A Stranger in My Own Back Yard
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A Stranger in My Own Back Yard
A Stranger In My Own Back Yard
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1974
RecordedSunset Sounds Studio, Los Angeles and A & R Studios, New York
GenrePop
Length41:49 (62:03 with bonus tracks)
LabelMAM
ProducerGordon Mills
Gilbert O'Sullivan chronology
I'm a Writer, Not a Fighter
(1973)
A Stranger In My Own Back Yard
(1974)
Southpaw
(1977)
Singles from A Stranger In My Own Back Yard
  1. "A Woman's Place"
    Released: August 1974

A Stranger In My Own Back Yard is the fourth studio album by Irish singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan, originally released in October 1974 by MAM Records. Peaking at number 9 on the UK Albums Chart, A Stranger In My Own Back Yard was O'Sullivan's fourth and, to date, final top ten album. Union Square Music reissued the album on the Salvo label in 2012 as part of the Gilbert O'Sullivan - A Singer & His Songs collection.

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

The album's release was preceded by the single "A Woman's Place" in August 1974. "A Woman's Place" was O'Sullivan's first single since his 1970 breakthrough to miss the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart, reaching a peak of number 42 on 7 September. A Stranger In My Own Back Yard was released by MAM Records in October 1974. Spending eight weeks in the top 40 of the UK Albums Chart, it peaked at number 9 on 2 November 1974, becoming O'Sullivan's first album to miss the top five on the UK Albums Chart, A Stranger In My Own Back Yard was O'Sullivan's final top ten album, and he didn't chart with another studio album until 2018's Gilbert O'Sullivan charted at 20. The album was swiftly followed by the release of the non-album single "Christmas Song" in November 1974, which reached a peak position of number 12 on the UK Singles Chart on 4 January 1975.[2]

Upon its release, Billboard called A Stranger In My Own Back Yard "another set of well done, catchy melodies and words by one of the more talented young singer/songwriters to surface in the last few years", and noted that the album features "some strong rockers" alongside O'Sullivan's trademark ballads.[3]

In a retrospective review, Allmusic's J. Scott McClintock considered the album "the patchiest of O'Sullivan's early albums". McClintock found A Woman's Place "shocking chauvinistic" and considered "The Thing Is" and "15 Times" to be "slap-dash efforts". However, McClintock praised "It's So Easy To Be Sad" and "My Father", comparing O'Sullivan's "witty and well-crafted" songs to those of Harry Nilsson.[1]

Track listing

All songs written by Gilbert O'Sullivan.

  1. "Number Four" - 1:25
  2. "A Woman's Place" - 3:17
  3. "No More" - 2:26
  4. "It's So Easy To Be Sad" - 4:42
  5. "My Father" - 2:43
  6. "The Marriage Machine" - 3:28
  7. "If You Ever" - 2:33
  8. "The Thing Is" - 4:01
  9. "Just Like Me" - 3:04
  10. "Victor E" - 2:46
  11. "I Wonder Would You Mind" - 2:19
  12. "15 Times" - 2:21
  13. "Nothing To Do About Much" - 3:27
  14. "Can't Get You To Love Me" - 2:25
  15. "Always Somebody" - 0:53

Bonus tracks on the 2012 remaster

  1. "Happiness is Me and You" (single, February 1974) - 3:11
  2. "Breakfast Dinner and Tea" (b-side of "Happiness is Me and You") - 2:07
  3. "Too Bad" (b-side of "A Woman's Place", August 1974) - 3:13
  4. "To Cut a Long Story Short" (b-side of "Christmas Song", November 1974) - 2:46
  5. "You Are You" (single, January 1975) - 3:20
  6. "Tell Me Why" (b-side of "You Are You") - 2:58
  7. "That's a Fact" (b-side of "I Don't Love You But I Think I Like You", May 1975) - 2:39

Personnel

External links

  1. ^ a b McClintock, J. Scott. "A Stranger In My Own Back Yard". Allmusic. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Gilbert O'Sullivan". Official Charts. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Gilbert O'Sullivan - A Stranger In My Own Back Yard". Billboard: 44. 26 December 1974. Retrieved 2020.

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