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Before the Rain is the third album by the British R&B vocal group Eternal, released in March 1997. The album includes the single "I Wanna Be the Only One" (a duet with BeBe Winans) which became Eternal's first and only number one hit in the United Kingdom. The album features lead vocals from Vernie Bennett ("Think About Me") and Kéllé Bryan ("I'm Still Crying", "All My Love"), and is their last to feature Bryan.

Before the Rain
Eternal Before the Rain.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 March 1997
GenreR&B, soul
LabelEMI, First Avenue
  • Dennis Charles
  • Ronnie Wilson
  • Nigel Lowis
  • Simon Climie
  • Harvey Mason, Jr.
Eternal chronology
Power of a Woman
Before the Rain
Greatest Hits
Singles from Before the Rain
  1. "Someday"
    Released: August 5, 1996
  2. "Don't You Love Me"
    Released: February 24, 1997
  3. "I Wanna Be the Only One"
    Released: May 19, 1997
  4. "Think About Me"
    Released: June 25, 1997 (Japan Only)

A commercial success, the album went Gold in its first week, debuting with sales of 100,000 copies before being certified Platinum. According to Billboard, a US release was planned for August 26, 1997, featuring 4 additional tracks. "Dreams", produced by Peter Mokran and Emosia was slated as the lead single and was serviced to R&B radio on June 9, 1997.[1]


Single releasesEdit

"Someday", which was the theme to Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was released as a single in 1996, the year before Before the Rain was released. "Don't You Love Me" was released just before the album's release, followed by the duet with American singer BeBe Winans "I Wanna Be the Only One" which reached #1 in the UK, becoming Eternal's first and only number one hit there. "How Many Tears" was scheduled for release as a single but plans were dropped due to the future release of the Greatest Hits.

Critical reception and salesEdit

Before The Rain received a positive response from music critics and fans and it gained Eternal a MOBO Award. The album peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the BPI for sales of over 300,000 copies.

Track listingEdit

# Title Length
1. "Don't You Love Me" (Cynthia Biggs/Carolyn Mitchell/Terence Dudley/Christopher Kellum) 3:49
2. "I Wanna Be the Only One" (duet with BeBe Winans) (BeBe Winans/Rhett Lawrence) (Horns by Gary Barnacle, Stuart Brooks and Andy Rogers) 4:18
3. "How Many Tears" (St. Paul Peterson/Oliver Leiber) 4:37
4. "Grace under Pressure" (Bruce Forest/John Themis/Beverley Skeete/Derek Green/Andy Whitmore) 4:41
5. "Someday" (Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz) 4:21
6. "Think about Me" (featuring Basil Reynolds) (Michelle Lewis) 4:39
7. "Promises" (Easther Bennett/Vernie Bennett) 4:07
8. "I'm Still Crying" (Nigel Lowis/Kéllé Bryan/Graham Plato) 4:50
9. "All My Love" (featuring G-Man) (Nigel Lowis/Kéllé Bryan/Graham Plato) 3:06
10. "What Do You Mean When You Say" (Vernie Bennett) 4:58
11. "Why Am I Waiting" (Easther Bennett/Harvey Mason, Jr./Robert Gerald/Denis Ingoldsby) 4:16
12. "It's Never Too Late" (Interlude) (Easther Bennett) 1:14
13. "Dreams (Australian Bonus track) 4:13

Japanese Bonus TracksEdit

  • 1. "Finally" (On the Japanese Edition this was placed as the First Track)
  • 14. "12 Months"
  • 15. "I'll Take A Pass On Love"
  • 16. "I Wanna Be The Only One" (This version features only Easther on lead vocals)


Peak positionsEdit

Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[2] 36
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[3] 10
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[4] 4
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[5] 1
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 50
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[7] 18
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[8] 42
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[9] 20
Scottish Albums (OCC)[10] 14
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[11] 33
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 21
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 3
UK R&B Albums (OCC)[14] 1

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1997) Position
Danish Albums Chart[15] 32
Dutch Albums Chart[16] 39
UK Albums Chart[17] 42


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Japan (RIAJ)[18] N/A 77,400^
Netherlands (NVPI)[19] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Platinum 300,000^

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


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  19. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Eternal – Before the Rain" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved July 15, 2012. Enter Before the Rain in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Eternal – Before the Rain". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 25 July 2012. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Before the Rain in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.