The Understanding

Album Review of The Understanding by Röyksopp.

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The Understanding

Röyksopp

The Understanding by Röyksopp

Release Date: Jul 12, 2005
Record label: Astralwerks
Genre(s): Electronic

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The Understanding - Fairly Good, Based on 2 Critics

The Guardian - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

Nick Hornby included Röyksopp's Night Out in his book 31 Songs alongside choices by Dylan and Springsteen, though for the Norwegians the compliment was backhanded. Their song, once a furtive delight for Hornby, had become so omnipresent that it now reeked of "vacuous monied hip". Hipsters themselves, Torbjörn Brundtland and Svein Berge may have empathised, having evolved from a dance scene where cool is currency, but thankfully they haven't taken a blind bit of notice.

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AllMusic - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

When the Norwegian production duo Röyksopp dropped their first album, Melody A.M., it sounded as though they were on a stopover from another planet. Otherworldly samples and a crisp production sense combined to make the singles "Eple" and "Sparks" perfect examples of the downbeat form and near-ubiquitous inclusions on chillout compilations. As electronica artists from Biosphere to Boards of Canada had proved before them, a life away from the mainstream -- say, in the extreme northern climes of Europe -- was easily capable of freeing an artist from the demands of trendiness.

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