100% (Beverley Knight album)

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Beverley Knight - 100 percent.jpg
Studio album by Beverley Knight
Released7 September 2009
GenreR&B, soul
LabelHurricane Records
ProducerThe Rural, DJ Munro & DC Joseph, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila, Issiah "IV" Avila, Kevin Bacon, Jonathan Quarmby
Beverley Knight chronology
The Collection
Soul UK
Singles from 100%
  1. "Every Step"
    Released: 6 July 2009[1]
  2. "Beautiful Night"
    Released: 7 September 2009
  3. "In Your Shoes"
    Released: 9 November 2009
  4. "Soul Survivor"
    Released: 8 March 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
The Mirrorj4/5 stars[2]
Digital Spy3/5 stars[3]

100% is the sixth studio album recorded by English singer-songwriter Beverley Knight, and was the first released on her own record label Hurricane Records following her departure from Parlophone. The album was digitally released on 6 September 2009 followed by a physical release on 7 September 2009 through Absolute Marketing. The lead single from the album, "Beautiful Night" was released as a download-only on the same day as the album.[5] A radio only first single, "Every Step", produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis was added to BBC Radio 2's B-list on 17 June 2009.[6] It was released as a free download on 6 July 2009 for two weeks.[7]

Background and production[edit]

After the release of Music City Soul in 2007, Knight's record contract with Parlophone had come to its natural end. Knight decided she was at the stage in her career where she needed to take full creative control and no longer wished to be tied down by the constraints of her record company.[8] In an interview with Ronnie Herel on BBC 1Xtra on 26 May 2009, Knight revealed that the album will be titled 100% and explains that throughout her entire career, she feels she has given 100% of her effort whether it be recording albums, performing live or through her philanthropic work. Knight goes on to say that the title is also a dedication to her partner, that for the first time she has given 100% to a relationship. This is further illustrated by the title track "100%" which is dedicated to partner James. "The title track is about my total commitment to my boyfriend, something I haven’t always done if I’m truthful. 100% has also become the mantra for my commitment to my career – I always give 100% of myself to music!"[9] The album has a guest appearance from Chaka Khan on the track "Soul Survivor" which was co-written by Knight and Guy Chambers.[10] Originally written for Tina Turner as a testament to her longevity, upon recording it Beverley loved it so much that she decided to keep it and recorded it with Chaka Khan. Knight says "We both see ourselves as soul survivors, we have rode through the ups and downs of our musical careers, and we are both still here and loving it".[9] Other notable collaborators on the album include Jimmy Hogarth, Guy Chambers, Amanda Ghost, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, The Rural, DJ Munro and DC Joseph, and Kevin Bacon and Jonathan Quarmby.

Critical reception[edit]

The album has received a mixture of positive and slightly less favourable reviews from music critics. BBC music critic David Quantick gave the album a positive review commenting that "The title track, which is a full on Anita Baker croon tune, is predicated not on a lot of timbales sprinkling about over some nice chords, but an ambient ripple running under it like Brian Eno leaving his bath taps running"[11] as well as Mayer Nassim from Digital Spy "The deep soul of the title track is the best thing here, evoking the likes of Bobby Womack with its classic dynamics that perfectly match Knight's impressive vocals. 'Bare' is another highlight, a stripped down Whitney-esque torch ballad that frames what is still one of the best voices in British music."[12] A mixed review came from Andy Welch of The Telegraph "At once vintage-Atlantic-soul-sounding yet defiantly British, her nickname as the UK's Queen of Soul couldn’t be more apt. Despite this, she's never really had the material her vocal talent should have. On this, her sixth studio album, nothing has changed."[13] However, Serena Kutchinsky of The London Paper gave it 2 stars while commenting "Yes, Knight has a syrupy smooth voice which is used to full effect on tracks such as Beautiful Night, but the dearth of catchy pop hooks and too much schmaltzy gospel render of it little more than pseudo-soulful tripe".[14]

Track listing[edit]

