Heartbreak on Vinyl

Heartbreak on Vinyl is the second studio album by singer-songwriter Blake Lewis released on October 6, 2009.[1] A double LP pressed on red vinyl with only 500 copies was released on August 13, 2010. The vinyl contained instant access to the Heartbreak on Vinyl digital album, 13 remixes of the hit single "Heartbreak on Vinyl" and an unreleased remix of "'Till We See the Sun."[2] Although "Heartbreak on Vinyl" became his most successful single, the album only sold 10,000 copies; less than 1/30 of the copies of his debut A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream).[3][4]

Heartbreak on Vinyl
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 6, 2009
GenreElectropop, dance-pop
Length51:42
LabelTommy Boy Records
ProducerAlain Whyte, Rodney Jerkins, Jean Baptiste, Jesse Rogg, Sluggo, Ryan Buendia
Blake Lewis chronology
A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)
(2007)
Heartbreak on Vinyl
(2009)
Portrait of a Chameleon
(2014)
Singles from Heartbreak on Vinyl
  1. "Sad Song"
    Released: July 21, 2009
  2. "Heartbreak on Vinyl"
    Released: January 19, 2010

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic     [5]

Critical responseEdit

The song has received generally positive reviews from many critics.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine from Allmusic said "he's brought all his disparate interests together on Heartbreak on Vinyl, which cut for cut is more rhythmic and melodic than A.D.D. and as a whole lot more memorable. Lewis doesn't separate his club rhythms and Morrissey obsessions, winding up with a record that sounds curiously and unwittingly like a soundtrack to a Eurotrash club, but in an appealing fashion because it feels uncontrived and often very catchy."[5]

Max Specht from Pressplus1 said "This album is a melting pot of styles that really sums up the kind of artist Blake Lewis is, he’s all over the place yet centered all at once. He’s an homage as much as he is a trailblazer in pop music, and this album will help find him fans with commuters blasting the radio, to night owls dancing the night away in crowded clubs down main street."[6]

Track listingEdit

Heartbreak on Vinyl[7]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Heartbreak on Vinyl"S*A*M and Sluggo3:59
2."Binary Love"
  • Lewis
  • Steven McMorran
  • Qura Rankin
  • Carl Ryden
Ryden3:28
3."Freak"
Rogg4:30
4."Sad Song"
  • Lewis
  • Hollander
  • Katz
S*A*M and Sluggo4:31
5."Rhythm of My Heart"Laze & Royal 
6."Afraid"3:34
7."Left My Baby for You"Free School5:03
8."Rebel Without a Cause"
  • Lewis
  • Eve Nelson
  • Stephen Wrabel
  • Oliver Goodman
  • James “Bird” Baker
3:53
9."SuperScratchaVocalisticTurnatableLicious"  1:05
10."Our Rapture of Love"
  • Lewis
  • Jørgen Olson
Olsen4:46
11."The Point"Zizzo3:54
12."The Remedy"
  • Oligee
  • Dave Audé
4:41
13."Love or Torture (Please Don't Stop)"
  • Lewis
  • Tedder
  • Audé
  • Tedder
4:58
14."Till' We See the Sun" (3rd single off album *only on Limited Double LP Edition*)LewisDevil's Gun4:41

Chart performanceEdit

The album debuted at number 135 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 4,000 albums in its first week.[8]

Chart (2009–2010) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200[9] 135
U.S. Dance/Electronic Albums[9] 7
U.S. Independent Albums[9] 20

SinglesEdit

  • "Sad Song" was released as the lead single from the album on July 21, 2009. The music video was filmed in late August 2009 and released on September 21, 2009.
  • "Heartbreak on Vinyl" was released as the second single from the album on January 19, 2010. It has since become his first Number One hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart for the week of April 24, 2010. The single also reached number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Airplay chart in its May 22, 2010, issue, another first for Lewis. It is to date his most successful single.
  • "Till' We See the Sun (Remix)" With the announcement of his special edition of his album, Lewis announced this bonus track would be the third single from the album and would a radio only single. The original version of this song was released in mid-2012.

Album creditsEdit

Performance credits[10]
  • Blake Lewis – Primary Artist, Vocals, Turntables
  • Eve Nelson – Piano, Vocals
  • Peter Zizzo – Background Vocals
  • Joe Doria – Keyboards
  • Carl Ryden – drums, Keyboards, Vocals
  • KJ Sawka – drums
  • Steve McMorran – Vocals
  • Mark Maxwell – Synthesizer
  • Dave Katz – Keyboards
  • Ben Levels – Keyboards
Technical credits[10]

Release historyEdit

Country Date Other
United States October 6, 2009 Standard version
August 13, 2010 Special edition
Canada October 13, 2009 Standard version
August 13, 2010 Special edition

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "More on Blake Lewis' 'Heartbreak on Vinyl". USA Today. July 1, 2009. Archived from the original on July 4, 2009. Retrieved July 6, 2009.
  2. ^ "EQ Music Blog: Blake Lewis Releases "Heartbreak On Vinyl" on Red Vinyl With 13 Remixes and a New Track". Zxlcreative.blogs.com. July 2, 2010. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  3. ^ de Moraes, Lisa (May 23, 2011). "American Idol finale: After 10 years, the beat goes on". Washington Post. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  4. ^ Mansfield, Brian (December 30, 2009). "Carrie Underwood plays on through Christmas in Idol album sales". USA Today. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Allmusic review
  6. ^ "Blake Lewis – Heartbreak on Vinyl". Press+!. October 24, 2009. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  7. ^ "iTunes – Music – Heartbreak On Vinyl by Blake Lewis". Itunes.apple.com. October 6, 2009. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  8. ^ Mansfield, Brian (October 14, 2009). "Your weekly Idol sales fix: The album numbers". USA Today. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  9. ^ a b c "Blake Lewis Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  10. ^ a b "Heartbreak on Vinyl, Blake Lewis, Music CD – Barnes & Noble". Music.barnesandnoble.com. July 1, 2011. Retrieved February 20, 2012.