Back Home (Westlife Album)
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Back Home Westlife Album

Back Home
Westlife - Back Home.jpg
Studio album by
Released5 November 2007 (2007-11-05)
Recorded2006-2007
StudioLondon, United Kingdom
Stockholm, Sweden
Los Angeles, U.S.
GenrePop, pop rock, dance-pop, electropop
Length47:29
LanguageEnglish
LabelSyco, Sony BMG, RCA
ProducerArnthor Birgisson, David Kreuger, Steve Mac, Per Magnusson, Quiz & Larossi, Rami Yacoub
Westlife chronology
The Love Album
(2006)
Back Home
(2007)
Where We Are
(2009)
Singles from Back Home
  1. "Home"
    Released: 29 October 2007
  2. "Us Against the World"
    Released: 3 March 2008
  3. "Something Right"
    Released: 4 April 2008
Back Home
Backhomedvd.jpg
Video by
Released5 November 2007 (2007-11-05)
GenrePop
LabelSony BMG
Westlife chronology
Live at Wembley
(2006)
Back Home
(2007)

Back Home is the ninth studio album by Irish boy band Westlife, released on 5 November 2007 through Syco Music, Sony Music and RCA Records, the band's ninth major album release under them as well. The album was produced by Steve Mac, Quiz & Larossi, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger and Rami Yacoub, who also produced some of the group's previous material. Back Home was the group's final album before their temporary break from music in 2008. It was also the band's fourth album to be released as a four-piece.

The album was preceded by the lead single "Home", a cover version of the Michael Bublé song, which was sent to radio stations in September 2007, and was eventually released as a digital download and CD single on 29 October 2007. Two more singles were released to promote the album, namely "Us Against the World" and "Something Right". A DVD also accompanied the album's release, including some of the group's recent music videos and exclusive footage of the group.

The album was met with mixed reviews, however the album was a commercial success. The album debuted atop the UK Albums Chart, selling 132,000 copies in its first week of release and remained in the top three spots for eight consecutive weeks.[1][2][3] It also spent five weeks at number two. One of those weeks have the highest sales for a number two in a week of the year 2007 in the United Kingdom. While in Ireland, this is the third best-selling album of 2007.

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
Channel243/5 stars[5]
Daily Express3/5 stars[6]
Digital Spy2/5 stars[7]
Entertainment.ie1/5 stars[8]
Galaxie Magazine Malaysia3/5 stars[]
iAfrica3/5 stars[9]
Rovi3/5 stars[10]
The Daily7.5/10 stars[11]
This Is Aberdeen(favorable)[12]

Background

The track listing for the album was released on the band's official website on 3 October 2007, with track-by-track videos by the band. The release date of the album was brought forward to 5 November 2007 from the initial 12 November 2007. The album contains a collection of brand new tracks along with a few covers. The cover songs on the album are "Have You Ever?", a Diane Warren penned ballad previously recorded by Brandy, and "I'm Already There", a song recorded by Lonestar. The first single from the album is a cover of the ballad "Home", originally by Michael Bublé, and was released on 29 October 2007[13] The song debuted at number three on the UK Singles Chart.[14] "Us Against the World", an original song dedicated to Westlife fans worldwide, was released as the band's second single on 3 March 2008 in the UK and Ireland. Meanwhile, "Something Right", which is an original up-tempo song, was released as the third single in Asia and Europe.[15] When Westlife announced the release date for the album, the Spice Girls immediately withdrew from the chart battle and delayed their Greatest Hits album release by a week to 12 November 2007. Westlife and the Spice Girls were then engaged in a war of words where each accused the other party of avoiding each other's release. The Spice Girls claimed that their album was to be released on 12 November 2007 and that this has always been the case. However, music retailers revealed that the Spice Girls' album was initially marked with a 5 November 2007 release date.[16] In November 2000, both bands were caught in a chart battle between Westlife's second studio album Coast to Coast and Spice Girls' third studio album Forever. In the battle, Westlife sold 163,000 more records than the Spice Girls in the first week of release. Speculation then began to surface that Westlife might consider changing the release date of their album back to 12 November 2007 to go head on with the Spice Girls.[17] However, the band made no further changes to the release date.

An accompanying DVD was released on the week of the album's release. It featured backstage footage of the group, Up Close and Personal segments, and the music videos of "Home", "You Raise Me Up", "When You Tell Me That You Love Me", "Amazing" and "The Rose". The DVD was available exclusively at Woolworths. It charted at number one on the UK Visuals Chart and was certified Platinum.

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Home"Amy Foster-Gillies, Michael Bublé, Alan ChangSteve Mac3:28
2."Us Against the World"Rami, Arnthor Birgisson, Savan KotechaRami & Arnthor4:02
3."Something Right[a]"Rami, Birgisson, KotechaRami & Arnthor3:14
4."I'm Already There[b]"Richie McDonald, Gary Baker, Frank J. MyersQuiz & Larossi4:18
5."When I'm with You"Jordan Omley, Michael Mani, Sam Watters, Louis BiancanielloBiancaniello, Watters4:12
6."Have You Ever"Diane WarrenMac4:33
7."It's You"Steve Mac, Wayne HectorMac4:11
8."Catch My Breath"Mac, HectorMac3:18
9."The Easy Way[c]"Rami, Birgisson, KotechaRami & Arnthor3:35
10."I Do[d]"Mac, Hector, John ReidMac4:30
11."Pictures in My Head"Rami, Birgisson, KotechaRami & Arnthor4:17
12."You Must Have Had a Broken Heart"Jörgen Elofsson, Nicky ChinnPer Magnusson, David Kreuger4:01
  • ^[a] "Something Right" or "Something's Right".[18]
  • ^[b] "I'm Already There" or "Already There".[18]
  • ^[c] "The Easy Way" or "Easy Way".[18]
  • ^[d] "I Do" or "I Do (The Best Is Yet to Come)".[18]

Credits

Vocals : Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily, Shane Filan
Executive Producers : Louis Walsh, Simon Cowell, Sonny Takhar, Tim Byrne
Producers : Steve Mac, Chris Law, Dan Pursey, Rami Yacoub, Savan Kotecha, Antour, AJ, Anders Johansson[], Josef Larossi, David, Jorgen Elofsson, Louis Biancanello,, Sam Watters, Michael Mani, Jordan Omley
Photography : Nino Munoz
Management : Louis Walsh Management

*Numbers in brackets represents the track number on the album.

Charts

Certifications and sales

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Ireland (IRMA)[33] 5× Platinum 75,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[34] Gold 7,500^
Sweden (GLF)[35] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] 3× Platinum 900,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[37] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

Country / Region Date Format Label Catalogue
South Africa[38] 26 October 2007 CD, digital download RCA,
Syco Music,
Sony Music
Ireland 2 November 2007
Netherlands[39]
Switzerland[40] 88697176702
China[41] 5 November 2007
Hong Kong[42] 88697176702
South Korea[43]
United Kingdom[44]
Thailand[45] 6 November 2007
Europe[46] 7 November 2007 SME-8869717-6702
Finland[47]
Norway[48]
Sweden[49]
Austria[50] 9 November 2007 88697176702
Germany[51]
France[52] 21 November 2007
Japan[53] BVCP21573
Argentina[54] 22 January 2008 7176702
Poland[55] 11 February 2008

References

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  6. ^ Daily Express review
  7. ^ Digital Spy review
  8. ^ Entertainment.ie review
  9. ^ iAfrica review
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  11. ^ The Daily review
  12. ^ This Is Aberdeen review
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