The track listing for 100% was confirmed by music retailer HMV.[15]

# Track Songwriters Producers Length
1. "Beautiful Night" Beverley Knight, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street The Rural 4:12
2. "Breakout" Beverley Knight, DJ Munro, Dex Nicholson DJ Munro & DC Joseph 3:30
3. "In Your Shoes" Beverley Knight, DJ Munro, Dex Nicholson, Edwyn Collins DJ Munro & DC Joseph 3:07
4. "100%" Beverley Knight, Guy Chambers Kevin Bacon & Jonathan Quarmby 4:04
5. "Every Step" Beverley Knight, James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Bobby Ross Avila, Issiah J. Avila, J. Najera, Cedric Perrier Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, co-produced by Bobby Ross Avila, Issiah "IV" Avila 4:14
6. "Soul Survivor"
(with Chaka Khan)[16]
Beverley Knight, Guy Chambers, Chaka Khan Kevin Bacon & Jonathan Quarmby 4:16
7. "Turned to Stone" Beverley Knight, Jimmy Hogarth Kevin Bacon & Jonathan Quarmby 4:22
8. "Bare" Beverley Knight, Jamie Hartman Kevin Bacon & Jonathan Quarmby 3:17
9. "Square Peg" Beverley Knight, Paul Simm The Rural 4:42
10. "Gold Chain" Beverley Knight, Amanda Ghost, James Dring, Jody Street, Ian Dench The Rural 3:21
11. "Moneyback" Beverley Knight, DJ Munro, Dex Nicholson DJ Munro & DC Joseph 3:19
12. "Painted Pony" Beverley Knight, Craig Wiseman The Rural 3:26
13. "Too Much Heaven"
(backing vocals by Robin Gibb)
Barry Gibb, Maurice Gibb, Robin Gibb Kevin Bacon & Jonathan Quarmby 4:47

Bonus tracks[edit]

Amazon.co.uk Digital download[17]
  • "A Love We'll Never Know"
Play.com Digital download[18]
  • "Force of Nature"
iTunes Exclusive bonus material[19]
  • "In Your Shoes" (live)
  • "Piece of My Heart" (live)
  • "Beautiful Night" (video)
  • Behind the Scenes of "Beautiful Night" (video)

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
UK Albums Chart[20] 17
UK R&B Albums Chart[21] 2

100% – The Remixes[edit]

A remix album, titled 100% – The Remixes was released exclusively on digital download via Beatport on 29 January 2012. It features remixes of three of the 100% album singles, "Beautiful Night", "In Your Shoes" and "Soul Survivor".[22]

100% – The Remixes
Beverley Knight - 100 Percent - The Remixes.jpg
Remix album by Beverley Knight
Released29 January 2012
GenreR&B, Soul
LabelHurricane Records
ProducerCrazy Cousins, Sammy Jay, Wyda Productions, Bimbo Jones
Beverley Knight chronology
100% – The Remixes
Soul UK – The Remixes

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[23]
1."Beautiful Knight" (Crazy Cousins Club Mix Edit)Beverley Knight, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street3:09
2."Beautiful Knight" (Crazy Cousins Funky Mix)Beverley Knight, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street3:53
3."Beautiful Knight" (Crazy Cousins Club Mix)Beverley Knight, Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench, James Dring, Jody Street4:14
4."In Your Shoes" (Sammy Jay Remix)Beverley Knight, DJ Munro, Dex Nicholson, Edwyn Collins3:56
5."Soul Survivor" (Wyda Productions Radio Mix)Beverley Knight, Guy Chambers, Chaka Khan3:23
6."Soul Survivor" (Wyda Productions Extended Mix)Beverley Knight, Guy Chambers, Chaka Khan5:22
7."Soul Survivor" (Bimbo Jones Vocal Mix)Beverley Knight, Guy Chambers, Chaka Khan8:12
8."Soul Survivor" (Bimbo Jones Radio Mix)Beverley Knight, Guy Chambers, Chaka Khan3:35


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