Before the Rain (album)

Before the Rain
Studio album by Eternal
Released 17 March 1997
Recorded 19961997
Length 49:02
Label EMI
  • Dennis Charles
  • Ronnie Wilson
  • Nigel Lowis
  • Simon Climie
  • Harvey Mason, Jr.
Eternal chronology
Power of a Woman
Before the Rain
Greatest Hits
Singles from Before the Rain
  1. "Someday"
    Released: August 5, 1996
  2. "Don't You Love Me"
    Released: February 24, 1997
  3. "I Wanna Be the Only One"
    Released: May 19, 1997
  4. "Finally"
    Released: 1997 (Japan)
  5. "Think About Me"
    Released: 1997 (Japan)

Before the Rain is the third album by the British R&B vocal group Eternal, released in March 1997. The album includes the single "I Wanna Be the Only One" (a duet with BeBe Winans) which became Eternal's first and only number one hit in the United Kingdom.

The album features lead vocals from Vernie Bennett and Kéllé Bryan unlike their previous two albums which had featured Esther Bennett doing the majority of the lead vocals. It was the last album to feature Bryan, who was sacked in 1998.

Single releases

"Someday", which was the theme to Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, was released as a single in 1996, the year before Before the Rain was released. "Don't You Love Me" was released just before the album's release, followed by the duet with American singer BeBe Winans "I Wanna Be the Only One" which reached #1 in the UK, becoming Eternal's first and only number one hit there. "How Many Tears" was scheduled for release as a single but plans were dropped due to the future release of the Greatest Hits.

Critical reception and sales

Before The Rain received a positive response from music critics and fans and it gained Eternal a MOBO Award. The album peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified Platinum by the BPI for sales of over 300,000 copies.

Track listing

# Title Length
1. "Don't You Love Me" (Cynthia Biggs/Carolyn Mitchell/Terence Dudley/Christopher Kellum) 3:49
2. "I Wanna Be the Only One" (duet with BeBe Winans) (BeBe Winans/Rhett Lawrence) (Horns by Gary Barnacle, Stuart Brooks and Andy Rogers) 4:18
3. "How Many Tears" (St. Paul Peterson/Oliver Leiber) 4:37
4. "Grace under Pressure" (Bruce Forest/John Themis/Beverley Skeete/Derek Green/Andy Whitmore) 4:41
5. "Someday" (Alan Menken/Stephen Schwartz) 4:21
6. "Think about Me" (featuring Basil Reynolds) (Michelle Lewis) 4:39
7. "Promises" (Easther Bennett/Vernie Bennett) 4:07
8. "I'm Still Crying" (Nigel Lowis/Kéllé Bryan/Graham Plato) 4:50
9. "All My Love" (featuring G-Man) (Nigel Lowis/Kéllé Bryan/Graham Plato) 3:06
10. "What Do You Mean When You Say" (Vernie Bennett) 4:58
11. "Why Am I Waiting" (Easther Bennett/Harvey Mason, Jr./Robert Gerald/Denis Ingoldsby) 4:16
12. "It's Never Too Late" (Interlude) (Easther Bennett) 1:14
13. "Dreams (Australian Bonus track) 4:13

Japanese Bonus Tracks


Peak positions

Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 36
Austrian Albums Chart[1] 10
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[1] 16
Danish Albums Chart[2] 4
Dutch Albums Chart[1] 1
European Albums Chart[3] 18
German Albums Chart[1] 50
Japanese Albums Chart[4] 18
New Zealand Albums Chart[1] 42
Norwegian Albums Chart[1] 20
Scottish Albums Chart[5] 14
Swedish Albums Chart[1] 33
Swiss Albums Chart[1] 21
UK Albums Chart[6] 3
UK R&B Albums Chart 1

Year-end charts

Chart (1997) Position
Danish Albums Chart[7] 32
Dutch Albums Chart[8] 39
UK Albums Chart[9] 42


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Japan (RIAJ)[10] N/A 77,400^
Netherlands (NVPI)[11] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Platinum 300,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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