Stigma (EMF album)

Stigma is the second studio album by English alternative band EMF, released in 1992.[3][4][5] It yielded two UK hit singles: "They’re Here" (no. 29) and "It’s You" (no. 23).[6]

Stigma
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Studio album by
Released28 September 1992
Recorded1992
GenreAlternative dance, alternative rock
Length40:16
LabelParlophone (UK)
Capitol (US)
ProducerRalph Jezzard
EMF chronology
Unexplained
(1992)
Stigma
(1992)
Cha Cha Cha
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[2]

The follow-up to the commercially successful Schubert Dip, Stigma failed to make the UK top 10 Album Charts (peaking at no. 19), and perhaps worse, was only in the charts for two weeks (its predecessor reached no. 3 and charted for 19 weeks).[6]

"It's You That Leaves Me Dry" was re-mixed and re-titled "It's You" for the single release.

ReceptionEdit

Geoff Orens of AllMusic gave the album three-and-a-half stars out of five, feeling that the overall mood and lyrical themes of the album were different from what would have been expected by fans: "For a fan base ready for more 'Unbelievable''s however, Stigma was far from enticing and unfortunately sold less than hoped, leading to EMF's less-than-grand return to the foray of pop on Cha Cha Cha."[1]

Track listingEdit

All songs written by EMF, except where noted.

  1. "They're Here" - 4:22
  2. "Arizona" (James Atkin, Ian Dench) - 4:05
  3. "It's You That Leaves Me Dry" (Atkin, Dench) - 3:54
  4. "Never Know" (Atkin, Dench) - 4:02
  5. "Blue Highs" (Dench) - 3:48
  6. "Inside" (Atkin) - 3:26
  7. "Getting Through" (Dench) - 4:23
  8. "She Bleeds" (Dench) - 4:05
  9. "Dog" - 3:56
  10. "The Light that Burns Twice as Bright..." - 4:09

PersonnelEdit

EMFEdit

Guest musiciansEdit

P.P. Arnold: backing vocals on "Arizona", "It's You That Leaves Me Dry", "Blue Highs", "Inside" and "The Light that Burns Twice as Bright..."

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Stigma at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Stigma". EW.com.
  3. ^ Thompson, Dave (July 9, 2000). Alternative Rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 9780879306076 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ "Once-Hot EMF Glad to Cool Down : Pop music: A year after its No. 1 hit, the group has gone from the Palladium to the Roxy. 'We're not a mass-exposure band,' says its leader". Los Angeles Times. December 15, 1992.
  5. ^ Pareles, Jon (December 15, 1992). "Pop and Jazz in Review" – via NYTimes.com.
  6. ^ a b "EMF | Official Charts Company". April 3, 2015. Archived from the original on 2015-04-03.