Shed Seven : A Matter of Time : CD and Vinyl Sales Stats and Review

Shed Seven’s Triumphant Return to the Top with “A Matter of Time”
Chart Watch and Music Biz Chat with Phil Aston from Now Spinning Magazine

Welcome to another episode of Chart Watch and Music Biz Chat. This week, we’re diving into the second week of 2024, and it’s time to celebrate a significant achievement in the music industry. Shed Seven, a band that has been a staple in the music scene since 1994, has just scored their first number one album with “A Matter of Time.” This marks not only a milestone for the band but also a first for their label, Cooking Vinyl Records.

A Community-Driven Success

Shed Seven’s journey to the top is a testament to their hard work and dedication to their fan base. The band has meticulously built a community, engaging fans through various formats, including two CD versions, multiple vinyl editions, and even deluxe streaming versions. This approach has not only fostered a strong connection with their audience but also contributed to the album’s massive success.

Uplifting and Joyous Music

“A Matter of Time” stands out as an uplifting and joyous album, perfectly countering the often grim mainstream news. The album kicks off with “Let’s Go,” a guitar-driven rock song that sets the tone for the rest of the album. Tracks like “Kissing California” and “Talk of the Town” continue this uplifting trend, while “Let’s Go Dancing” offers a ballad with a Cats in Space-like feel. The album features collaborations with artists like Rowetta and Laura McClure, adding depth and variety to the already rich tracklist.

The Power of Physical Sales

The album’s success is largely driven by physical sales, a trend we’ve observed across the number one albums of 2023. “A Matter of Time” sold a total of 1,756 units, with physical sales accounting for 15,282. The breakdown of these sales is particularly interesting for music collectors: 8,431 CDs, 6,536 vinyl albums, and 316 cassettes. This data highlights the continued relevance and importance of physical music formats in today’s digital age.

The Album Experience

Shed Seven’s “A Matter of Time” is more than just a collection of songs; it’s an immersive album
experience. From the opening track to the reflective second half, the album takes listeners on a journey through the band’s world. The sequencing of songs is intentional, crafted to provide a full listening experience that goes beyond the fleeting nature of single tracks. This is an album meant to be enjoyed in its entirety, allowing the listener to fully engage with the band’s vision.

A Positive and Reflective Album

While the album has its share of upbeat, rock-driven songs, it also delves into more reflective territory without losing its positive edge. Tracks like “Starlings” showcase the band’s ability to create ballads that are both introspective and uplifting. The album’s overall tone is one of positivity and hope, making it a standout in today’s music landscape.

Shed Seven’s Legacy

Celebrating their 30th year, Shed Seven’s first number one album is a remarkable achievement. The band’s dedication to creating great melodies, powerful guitar work, and meaningful lyrics has paid off. “A Matter of Time” is a testament to their enduring appeal and ability to resonate with fans new and old.


Shed Seven’s “A Matter of Time” is a must-listen for anyone seeking music that uplifts and inspires. It’s a reminder of the power of albums as a complete art form and the enduring appeal of physical music formats. Congratulations to Shed Seven and Cooking Vinyl Records on this well-deserved success. For music lovers everywhere, this album is a reminder that music truly is the healer and the doctor.

Phil Aston | Now Spinning Magazine

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