] (Celebrate)
Recorded 2004–05
Genre Pop rock
Length 57:53
Label Stick Music
Producer John Stage
Bonnie Tyler chronology
Simply Believe
(2004)
Wings
(2005)
Rocks and Honey
(2013)
Celebrate cover
Cover art for the 2006 UK release, entitled Celebrate
Singles from Wings
  1. "Louise"
    Released: 19 June 2006[3]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link

Wings is the fifteenth studio album by Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler. It was released in Europe on 14 May 2005 by Stick Music, and on 12 June 2006 in the UK under the title Celebrate. The album spawned two singles, "Louise" and "Celebrate". The majority of newly written tracks were composed by Tyler and French songwriters Paul D. Fitzgerald and Karen Drotar, and produced by Jean Lahcene (under the pseudonym of John Stage). Tyler also recorded new versions of her international hits "It's a Heartache" and "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

Reviews of the album were mixed, with music critics arguing that Tyler's best work comes through her pairing with Jim Steinman. The album only charted in France in 2005, peaking at number 133.

Background, recording and release[edit]

In January 2004, Tyler was number one in France with her bilingual song "Si demain... (Turn Around)",[4] which boosted sales of her then-current studio album Simply Believe. Still working in France, Tyler went on to collaborate with French producer Jean Lahcene to put together another album.[5] Wings was released on 14 May 2005, and would be her last album for eight years before the release of Rocks and Honey.[1][6] Tyler co-wrote nine of the tracks for Wings; this was the first time in Tyler's career that she had been directly involved in the composition of her songs.[5] The album was recorded at the Pasteur Studio in Paris, France, and "All I Need Is Love" and "I'll Stand By You" were recorded at Stuart Emerson's studio in the UK.[5] Wings features two tracks written by Stuart Emerson, one of which was a duet with his partner and Tyler's friend, Lorraine Crosby. Emerson also contributed to Tyler's 1995 album Free Spirit and 2004 album Simply Believe.[7][8] Two of the tracks, "Louise" and "Celebrate" are also featured on the album in French.[1]

Wings was released in the United Kingdom under the title Celebrate in 2006. The UK version omitted the French versions of the two singles.[2]

Other releases including live performances of songs from Wings include the DVD Bonnie on Tour (2006), the live CD Bonnie Tyler Live (2006) and The Complete Bonnie Tyler (2007); a CD and DVD pack that included Tyler's DVD Bonnie on Tour and Wings.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

The album received a mixed review from Tomas Mureika of Allmusic. He described the album as "safe," and added that it "serves as a herald that Tyler should be re-teaming with a producer of Jim Steinman's caliber to bring out the best in her inimitable voice." After pointing out that the album did have some high points, he concluded that the album was, however, forgettable.[10]

When released in the UK as Celebrate, Elly Roberts (of Glasswerk Magazine) praised the album. She said: "The voice, as unique as you’ll find by a female singer, is as coarse as ever. Her band is as hot as anything on the scene (the lead guitarist is outstanding), with superb production at every level." Talking about the track "Run Run Run", she described it as a "typical chart friendly affair, full of wailing guitar solos, and a catchy chorus that would grace any party dancefloor", and predicted that the track could possibly become her next anthem.[11]

Promotion[edit]

Kareen Antonn with Bonnie Tyler live at La Cigale in Paris, France, 8 June 2005.

Singles[edit]

The album's only single "Louise" was released after Celebrate on 19 June 2006.[3] Tyler recorded a music video for this single in a shipwreck on the coast of Tunisia, which was released on the CD single.

Television and touring[edit]

The BBC produced an episode of On Show about Bonnie Tyler entitled "In One Voice". The episode is a short documentary about Tyler's career, and was published a few months ahead of the release of Wings.[5] Tyler performed several of the album tracks at La Cigale in Paris on her birthday on 8 June 2005.[12] The concert was filmed and released as part of a DVD entitled Bonnie on Tour, and also on a live CD called Bonnie Tyler Live, both released in 2006.[13] She also performed some of the tracks at the 2005 Sopot International Song Festival.[9]

Tyler had two touring bands between 2004 and 2006; her regular band that she first formed in the 1990s, and a French band that toured Wings with her.[14]

Track listing[edit]

WingsEuropean release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Louise"
3:45
2. "Celebrate"
  • Karen Drotar
  • Tyler
2:55
3. "Driving Me Crazy"
  • Drotar
  • Tyler
3:20
4. "Hold Out Your Heart" Fitzgerald 3:52
5. "Run Run Run"
  • Karen Drotar
  • Tyler
3:26
6. "Wings"
  • Fitzgerald
  • Tyler
4:02
7. "It's a Heartache" (New version)
3:19
8. "Stand Up"
  • Arnaud de Rozenblat
  • Y. Shah
  • Tyler
3:32
9. "Crying in Berlin"
  • Fitzgerald
  • Tyler
3:34
10. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" (New version) Jim Steinman 3:50
11. "I'll Stand by You" (with Lorraine Crosby) Stuart Emerson 4:17
12. "All I Need Is Love" Emerson 4:46
13. "I Won't Look Back"
  • Fitzgerald
  • Tyler
3:35
14. "Streets of Stone"
  • Fitzgerald
  • Tyler
3:27
15. "Chante avec moi"
  • Drotar
  • Tyler
2:55
16. "Louise (Il est mon homme)"
  • Fitzgerald
  • Tyler
3:45

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[15] 133

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic:[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Wings by Bonnie Tyler". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Bonnie Tyler – Celebrate". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Bonnie Tyler – Louise". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Tyler riding high in France". BBC News. 21 January 2004. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c d Tyler, Bonnie (March 2005). "In One Voice". On Show. BBC Wales. 
  6. ^ Jones, Carys (2 May 2013). "Bonnie Tyler – Rocks and Honey album review". Entertainment Focus. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Free Spirit Album Personnel". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Simply Believe Album Personnel". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  9. ^ a b "Complete Bonnie Tyler – Bonnie Tyler". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Mureika, Tomas. "Bonnie Tyler – Wings Album Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  11. ^ Roberts, Elly (May 22, 2006). "Bonnie Tyler – Celebrate Album Review". Glasswerk Magazine. Retrieved September 12, 2013. 
  12. ^ Mureika, Tomas. "Bonnie Tyler – Live Album Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bonnie Tyler Live by Bonnie Tyler". iTunes Store. Apple, Inc. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  14. ^ JADonnelly (14 July 2006). "MADPOD #187 Bonnie Tyler Interview". http://www.madpod.com/show/ (Podcast). Madpod.  External link in |website= (help);
  15. ^ "Lescharts.com – Bonnie Tyler – Wings". Hung Medien. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Bonnie Tyler – Wings Album Personnel". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 11 January 2014.