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Angels with Dirty Faces
Studio album by Sugababes
Released August 26, 2002
Recorded 2001 - 2002
Genre Pop, urban, R&B, electronic
Length 41:30
Label Island
Producer Bloodshy & Avant, Robin Boult, Robbie Bronnimann, Craigie, Fredro, Howard Jones, Lucas, Jony Rockstar, Ron Tom, Jeremy Wheatley, Richard X, Xenomania
Professional reviews
Sugababes chronology
One Touch
(2000)
Angels with Dirty Faces
(2002)
Three
(2003)
Singles from Angels with Dirty Faces
  1. "Freak like Me"
    Released: April 22, 2002
  2. "Round Round"
    Released: August 12, 2002
  3. "Stronger"/"Angels with Dirty Faces"
    Released: November 4, 2002
  4. "Shape"
    Released: March 10, 2003

Angels with Dirty Faces is the second studio album by British girl group Sugababes, released by Island Records in the United Kingdom on August 26, 2002 and in most European territories by September 2002. The album marked the band's debut on the Island label, following their split with London Records in 2001, and was their first regular release to be recorded under the second line-up, including new-member Heidi Range, who replaced founding member Siobhán Donaghy.

The album features production from Lucas Secon and Xenomania, and peaked domestically at #2 on the UK Albums Chart and has since been certified 3x Platinum by the BPI, and is the group's highest selling album to date. In Australia, the album was released on November 18 2002.[1] It is also the first, and to date, only, album by the Sugababes to contain two number one singles.

Contents

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 because of personal differences within the band. 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 2002, 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 2002, where it gained considerable success.

Chart performance

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).

Track listing

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Freak Like Me"   Eugene Hanes, Marc Valentine, Loren Hill, William Collins, George Clinton, Gary Numan 3:17
2. "Blue"   Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena, Heidi Range, Howard Jones, Robbie Bronniman, Robin Boult 3:56
3. "Round Round"   Higgins, Cooper, Cowling, Coler, Buchanan, Buena, Range, Pflueger, Stecher, Hofmann, Spadavecchia 3:57
4. "Stronger"   Lipsey, De Fries, Howard, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range 4:00
5. "Supernatural"   Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Michelle Belle 3:37
6. "Angels With Dirty Faces"   Higgins, Bradley, Powell, Cooper, Gray, Buchanan, Buena, Range 3:48
7. "Virgin Sexy"   K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range, Lucas, Mary-Ann Morgan 3:45
8. "Shape"   Sting, Dominic Miller, Craigie 4:14
9. "Just Don't Need This (UK Bonus Track)"   J. Lipsey, F. Howard, J. Shaw, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range 3:32
10. "No Man No Cry (UK Bonus Track)"   C. Dodds, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range 3:34
11. "Switch"   Felix Howard, Frederick Odesjo, Henrick Jonback, Nina Woodford, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range 3:37
12. "More Than A Million Miles"   Lucas, Mary-Ann Morgan, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range 3:24
13. "Breathe Easy (Acoustic Jam)"   C. Dodds, K. Buchanan, M. Buena, H. Range 3:59
14. "Round Round (Alternative Mix) [UK Bonus Track]"   Higgins, Cooper, Cowling, Coler, Buchanan, Buena, Range, Pflueger, Stecher, Hofmann, Spadavecchia 6:07

Charts and certification

Chart (2002) Provider Peak
position
Certification
Austrian Albums Chart Media Control 19[2]
Australian Hitseekers Album Chart ARIA 5[3]
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart Ultratop/Nielsen 15[4]
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart 48[5]
Danish Albums Chart Universal 37[6]
Dutch Albums Chart Nielsen Soundscan 12[7] Gold[8]
Finnish Albums Chart GLF 32[9]
German Albums Chart Media Control 13[10]
Irish Albums Chart BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 11[11]
New Zealand Albums Chart RIANZ 21[12]
Norwegian Albums Chart VG Nett 11[13]
Swedish Albums Chart GLF 49[14]
Swiss Albums Chart Media Control 13[15] Gold[16]
UK Albums Chart BPI/The Official UK Charts Company 2[17] 3x Platinum[18]

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