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The Understanding [CD]

Royksopp Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Wall of Sound
  • ASIN: B0009F2C98
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Norwegian duo Röyksopp return with a highly anticipated new album this summer. Entitled The Understanding, it follows Svein and Torbjørn’s critically acclaimed debut album Melody AM. Recorded in Bergen, Röyksopp sing on much of their new album. There are also additional vocals from Chelonis R Jones from Get Physical Records ("49 Percent"), Karin Dreijer from The Knife ("What Else Is There?") and new vocalist Kate Havnevik ("Only This Moment" and "Circuit Breaker").


After the success of their debut album, Norwegian electronic duo Royksopp must have known they’d have their work cut out for them on The Understanding. After all, Melody A.M. was that rare electronic album that appealed to fans regardless of their musical tastes, with its catchy playfulness and well-crafted songs. The Understanding is less laid back than their previous album, but it’s no less catchy or clever. If anything, The Understanding sounds like Royksopp have spent much of the time since their last album soaking in the continental sounds of bands like Air. The result is a dance album that’s surprisingly heavy on vocals, most of them by the duo themselves. But, in time-honoured dance tradition, there are also a bevy of female vocalists on hand, including Karin Dreijer from The Knife ("What Else Is There?") and new collaborator Kate Havnevik (single "Only This Moment" and "Circuit Breaker"). The Understanding is a much more grown-up album from Royksopp--it’s not dance music for the kids, but an album for after the kids have gone to bed. --Ted Kord

