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Home Again
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Released12 March 2012 (2012-03-12)
StudioThe Steam Rooms (Ventnor, Isle of Wight)
GenreIndie, folk
LabelLondon, Polydor (UK)
Interscope (US)
ProducerPaul Butler
Michael Kiwanuka chronology
I'm Getting Ready
Home Again
You've Got Nothing to Lose
Michael Kiwanuka studio album chronology
Home Again
Love & Hate
Singles from Home Again
  1. "Home Again"
    Released: 1 January 2012
  2. "I'm Getting Ready"
    Released: 11 March 2012
  3. "I'll Get Along"
    Released: 28 March 2012
  4. "Bones"
    Released: 24 September 2012
  5. "Tell Me a Tale"
    Released: 2013

Home Again is the debut studio album by London-based singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka, which was released on 12 March 2012.[1] It was produced by Paul Butler of the UK indie rock band The Bees in The Steam Rooms, a basement studio in his house in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight.[2]

The album garnered a positive reception from critics. Home Again peaked at number 4 in the UK and spawned four singles: "Home Again", "I'm Getting Ready", "I'll Get Along" and "Bones". As of May 2012, the album has sold over 70,000 copies in the UK.[3]


  • "Home Again" was released as Kiwanuka's debut single on 1 January 2012. The song peaked to number 29 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "I'm Getting Ready" was released as the album's second single on 11 March 2012. The song peaked at number 187 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "I'll Get Along" was the third single from Home Again and was released on 28 May 2012.[4]
  • "Bones" was released as the album's fourth single on 24 September 2012.
Other releases
  • "Tell Me a Tale" and "I'm Getting Ready" were both the title tracks of their parent EPs. Music videos were produced for both songs, in promotion of those EPs.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[6]
Drowned in Sound7/10[8]
The Guardian4/5 stars[9]
The Independent3/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[13]
The Telegraph4/5 stars[14]

Home Again received 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 72, based on 25 reviews.[5]

Alexis Petredis of The Guardian gave high praise to Butler's production for capturing early '70s soul music and Kiwanuka's vocals and lyrics for feeling authentic, saying that, "Home Again's strength lies in the fact that it manages to tick a lot of boxes without sounding like it set out to tick a lot of boxes."[9] Gareth James of Clash also praised Butler for his soft, acoustic production and compared Kiwanuka's vocals positively to Bill Withers, calling the album "an absolute treat for fans of rootsy vintage soul and a remarkable statement of intent for a debut release."[7] Helen Brown of The Telegraph praised the production aesthetics for sounding complex and easy-going, saying that, "Despite its lyrical portrait of a constant worrier who feels lost and lonely, Home Again is a remarkably assured and sophisticated album."[14] Hilary Saunders of Paste admired Kiwanuka's vocals and lyrics for resembling '70s soul artists like Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye, concluding with, "On Home Again, the young Kiwanuka proves that youth and wisdom are not mutually exclusive and his insights and talents, albeit still a bit raw, suggest great things to come."[12]

Thom Jurek of AllMusic noted that Butler's vintage sounding production felt paint-by-numbers at times and Kiwanuka's lyrical content needed fine-tuning, concluding with, "Despite difficulties, Home Again is a promising debut by an artist who will no doubt deliver big if developed properly."[6] Andy Gill of The Independent also found Kiwanuka's vocals and lyrics needing a bit more urgency and edge to them but called the album "a pleasant enough handful of easy-going songs, in which the focus on warmth has left them lacking bite."[10] Emily Mackay of NME questioned the album's lack of gritty lyrics and false authenticity but said there were tracks that felt like genuine work, concluding that "Home Again provides a sumptuously soft place for tired ears to rest. Enough for many, for now, and a good start."[11] Aaron Lavery of Drowned in Sound felt the album was depressing at times but said that "[I]t’s a minor quibble however, of a record that has clearly been crafted with great care and a terrific talent behind both the songwriting and the production."[8]

