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All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend is the debut studio album by AURORA. It was released on March 11, 2016 through Decca Records. It was preceded as the follow up project to the Running With The Wolves extended play, which was released on May 4, 2015.

Background Edit

The background for the album started at the beginning of 2015. AURORA herself was just beginning to break through as a professional singer and musician with her debut single "Under Stars", which was released on November 25, 2014.

After the single was released, she announced that she began to work on more music, which would eventually become her debut extended play. Then on February 7, 2015, she revealed her second single and lead single from her debut extended play, entitled "Runaway", which began to build upon her existing fan base. From the lead single, the extended play was released, under the title Running With The Wolves, on May 4, 2015.

The second single, entitled "Running With The Wolves", was released 10 June 2015, and was classed as being the breakthrough single of AURORA's singing career. As well as the song bringing her to the centre of the media, it was also her first entry into the charts peaking at number 72 in Germany.

In the summer, she was constantly reported on working on new music and, on 25 August 2015, her third single, entitled "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)", was released. The song itself was released as an acoustic version and released the studio version of the song the following month. It was the first single outside of AURORA's previous work and sparked much controversy over her planning and producing her debut album, which she later confirmed not long after the song was released.

During the late days of October 2015, she confirmed that she was chosen to perform the lead soundtrack for the 2015 John Lewis commercial which was to air in the UK over the Christmas months. The advert premiered on 2 November 2015, revealing a cover version of song "Half the World Away" originally released and conducted by English rock band Oasis back in 1994. The version of the song was another breakthrough success for the singer as it earned her a place in the British and Irish charts, peaking at number 11 and 22, respectively.

AURORA officially released the song as her fourth single a few days later, revealing the details of her debut album. It was announced along with a mini-documentary (Into The Light) under the title All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend and it was to be released on March 11, 2016. She also revealed that "Runaway" was to be treated as the lead single and that "Running With The Wolves" and "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" were listed as songs on the album, as well as "Half The World Away".

In January 2016, since the announcement of her album, AURORA's fifth and sixth single were released, "Conqueror" and "Warrior". They were the last singles released from the album.

Upon the album's release and it's post-release, all of the remaining songs from All My Demons Greeting Me As A Friend were released. "Lucky", "Winter Bird" (22 March 2016), "Through The Eyes Of A Child" (26 May 2016), "I Went Too Far" (3 June 2016), "Black Water Lilies", "Nature Boy", "Wisdom Cries" and "Home" (10 June 2016). During that lengthy period of time, she embarked on a major continental tour of Europe and an individual UK tour to promote the ongoing releases of her debut album.

Critical Reception Edit

All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 80, which indicates "generally favorable reviews", based on 10 reviews.

Commercial performance Edit

The album commercially obtained a good performance in International lists. In Norway debuted in the first position of the Norwegian Albums Chart with more than 55,000 copies sold, obtaining a Gold Disc in certification. In the United States it debuted at the 150th position on Billboard 200 selling 5,000 copies sold in this country. the album also entered the Musical Listings of Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

Vinyl Edit

Artwork (by Jane Long) Edit

Tracklist Edit

Standard edition Edit

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Runaway" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad 4:08
2. "Conqueror" AURORA, Geir Luedy, Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad, Jeremy Wheatley 3:27
3. "Running With The Wolves" AURORA, Michelle Leonard, Nicolas Rebscher Odd Martin Skålnes, Nicolas Rebscher, Magnus Skylstad 3:14
4. "Lucky" AURORA, Odd Martin Skålnes Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad 4:13
5. "Winter Bird" AURORA, Jonny Wright Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad 4:04
6. "I Went Too Far" AURORA, Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad, Jeremy Wheatley 3:27
7. "Through The Eyes Of A Child" AURORA, Michelle Leonard, Alf Lund Godbolt Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad, Alf Lund Godbolt 4:34
8. "Warrior" AURORA, Michelle Leonard, Alex Knolle, Nicolas Rebscher, Magnus Skylstad, Janis Liphardt Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad, Jeremy Wheatley 3:43
9. "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)" AURORA, Odd Martin Skålnes Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad 3:20
10. "Home" AURORA, Tom Hull Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad 3:32
11. "Under The Water" AURORA, Electric Odd Martin Skålnes, Electric, Magnus Skylstad 4:24
12. "Black Water Lilies" AURORA, Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad Magnus Skylstad, Odd Martin Skålnes 4:42
Total Length 46:48

