Three (Sugababes album)

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Released27 October 2003 (2003-10-27)
Recorded2002–2003
Genre
Length55:15
Label Island
Producer
Sugababes chronology
Angels with Dirty Faces
(2002)
Three
(2003)
Taller in More Ways
(2005)
Singles from Three
  1. "Hole in the Head"
    Released: 13 October 2003
  2. "Too Lost in You"
    Released: 15 December 2003
  3. "In the Middle"
    Released: 22 March 2004
  4. "Caught in a Moment"
    Released: 23 August 2004

Three is the third studio album by British girl group Sugababes, released by Island Records on 27 October 2003, in the United Kingdom. It generated four singles that charted in various parts of the world; the first, "Hole in the Head", became the group's third UK number one single. The three members of the Sugababes each recorded a "solo" song on the album"Whatever Makes You Happy" (Keisha Buchanan), "Sometimes" (Heidi Range) and "Maya" (Mutya Buena). Three debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart.

Contents

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [1]
BBC (positive) [2]
The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [3]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Stylus B+ [5]
Yahoo! Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [6]

Background

After releasing "Shape", the fourth and final single from their successful previous album Angels with Dirty Faces (2002), the group announced that they had gone back into the studio to start work on the next album with producers whom they worked with on the previous album such as Jony Rockstar and Xenomania. They went over to America to work with producers such as Linda Perry and Diane Warren, who wrote the ballad "Too Lost in You". They had also aimed to promote the new album in America. The girls co-wrote and recorded their own tracks on the new album—Keisha's being "Whatever Makes You Happy", Heidi's being "Sometimes", and Mutya's being "Maya", a song about her sister who died unexpectedly. The Sugababes later announced the lead single "Hole in the Head" and its release date of 13 October. The UK release was a special edition with two extra tracks, "Twisted" and "Buster". Initially, the digital download version offered by Woolworths in the UK accidentally contained an earlier demo version of "Whatever Makes You Happy" but the mistake was quickly rectified.

Commercial performance

Three debuted at number three on the UK Albums Chart with 52,905 copies sold in its first week. The first single, "Hole in the Head", was the group's third number-one single in the United Kingdom and also went to number one in Denmark. It reached number two in Ireland and Norway, and the top forty in Australia. The second single, "Too Lost in You", reached the top ten in the UK and Norway, and the top forty in Australia. The third single, "In the Middle", went top ten in the UK, top twenty in Ireland and top forty in Europe and Australia. A fourth single, "Caught in a Moment", also reached the top ten in the UK.

In 2004, "Hole in the Head" was serviced to radio in the United States and became a top forty hit on pop radio. Following the moderate success of the single, Three was due for release in the US with an altered track listing featuring singles from the group's previous album, Angels with Dirty Faces (2002). [7] The release was subsequently cancelled when a second single, "Too Lost in You", failed to make any impact. In the UK, the album is certified two times Platinum by the BPI. [8] The album also received a Platinum Europe Award by the IFPI in recognition of European sales in excess of 1 million copies. [9]

Critical reception

Three received positive reviews from critics, who praised the experimental new urban and hip hop sounds on the album. Alan Braidwood from the BBC gave Three a positive review, stating the album takes lead from Angels with Dirty Faces and calling it a fresh and exciting album. He also praised the new sound on the album. Ross Hoffman from AllMusic described the album as "tuneful, R&B-inflected dance-pop with fresh-sounding but accessible productions, along with a healthy smattering of big droopy ballads with an expanded stylistic range".

Track listing

Three– UK and Japan Special Edition [10]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Hole in the Head"
3:38
2."Whatever Makes You Happy" (Keisha Buchanan solo)
  • Craig Dodds
  • Gary Cooper
  • Buchanan
  • Pete Martin
  • Stuart Crichton
3:15
3."Caught in a Moment"
Jony Rockstar4:24
4."Situation's Heavy"
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Tim Larcombe
  • Shawn Lee
  • Higgins
  • Cooper
  • Edele Lynch
  • Higgins
  • Xenomania
4:10
5."Million Different Ways"
  • Craigie
  • Sigsworth
  • Crichton [b]
4:29
6."Twisted" (UK bonus track)
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Cooper
  • Higgins
  • Lee
  • Larcombe
  • Lynch
Xenomania3:03
7."We Could Have It All"
  • Craigie
  • Howard
  • Johnny Dollar
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Craigie
  • Sigsworth
3:37
8."Conversation's Over"
  • Tom Elmhirst
  • Lipsey
  • Poole
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
Rockstar4:06
9."In the Middle"
  • Cooper
  • Higgins
  • Scarlett
  • Lee
  • Lisa Cowling
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Andre Tegler
  • Phil Fuldner
  • Michael Bellina
3:59
10."Too Lost in You" Diane Warren And Jean Jacques Goldman
  • Andy Bradfield
  • Rob Dougan
  • Nevo [a]
3:58
11."Nasty Ghetto"
  • Perry
  • Wheatley [a]
4:16
12."Buster"
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Cooper
  • Higgins
  • Lee
  • Larcombe
  • Lynch
Xenomania4:22
13."Sometimes" (Heidi Range solo)
  • Howard
  • Range
  • Lipsey
  • Buchanan
  • de Vries
  • Buena
Rockstar4:34
14."Maya" (Mutya Buena solo)
  • Craigie
  • Sigsworth
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Buchanan
  • Sigsworth
  • Craigie
4:43
Three– Australian and European edition [11] [12]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Hole in the Head"
3:38
2."Whatever Makes You Happy" (Keisha Buchanan solo)
  • Craig Dodds
  • Gary Cooper
  • Buchanan
  • Pete Martin
  • Stuart Crichton
3:15
3."Caught in a Moment"
Jony Rockstar4:24
4."Situation's Heavy"
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Tim Larcombe
  • Shawn Lee
  • Higgins
  • Cooper
  • Edele Lynch
  • Higgins
  • Xenomania
4:10
5."Million Different Ways"
  • Craigie
  • Sigsworth
  • Crichton [b]
4:29
6."We Could Have It All"
  • Craigie
  • Howard
  • Johnny Dollar
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Craigie
  • Sigsworth
3:37
7."Conversation's Over"
  • Tom Elmhirst
  • Lipsey
  • Poole
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
Rockstar4:06
8."In the Middle"
  • Cooper
  • Higgins
  • Scarlett
  • Lee
  • Lisa Cowling
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Andre Tegler
  • Phil Fuldner
  • Michael Bellina
3:59
9."Too Lost in You" Diane Warren
  • Andy Bradfield
  • Rob Dougan
  • Nevo [a]
3:58
10."Nasty Ghetto"
  • Perry
  • Wheatley [a]
4:16
11."Sometimes" (Heidi Range solo)
  • Howard
  • Range
  • Lipsey
  • Buchanan
  • de Vries
  • Buena
Rockstar4:34
12."Maya" (Mutya Buena solo)
  • Craigie
  • Sigsworth
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Buchanan
  • Sigsworth
  • Craigie
4:43

Notes and sample credits

Charts and certifications

Release history

RegionDateFormatLabelRef.
United Kingdom27 October 2003 CD Island Records [27]
Europe [12]
Australia3 November 2003 [11]

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