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Good 7 Jun 2005
By "kdonn2410" VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is thoroughly exciting stuff. Back in 2001, I bought Melody A.M. and have subsequently got it out every summer and given it a good listen but after four years, it was time for a follow-up.
In a time where some claim the 'death' of dance music, and where indie bands are invading dance festivals all over, groups like Royksopp are needed to keep the reputation of the genre respectable and in a year with so many good albums out all ready, there is quite a task in hand. Fear not. 'The Understanding' is awesome. In the space of four listens it has become my favourite dance album of all time and is the highlight of the year so far.
I wasn't quite sure what to expect at first, whether we we're going to get more of the same with 'Melody A.M.' pt 2. or not, but 'The Understanding' is a different beast altogether. Forget reams of subtle hazy beats and melodies, this album is one to dance to and it doesnt let up throughout. If 'Melody A.M.' was the album of a summer day, this is the album of the summer night. It all kicks off steadily with the piano-driven 'Triumphant' before going into the stunning 'Only This Moment' which is like a hot and sweaty Ibiza-born Eple. Following this is my personal fave, '49 Percent', which sounds equally epic and really grabs you by the throat with its hypnotic vocals and driving beats- its certainly not background music.
Now at this point when you're expecting it to ease up and give you a chill-out, it just doesnt. 'Boys' is quite indicative of the direction being taken by the lads at the moment and even has a dabble with acidy squelches and pushes the boundaries a bit. 'Follow My Ruin' is just as gutsy and, like every track, has its own presence, but fits in with the whole ethic of the album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different but still brilliant 26 Sep 2005
Format:Audio CD
The first time I listened to this album I wasn't enthralled but then I remember feeling like this when I first heard their previous album Melody AM and I ended up loving that. This album is a grower.
After a playing it to death in my car I can honestly say that it gets better with every listen. It's a lot more upbeat than Melody AM overall although it does have it's chilled out tracks (Sombre Detune, Dead To The World).
My favourite track on the album is What Else Is There? The smooth silky melody, dark beat and 'Bjorkesque' guest vocalist make it a fascinating listen.
There isn't one bad song on this album. It's pure brilliance!
5 stars out of 5 and the rest!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars worthy follow-up to melody... 16 Aug 2005
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard the majority of this album was at a gig in London before the album was out. Although no one had heard tracks like Alpha Male, Beautiful Day... and Follow My Ruin, they were clearly great stuff.
As a follow up to Melody A.M. I was initially a little disappointed by the hint of R&B vocals in 49 Percent, but somehow I found myself hooked on this album for days on end until I came to realise it is utterly fabulous.
Although a slightly different direction with more of a vocal leaning, this is pure Röyksopp with happy melodies forming the foundation for sombre, melancholy lyrics (or just titles: "beautiful day without you"). The beauty of those lyrics would be spoiled by giving them away here.
The synths are perfect: not too many layers to swamp the tracks, but enough variety of texture to keep the listener interested.
Alpha Male is very much the new Röyksopp's Night Out, with hints of Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd building up to a big, big track.
Other stand out tracks are What Else Is There with its beautiful guest vocals, Follow My Ruin with a mere hint at 70s funk and the instrumental Sombre Detune.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Amazing 12 July 2005
By Benji
Format:Audio CD
I really liked Melody A.M, but after I bought it I wouldn't of called myself a "huge fan" of Royksopp even though I loved the album. When I heard they were releasing a second album I was interested but didn't rush out to buy it. How stupid was I! I purchased this ablum yesterday after much contemplation, as I had heard mixed reviews. I am so glad I did because the album is simply amazing!
Ok its not exactly the same as Melody A.M but then why would want more of the same?? I think its great when artists change there musical style. And in fairness it DOES still sound like Royksopp so it doesn't feel like you are listening to a different artist altogether.
Many of the tracks are more commercial friendly, which prehaps means Royksopp are trying to appeal to a broader audience when they release singles. Current single "Only This Moment" is an example of this.
Stand out tracks are of course "Only This Moment" which is chilled but at the same time up-beat electro with dreamy vocals..."Follow My Ruin" (possible next single?) which is in the same vein of "Only This Moment" and is catchy and melodic... "Alpha Male" which is the most thumping electro and close to trance and teh album gets, this is one of my favourite tracks... "Dead to the world" is dreamy and relaxing and a very emotional track. To be honest every track is great on this album and I would recommend buying this album even if you are not a fan of Royksopp's previous work.
I don't think I have been taken in by an album as quickly as with "The Understanding" and I haven't even began to listen to the bonus 5 track cd yet!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars I loved Melody AM by Royksopp and was looking forward to ...
I loved Melody AM by Royksopp and was looking forward to this. I must admit that it's not quite on a par with Melody AM but it comes a really close second. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr M Stanley
4.0 out of 5 stars New Fan
Thought I'd have a punt on this very cheap double ablum - and really like it - I now need to buy more
Published 4 months ago by D. J. Wild
3.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
There is only really one track on here I like the others are a bit on the boring side (am comparing it to their early stuff). Maybe I should play it over a few more times. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Howell Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Total entertainment
New to Royksopp but impressed with all the creativity and variety of musical ideas on this. Alpha Male is a beautifully constructed 'wall of sound' that totally rocks out... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MR JT HARRIS
1.0 out of 5 stars Are you getting a real Audio CD?
Just bought a used copy of this on "CD". Buyer beware! Does it have the "CD Audio" logo on the case? Or, like my copy, is it "EMI copy controlled"? Read more
Published 8 months ago by David Ryman
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Part of a whole bundle of albums I purchased from this seller, very good condition and well packed. A good selection of albums are always available.
Published 11 months ago by Brian E. Viercant
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
love this CD bought after buying the first one from them sounds deep and warm and textured love electronic music
Published 15 months ago by Timus
5.0 out of 5 stars chill out and de stress music
Smooth soothing and dreamy music which can make you feel uplifted like you are on a mountain with the wind blowing through your hair.
Published 23 months ago by red
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent product
Excellent product, super price and packaging for a product i couldnt find in my country due to lack of stock.
Published on 1 Dec 2011 by Angel
5.0 out of 5 stars Very rare edition of "The understanding"!
This is the track list of this Japan only exclusive release of "The understanding" [Deluxe Edition]:

CD 1

02-Only This Moment
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Published on 24 April 2010 by A. Diaz Rodriguez
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