Riceboy Sleeps

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This article is about the album. For the artists previously known as Riceboy Sleeps, see Jónsi & Alex.
Riceboy Sleeps
Studio album by Jónsi & Alex
Released 20 July 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre Ambient
Length 68:00
Label Parlophone, EMI
Producer Jónsi & Alex
Jónsi chronology
Riceboy Sleeps
(2009)
Go
(2010)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Arts Section (Positive)[2]
Rockfeedback 3/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (B)[4]
Drowned in Sound (6/10)[5]
Metro 4/5 stars[6]
NME (2/10)[7]
OMM 4/5 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (5.3/10)[9]
Planet Sound (5/10)[10]
Spin 3/5 stars[11]
The Sunday Times 4/5 stars[12]
The People's News 5/5 stars[13]

Riceboy Sleeps is the debut studio album by ambient duo Jónsi & Alex,[14] released on 20 July 2009.[15] The album is an artistic collaboration between Sigur Rós vocalist Jón Þór Birgisson and partner Alex Somers which features acoustic instrumental music alongside a string quartet, Amiina, and the Kópavogsdætur Choir.

Song information[edit]

"Happiness" first appeared on the 2009 AIDS benefit Album Dark Was the Night,[16] produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Videos exist for "All the Big Trees" and "Daníell in the Sea" which can be found on the duo's official website,[17] along with the album EPK.

"Boy 1904" uses a recording of the last known castrato singer.[18]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Happiness" – 9:18
  2. "Atlas Song" – 8:30
  3. "Indian Summer" – 9:10
  4. "Stokkseyri" – 7:08
  5. "Boy 1904" – 5:09
  6. "All the Big Trees" – 5:51
  7. "Daníell in the Sea" – 6:54
  8. "Howl" – 8:22
  9. "Sleeping Giant" – 6:41

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Belgium (Flanders) Ultratop[19] 13
Belgium (Wallonia) Ultratop[19] 100
UK Albums Chart[20] 66
Billboard Top Independent Albums 47[21]
Billboard Heatseekers 13[21]
Billboard Top New Age Albums 1[21]

Special editions[edit]

A limited edition of 3500 sets was released, containing the full CD album Riceboy Sleeps, the All Animals bonus CD, MP3 downloads of both Riceboy Sleeps and All Animals, a Riceboy Sleeps art book, a 40 pages coloring book with 6 pencils and a badge. Despite the limited edition selling out at the end of 2009, a few were still sold in the spring of 2011 via the duo's official website.[22]

All Animals EP
No. Title Length
1. "Chapter One"   20:19
2. "Chapter Two"   1:41
3. "Chapter Three"   11:04

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Riceboy Sleeps > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved on 21 July 2009.
  2. ^ The Arts Section review
  3. ^ Rockfeedback review
  4. ^ Battaglia, Andy (21 July 2009). "Riceboy Sleeps". avclub.com. The A.V. Club. Retrieved 26 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Pott-Negrine, David (24 July 2009). "Jónsi and Alex: Riceboy Sleeps". drownedinsound.com. Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 27 July 2009. 
  6. ^ East, Ben. "Review: Jónsi & Alex: Riceboy Sleeps, EMI". metrolife (Associated Newspapers) (20 July 2009): 24. 
  7. ^ O’Keeffe, Niall (15 July 2009). "Album review: Jonsi and Alex - 'Riceboy Sleeps'". NME.com. IPC Media. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  8. ^ Llewellyn Smith, Caspar. "Mahler Meets the Man from Iceland". Observer Music Monthly (London: Guardian News & Media) (July 2009): 71. 
  9. ^ Cohen, Ian (20 July 2009). "Review: Jónsi & Alex - Riceboy Sleeps (XL / Parlophone; 2009)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  10. ^ Earls, John. "Review: Riceboy Sleeps/Riceboy Sleeps". Teletext. Retrieved 22 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Modell, Josh (13 July 2009). "Riceboy Sleeps, 'Riceboy Sleeps' (XL)". Spin. Retrieved on 14 July 2009.
  12. ^ Edwards, Mark (19 July 2009). "Jonsi and Alex: Riceboy Sleeps". The Sunday Times (London: Times Newspapers Ltd). Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  13. ^ Maier, George (17 September 2011). "Jonsi and Alex: Riceboy Sleeps". The People's News (London: The People's News). Retrieved 17 September 2011. 
  14. ^ Twitter status
  15. ^ "riceboy sleeps press release". sigur-ros.co.uk. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  16. ^ "eighteen seconds before sunrise - sigur rós news » 2009 » February » 27". sigur-ros.co.uk. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2 August 2009. 
  17. ^ "Jónsi & Alex » Videos". jonsiandalex.com. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  18. ^ "Pitchfork: Album Reviews: Riceboy Sleeps". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  19. ^ a b "Jónsi & Alex - Riceboy Sleeps (Album)" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  20. ^ "Riceboy Sleeps". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 5 August 2009. 
  21. ^ a b c [1]
  22. ^ "Riceboy Sleeps Special Edition Box". jonsiandalex.com. Retrieved 29 May 2011.