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Released: May 31, 1999

Rating: 3.368 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: mainstream rock

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Album Tracks:

  1. Whenever I Stop
  2. Now That You’re Gone
  3. Ordinary Girl
  4. All the Light I Need
  5. What Will You Do
  6. My Little Island
  7. Open Up
  8. When I Get Over You
  9. If Only
  10. Asking for the Last Time
  11. Always Listen to Your Heart
  12. Did You See Me Coming
  13. Look Across at Dreamland


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sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
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peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 14

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Now That You’re Gone (5/17/99) #35 UK
  • Whenever I Stop (8/28/99) #73 UK

M6 (aka “Mike + The Mechanics”)
Mike + The Mechanics
“For most of Mike + the Mechanics [aka M6], Mike + the Mechanics play it fairly safe, offering strongly melodic adult contemporary material with excellent performances. It’s the rare track, however, that is truly captivating. The band continues to experiment with electronica influences though, and it is on those tracks, the anthems Now That You’ve Gone and When I Get Over You, where the group offers something innovative to fans of its music. In fact, ‘When I Get Over You’ hardly sounds like Mike + the Mechanics at all, and more like modern releases from the likes of Sting and Roxette, with a haunting string arrangement played over pulsating beats and keyboard effects” (Orens).

“The rest of Mike + the Mechanics sounds similar to Beggar on a Beach of Gold, with prominent rhythm guitars and emotional vocals. While the songwriting is not as strong as on that album, the band continues to show interest in nice production touches such as the crackling record background to My Little Island” (Orens).

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previous album: Beggar on a Beach of Gold (1995) next album: Rewired (2004)

Last updated January 18, 2009.