The Corporate World

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The Corporate World
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StudioSmokehouse Studios, London E1; Angel Studios, Islington; Roundhouse Studios, Camden; Crescent Studios, Bath; Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood; The Hit Factory, New York City
Producer Nathan East
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The Corporate World is the debut studio album by the American musician and singer-songwriter Gail Ann Dorsey. It was released in 1988 by WEA (and released in 1989 by Sire Records in the United States). Produced by bass guitarist Nathan East, the album features guest appearances from singer-songwriter and guitarist Eric Clapton and Gang of Four member Andy Gill. [1] [2] The album's style has been described as "an unorthodox and individualistic blend of rock, pop and R&B." [3]


The single "Wasted Country" peaked at number 76 in the UK in September 1988, though the album itself did not chart there. The album reached the top ten on the Dutch Album Chart. [4] The album was dedicated to Dorsey's "mother, and to all my nieces and nephews - may you find the beauty of life within yourselves...then share it..." She also acknowledged Joni Mitchell, Woody Allen, Heart, Lindsay Wagner, Jimi Hendrix, Mingus, Chaka Khan, Sigourney Weaver, Stevie Wonder, Richard Bach and Beethoven for "creative brilliance and a lifetime of inspiration". "S.W.4" is the postcode for Clapham North where Dorsey purchased a flat with her advance from Warner Bros. [5]

Critical reception

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Robert Christgau B [6]

AllMusic critic Alex Henderson described the album as "an artistic triumph, but a commercial bomb," noting that "had it been released after alternative rock really exploded in 1992, it might have enjoyed the type of success it deserved." [3] On the album, music critic Robert Christgau wrote: "Pet Shop Boys, this is how it sounds with soul." Christgau also stated that the side one features "conventional exercises," while "from the literal title tune to the Beethoven-drenched romantic climax, side two is the yuppie blues." [6]

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Gail Ann Dorsey; except where indicated

  1. "Wasted Country" – 5:02
  2. "Where Is Your Love?" – 4:08
  3. "If Only You" – 4:23
  4. "Just Another Dream" (Dorsey, Nathan East) – 4:36
  5. "So Hard to Let You Go" – 4:17
  6. "The Corporate World" – 6:24
  7. "No Time" – 4:34
  8. "S.W.4." – 1:09
  9. "Wishing I Was Someone Else" – 2:04
  10. "Carry Me Off to Heaven" – 7:32



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