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All This Time (Michelle McManus song)

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"All This Time"
File:All This Time.jpg
Single by Michelle
from the album The Meaning of Love
A-side"All This Time"
B-side"On the Radio"
Released25 November 2003 (2003-11-25)
FormatCD single
Recorded2003
GenrePop
Length4:23
LabelBMG
Songwriter(s)Mac/Hector/Tennant
Producer(s)Steve Mac
Michelle singles chronology
"All This Time"
(2003)
"The Meaning of Love"
(2004)

"All This Time" is a song written for the winner of the second series of Pop Idol in the United Kingdom. The last two acts in the show, Michelle McManus and Mark Rhodes both performed the song in the final: McManus went on to win, and released "All This Time" as her debut single. It reached number one on the UK Singles Chart on 11 January 2004 and remained there for three weeks,[1] later being included on her debut album, The Meaning of Love. Subsequent releases failed to duplicate its success, and McManus was dropped by BMG.[2]

Reception[edit source | edit]

BBC Music writer Ruth Mitchell described the song as "epic", with a "glorious array of lush harmonies".[3] A Daily Record journalist called it "beautiful" and a "brilliant pop gem which is laced with a luxurious gospel feel".[4] Ian Hyland in the Sunday Mirror unfavourably compared McManus to previous Pop Idol winner Will Young, but nevertheless rated the single 7/10.[5]

Conversely, Fiona Shepherd in The Scotsman described the track as a "tuneless dirge",[6] while an Entertainment.ie critic labelled it "a triumph of hype over substance".[7] Daily Telegraph critic Lynsey Hanley called the song "utterly forgettable" and "one of the lamest Pop Idol-sponsored efforts", and argued that it achieved the UK #1 position "on the back of the series' success".[8]

Music video[edit source | edit]

The music video for "All This Time" was recorded in December 2003 and was released to UK Music Channels that same month. The video shows Michelle singing the song in front of a pure black background. The video also shows certain moments from Michelle's time in Pop Idol.

Track listings and formats[edit source | edit]

UK CD Single

  1. "All This Time"
  2. "On the Radio"

Charts[edit source | edit]

Certifications[edit source | edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover versions[edit source | edit]

Almighty Records artist Deja Vu featuring Tasmin recorded a cover version of "All This Time". The Almighty Anthem Radio Edit (3:56) and 12" Anthem Mix (7:28)

References[edit source | edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  2. English, Paul (4 September 2010). "Michelle McManus: How I fought back from Pop Idol rejection to sing for the Pope". Daily Record. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  3. "The Meaning of Love". BBC Music. Retrieved 2012-05-31.
  4. "Singles & Albums: Single of the week". Daily Record. TheFreeLibrary.com. 9 January 2004. Retrieved 29 September 2016.
  5. Hyland, Ian (4 January 2004). "Reviews: Hyland's Verdict - Singles". Sunday Mirror. Trinity Mirror.
  6. Shepherd, Fiona (13 February 2004). "An emotional wreck". The Scotsman. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  7. "Michelle - The Meaning of Love". entertainment.ie. 23 February 2004. Retrieved 31 May 2012.
  8. Hanley, Lynsey (16 February 2004). "CD reviews: Viktoria Tolstoy and more". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  9. "Hits of the World – Eurocharts" (PDF). Billboard. Vol. 116 no. 4. 24 January 2004. p. 39. Retrieved 18 March 2020.
  10. "The Irish Charts – Search Results – All This Time". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  11. "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 July 2017.
  12. "The Official UK Singles Chart 2004" (PDF). UKChartsPlus. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  13. "British single certifications – Michelle – All This Time". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 7 July 2018. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type All This Time in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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