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The Understanding [Ryksopp]

  • 1. Triumphant
    2. Only This Moment
    3. 49 Percent
    4. Sombre Detune
    5. Follow My Ruin
    6. Beautiful Day Without You
    7. What Else Is There?
    8. Circuit Breaker
    9. Alpha Male
    10. Someone Like Me
    11. Dead to the World
    12. Tristesse Globale
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11352

  • Credits
    ProducerRoyksopp; Royksopp

    Ryksopp: Svein Berge, Torbjorn Brundtland.
    Personnel: Kate Havnevik, Karin Dreijer, Chelonis R. Jones (vocals); Ib Kleiser (guitar).
    Audio Mixers: Ryksopp; Tom Elmhirst.
    Photographer: Camille Vivier.
    Arranger: Ryksopp.
    THE UNDERSTANDING, the long-awaited follow-up to Royksopp's acclaimed MELODY A.M., finds the Norwegian electronica duo refining their atmospheric sound. On many tracks here, Torbjorn Brundtland and Svein Berge focus on more accessible pop-song structures. "Only This Moment" is a surging, Pet Shop Boys-like dance number, and "49 Percent" ventures into contemporary-R&B territory, while "Follow My Ruin" is an '80s-inspired tune, replete with funky bass and synth-drum rolls.
    Although the guest vocalists on THE UNDERSTANDING don't quite complement Royksopp the way Erlend Oye and Anneli Drecker did on MELODY A.M., there's still plenty to please fans of the breezy earlier album, particularly the pulsing "Beautiful Day Without You" and the gently shuffling "Someone Like Me." A departure, but not a complete about-face, THE UNDERSTANDING reveals new aspects of Royksopp, without abandoning the dreamy, keyboard-heavy aesthetic associated with the group.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (pp.98-99) - "THE UNDERSTANDING finds Royksopp intentionally aiming for the super-clubs....Their harder sound is still offset by softer edges." - Grade: B+
    Magnet (p.110) - "The duo traipses through all kinds of post-Kraftwerk, European electronic sounds, doing Erasure better than Erasure..."
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