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Melody A.M.
     

Melody A.M.

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by Röyksopp
 

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Chilled-out or downbeat acts swept through the electronic scene during 2001 and 2002, prompting dozens of identikit compilations, all conjuring up images of exhausted clubbers returning home early in the morning and enjoying a cup of tea or a smoke after a hectic night out. And although downtempo electronica had always been largely album-based, most of these

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Chilled-out or downbeat acts swept through the electronic scene during 2001 and 2002, prompting dozens of identikit compilations, all conjuring up images of exhausted clubbers returning home early in the morning and enjoying a cup of tea or a smoke after a hectic night out. And although downtempo electronica had always been largely album-based, most of these trackmasters didn't do much on the full-length front. The Norwegian duo Röyksopp, however, displayed a careful hand with the boards on their 2001 debut Melody A.M.. Röyksopp balances the haunted atmospheres of Boards of Canada with the more traditional "songwriting" sensibility of downbeat specialists like Groove Armada or Koop. The opener is proof enough, with a chunky bassline undergirding the spooky, ethereal refrain from Bobby Vinton's "Blue on Blue" recorded by some long-forgotten vocal chorus. There's much of beauty on Melody A.M., very textured and imaginatively produced to sound like few of their contemporaries; it's saying much to even admit that Röyksopp is occasionally the equal of such otherworldly acts as Boards of Canada or Goldfrapp. They seem a bit too indebted to the gauzy synths of '70s soundtracks, but there are a few good exceptions, like the distinctly '80s sense of artificial ethereality to the closer, "40 Years Back/Come." Picking up the ball right about where Air dropped it after Moon Safari, Röyksopp produced one of the most intriguing downbeat albums of the year.

Editorial Reviews

Entertainment Weekly - David Browne
Röyksopp's first American album settles into a stream of pastoral, boutique techno that's both soothing and derivative (of Moby, among others). (B)

Product Details

Release Date:
09/23/2003
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724359137827
catalogNumber:
913786

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Melody A.M. 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really hooked on the first song. Very Norwegian. and I can't get it out of my CD player. keeps on playing and playing and playing. I tell you, you won't regret this buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you don't speak Norwegian, it doesn't matter because you can enjoy Röyksopp anyway! Their music is some of the best I have ever heard.
BubbaMeadows More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy this album, for its ability to calm me down. If I'm stressed, or just need to take it easy, it does the job. My favorite tracks are "So Easy," "Eple," "Poor Leno," and "Remind Me." If you're looking for a lighter side of Röyksopp, this is it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is just fantastic and grows with repeated listening.It is very smooth, and rugged in its expression of the emotional Norwegian landscape.Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
love this record, which I discovered completely randomly. very enjoyable. The bonus disc has videos -- for about a month, my 2-year-old and I used to watch the "Poor Leno" video every day. She loved it. She always would get upset if I tried to get her to watch the "Eple" or "Remind me" videos, though. to me the grooviest part of "Leno" is it's use of a 2-chord Genesis sample, underlying much of the song (the vamp outro from "All in a Mouse's Night"). Brings an old Progressive Rock fogie right into the present day!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This a great album for fans of Chill Out music. It's really a masterpiece, a true craft from Norway. I can't wait for a follow up!
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