Deluxe Edition Edit

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
13. "Half The World Away" Noel Gallagher Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 3:18
14. "Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1) (Acoustic)" AURORA, Odd Martin Skålnes Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad 3:38
15. "Nature Boy (Acoustic)" George Alexander Aberle Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad 3:14
16. "Wisdom Cries" AURORA, Michelle Leonard, Nicolas Rebscher Nicolas Rebscher 4:07
17. "Running With The Wolves (Pablo Nouvelle Remix)" AURORA, Michelle Leonard, Nicolas Rebscher Odd Martin Skålnes, Magnus Skylstad, Nicolas Rebscher, Pablo Nouvelle (remixing) 3:50
Total Length 64:40

Outtakes Edit

Charts Edit

Chart (2016) Peak Position
Australian Albums (ARIA) [1] 51
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [2] 50
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [3] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [4] 95
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [5] 43
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI) [6] 33
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts) [7] 17
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [8] 24
Irish Albums (IRMA) [9] 66
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [10] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [11] 41
UK Albums (OCC) [12] 28
US Billboard 200 [13] 150
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard) [14] 21

Music Videos Edit

AURORA - Runaway

AURORA - Runaway

AURORA - Running With The Wolves

AURORA - Running With The Wolves

AURORA - Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)

AURORA - Murder Song (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)

AURORA - Murder song (Alternative version)

AURORA - Murder song (Alternative version)

AURORA - Half The World Away

AURORA - Half The World Away

AURORA - Conqueror

AURORA - Conqueror

AURORA - I Went Too Far

AURORA - I Went Too Far

AURORA - Winter Bird

AURORA - Winter Bird

Credits Edit

  • Aurora Aksnes – vocals (all tracks); piano (tracks 1, 6, 7, 12); synth (track 1)
  • Alf Lund Godbolt – synth (tracks 2, 4); programming (track 7)
  • Nicolas Rebscher – synth (track 3); keyboards & programming (track 16); programming (track 3)
  • Odd Martin Skålnes – synth (tracks 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12); piano (tracks 10, 13); drums & percussion (track 2); programming (tracks 2, 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13); bass guitar (tracks 2, 3, 4, 9, 10); acoustic guitar (tracks 14, 15)
  • Magnus Åserud Skylstad – synth (tracks 1, 4, 7, 8); piano (track 2); drums & percussion (all tracks)
  • Oystein Skar – synth (track 10)
  • Pete Davis – keyboards & programming (tracks 2, 6, 8)
  • Michelle Leonard – keyboards & programming (track 16)
  • Edvard Eriford – programming (track 11)
  • Henrik Michelsen – programming (track 11)
  • Matias Monsen – cello (track 15)
  • Askjell Solstrand – wurlitzer organ (track 13)
  • Geoff Lawson – conductor (The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) (track 13)

References Edit

  1. http://www.noise11.com/news/aria-albums-zayn-has-the-no-1-album-in-australia-20160402
  2. http://www.austriancharts.at/showitem.asp?interpret=Aurora+%5BNO%5D&titel=All+My+Demons+Greeting+Me+As+A+Friend&cat=a
  3. http://www.ultratop.be/nl/album/48690/Aurora-[NO]-All-My-Demons-Greeting-Me-As-A-Friend
  4. http://www.ultratop.be/fr/album/48690/Aurora-[NO]-All-My-Demons-Greeting-Me-As-A-Friend
  5. https://www.billboard.com/music/Aurora/chart-history/canadian-albums
  6. http://www.ifpicr.cz/hitparada/index.php Note: On the chart page, select {{{date}}} on the field besides the word "Zobrazit", and then click over the word to retrieve the correct chart data. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  7. http://www.dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Aurora+%5BNO%5D&titel=All+My+Demons+Greeting+Me+As+A+Friend&cat=a
  8. https://www.offiziellecharts.de/album-details-296592
  9. http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p%2Fmusicvideo%2Fmusic%2Farchive%2Findex_test.jsp&ct=240002&arch=t&lyr=2016&year=2016&week=11
  10. https://www.vglista.no/topplister/topp-40-album-2017-47/www.vglista.no/topplister/topp-40-album-2016-01/www.vglista.no/topplister/topp-40-album-2016-11/
  11. http://www.swisscharts.com/album/Aurora-[NO]/All-My-Demons-Greeting-Me-As-A-Friend-296592
  12. http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/albums-chart/20160318/7502/
  13. https://www.billboard.com/music/Aurora/chart-history/billboard-200
  14. https://www.billboard.com/music/AURORA/chart-history/alternative-albums