Logos (album)

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Logos
Studio album by Atlas Sound
Released 19 October 2009
Recorded December 2007-June 2009
Genre Indie rock
Length 43:47
Label 4AD
Producer Bradford Cox
Atlas Sound chronology
Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See but Cannot Feel
(2008)
Logos
(2009)
Parallax
(2011)

Logos is the second studio album from ambient experimental project Atlas Sound. It was released on October 19, 2009, in Europe by 4AD, and on October 20 in the US by Kranky Records. The album features guest contributions from Noah Lennox (a.k.a. Panda Bear of Animal Collective) and Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier. Units ordered directly from Rough Trade came packaged with a bonus six-song EP of leftover material.[1] The album reached #7 on the Billboard Heatseekers album chart. The cover art is an image of Bradford Cox, who has Marfan syndrome, and is inspired by the artwork of his previous release.

Background[edit]

An unmastered and unfinished version of Logos was accidentally leaked in 2008 by frontman Bradford Cox via his own Mediafire account. The incident caused an outrage from Cox, who posted on his blog that he felt what was leaked was simply a "sketch" of what he intended to be the final product, and was not meant to be released publicly. He almost abandoned the project, but continued to work on the album shortly after the incident. A leak of the finalized version of the album surfaced on September 1, 2009.

The album's first single "Walkabout" was made available for streaming and download on 4AD's website. A music video was also produced for the song "Quick Canal." The video was directed by Flitz Vladich, and premiered on 4AD's website on October 19, 2009.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (81/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
BBC (favourable)[5]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[6]
NME (8/10)[7]
onethirtybpm (86%)[8]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10)[9]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[10]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[11]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[12]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[13]
XLR8R 6.5/10 stars[14]

Logos received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 81, based on 26 reviews, indicating "Universal Acclaim".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Light That Failed" – 4:47
  2. "An Orchid" – 3:05
  3. "Walkabout" (featuring Noah Lennox) – 3:58
  4. "Criminals" – 2:55
  5. "Attic Lights" – 3:44 (featuring Sasha Vine)
  6. "Shelia" – 3:32
  7. "Quick Canal" (featuring Lætitia Sadier) – 8:38
  8. "My Halo" – 3:16
  9. "Kid Klimax" – 2:59
  10. "Washington School" – 3:25
  11. "Logos" – 3:28
  12. "Difference BT" - 5:12 (Japan Bonus Track)
  13. "St. Echo" - 3:16 (Japan Bonus Track)
  14. "Eros" - 4:30 (Japan Bonus Track)
  15. "Thanatos" - 1:26 (Japan Bonus Track)

Rough Trade EP[edit]

  1. "Ruben" (Traditional) – 3:23
  2. "Criminals" (Electronic) – 3:03
  3. "Kid Klimax" (Acoustic) – 4:33
  4. "Reminder" – 4:37
  5. "I Know I Will Escape" – 4:24
  6. "Nightwork" – 4:03

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Atlas Sound to Release Bonus EP". Pitchfork. 2009-10-14. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  2. ^ 4AD - News - Logos released this week
  3. ^ a b Critic Reviews for Logos. Metacritic. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
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