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Backbone (Anthony Callea album)

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Studio album by Anthony Callea
Released 16 September 2016
Recorded June–July 2016
Studio Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne
Genre Pop
Length 61:35
Label Sony Music Australia
Producer James Roche
Anthony Callea chronology
Ladies & Gentlemen: The Songs of George Michael
ARIA Number 1 Hits in Symphony

Backbone is the fifth studio album by Australian pop singer Anthony Callea. The album is produced by James Roche of Bachelor Girl and was released on 16 September 2016. It reunites Callea with Sony Music with whom he signed in 2004 and released two studio albums and two number 1 multi-platinum-selling singles.[1] Callea said, "I'm so fortunate that Denis Handlin and Sony Music have embraced my idea of Backbone and allowed me to make this exciting album with them."[2]

Upon announcement of the album, Callea said "With Backbone, we have explored songs that we all know and love – and we've been able to get to the core of these songs, their lyrics and melody, bringing them to the surface with organic and creative musical instrumentation and vocal delivery." He added, "I wrote the title track when I was in Los Angeles, and it sums up the essence of this album."[3]


Myke Bartlett from The Weekly Review said, "If the choices are a tad obvious, the renditions aren’t. In stripping some songs back and slowing others down, Anthony finds something new in the well-worn." [4] A staff writer in Out in Perth gave the album 4 out of 5 saying, "A friendly sing-a-long with an acoustic guitar and piano. Kicking things off with Michael Jackson’s "Man in the Mirror", which is much more laid back than the original. Callea tackles Queen’s "Somebody to Love" acapella which showcases his vocal abilities. A ballad version of Banarama’s "Love in the First Degree" is a highlight, while a gender swap take on TLCs "Unpretty" is nice too."[5]

Track listing

Tracks on Backbone are "stripped back" renditions of 80s and 90s tracks.[6]

1."Man in the Mirror" (Michael Jackson song)4:51
2."Hold On" (Wilson Phillips song)4:02
3."We Belong" (Pat Benatar song)4:51
4."Higher Love" (Steve Winwood song)4:44
5."Sometimes" (Britney Spears song)4:54
6."I Wanna Dance with Somebody/How Will I Know" (Whitney Houston songs)6:28
7."Love in the First Degree" (Bananarama song)4:13
8."Somebody to Love" (Queen song)Freddie Mercury4:06
9."It's All Coming Back to Me Now" (Céline Dion song)6:54
10."King of Wishful Thinking" (Go West song)3:25
11."Fantasy" (Earth, Wind & Fire & Black Box song)
12."Unpretty" (TLC song)4:36
13."Backbone" (original song)


Callea promoted the album with a 5-date tour.[7]

  • September 2: Tweed Heads (Twin Towns)
  • September 3: Mount Pritchard (Mounties)
  • September 23: Revesby (Revesby Workers Club)
  • September 24: Campbelltown (The Cube)
  • September 30: Melbourne (The Palms at Crown)


Backbone debuted at number one in Australia. It was Callea's second number one album and first since his 2005 self-titled debut album. Backbone sold 2949 in the first week,[8] becoming the lowest selling number one debut of all time in Australia.[9]

Chart (2016) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 1


  • Adam Rhodes - Engineer
  • Matt Neighbour - Engineer
  • Carlo Parisi - Drums
  • James Richmond - Percussion
  • James Roach - Piano
  • Mark Amato - Piano
  • Isaac Moran - Guitar
  • Craig Newman - Double bass/ Electric bass
  • Kellie Santin - Saxophone
  • Suzanna Ling - Violin
  • Ruby Paskas - Violin
  • Natasha Conrau - Violin
  • Katie Yap - Viola
  • Charlotte Jacke - Cello / String Captain
  • Susie Ahern - Backing vocals
  • Annette Roche - Backing vocals
  • Rocky Loprevitte - Backing vocals

Release history

Region Date Format Label Catalogue
Australia[11][12] 16 September 2016 CD, digital download Sony Music Australia 88985371212

See also


  1. ^ Steffen Hung. "Anthony Callea discography". Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ "ANTHONY CALLEA TO RELEASE NEW STUDIO ALBUM BACKBONE ON SEPTEMBER 16". Amnplify. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  3. ^ "ANTHONY CALLEA ALBUM CONFIRMED". auspOp. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  4. ^ "The Weekly Review". The Weekly Review. 13 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  5. ^ "CD Reviews: Callea, Streisand, Spears and more". Out in Perth. 23 September 2016. Retrieved 25 September 2016.
  6. ^ "Anthony Callea brings stripped back show to Mounties with Backbone tour". Daily Telegraph. 24 August 2016. Retrieved 24 August 2016.
  7. ^ "Anthony Callea News". 10 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Meat Loaf's career over in Australia as new album sells just 344 copies in first week". Cameron Adams. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  9. ^ "Its Not Anthony Callea's Fault No 1 Sales Are Low". Paul Cashmere. Noise 11. 29 September 2016. Retrieved 28 September 2016.
  10. ^ " – Anthony Callea – Backbone". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 September 2016.
  11. ^ "Backbone by Anthony Callea". iTunes Store (Australia). Apple. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  12. ^ "Backbone by Anthony Callea". JB Hi-Fi. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
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