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The Spirit Room is the major-label debut album by singer-songwriter Michelle Branch, released by the Maverick Recording Company and Warner Bros. Records in the United States on August 14, 2001.[7] The album was recorded at Sunset Sound, Henson Recording Studios and Ananda Studios in Hollywood, California and mastered by Stephen Marcussen at Marcussen Mastering in Los Angeles, California.

The Spirit Room
The Spirit Room 01.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 14, 2001 (U.S.)
Recorded1999–2001
Genre
Length42:26
LabelMaverick, Warner Bros.
Producer
Michelle Branch chronology
The Spirit Room
(2001)
Hotel Paper
(2003)
Reversible artwork
Singles from The Spirit Room
  1. "Everywhere"
    Released: July 17, 2001
  2. "All You Wanted"
    Released: October 28, 2001
  3. "Goodbye to You"
    Released: September 9, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
The Daily VaultB+[5]
Entertainment WeeklyB[4]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[2][3]
The Village VoiceC[6]

Contents

EtymologyEdit

The album's title comes from the name of a bar in Jerome, Arizona, near Branch's hometown of Sedona.[8]

HistoryEdit

In January 2002 the RIAA certified The Spirit Room gold for shipments of over 500,000 copies in the United States,[9] and just three months later, in April, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipping over one million copies.[10][11] In August 19, 2011, the album was certified double platinum by RIAA for shipping over two million copies.[12]

The Spirit Room reached number 28 on the American Billboard 200 chart and produced three Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Everywhere" (which peaked at number 12), "All You Wanted" (number 6) and "Goodbye to You" (number 21).

The Spirit Room was certified gold in Canada, selling 50,000 copies by the end of October 2003.[13]

It was also certified Gold in Australia with shipments of 35,000.[14]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Michelle Branch, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Everywhere"
3:36
2."You Get Me"
3:53
3."All You Wanted" 3:38
4."You Set Me Free"
  • Branch
  • Shanks
3:11
5."Something to Sleep To"
  • Branch
  • Jennifer Hagio
  • Shanks
4:15
6."Here with Me"
  • Branch
  • Shanks
3:26
7."Sweet Misery" 3:43
8."If Only She Knew" 4:19
9."I'd Rather Be in Love" 3:55
10."Goodbye to You" 4:12
11."Drop in the Ocean"
  • Branch
  • Hagio
  • Will Golden
  • Bernie Reilly
4:19
Total length:42:26

SinglesEdit

  • "Everywhere" – July 17, 2001
  • "All You Wanted" – October 28, 2001[15]
  • "Goodbye to You" – September 9, 2002[16]

PersonnelEdit

ProductionEdit

  • Producers: John Shanks, Jeremy Welt
  • Engineers: Marc DeSisto, Lars Fox
  • Assistant engineers: Steve Kaplan, Tom Nellen, Chris Reynolds, Jason Schweitzer
  • Mixing: Marc DeSisto, Chris Lord-Alge, Dave Way
  • Mastering: Stephen Marcussen
  • Pro-Tools: Lars Fox
  • Programming: Lars Fox, John Shanks
  • Production coordination: Shari Sutcliffe
  • Art direction: Kim Biggs, David Harlan
  • Photography: Matthew Welch

ChartsEdit

Commercial performanceEdit

The Spirit Room debuted at number 28 with 68,000 copies sold on Billboard 200.[17]

AlbumEdit

Year Chart Peak
position
2001 U.S. Billboard 200 28
U.S. Billboard Top Internet Albums 25
2002 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 25
New Zealand Albums Chart 33
UK Albums Chart 54

CertificationsEdit

Territory Certification Sales
Australian Gold 35,000
Canada Gold 50,000
Japan Platinum 200,000[18]
United States 2× Platinum 2,000,000[12]

In popular cultureEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Liana Jonas, Allmusic
  2. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2012.
  3. ^ a b CD Reviews at CD Universe
  4. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  5. ^ The Daily Vault review
  6. ^ Robert Christgau review
  7. ^ https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001OGRH0U/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp
  8. ^ "Michelle Branch: "She's Everywhere"". MTV. 2001. Retrieved May 23, 2010. in front of this bar called the Spirit Room.
  9. ^ Michelle Branch To Kick Off Solo Headling Tour In February, 2002
  10. ^ Michelle Branch Goes Platinum, Other Newcomers Find Gold
  11. ^ searchable database
  12. ^ a b "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  13. ^ Two French language artists hit Gold Archived 2010-11-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ "Pandora Archive" (PDF). Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  15. ^ http://top40-charts.com/chart.php?cid=1&date=2001-08-30
  16. ^ https://www.cs.ubc.ca/~davet/music/track/RADIO202_09B/RADIO202_09B-09.html
  17. ^ Martens, Todd (2003-07-02). "Beyonce, Branch Albums Storm The Chart". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
  18. ^ "GOLD ALBUM 他認定作品 2002年5月度" [Gold Albums, and other certified works. May 2002 Edition] (PDF). The Record (Bulletin) (in Japanese). Chūō, Tokyo: Recording Industry Association of Japan. 512: 12. July 10, 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on January 17, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
  19. ^ http://www.what-song.com/Movies/Soundtrack/571/What-a-Girl-Wants