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One Touch is the debut album by Britishmarker girl group Sugababes, released by London Records on 27 November 2000 in the United Kingdom and by December 2000 in most other European territories. The trio worked with producer Cameron McVey on the majority of the album, which produced four top forty hits, including the top five hit "Overload", and "Run for Cover."

Despite peaking at number 26 on the UK Album Charts and being certified Gold by the BPI, and faring even better in German-speaking Europe, where it reached the top ten in Austriamarker, Germanymarker and Switzerlandmarker, the sales of One Touch did not meet London Records' expectations, and the group eventually got dropped in Autumn 2001, making it their only release with the label. In addition, it became the group's only album with the group's original line-up. Siobhán Donaghy left the group stating initially that she wanted to pursue a fashion career, eventually being diagnosed with clinical depression amid reports of in-fighting between the Sugababes members. The present lineup of the Sugababes does not include any of the members performing on One Touch, meaning that 2009's Sweet 7 and One Touch are the only Sugababes albums not to have any performers in common.

In a March 2009 interview with Ponystep, former Sugababe Mutya Buena revealed that she thinks One Touch is the band's best work and that she still listens to it. While fellow former band mate Siobhan Donaghy stated in a separate interview that the album had been "ahead of its time."

Reception

Critical reviews

The album received favourable reviews, with critics applauding the girls, who were all 16 years of age at the time, for writing and singing songs, which were considered to be unusually mature for their age. Allmusic complimented the album and rewarded it with a favourable 3.5/5 stars.

Commercial performance

Upon the first week of release in the UK, the album debuted at a Number 70 only, selling just 5,720 copies but four months after this original release, hit a peak position of Number 26 and sold an improved 22,000 copies. The album sold 180,000 copies in the United Kingdommarker.

In Irelandmarker the album once again failed to chart within the top 20, after charting at just Number 23, however the album has been considered to be a success across central Europe, following the success of the début single, "Overload". In Germanymarker, the album peaked at Number 7 remains the band's highest charting album in the country to date, despite it not having been certified as of yet. Likewise, in Austriamarker and Switzerlandmarker, it charted at Number 6 and Number 8 respectively; however the release of the band's fourth studio album, Taller in More Ways proved to be slightly more successful by charting just two places higher and has been certified Gold in both countries.

Finally, the album peaked at Number 63 on the Australian ARIA Chart, the album peaked at a healthy Number 16 on the New Zealand RIANZ Chart, before sales quickly dropped. It has since been certified Gold in the UK.

Singles

The album's first official single, titled "Overload," was released on 11 September 2000 in the UK. The song, produced by Cameron McVey, became Sugababes' first top ten single in the United Kingdommarker, peaking at Number 6. The album also spawned three more top 30 singles: "New Year", "Run for Cover" and "Soul Sound", which peaked at Number 12, 13 and 30 respectively. "Run for Cover" also proved to have relative success across Europe, but did not challenge that of "Overload".

Track listing

  1. "Overload" (J. Lipsey, C. McVey, P. Simm, S. Donaghy, M. Buena, K. Buchanan) – 4:38
  2. "One Foot in" (P. Watson, S. Cupid, L. Smith, S. Donaghy, M. Buena, K. Buchanan) – 3:25
  3. "Same Old Story" (J. Temis, M. Rowe, S. Donaghy, M. Buena, K. Buchanan) – 3:03
  4. "Just Let It Go" (J. Temis, M. Rowe, S. Donaghy, M. Buena, K. Buchanan) – 5:01
  5. "Look at Me" (C. McVey, J. Lipsey, P. Simm, F. Howard, S. Donaghy, M. Buena, K. Buchanan) – 3:58
  6. "Soul Sound" (L. Edwards, S. Harley) – 4:30
  7. "One Touch" (R. Tom) – 4:20
  8. "Lush Life" (R. Tom, C. Macintosh) – 4:28
  9. "Real Thing" (J. Themis, M. Rowe, S. Donaghy, M. Buena, K. Buchanan) – 4:04
  10. "New Year" (C. McVey, J. Lipsey, M. Rowe, F. Howard, S. Donaghy, M. Buena, K. Buchanan) – 3:51
  11. "Promises" (C. McVey, J. Lipsey, F. Howard, P. Simm, S. Donaghy, M. Buena, K. Buchanan) – 3:17
  12. "Run for Cover" (J. Lipsey, P. Simm, C. McVey, S. Donaghy, M. Buena, K. Buchanan) – 3:48
  13. "Don't Wanna Wait" [Japan Bonus Track] (R. Tom, Don-E) – 4:42


Charts and certification

Chart (2000) Provider Peak

position
Certification
Austrian Albums Chart Media Control Charts 6
German Albums Chart Media Control 7
Irish Albums Chart IRMA 23 ChartTrack.co.uk Irish Album chart week 3, 2001 Accessed: 25 November 2006
Swiss Albums Chart Media Control 8
UK Albums Chart BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 26 Gold
Chart (2001) Provider Peak

position
Certification
Australian Albums Chart ARIA 63
New Zealand Albums Chart RIANZ 16


Release history

Region Date Label
United Kingdommarker 27 November 2000 London Records
Austriamarker 11 December 2000
Germanymarker
Switzerlandmarker
Australia August 2001
Irelandmarker 25 January 2001
Italymarker March 2001
New Zealandmarker
United Statesmarker June 2001
Canadamarker


References

  1. [http://www.ponystep.com/music/article/ToTellYouTheTruth_280.aspx
  2. [1]
  3. "British gold certification for One Touch" British Phonographic Industry 10 January 2001; Retrieved 9 July 2008
  4. http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/23790/20020221-0000/www.aria.com.au/issue599.PDF
  5. Uk Charting
  6. [2]


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