604 (album)

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604
Studio album by Ladytron
Released 6 February 2001 (2001-02-06)
Recorded 1997–2000 in Liverpool
Genre Electropop, synthpop, new wave
Length 53:35
Label Emperor Norton (US)
Invicta Hi-Fi (UK)
Labels (Germany)
Nettwerk (re-release)
Producer Ladytron, Lance Thomas
Ladytron chronology
604
(2001)
Light & Magic
(2002)
Alternative cover
US cover
Singles from 604
  1. "He Took Her to a Movie"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Playgirl"
    Released: 2000
  3. "The Way That I Found You"
    Released: 2001

604 is the debut studio album by English electronic band Ladytron, released in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2001 by Invicta Hi-Fi Records and in the United States by Emperor Norton. It was co-produced, engineered and mixed by Lance Thomas. Some of the tracks had been previously released on their EPs Miss Black and Her Friends (1999), Mu-Tron EP (2000) and Commodore Rock (2000).

On 20 July 2004, 604 was re-released in the US with four bonus tracks, the first three being live recordings made on 16 May 2003 at the Central Military Club in Sofia, Bulgaria.[1] The January 2011 re-release of the album on Ladytron's current label, Nettwerk, also features these same bonus tracks.[2]

In an interview with Chaos Control magazine from 2002, Daniel Hunt said that the meaning of 604 album title is the area code for British Columbia.[3] Reuben Wu drew the cover of the UK edition of 604.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (81/100)[5]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[6]
CHARTattack (4/5)[7]
Drawer B favourable[8]
entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[9]
Exclaim! favourable[10]
Muzik 5/5 stars[11]
NME (8/10)[12]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10)[13]
PopMatters favourable[14]
Rolling Stone favourable[15]

604 was well received by music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 81, based on 11 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[5]

604 was selected as Album of the Month (March 2001) by Muzik magazine.[11]

Singles[edit]

"He Took Her to a Movie" was released as the album's lead single. The song was recorded for £50,[16] and features guest vocals from Lisa Eriksson of San Francisco-based electronic duo Techno Squirrels.[17] Upon its release, it was named the "Single of the Week" by NME magazine.[18] The track was inspired by Kraftwerk's 1978 song "The Model".[19]

"Playgirl" was released as the album's second single. Upon re-release in 2001, it peaked at number eighty-nine on the UK Singles Chart.[21]

"The Way That I Found You" was released as the album's third and final single. It reached number 102 on the UK Singles Chart.[21] The single's B-side, "Holiday 601", was included on Ladytron's second album Light & Magic, retitled "NuHorizons".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Ladytron. 

No. Title Length
1. "Mu-Tron"   2:58
2. "Discotraxx"   3:50
3. "Another Breakfast with You"   3:03
4. "CSKA Sofia"   2:21
5. "The Way That I Found You"   3:29
6. "Paco!"   3:00
7. "Commodore Rock"   4:47
8. "Zmeyka"   3:14
9. "Playgirl"   3:49
10. "I'm with the Pilots"   2:43
11. "This Is Our Sound"   4:09
12. "He Took Her to a Movie"   3:10
13. "Laughing Cavalier"   1:08
14. "Ladybird (Grimes, Ladytron)"   4:38
15. "Jet Age"   3:10
16. "Skools Out..."   4:06

604 (Remixed & Rare)[edit]

On 20 December 2011, Nettwerk released a compilation of remixes, B-sides and rarities titled 604 (Remixed & Rare). The cover is the negative of the 604 US cover.

No. Title Length
1. "Playgirl" (Felix da Housecat Glitz Club Remix) 6:37
2. "He Took Her to a Movie" (Bertrand Burgalat Remix) 3:46
3. "Playgirl" (Tobias Neumann Mix) 3:56
4. "USA vs. White Noise"   2:18
5. "Playgirl" (Simian Playboy Mix) 2:38
6. "Miss Black"   1:54
7. "Playgirl" (Snap Ant Remix) 6:14
8. "Holiday 601"   3:54
9. "He Took Her to a Movie" (Surreal Madrid Remix) 4:55
10. "Olivetti Jerk"   3:27
11. "Playgirl" (I Monster Remix) 6:08
12. "Playgirl" (Tobias Neumann Club Remix) 3:53
13. "Playgirl" (Tommie Sunshine Remix) 5:43

Personnel[edit]

  • Ladytron – production, design
  • Tom Dolan – design
  • Lisa Eriksson – guest vocals (track 12)
  • Sebastian Meyer – US cover photography
  • Lance Thomas – additional production, engineering

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Edition
United States 6 February 2001[25] Emperor Norton Standard
Germany 26 March 2001[26] Labels
United Kingdom 12 March 2001[27] Invicta Hi-Fi
United States 20 July 2004[1] Emperor Norton Re-release
Germany 1 September 2009[28][29][30] Redbird, Cobraside 604 (Remixed & Rare)
(digital only)
United Kingdom
United States
Germany 14 January 2011[2] Nettwerk Re-release
United States 18 January 2011[31]
United Kingdom 24 January 2011[32]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Wright, Jade (25 April 2008). "Ladytron's tour de force". Liverpool Echo. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
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  6. ^ Phares, Heather. "604 – Ladytron – Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 25 March 2004. 
  7. ^ Pascual, Brian (6 February 2001). "Ladytron – 604". CHARTattack. Chart Communications. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  8. ^ Doherty, Patrick (24 March 2001). "Ladytron – 604 (Emperor Norton)". Drawer B. Archived from the original on 16 March 2005. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Lynch, Andrew (9 April 2001). "Ladytron – 604". entertainment.ie. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Burrows, Mike (February 2001). "Ladytron – 604". Exclaim!. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  11. ^ a b "Musik magazine, March 2001 issue (PDF file, see page 55)". March 2001. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Beaumont, Mark (27 March 2001). "Ladytron : 604". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 26 March 2004. 
  13. ^ Richard-San, Mark (31 March 2001). "Ladytron: 604". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 29 August 2006. 
  14. ^ Rao, Shailesh. "Ladytron: 604". PopMatters. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  15. ^ Gaar, Gillian G. (14 February 2001). "Ladytron: 604". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 28 March 2009. Retrieved 18 September 2007. 
  16. ^ Proefrock, Stacia. "Ladytron – Biography". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  17. ^ "Techno Squirrels: Bio". technosquirrels.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 26 May 2011. 
  18. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (7 March 2001). "The weird world of Ladytron". Evening Standard. ES London Limited. Retrieved 7 August 2010. 
  19. ^ Forsberg, Niklas (24 April 2001). "Ladytron: 604". Release Magazine. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  20. ^ "He Took Her to a Movie by Ladytron". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: 1994–2010". The Official Charts Company. The Zobbel Website. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
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  23. ^ "Ladytron – Playgirl (CD2)". Discogs. Retrieved 25 May 2011. 
  24. ^ a b "Ladytron – The Way That I Found You". Discogs. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
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  26. ^ "604: Ladytron" (in German). Amazon.de. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  27. ^ "The Band That Ate Europe: While most groups sing about broken hearts, Ladytron write about consumer culture and their favourite buildings". Evening Standard, The (London, England). 7 March 2001. 
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  29. ^ "604 (Remixed & Rare): Ladytron". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
  30. ^ "604 (Remixed & Rare): Ladytron". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 May 2011. 
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