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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 ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
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.
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)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/23/2003
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724359137827
  • Catalog Number: 913786

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Easy (4:09)
  2. 2 Eple (3:36)
  3. 3 Sparks (5:25)
  4. 4 In Space (3:30)
  5. 5 Poor Leno (3:57)
  6. 6 A Higher Place (4:31)
  7. 7 Röyksopp's Night Out (7:30)
  8. 8 Remind Me (3:39)
  9. 9 She's So (5:23)
  10. 10 40 Years Back/Come (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Röyksopp Primary Artist
Anneli Marian Drecker Vocals
Torbjørn Brundtland Group Member
Erlend Øye Vocals
Svein Berge Group Member
Ole Vegard Skauge Bass
Technical Credits
Solve Sundsbo Cover Photo
Röyksopp Arranger, Producer
Ole J. Mjøs Producer
Rune Linbaek Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Relaxing Getaway

    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.

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