Light & Magic

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Light & Magic
Studio album by Ladytron
Released 17 September 2002 (2002-09-17)
Recorded 2001–02 in Liverpool and Los Angeles
Genre Electropop, synthpop, new wave
Length 62:45
Label Emperor Norton (US)
Telstar Records (UK)
Warner Music (Germany)
Victor Entertainment (Japan)
Nettwerk (re-release)
Producer Daniel Hunt, Mickey Petralia
Ladytron chronology
604
(2001)
Light & Magic
(2002)
Softcore Jukebox
(2003)
Alternative cover
US cover
Singles from Light & Magic
  1. "Seventeen"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Blue Jeans"
    Released: 10 March 2003
  3. "Evil"
    Released: 30 June 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (76/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC Music (favourable)[3]
CHARTattack 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[5]
Drowned in Sound 9/10 stars[6]
entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media (7.1/10)[8]
Playlouder 3/5 stars[9]
PopMatters (favourable)[10]
Rolling Stone (favourable)[11]
Stylus Magazine B+[12]

Light & Magic is the second studio album by English electronic band Ladytron. It was released on 17 September 2002 by Telstar Records in the United Kingdom and by Emperor Norton in the USA. The album was reissued by Nettwerk in January 2011.

An earlier version of the song "NuHorizons" appeared as a B-side to the band's 2001 single "The Way That I Found You", under the title "Holiday 601".

"Seventeen" is part of the soundtrack to the 2003 film Party Monster, while its instrumental was used in television advertisements for Christina Aguilera's 2008 fragrance Inspire.

Drowned in Sound included Light & Magic at number 14 on its Top 41 Albums of the Year.[13] Rolling Stone put this album on their 50 Best Albums of 2002 list.[14] Muzik selected Light & Magic as the Best Electropop Album of the Year 2002.[15] NME included this album at number 41 on their Albums and Tracks of the Year for 2002 list.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ladytron.

  1. "True Mathematics" – 2:23
  2. "Seventeen" – 4:37
  3. "Flicking Your Switch" – 3:26
  4. "Fire" – 2:49
  5. "Turn It On" – 4:46
  6. "Blue Jeans" – 4:13
  7. "Cracked LCD" – 2:32
  8. "Black Plastic" – 4:17
  9. "Evil" – 5:34
  10. "Startup Chime" – 3:30
  11. "NuHorizons" – 4:03
  12. "Cease2xist" – 4:37
  13. "Re:agents" – 4:53
  14. "Light & Magic" – 3:35
  15. "The Reason Why" – 7:30 (silence from 4:13 until 5:17, followed by hidden track "USA vs. White Noise"; available only on initial non-US pressings)

Re-release bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Seventeen" (Soulwax Remix) – 4:26
  2. "Cracked LCD" (Live in Sofia) – 2:55
  3. "Light & Magic" (Live in Sofia) – 3:23
  4. "Evil" (Pop Levi Mix) – 3:13 (2004 edition only)
  5. "Blue Jeans" (Josh Wink Remix) – 6:04 (2011 Nettwerk edition only)

Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare)[edit]

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

  1. "Seventeen" (Soulwax Remix) – 4:28
  2. "Blue Jeans 2.0" (UK Single Version) – 3:51
  3. "Evil" (Axl of Evil Mix) – 4:08
  4. "Blue Jeans" (Josh Wink Remix) – 6:05
  5. "The Reason Why" (Alternate Version) – 4:24
  6. "Light & Magic" (Alternate Version) – 3:42
  7. "Cracked LCD" (Alternate Version) – 2:49
  8. "Seventeen" (Justin Robertson Remix) – 7:06
  9. "Blue Jeans" (Interpol Remix) – 3:57
  10. "Evil" (Ewan Pearson Single Remix) – 4:15
  11. "Seventeen" (Droyds 12 Remix) – 6:32
  12. "Flicking Your Switch" (Mount Sims Remix 1) – 5:24
  13. "Seventeen" (Darren Emerson Radio Edit) – 3:33
  14. "Evil" (Tony Senghorne Remix) – 8:09
  15. "Cease2xist" (Instrumental 2002) – 4:48
  16. "Startup Chime" (Instrumental) – 3:42
  17. "Evil" (M-Factor Remix) – 7:55
  18. "Seventeen" (Acapella) – 4:45

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
US Top Electronic Albums[17] 7
US Top Heatseekers[17] 31
US Top Independent Albums[17] 24

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Edition
United States 17 September 2002[18] Emperor Norton Standard
United Kingdom 17 September 2002[19] Telstar
Germany 7 April 2003[20] Warner Music
Japan 21 June 2003[21] Victor Entertainment
United States 20 July 2004[22] Emperor Norton Re-release
Germany 1 September 2009[23][24][25] Redbird, Cobraside Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare)
(digital only)
United Kingdom
United States
Germany 14 January 2011[26] Nettwerk Re-release
United States 18 January 2011[27]
United Kingdom 24 January 2011[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Phares, Heather. "Light & Magic – Ladytron – Review". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 26 March 2004. 
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  4. ^ Keene, Darrin (17 September 2002). "Ladytron – Light & Magic". CHARTattack. Chart Communications. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "CG: Ladytron". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
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  8. ^ Bowers, William (8 October 2002). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 May 2006. 
  9. ^ Detourn, Gal (2 December 2002). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". Playlouder. Archived from the original on 11 February 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Damas, Jason (9 January 2003). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Wolk, Douglas (26 August 2002). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2004. 
  12. ^ Lindsay, Cam (1 September 2003). "Ladytron – Light&Magic". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  13. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/5771-the-‘official’-drowned-in-sound-com-top-41-albums-of-2002
  14. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20030417093636/http://www.emperornorton.com/mod/artistpage.php3?artist=ladytron
  15. ^ "Musik magazine, January 2003 issue (PDF file, see page 45)". January 2003. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  16. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year for 2002 - NME.COM". 
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