The Absence (Melody Gardot album)

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The Absence
The-absence-melody-gardot.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 29, 2012 (2012-05-29)
Genre
Length57:51
LabelVerve
ProducerHeitor Pereira
Melody Gardot chronology
My One and Only Thrill
(2009)
The Absence
(2012)
Currency of Man
(2015)
Singles from The Absence
  1. "Mira"
    Released: April 5, 2012[1]
  2. "Amalia"
    Released: April 6, 2012[2]

The Absence is the third studio album by American singer and songwriter Melody Gardot. It was released on May 29, 2012, by Verve Records and produced by Heitor Pereira. The same year, Gardot participated in an advertisement campaign for Piaget for which she recorded the song "La Vie en rose". This song appeared on a re-release of The Absence which also included a music video and the making of the same track.

Commercial reception[edit]

A four-song EP, The Absence EP, was first released as an iTunes exclusive on May 15, 2012, serving as a preview for the album.[3] The EP debuted on the Top Jazz Albums at number eight.[4]

The album itself was released two weeks later on May 29, 2012. It debuted at number one on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums,[5] and at number 33 on Billboard 200,[6] selling 10,000 copies in its first week. The album had sold 51,000 copies in the US as of May 2015.[7] The album was certified platinum in France on November 14, 2012, signifying 100,000 copies sold.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Melody Gardot, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Mira"4:16
2."Amalia" (writers: Gardot, Heitor Pereira, Phil Roy)3:03
3."So Long"3:50
4."So We Meet Again My Heartache"4:32
5."Lisboa"5:27
6."Impossible Love"3:49
7."If I Tell You I Love You"3:33
8."Goodbye" (writers: Gardot, Jesse Harris)3:38
9."Se Você Me Ama" (Gardot, Pereira)4:56
10."My Heart Won't Have It Any Other Way"2:34
11."Iemanja" (contains hidden track "Chegue Journeyman")18:13
Total length:57:51
iTunes Store bonus tracks[9]
No.TitleLength
11."Iemanja"4:03
12."La Vie en rose" (lyrics: Edith Piaf; music: Louiguy)5:17
13."Mira" (Hamilton & Yamandu acoustic version)5:09
14."Iemanja" (Hamilton & Yamundu acoustic version)2:23
15."The Absence – Track by Track Commentary"24:57
Total length:81:24
Japanese edition bonus tracks[10][11]
No.TitleLength
11."Iemanja"4:03
12."The Willow"7:00
Total length:50:20
Repack version bonus tracks[12]
No.TitleLength
11."Iemanja"4:03
12."La Vie en rose" (lyrics: Piaf; music: Louiguy)5:19
13."La Vie en rose" (music video; Enhanced CD)3:07
14."La Vie en rose" (making of; Enhanced CD)4:45
Total length:48:49
Deluxe edition bonus DVD[13]
No.TitleLength
1."Mira" (Hamilton & Yamandu acoustic version)5:09
2."Iemanja" (Hamilton & Yamundu acoustic version)2:23
3."La Vie en rose"5:17
4."La Vie en rose" (making of)4:00
5."The Absence by Melody Gardot" (EPK film)21:00

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
France (SNEP)[8] Platinum 100,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[48] Gold 10,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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