My Cassette Player

My Cassette Player is the debut studio album of German singer Lena Meyer-Landrut. It was released under her stage name Lena on 7 May 2010,[1] and debuted at number one in the German albums chart.[2] The album has been certified five times gold in Germany, indicating sales of 500,000.[3]

My Cassette Player
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Studio album by
Released7 May 2010
RecordedMarch–April 2010
GenrePop
Length42:32
LabelUniversal Music Germany
Producer
  • Stefan Raab
  • Brix
  • Ingo Politz
  • Bernd Wendlandt
  • John Gordon
  • Per Kristian Ottestad
Lena chronology
My Cassette Player
(2010)
Good News
(2011)
Singles from My Cassette Player
  1. "Satellite"
    Released: 13 March 2010
  2. "Touch a New Day"
    Released: 6 August 2010

ProductionEdit

My Cassette Player includes Meyer-Landrut's number-one single "Satellite", which was Germany's winning entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2010,[4] as well as her songs "Love Me" and "Bee",[1] which had been released previously on 13 March 2010.[5] It also features cover versions of "My Same" by Adele and "Mr. Curiosity" by Jason Mraz, both of which had been performed by Meyer-Landrut during Unser Star für Oslo (Our Star for Oslo), the German national pre-selection programme for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010,[1] as well as a cover version of "Not Following", an unreleased song by English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding. All of the other songs were written or co-written by Stefan Raab and Meyer-Landrut herself.

The cover photo was created by Sophie Krische. The cassette recorder on the cover is a SKR 700, produced in the former GDR. The artwork of the album booklet was done by Ronald Reinsberg.

The second maxi-single from the album is "Touch a New Day",[6] its B-side being the song "We Can't Go On", previously only released as bonus material.[7]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Aftonbladet     [8]
CDstars.de          [9]
Expressen     [10]
laut.de     [11]
LetMeEntertainYou     [12]
MuzObzor     [13]
Nerikes Allehanda     [14]
Nya Wermlands-Tidningen     [15]

In Germany, initial reviews of the album were mixed. While Stuttgarter Nachrichten criticised the overly distinct influence of producer Stefan Raab,[16] Neue Presse deemed it a "charming debut",[17] and Hannoversche Allgemeine called it "somewhat banal" but still a "good pop album", characterising "Bee" as a "cheerful hymn to independence" and "Satellite" as "still sounding astonishingly fresh, even after its massive airplay".[18]

In foreign press, the album was critically panned with a number of reviews blaming nonsensical lyrics and Lena's weak voice. In Sweden, the website Kritiker assigned a normalised rating out of 5.0 to reviews from mainstream critics across the country and gave the album an average score of 2.0, based on 13 reviews, which indicates negative to mixed reviews.[19] Jenny Seth of Aftonbladet accused Lena of being "a precocious teenager" with "forced vocals...[and] banal lyrics about bees". She added that, whilst Lena "is influenced by Kate Nash and Adele, she sounds rather [like a] wimpy Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz's unbearably perky little sister".[8] Anders Nunstedt, music editor from the Swedish tabloid Expressen, gave the album a harsh review calling it a "bland pop debut with nonsense lyrics" and criticising Lena's "exaggerated British accent".[10] Carina Jonsson in Nerikes Allehanda gave the album only one out of five and criticised Lena's vocal ability, saying she "sings as bad as any karaoke rookie, also, she has added a hard-won goofy English accent".[14]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Satellite"Julie Frost, John GordonBrix, Ingo Politz, Bernd Wendlandt, Gordon2:55
2."My Cassette Player"Stefan Raab, Lena Meyer-LandrutRaab3:35
3."Not Following"Ellie Goulding, Jonny LattimerRaab3:36
4."I Like to Bang My Head"Raab, Meyer-LandrutRaab3:23
5."My Same" (Adele cover)AdeleRaab3:02
6."Caterpillar in the Rain"Raab, Meyer-LandrutRaab3:42
7."Love Me"Raab, Meyer-LandrutRaab2:59
8."Touch a New Day"RaabRaab3:08
9."Bee"Rosi Golan, Per Kristian Ottestad, Mayaeni StraussOttestad3:00
10."You Can't Stop Me"RaabRaab2:54
11."Mr. Curiosity" (Jason Mraz cover)Lester Mendez, Dennis James Morris, Jason MrazRaab3:41
12."I Just Want Your Kiss"Daniel Schaub, Pär Lammers, RaabRaab3:05
13."Wonderful Dreaming"Raab, Meyer-LandrutRaab3:32
Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."We Can't Go On" (Amazon.de bonus track and platinum edition)Lammers, Schaub3:15
15."New Shoes" (iTunes Bonus Track and Platinum Edition)Matty Benbrook, Jim Duguid, Paolo Nutini3:23
Deluxe edition bonus DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Unser Star für Oslo - Lena" (Documentary)23:00
2."Satellite" (Video)2:54
Tchibo deluxe edition bonus DVD
No.TitleLength
1."Satellite" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo)3:01
2."Love Me" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo)3:09
3."Bee" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo)3:30
4."My Same" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo)3:39
5."Mr. Curiosity" (Live at Unser Star für Oslo)3:32
6."Photo gallery ("Satellite")"2:54

PersonnelEdit

Source:[20]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Germany (BVMI)[34] 5× Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ PhonoNet GmbH. Chartverfolgung / Lena / Longplay Musicline.de. Accessed 23 March 2010. (in German)
  3. ^ "German certification for "My Cassette Player"". Musikindustrie.de. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  4. ^ Zeit Online. Eurovision Song Contest: Lena siegt in Oslo. Zeit.de. 30 May 2010. Accessed 30 May 2010. (in German)
  5. ^ "Lena Meyer-Landrut fliegt wie ein "Satellite"in die Charts", Die Welt (in German), 23 March 2010.
  6. ^ NDR 2 Soundcheck. NDR2.de. 9 June 2010. Accessed 11 June 2010. (in German)
  7. ^ "Touch A New Day: Lena: Amazon.de: MP3-Downloads". Amazon.de. 1 January 1970. Retrieved 25 July 2010.
  8. ^ a b Seth, Jenny (11 June 2010). "Lillgammal och forcerad sång". Aftonbladet (in Swedish). Schibsted. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  9. ^ "CDstars.de review". Cdstarts.de. 11 April 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  10. ^ a b Nunstedt, Anders. "Lena - My cassette player". Expressen (in Swedish). Bonnier Group. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Review". Laut.de. 25 January 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  12. ^ "LetMeEntertainYou review". Letmeentertainyou.de. 24 July 2011. Archived from the original on 24 July 2011. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  13. ^ "MuzObzor review". Muzobzor.ru. Archived from the original on 8 March 2012. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  14. ^ a b Jonsson, Carina. "Lena: My Cassette Player". Nerikes Allehanda (in Swedish). LT Liberala Tidningar AB. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  15. ^ Hård, Lina (18 June 2010). "Lena - Vill vara Nash men blir Schwarzenegger". Nya Wermlands-Tidningen (in Swedish). Nya Wermlands-Tidningen. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  16. ^ Reinhardt, Gunther. Ganz viel Raab und ein kleines bisschen Lena. Stuttgarter-Nachrichten.de. 6 May 2010. Accessed 7 May 2010. (in German)
  17. ^ Halbig, Matthias. Zeug zum Chartstürmer: Lenas neues Album. Neuepresse.de. 6 May 2010. Accessed 7 May 2010. (in German)
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  34. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Lena; 'My Cassette Player')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 3 October 2011.

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