Track listing

Standard listing
1."Tell Me a Tale"4:12
2."I'm Getting Ready"2:25
3."I'll Get Along"3:31
5."Home Again"3:30
7."Always Waiting"4:31
8."I Won't Lie"4:06
9."Any Day Will Do Fine"3:40
10."Worry Walks Beside Me"5:02
Total length:38:41
Deluxe Version[15]
11."They Say I'm Doing Just Fine"3:40
12."Now I'm Seeing"2:34
13."Ode to You"3:23
14."I'll Get Along" (Ethan Johns Sessions)3:40
15."I Won't Lie" (Ethan Johns Sessions)4:01
Total length:17:27


Adapted from the Home Again booklet.[16]


Sales and certifications

RegionCertificationCertified units/sales
France (SNEP)[42]Gold50,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[43]Gold25,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[44]Gold10,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[46]Gold101,300[45]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release history

CountryRelease dateFormat(s)Label
United Kingdom12 March 2012Digital download, CD, LPPolydor Records
United States8 May 2012Interscope


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  6. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Home Again – Michael Kiwanuka". AllMusic. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b James, Gareth (3 July 2012). "Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again". Clash. Music Republic. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  8. ^ a b Lavery, Aaron (12 March 2012). "Album Review: Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  9. ^ a b Petridis, Alexis (8 March 2012). "Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again – review". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  10. ^ a b Gill, Andy (9 March 2012). "Album: Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again (Polydor)". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  11. ^ a b Mackay, Emily (12 March 2012). "Michael Kiwanuka – 'Home Again'". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  12. ^ a b Saunders, Hilary (31 July 2012). "Michael Kiwanuka: Home Again". Paste. Wolfgang's Vault. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  13. ^ Hermes, Will (23 May 2012). "Michael Kiwanuka Home Again". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  14. ^ a b Brown, Helen (9 March 2012). "Michael Kiwanuka, Home Again, CD review". The Telegraph. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  15. ^ "MICHAEL KIWANUKA – Diskografie – Home Again (Deluxe Edition) – Album, CD – CDs, Discography – Universal Music".
  16. ^ Home Again (booklet). Michael Kiwanuka. Polydor. 2012. 2785405.CS1 maint: others (link)
  17. ^ "The ARIA Report – Week Commencing ~ 30 July 2012 ~ Issue #1170" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association / Pandora.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
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Michael Kiwanuka auf dem Haldern Pop Festival 2019
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Erklärung der Daten
Home Again
 DE1723.03.2012(12 Wo.)
 AT1323.03.2012(6 Wo.)
 CH1325.03.2012(14 Wo.)
24.03.2012(19 Wo.)
 US8619.05.2012(6 Wo.)
Love & Hate
 DE622.07.2016(8 Wo.)
 AT1129.07.2016(4 Wo.)
 CH424.07.2016(… Wo.)
22.07.2016(27 Wo.)
 US17006.08.2016(1 Wo.)
 DE2308.11.2019(3 Wo.)
 AT3115.11.2019(3 Wo.)
 CH810.11.2019(3 Wo.)
14.11.2019(27 Wo.)
 US14216.11.2019(1 Wo.)
Home Again
 UK2914.01.2012(7 Wo.)

Michael Samuel Kiwanuka (* 3. Mai 1987 in London) ist ein britischer Soulmusiker und Songwriter.


Kiwanukas Eltern stammen aus Uganda; aufgewachsen ist er im Norden von London in Muswell Hill. Mit 16 Jahren begann er mit dem Gitarrespielen und dem Komponieren von Songs und spielte in Rockbands.[3] Später entdeckte er die Soulmusik der 1960er Jahre für sich. Er studierte Jazzmusik und verdiente Geld als Studiomusiker, bevor er seine Solokarriere begann. Paul Butler von der Band The Bees wurde auf ihn aufmerksam und produzierte mit ihm seine erste EP und Communion Records nahm ihn unter Vertrag. Sein Song Tell Me a Tale schaffte es Mitte 2011 in die BBC-Playlist. Im selben Jahr engagierte ihn auch Adele für ihr Vorprogramm bei der Europatournee.[4]

