Me and Armini

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Me and Armini
Studio album by Emilíana Torrini
Released September 8, 2008 (2008-09-08)
Genre Indie pop
Label Rough Trade
Producer Dan Carey
Emilíana Torrini chronology
Fisherman's Woman
(2005)
Me and Armini
(2008)
Tookah
(2013)
Singles from Me and Armini
  1. "Me and Armini"
    Released: August 19, 2008
  2. "Big Jumps"
    Released: October 13, 2008
  3. "Jungle Drum"
    Released: March 9, 2009

Me and Armini is the fifth (third released outside Iceland) studio album by the Icelandic singer and songwriter Emilíana Torrini. It was produced by Dan Carey, and released on September 8, 2008. The album spawned three singles: "Me and Armini", "Big Jumps" and "Jungle Drum".

Promotion[edit]

The release of the album was preceded by the lead single "Me and Armini", released as a digital download on August 19, 2008.[1] The second single from the album, "Big Jumps", was released on October 13, 2008.[2] The third single, "Jungle Drum", was released digitally on March 9, 2009,[3] and on June 19, 2009, it had a physical release on CD in Germany. The single has charted at number one in some European countries, including Germany, Austria, Iceland and Belgium.[4] On August 10, 2009, Me and Armini EP was released in the United States,[5] and on September 13, 2009, it was released in the UK.[6]

The songs "Big Jumps", "Jungle Drum" and "Birds" were used in the TV series 90210 and Grey's Anatomy in 2008 and 2009. "Ha Ha" was also featured in an episode of Grey's Anatomy, titled "Here Comes the Flood". "Beggar's Prayer" was featured in the fifth episode of the TV series Castle, titled "A Chill Goes Through Her Veins" (2009).[7] On May 4, 2010, the song "Gun" was used over the end credits for the opening episode of the TV-series Luther on BBC One. It was also used on the CSI: NY episode "Command+P", which aired on January 4, 2013.[citation needed]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album has charted in several European countries, and has reached a top 20 chart position in Germany,[8] where it has also been certified Gold. In the United States, the album has peaked at number 30 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[11]
ARTISTdirect 4.5/5 stars[12]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[13]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[14]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[15]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[16]
Paste 8.7/10[17]
Slant Magazine 4/5 stars[18]

Me and Armini received positive reviews from music critics. On Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75, based on 15 reviews.[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Fireheads"   3:44
2. "Me and Armini"   4:17
3. "Birds"   6:23
4. "Heard It All Before"   4:13
5. "Ha Ha"   3:15
6. "Big Jumps"   3:01
7. "Jungle Drum"   2:13
8. "Hold Heart"   2:04
9. "Gun"   5:45
10. "Beggar's Prayer"   2:55
11. "Dead Duck"   5:36
12. "Bleeder"   4:50

Gold Edition bonus disc[edit]

After the success of the "Jungle Drum" single in Germany, this edition of the album was released on September 25, 2009.[20][21][22]

  1. "Me and Armini" (Mr Dan's "Magic Typewriter" remix) a.k.a. Dan Carey remix
  2. "Me and Armini" (Simone Lombardi remix)
  3. "Beggar's Prayer" (KRCW session)
  4. "Big Jumps" (music video)
  5. "Jungle Drum" (music video)
  6. "Heard It All Before" (music video)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Worldwide 8 September 2008
United States 9 September 2008
Japan 26 November 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Me and Armini (2008) | Emiliana Torrini". 7digital. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Big Jumps (2008) | Emiliana Torrini". 7digital. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Jungle Drum (2009) | Emiliana Torrini". 7digital. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Emiliana Torrini – Jungle Drum". swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. 
  5. ^ "Me and Armini - EP by Emilíana Torrini". iTunes (US). Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Me and Armini - EP by Emilíana Torrini". iTunes (GB). Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Emiliana Torrini". IMDb. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Emiliana Torrini – Me and Armini". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Emiliana Torrini Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for Emiliana Torrini. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Critic Reviews for Me And Armini". Metacritic. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  11. ^ Allmusic review
  12. ^ ARTISTdirect review
  13. ^ Blender review[dead link]
  14. ^ Costa, Maddy (September 12, 2008). "Pop review: Emiliana Torrini, Me and Armini". The Guardian. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  15. ^ Tripney, Natasha (September 8, 2008). "Emilíana Torrini – Me And Armini". musicOMH. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  16. ^ Tricker, Spencer (September 8, 2008). "Emiliana Torrini: Me and Armini". PopMatters. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Jarnow, Jesse (September 12, 2008). "Emiliana Torrini: Me and Armini". Paste. Retrieved January 11, 2014. 
  18. ^ Slant review
  19. ^ "Album entry in the HMV store". HMV Japan. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  20. ^ Me and Armini Gold Edition + other releases. emiliana.nu
  21. ^ Amazon.com: Me & Armini — Gold Edition: Emiliana Torrini: Music
  22. ^ Emiliana Torrini - Me & Armini (Gold-Edition - 2CD (P)2009 @ FaN Sklep z Muzyką (pl)
  23. ^ "Pandora Archive". Pandora.nla.gov.au. 2006-08-23. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  24. ^ "Emiliana Torrini - Me and Armini" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  25. ^ "Emiliana Torrini – Me and Armini" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  26. ^ "Emiliana Torrini – Me and Armini" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  27. ^ "Emiliana Torrini – Me and Armini". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  28. ^ "Emiliana Torrini – Me and Armini". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  29. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Emilíana Torrini; 'Me and Armini')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie.