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Be Someone Else
Studio album by Slimmy
ReleasedJune 14, 2010[1]
Recorded2006 - 2010
- Estúdios da Aguda, Portugal
- Wrong Planet Studios, United Kingdom[2]
Length38:53 (standard edition)
73:16 (deluxe edition)
LabeliPlay
ProducerQuico Serrano, Mark J Turner[2]
Slimmy chronology
Slimmy Unplugged
(2008)
Be Someone Else
(2010)
Singles from Be Someone Else
  1. "Be Someone Else"
    Released: January 1, 2010
  2. "The Games You Play"
    Released: March 6, 2010 (iTunes only)
  3. "I Can't Live Without You In This Town"
    Released: June 14, 2010 (promo only)
 
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Be Someone Else
Studio album by Slimmy
ReleasedJune 14, 2010[1]
Recorded2006 - 2010
- Estúdios da Aguda, Portugal
- Wrong Planet Studios, United Kingdom[2]
Length38:53 (standard edition)
73:16 (deluxe edition)
LabeliPlay
ProducerQuico Serrano, Mark J Turner[2]
Slimmy chronology
Slimmy Unplugged
(2008)
Be Someone Else
(2010)
Singles from Be Someone Else
  1. "Be Someone Else"
    Released: January 1, 2010
  2. "The Games You Play"
    Released: March 6, 2010 (iTunes only)
  3. "I Can't Live Without You In This Town"
    Released: June 14, 2010 (promo only)

Be Someone Else is the second studio album by Portuguese singer-songwriter Slimmy. Saul Davies was first set to be the producer of the album, however, such collaboration wasn't possible and Slimmy started working on the album with his longtime producers Quico Serrano and Mark J Turner. Other musicians joined Slimmy for the recording of the album: Paulo Garim in the bass and Tó-Zé in the drums, who already worked with slimmy in Beatsound Loverboy, and Gustavo Silva, in the keyboards and Daniel Santos in the guitar as guest musicians. He mentioned that all production process happened because of him and that he was the one with the "last word" on his projects, not the bands or producers that he worked with. Originally due for release on May 2010, the album's release was pushed back to 14 June 2010. The album was released in three formats: the physical standard edition, the physical deluxe edition with 2 discs and the digital format featuring 10 tracks.

Slimmy defined the album as "freedom, with a bit of "teasing" and "sexual", an album full of strong songs dedicated to his fans. The album is essentially a rock album, a completely opposite of Beatsound Loverboy, which features a more electronic sound, keeping, however, the same connection between rock and electro music. In an interview with JN Slimmy declared that the album feels more organic and less electronic because in Beatsound Loverboy, there was no one else to play the songs but him. While maintaining his irreverence, Slimmy guarantees, however, that what matters is to make music that people intending to sing and lyrics that people can understand. He also said that he already received criticism for not being a singer with a proper style, but "I try to provide different sensations to people.

Slimmy's most significant promotion marked the beginning of "A Very Slimmy Tour", starting on 18 February 2011 at the Kastrus River Klub in Esposende and ending on 30 April 2011 at the Pitch Club in Porto. Slimmy's "Be Someone Else Tour" began on 6 May 2011 with its opening show at the Academy Week in Mirandela. Neither of the album's singles, "Be Someone Else" and "The Games You Play", were particularly successful, charting anywhere. Critical response to the album was generally favorable, with critics praising Quico Serrano and Mark Turner's Be Someone Else '​s polished production, calling the album more direct and humanized than Beatsound Loverboy. "Be Someone Else" was a commercial disappointment, the album didn't managed to chart on any official chart company to date. Two music videos were released from the album: "The Games You Play", produced by Ana Andrade, Carla Fardilha, Clara Araújo Teixeira and Helena Oliveira, premiered on 17 November 2009 on YouTube and "Be Someone Else", produced by Riot Films and premiered on 27 June 2010.

Background and development[edit]

Production[edit]

Slimmy started working on the album with his longtime producers Quico Serrano and Mark Turner by the third quarter of 2009.[2] Saul Davies was first set to be the producer of the album, however, Davies was on tour with the band James at the time, making such collaboration impossible.[3] Other musicians joined Slimmy for the recording of the album: Paulo Garim in the bass and Tó-Zé in the drums, who already worked with slimmy in Beatsound Loverboy, and Gustavo Silva, in the keyboards and Daniel Santos in the guitar as guest musicians.[4] Slimmy commented that most songs on the album are re-recordings which were recorded in Portugal in 2006 and 2007,[5] however, these suffered some changes during the recording sessions at the Wrong Planet Studios in the UK, to improve their sound quality.[6]

In an interview with Susana Faria of JPN, Slimmy defined the album as "freedom, with a bit of "teasing" and "sexual", an album full of strong songs dedicated to my fans".[7] During this same interview, Slimmy talked about the album:

Concept and music[edit]

"This album is about the experiences that I lived or the places where I've been through, but very timeless experiences."

Slimmy during interview with Jornal Metro[5]

The album is essentially a rock album, a completely opposite of Beatsound Loverboy, which features a more electronic sound, keeping, however, the same connection between rock and electro music. Slimmy has been influenced by rock artists such as Placebo, IAMX and Kings of Leon.[7] Slimmy explained that Be Someone Else sounds different from Beatsound Loverboy because of its complex and structured production.[7] Slimmy mentioned that Be Someone Else is less individualist than Beatsound Loverboy, he declares that this album is like "a message about being who you are", while his previous album talked about his past experiences, specially about his experience in London.[7] In an interview with Palco Principal, Slimmy was asked if he missed the "One Man Show" times. He declared that "Doesn't matter how big the bands that play with me are, I will always feel like "one", because, in this new record, I was the one who spent nights working on the album, not my band". He also mentioned that all production process happened because of him and that he was the one with the "last word" on his projects, not the bands or producers that he worked with.[3] During this same interview, Slimmy confessed that is always good to have someone with great ideas to work with, in this case, he was talking about him. He explained: "if there were five persons creating music, there would be a lot of mess, that's why do it all and I'm glad people trust in me for that".[3]

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"I Can't Live Without You In This Town", an electro rock ballad, makes a markable difference from the other tracks, some critics called the chorus of the song memorable.[8] The song is dedicated to a girl Slimmy met in Texas in 2004.[5] The album also features a song entitled "Together 4ever" remixed by DJ Ride. The song "Beatsound Loverboy", included on the Beatsound Loverboy Remixes EP, was also remixed by DJ Ride.[9]

In an interview with JN Slimmy declared that the album feels more organic and less electronic because in Beatsound Loverboy, there was no one else to play the songs but him.[10] He explained that with the trio now completely formed, it is a whole different concept, everything sounds different, and their presence on stage is more energetic and trustful.[10] Slimmy also declared that SLIMMY is no longer a solo project, but also belongs to those who follow it.[10] In an interview with Jornal Metro, Slimmy said that the album reflects the maturity, greater stability in the mind. While maintaining his irreverence, Slimmy guarantees, however, that what matters is to "make music that people intending to sing and lyrics that people can understand. I do not do things to shock", he also said that he already received criticism for not being a singer with a proper style, but "I try to provide different sensations to people. When I sing alive, I sound much more rock, but in this album, there are many different spirit moods".[5]

Release and promotion[edit]

Originally due for release on May 2010, the album's release was pushed back to 14 June 2010.[2] It was released in three formats: the physical standard edition, featuring 10 tracks;[11] the physical deluxe edition with 2 discs, the first disc featuring the standard 10 track listing plus a bonus remix of "Together 4ever" and the second disc, released in digipack format together with the other CD, featuring remixes of 8 songs from Beatsound Loverboy;[12] and the digital format featuring 10 tracks.[1] Both standard and deluxe edition's jewel case CD contained a booklet with alternative covers.[12]

In an interview with Palco Principal, on March 23, 2010, Slimmy revealed the title of the album.[4] He explained: "As a first resort, when I wrote the lyrics of the song ["Be Someone Else"], I just wanted to warn those who not work, but still waiting for results. If you want to be somebody, you have to give much of yourself, is not enough to "give less and expect more". However, over the years, I realized that music was also for the kind of people that bring us down. Life is not a race. We must be ourselves, open our eyes and always look forward."[3]

Slimmy performing during the "Be Someone Else Tour", on 6 May 2011.

While being interviewed by Palco Principal, Slimmy declared he was bit "unsure" about the promotion process of the album, he affirmed that he already had shows to make in France and Germany, but his real intention was to tour Portugal intensively, because he felt he had no success in his country.[3] The first promotional concert toke place at the Cidade do Porto Shopping on 26 March 2010, where Slimmy sang a few songs from his album, including "The Games You Play" and "Be Someone Else".[13] Slimmy also promoted his album in Albufeira, at the Algarve Shopping's Fnac on November 27, 2010.[14] Slimmy's next significant promotion marked the beginning of "A Very Slimmy Tour", where Slimmy performed songs from his two albums. It started on 18 February 2011 at the Kastrus River Klub in Esposende[15] and ended on 30 April 2011 at the Pitch Club in Porto.[16] The first music video to be released was "The Games You Play", produced by Ana Andrade, Carla Fardilha, Clara Araújo Teixeira and Helena Oliveira. It premiered on 17 November 2010 on YouTube.[17] A music video was also made for "Be Someone Else", produced by Riot Films. It premiered on 27 June 2010 on YouTube.[18] Slimmy's "Be Someone Else Tour" began on 6 May 2011 with its opening show at the Academy Week in Mirandela. Future show dates will be added on 1bigo's Facebook page.[19] Slimmy also performed at the Queima das Fitas in Viana do Castelo on 15 May 2011.[20]

Singles[edit]

"Be Someone Else" was unveiled as the album's lead single. The song was written by Fernandes and produced by Quico Serrano and Mark Turner.[2] It was released to MySpace on 1 January 2010. "The Games You Play", also written by Fernandes and produced by Quico Serrano and Mark Turner, was released as the second single of the album on 6 March 2010 on the iTunes Store.[21] "The Games You Play" premiered on the Antena 3 radio station on 20 September 2009[22] and was released on Slimmy's MySpace profile on 30 September 2009 as a promotional song.[23] Neither of the album's singles were particularly successful, charting anywhere. Despite not being released as a single, "I Can't Live Without You in This Town" is available for digital purchase at Amazon since June 14, 2010.[24] It charted at number 152 at the Metropolis Chart,[25] and it was featured on the eighth season of the Portuguese soap opera Morangos com Açúcar.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
A TrompaFavorable[26]
CDGOPositive[27]
Palco PrincipalFavorable[8]

Since its release, the album has received favorable reviews from contemporary music critics. A Trompa gave the album a favorable review, commenting that "[the album is] fast and oriented to be devoured in dance floors or other places of similar excitement and socializing" it "clearly evokes a modern rock that welcomes people to it". A Trompa also praised Quico Serrano and Mark Turner's polished production, calling the album more direct and humanized then Beatsound Loverboy.[26] CDGO gave the album a positive review and commented that the album is more eclectic and that "it will surely satisfy the fans and other lovers of electronic music. Slimmy emphasizes again his unmistakable style, both musical and his image, proving to be one of the most promising musicians of the new generation of national music."[27] Ágata Ricca from Palco Principal also gave the album a favorable review and stated that "[the album] marks the difference with the previous one, due to Slimmy's mature and reflective attitude" and that the album does not "change Slimmy's past, it just emphasize it and strengthen it". Ágata Ricca also praised the song "I Can't Live Without You In This Town" for its markable difference from the other tracks, calling the chorus of the song memorable. She also said that some other tracks of the album are pretty "danceable".[8]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Paulo Fernandes, all music composed by Paulo Fernandes, Paulo Garim, Tó-Zé, Gustavo Silva, Daniel Santos[1].

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Be Someone Else"  Paulo Fernandes3:22
2."Glad I'm Lonely"  Paulo Fernandes3:46
3."My Flipside"  Paulo Fernandes3:15
4."Nightout"  Paulo Fernandes3:19
5."The Games You Play"  Paulo Fernandes3:29
6."You Give it a Shot"  Paulo Fernandes3:20
7."I Can't Live Without You In This Town"  Paulo Fernandes3:56
8."So Out Of Control"  Paulo Fernandes3:22
9."Touch (Can Only Feel You)"  Paulo Fernandes4:23
10."I'm Open Doors"  Paulo Fernandes3:28
iTunes bonus track
No.TitleLength
11."Together 4ever" (DJ Ride Mix[9])2:57

Deluxe edition[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Taken from iOnline.[2]

Performance Credits
Technical credits

Charts[edit]

Songs[edit]

YearTitleChart Positions
POR
2010"I Can't Live Without You In This Town"152[25]

Release history[edit]

RegionDateLabelFormatEdition(s)
Worldwide[1]June 14, 2010iPlayDigital DownloadStandard edition
Portugal[28]June 21, 2010CDStandard edition, Deluxe edition
France[29]
Belgium[30]
Spain[31]July 20, 2010

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e f "Segundo álbum de Slimmy apresentado sexta-feira no Porto". Ionline. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Novais, Sara (25 June 2010). "Slimmy em entrevista: "Às vezes, chamam-me o Marilyn Manson português"". Palco Principal. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Novais, Sara (23 March 2010). "Novo álbum de Slimmy chama-se "Be Someone Else" e chega em Maio". Palco Principal. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Slimmy - não faço coisas para chocar". Som à Letra. 2 July 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  6. ^ Fernandes, Paulo (2010). "Slimmy's blog". MySpace. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Faria, Susana (15 October 2010). "Slimmy: "Tens mesmo de dar mais de ti se quiseres ser alguém diferente"". JPN. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c Ricca, Ágata (6 March 2011). "Review: A maioridade de Slimmy". Palco Principal. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "Slimmy: "Together 4ever"". youclubvideo.com. 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c R. Alves, Tiago (5 July 2010). "Slimmy: "Sinto-me um estrela de rock"". JN. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
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  12. ^ a b "Slimmy - Be Someone Else (Deluxe edition)". Fnac.pt. June 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
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  14. ^ "SLIMMY - NOITE ADERENTE". Slimmy. April 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
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  20. ^ "Slimmy na Queima das fitas de Viana do Castelo". Slimmy (Facebook). 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
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  24. ^ "I Can't Live Without You In This Town". Amazon. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  25. ^ a b "152 Metropolis". RTP. 12 January 2011. Retrieved 11 May 2011. 
  26. ^ a b "Review: Be Someone Else de Slimmy". A Trompa. 6 March 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
  27. ^ a b "Review: A maioridade de Slimmy". CDGO. June 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  28. ^ "Slimmy lança Be Someone Else". A Vida é um Palco. June 17, 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2011. 
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  30. ^ "Slimmy Be Someone Else - Fnac.be". Fnac.be. June 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 
  31. ^ "Slimmy Be Someone Else - Fnac.es". Fnac.es. July 2010. Retrieved 8 May 2011. 

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