Catch You

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"Catch You"
Single by Sophie Ellis-Bextor
from the album Trip the Light Fantastic
B-side "Down with Love"
Released 19 February 2007 (Ireland, UK)
28 April 2007 (Australia)
Format Digital download, CD single, 12-inch single
Recorded 2006, Echo Studios (East Road, London)
Length 3:17
Label Fascination
Songwriter(s) Cathy Dennis, Greg Kurstin, Rhys Barker
Producer(s) Greg Kurstin
Sophie Ellis-Bextor singles chronology
"Circles (Just My Good Time)"
"Catch You"
"Me and My Imagination"
"Circles (Just My Good Time)"
"Catch You"
"Me and My Imagination"

"Catch You" is a song by the British recording artist Sophie Ellis-Bextor for her third album, Trip the Light Fantastic (2007). It was written by Cathy Dennis, Rhys Barker and Greg Kurstin and produced by Kurstin, it was released as the album's first single on 19 February 2007. "Catch You" is a pop rock song and talks about Bextor chasing the guy that she wants.

It received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who commended the infusion of rock guitars and electronic beats, while calling it a strident and very good song. A music video was directed by Sophie Muller and it shows Sophie chasing a guy in Venice, the song performed moderately on the charts, reaching number 8 on the UK Singles Chart, peaking inside the top twenty on the Italian and Russian Singles Chart and inside the top fifty on the other countries.

Background and composition[edit]

The single was first announced on New Year's Eve 2006, where Ellis-Bextor performed the song on the BBC's "New Year Live" show.[1] "Catch You" was written by Cathy Dennis and co-written by Greg Kurstin and Rhys Barker and produced by Greg Kurstin.[2] It is a pop rock song[3] and combines guitars, zingy keyboards, nu wave angular guitars with a nagging pop melody,[4] the lyrics concern Sophie possibly bugging various parts of her bloke's flat (mailbox, "easy chair", flatscreen), in the hope that she will "catch him".[5]

Critical reception[edit]

K. Ross Hoffman of Allmusic commented, "She sounds dramatically reinvigorated here, with a notable infusion of rock guitars and often a forceful, even menacing, electro edge to the productions, evident right out the gate in this strident, barnstorming first single."[6] Nick Levine of Digital Spy called it "a turbo-charged stalker-pop."[7] Emily MacKay of Yahoo! Music called it "a merciless first strike, a crisp, laser-cut, feather-light puff of dance-floor ephemera sprinkled with disco 'pow!'s, its '70s synth-Chinoiserie chorus given an icy aloofness by Sophie's plummy delivery."[8] Stuart Waterman of Popjustice commented: "It is both a very good song and an excellent advertisement for romantic lunacy, it sounds not unlike what would happen if the Sugababes kidnapped Avril Lavigne and bullied her into playing guitar on one of their more 'upbeat' numbers."[5]

Talia Kraines of BBC Music wrote that the song "gave us a grittier Sophie."[9] Stuart McCaighy of This Is Fake DIY gave the song a mixed review, commenting "It was perhaps a touch one-dimensional, too 'of the moment' for a lead single; its chorus dragged rather than ignited."[10] However, Kitty Empire of The Observer expressed: "It's a rubberised stab of bunny-boiler club-pop, which deserved to chart higher than number 8."[11]

Chart performance[edit]

When the song was released, its immediate competition included Kelis's single "Lil Star", The Fray's "How to Save a Life", Take That's "Shine", Justin Timberlake's "What Goes Around..." and Mika's "Grace Kelly". "Catch You" peaked at #8 on the UK Singles Chart.[12] The single also peaked at #33 on the ARIA Singles Chart and at #7 on the ARIA Dance Chart, the song also reached the B-list of Radio 1's official playlist and the A-list of BBC Radio 2's official playlist. The song stayed in the UK Top 40 for two months and went to sell 148,000 copies.[13]

Music video[edit]

The music video was subsequently filmed in Venice by Sophie Muller, and was released on 13 January 2007, the video has been compared to the movie Don't Look Now.[14]

Track listing[edit]

  • 2-Track Single
  1. "Catch You" — 3:17
  2. "Down with Love" — 3:55
  • Maxi Single
  1. "Catch You" — 3:17
  2. "Down with Love" — 3:55
  3. "Catch You" (Moto Blanco Radio Edit) — 3:31
  4. "Catch You" (Riff & Rays Radio Edit) — 3:35
  5. "Catch You" (Music Video) — 3:27
  • 12" Vinyl
  1. "Catch You" (Moto Blanco Club Mix) — 8:29
  2. "Catch You" (Moto Blanco Dub) — 6:49
  3. "Catch You" (Digital Dog Mix) — 6:37
  4. "Catch You" (Riff & Rays Mix) — 8:19
  • 12" Picture Disc
  1. "Catch You" — 3:17
  2. "Catch You" (Jay Cox's Fizzekal Half Dub Remix) — 6:08
  3. "Catch You" (Moto Blanco Radio Edit) — 3:31
  4. "Catch You" (Digital Dog Mix) — 6:37

Chart performance[edit]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording locations[edit]

  • Recorded at Echo Studios


  • Written by Cathy Dennis, Rhys Barker and Greg Kurstin
  • Vocal production by Cathy Dennis
  • Engineered by Dario Dendi, assisted by Zoe Smith at Eden Studios
  • Assistant vocal recording engineer: Eddie Miller at Echo Studios
  • Programming and instruments by Greg Kurstin
  • Additional programming by Brio Taliaferro
  • Additional guitar: Tim Van Der Kuil
  • All music produced and played by Greg Kurstin

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Trip the Light Fantastic, Interscope Records.[2]


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  2. ^ a b Trip the Light Fantastic (liner notes). Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Fascination Records. 2007. 
  3. ^ "Sophie Ellis-Bextor Catch You: Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Catch You". Contact Music. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Waterman, Stuart (28 January 2007). "Sophie Ellis-Bextor 'Catch You' - Popjustice". Popjustice. Archived from the original on 27 October 2007. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross (21 May 2007). "Trip the Light Fantastic - Sophie Ellis-Bextor: Allmusic". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  7. ^ Levine, Nick (23 May 2007). "Sophie Ellis-Bextor: 'Trip The Light Fantastic'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  8. ^ MacKay, Emily (24 May 2007). "Sophie Ellis Bextor - Trip The Light Fantastic - Yahoo! Music". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on 22 July 2011. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  9. ^ Kraines, Talia (24 May 2007). "BBC - Music - Review of Sophie Ellis Bextor - Trip the Light Fantastic". BBC. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  10. ^ McCaighy, Stuart (21 May 2007). "Sophie Ellis Bextor - Trip The Light Fantastic". This Is Fake DIY. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  11. ^ EMpire, Kitty (20 May 2007). "CD of the Week: Trip the Light Fantastic by Sophie Ellis Bextor | Music | The Observer". The Observer. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Sophie Ellis Bextor Forums: Catch You - Review". 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 May 2008. Retrieved 21 July 2008.  Catch You - copies sold in the UK
  14. ^ Eyre, Hermione (28 April 2007). "Ice queen: Sophie Ellis-Bextor, pop's coolest diva". The Independent. Retrieved 24 February 2011. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f g h "Catch You - Chart Positions" Archived 8 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.. Music-square. Retrieved 16 June 2007.
  16. ^ " – Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Catch You" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  17. ^ "Italian Singles Chart". Retrieved 5 May 2007.
  18. ^ "Netherlands Singles Chart". Retrieved 25 August 2007.
  19. ^ Russian Airplay Detection TopHit 100
  20. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100 - Official Charts Company". 

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