Anfang 2012 wurde Kiwanuka bei der BBC-Prognose für den Sound of 2012 auf Platz 1 gewählt.[5] Anschließend wurde der Song Home Again als Single veröffentlicht und erreichte die UK-Charts. Das gleichnamige Debütalbum erschien im März europaweit und konnte sich in vielen Ländern erfolgreich platzieren. Unter anderem erreichte es die Top 10 in England, Belgien, den Niederlanden, Schweden und Norwegen.[1] Während es bei diesem Debütalbum zwar viel zu loben gab, erstaunte den Kritiker des Guardian beim Folgealbum Love & Hate (2016) das Selbstvertrauen, mit dem er die Songs inszenierte, „nicht zuletzt wegen der unaufdringlichen Wärme und der Qualität seiner Stimme“.[6] Love & Hate erreichte den ersten Platz der Charts und verkaufte sich sehr gut in Großbritannien.

Das schlicht Kiwanuka betitelte dritte Album blieb leicht hinter den Verkaufszahlen seines Vorgängers zurück. Als das Format ausschöpfendes, nicht auf Streamingdienste optimiertes „Album im traditionellen Sinne“ bewertete der Radiosender ByteFM das von Allmusic als „21st century psychedelic soul“ kategorisierte Werk.[7][8] Für dieses dritte Album erhielt Kiwanuka im September 2020 den hochdotierten Mercury Prize für das beste britische Popalbum des Jahres, für den er bereits zweimal zuvor nominiert worden war.[9]



  • Tell Me a Tale (EP, 2011)
  • Home Again (2012)
  • Love & Hate (2016)
  • Kiwanuka (2019)


  • Tell Me a Tale (2010)
  • I’m Getting Ready (2011)
  • Home Again (2011)
  • I’ll Get Along (2011)
  • Bones (2011)
  • Always Waiting (2012)
  • You’ve Got Nothing to Lose (2014)
  • Black Man in a White World (2016)
  • Love & Hate (2016)
  • One More Night (2016)
  • Cold Little Heart (2016, UK:SilberSilber; US:GoldGold)


Im erfolgreichen Film Yesterday aus dem Jahr 2019 spielt Kiwanuka sich selbst. Sein kurzer Auftritt zeigt ihn bei einem Konzert, wo er von seinem nachlässigen Roadie Rocky schlecht unterstützt wird und diesen gleich mitten auf der Bühne feuert, worauf Rocky Zeit und Gelegenheit hat, Roadie (und Freund) des aufstrebenden Superstars und Helden des Films Jack Malik zu werden.


Commons: Michael Kiwanuka – Sammlung von Bildern


  1. a b c Chartquellen: DE AT CH UK US
  2. a b Auszeichnungen für Musikverkäufe: UK US
  3. New band of the day - Michael Kiwanuka (No 1,029), Paul Lester, Guardian, 24. Mai 2011
  4. Jonathan Fischer: Der Heimkehrer. Die Zeit Nº 12/2012, 16. März 2012, abgerufen am 2. Februar 2014.
  5. Michael Kiwanuka wins the Sound of 2012!, BBC
  6. Michael Kiwanuka: Love & Hate review – soul-searching with the tang of authenticity. In: The Guardian. 14. Juli 2016, abgerufen am 19. August 2019.
  7. ByteFM Redaktion: Michael Kiwanuka – „Kiwanuka“ (Album der Woche). In: www.byte.fm. ByteFM, 28. Oktober 2019, abgerufen am 15. Februar 2020.
  8. Tom Jurek: Kiwanuka Album Review. In: www.allmusic.com. Allmusic, abgerufen am 15. Februar 2020 (englisch).
  9. Michael Kiwanuka mit Mercury Prize ausgezeichnet, deutschlandfunkkultur.de Kulturnachrichten, erschienen und abgerufen 25. September 2020


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