Leave It Beautiful

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Leave It Beautiful
Standard edition cover. On the Complete edition, Astrid's robe is colored pink instead of yellow.
Studio album by
Released16 October 2020
Recorded2020
Genre
Length28:30
Label
Producer
Astrid S chronology
Down Low
(2019)
Leave It Beautiful
(2020)
Felt Cute Might Delete Later
(2023)
Singles from Leave It Beautiful
  1. "Dance Dance Dance"
    Released: 5 June 2020
  2. "Marilyn Monroe"
    Released: 21 August 2020
  3. "It's Ok If You Forget Me"
    Released: 18 September 2020

Leave It Beautiful is the debut studio album by Norwegian singer Astrid S, released on 16 October 2020 by Universal Music A/S and Virgin EMI. It followed a string of five extended plays and several singles and collaborations. It was announced on 15 September 2020 and was preceded by the three singles, "Dance Dance Dance", "Marilyn Monroe", and "It's Ok If You Forget Me".[3]

Background and development[edit]

Astrid's first release of 2020 was a collaboration with American country singer Brett Young titled "I Do"; the song reached at number three in Norway. On 27 May 2020, Astrid announced the lead single "Dance Dance Dance" from her debut studio album would be released the following week on 5 June. The music video premiered a day later on 6 June. The second single, "Marilyn Monroe" was announced on 19 August 2020 and was released two days later. On 15 September 2020, Astrid announced her debut studio album would be titled Leave It Beautiful and would be released on 16 October 2020. On 16 September, she announced the third single, "It's Ok If You Forget Me", which was released two days later on 18 September 2020.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Leave It Beautiful received positive reviews from music critics. Elosie Bulmer from The Line of Best Fit stated that "Astrid S’ debut is a sleek collection of pop filled exuberance and relatability".[4]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
RIOT[5]
The Line of Best Fit[6]
Evening Standard[7]
Idolator[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks produced by Jack & Coke alongside Astrid S, except for "Marilyn Monroe" produced alongside Fred Ball, and "Leave It Beautiful", produced alongside A Strut.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Marilyn Monroe"2:54
2."Can't Forget"
2:53
3."Hits Different"
  • Smeplass
  • Tia Scola
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:38
4."It's Okay If You Forget Me"
3:24
5."Dance Dance Dance"
  • Smeplass
  • Litens Anton Nilsson
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:39
6."Airpods"
2:12
7."Good Choices"
3:35
8."Obsessed"
  • Smeplass
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:56
9."If I Can't Have You"
  • Smeplass
  • Maria Hazell
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:15
10."Leave It Beautiful"
3:04
Total length:28:30
Leave It Beautiful (Complete)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Leave It Beautiful"
  • Smeplass
  • Warren
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
  • Soderberg
3:04
2."Marilyn Monroe"
  • Smeplass
  • Mirzazadeh
  • Ball
  • Eichen
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:54
3."Can't Forget"
  • Smeplass
  • Norton
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:53
4."Hits Different"
  • Smeplass
  • Scola
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:38
5."It's Okay If You Forget Me"
  • Smeplass
  • Pennell
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
3:24
6."Dance Dance Dance"
  • Smeplass
  • Nilsson
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:39
7."Airpods"
  • Smeplass
  • Wadge
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:12
8."Good Choices"
  • Smeplass
  • Furoyen
  • H. Flint
  • G. Flint
3:35
9."Obsessed"
  • Smeplass
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:56
10."If I Can't Have You"
  • Smeplass
  • M. Hazell
  • J. Hazell
  • Halldin
2:15
11."I Do" (with Brett Young)
  • Scola
  • Halldin
  • Julia Karisson
2:36
12."Emotion"
3:11
13."Hurts So Good"
3:29
14."Think Before I Talk"3:05
15."Dance Dance Dance" (acoustic)
  • Smeplass
  • Nilsson
  • Hazell
  • Halldin
3:02
16."I Don't Know Why" (with NOTD)3:28
Total length:47:21

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

  • Astrid Smeplass – vocals, background vocals (all tracks), piano (7)
  • Eyelar Mirzazadeh – background vocals (1)
  • Fred Ball – bass programming, drums, guitar, keyboards, percussion, programming (1)
  • Svante Halldin – programming (all tracks), bass programming, drums, guitar, keyboards, percussion (1–4, 6–10); trumpet (9)
  • Jakob Hazell – programming (all tracks), bass programming, drums, guitar, keyboards, percussion (1–4, 6–10); trumpet (9)
  • Peter Axelsson – strings (6)
  • Ludvig Soderberg – background vocals, bass programming, drums, keyboards, percussion, programming (10)

Technical

Charts[edit]

Chart performance for Leave It Beautiful
Chart (2020) Peak
position
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[9] 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ Espen Borge (16 October 2020). ""Leave It Beautiful" av Astrid S". Anmeldelse.
  2. ^ Rob Copsey (15 October 2020). "New Releases". Official Charts Company. Archived from the original on 18 October 2020.
  3. ^ a b Rhian Daly (18 September 2020). "Astrid S announces debut album 'Leave It Beautiful' and shares new single". NME. Retrieved 16 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Astrid S' debut is a sleek collection of pop filled exuberance and relatability". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 2020-12-09.
  5. ^ "Album Review: Astrid S // Leave It Beautiful". 15 October 2020.
  6. ^ "Astrid S' debut is a sleek collection of pop filled exuberance and relatability".
  7. ^ "For Astrid S, quirky beats elevate made-for-the-charts pop". 16 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Album Review: Astrid S' 'Leave It Beautiful'". 19 October 2020.
  9. ^ "VG-lista – Topp 40 Album uke 43, 2020". VG-lista. Retrieved 23 October 2020.