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Angels with Dirty Faces (Sugababes album)

Angels with Dirty Faces is the second studio album by UK girl group Sugababes, released on August 26 2002 in the band's native, the UK. It is the band's first studio album to be recorded under the second line-up, with new-member Heidi Range, and features production from Brian Higgins and Xenomania. The album peaked domestically at #2 on the UK Albums Chart and has since been certified 3x Platinum by the BPI. In Australia, the albu was released on November 18 2002

Production and release

Shortly after the release of the final single from the band's début album, One Touch, group member and co-founder Siobhan Donaghy left the band, due to personal problems. She was officially replaced by new member, Heidi Range during 2001. After being dropped by their former label, London Records, the band began to search for a new record label. Having already started writing material for the band's second studio album, they eventually signed with Island Records.

The album was eventually released domestically on 26 August 2000, to much anticipation, following the success of the first two singles to be lifted from the album Freak Like Me and Round Round, both of which peaked at #1 in the UK. The Album received favourable reviews from critics, with Allmusic awarding it an extremely generous 4.5/5 stars.

Almost a month after the albums' UK release, it was released across Europe and in New Zealand in September 2000, where it gained considerable success.

Track listing

# Title Time
1. "Freak like Me"
Writers: E. Hanes, M. Valentine, L. Hill, W. Collins, G. Numan
Producers: Richard X, Jeremy Wheatley
3:19
2. "Blue"
Writers: K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range, H. Jones, R. Bronnimann, R. Boult
Producers: Howard Jones, Robbie Bronnimann, Robin Boult
3:58
3. "Round Round"
Writers: B. Higgins, M. Cooper, L. Cowling, T. Powell, N. Coler, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range, F. Pfueger, F. Stecher, R. Hofmann, R. Spadverchiand
Producers: Brian Higgins, Tim Powell
3:57
4. "Stronger"
Writers: M. Buena, K. Buchanan, H. Range, M. De Vries, F. Howard, J. Lipsey
Producer: Jony Rockstar
4:00
5. "Supernatural"
Writers: C. Karlsonn, P. Winnberg, M. Bell
Producers: Bloodshy & Avant
3:39
6. "Angels with Dirty Faces"
Writers: B. Higgins, B. Bradley, T. Powell, M. Cooper, M. Gray, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range
Producers: Brian Higgins, Bob Bradley, Tim Powell, Gilford Noel
3:50
7. "Virgin Sexy"
Writers: K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range, S. Lucas, M. Morgan
Producer: Lucas
3:47
8. "Shape"
Writers: Sting, D. Miller, C. Dodds, K. Dodds
Producer: Craigie
4:12
9. "Just Don't Need This" (UK Bonus Track)
Writers: J. Lipsey, F. Howard, J. Shaw, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range
Producer: Jony Rockstar
3:32
10. "No Man, No Cry" (UK Bonus Track)
Writers: C. Dodds, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range
Producer: Craigie
3:34
11. "Switch"
Writers: F. Howard, F. Odesjo, H. Jonback, N. Woodford, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range
Producer: Fredro
3:39
12. "More Than a Million Miles"
Writers: S. Lucas, M. Morgan, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range
Producer: Lucas
3:26
13. "Breathe Easy" (Acoustic Jam)
Writers: B. Higgins, C. Dodds, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range
Producer: Craigie
4:01
14. "Round Round" (Alternative Mix)
Writers: B. Higgins, M. Cooper, L. Cowling, T. Powell, N. Coler, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range, F. Pfueger, F. Stecher, R. Hofmann, R. Spadverchiand
Producers: Brian Higgins, Tim Powell
6:07

Chart success

Angels with Dirty Faces did considerably better than its predecessor, One Touch with a highest position in the UK Album Charts of number two; it stayed in the charts for forty weeks. "Freak like Me", which samples Gary Numan's "Are Friends Electric?", was the first released single and entered the UK Singles Chart at number one. "Round Round", produced by Xenomania, was the second released single and also debuted on the UK chart at number one. The third single released was a double A-side release of "Stronger" and "Angels with Dirty Faces", which reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart. The last single, "Shape", which samples Sting's single "Shape of My Heart", was the only one from the album not to achieve a position in the top ten of the UK Singles Chart; it entered at number eleven. The song, however, did reach the top ten in Poland (number one), Ireland (number nine) and the Netherlands (number ten).

Charts and certification

Chart (2002) Provider Peak
position
Certification
Austrian Albums Chart Media Control 19
Australian Hitseekers Album Chart ARIA 5
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart Ultratop/Nielsen 15
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart Ultratop/Nielsen 48
Danish Albums Chart Universal 37
Dutch Albums Chart Nielsen Soundscan 12 Gold
Finnish Albums Chart GLF 32
German Albums Chart Media Control 13
Irish Albums Chart BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 11
New Zealand Albums Chart RIANZ 21
Norwegian Albums Chart VG Nett 11
Swedish Albums Chart GLF 49
Swiss Albums Chart Media Control 13 Gold
UK Albums Chart BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 2 3x Platinum

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