Senior (album)

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Senior
Studio album by Röyksopp
Released 8 September 2010 (2010-09-08)
Genre
Length 54:14
Label Wall of Sound
Producer Röyksopp
Röyksopp chronology
Junior
(2009)
Senior
(2010)
Late Night Tales: Röyksopp
(2013)
Singles from Senior
  1. "The Drug"
    Released: 8 August 2010 (2010-08-08)
  2. "Forsaken Cowboy"
    Released: 25 February 2011 (2011-02-25)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 61/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
BBC Music very positive[3]
Filter 70%[4]
Metro positive[5]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[6]
NME mixed[7]
Now 3/5[8]
Pitchfork Media 6.0/10[9]
PopMatters 4/10[10]
Under the Radar 6/10 stars[11]

Senior is the fourth studio album by Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp, released on 8 September 2010 by Wall of Sound. Consisting of instrumental tracks only, the album is described as more introspective and withdrawn than its predecessor, Junior (2009). The CD's final track "A Long, Long Way" also includes the hidden track "The Final Day", which is available as a separate track on the iTunes Store.[12]

The album debuted at number thirty-three on the UK Albums Chart with first-week sales of 3,864 copies.[13] "The Drug" was released as the album's lead single on 8 August 2010,[14] followed by "Forsaken Cowboy" on 25 February 2011.[15]

Background[edit]

Senior is intended to be an introspective, withdrawn, atmospheric counterpart to the "bubbly dance grooves" of Junior (2009),[16][17] with Röyksopp stating it has a more "autumn mood" to it, in contrast to Junior's "spring feel".[18] In an interview with KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, Svein Berge dubbed Senior "the senile sibling of Junior who lives in the attic".[19] Berge cited "The Alcoholic" as a standout track, explaining that they had "this romantic, nostalgic idea based on this hobo who hitchhikes on trains and travels from place to place".[18]

Promotion[edit]

To promote Senior, Röyksopp released a ten-minute film titled Röyksopp's Adventures in Barbieland on 6 August 2010, containing six tracks from the album. Directed by Andreas Nilsson, the film shows Röyksopp living as two elderly musicians in a house full of Barbie dolls.[20]

The music video for "The Drug", directed by Norwegian film duo That Go (Noel Paul and Stefan Moore), premiered online on 3 September 2010.[21] The video features three girls (Amanda Bauer, Jessie Vanatta and Jenna Lammert)[22] in airbrushed T-shirts walking through an apocalyptic landscape in Detroit, Michigan.[21][23] An extended, ten-minute cut of the video, redubbed "Senior Living", that uses six tracks from the album was released on 18 November 2010.[23]

On 4 November 2010, Röyksopp partnered with Genero.tv to launch a competition allowing fans to create videos for each one of the tracks from Senior.[24][25] The winners were announced on 27 January 2011, with a video for "The Alcoholic" being chosen as the overall winner.[26]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland

No. Title Length
1. "....And the Forest Began to Sing"   1:50
2. "Tricky Two"   7:51
3. "The Alcoholic"   5:10
4. "Senior Living"   5:09
5. "The Drug"   5:58
6. "Forsaken Cowboy"   5:28
7. "The Fear"   7:01
8. "Coming Home"   5:05
9. "A Long, Long Way"   4:00
10. "The Final Day" (hidden track) 6:42

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Senior.[27]

  • Röyksopp – engineering, instruments, performance, production (all tracks), bass (track 7)
  • Kato Ådland – guitar (track 3), bass (track 7)
  • Lindy Fay Hella – vocals (track 6)
  • Mike Marsh – mastering
  • Davide Rossi – string arrangements, string performance (track 4)
  • Bjørn Sæther – drums (track 7)
  • Ole Vegard Skauge – bass (track 1)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[28] 80
Australian Dance Albums Chart[29] 12
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[30] 21
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[31] 31
Danish Albums Chart[32] 30
Dutch Albums Chart[33] 41
European Top 100 Albums[34] 28
French Albums Chart[35] 128
German Albums Chart[36] 52
Greek Albums Chart[37] 33
Irish Albums Chart[38] 58
Irish Independent Albums Chart[39] 8
Japanese Albums Chart[40] 226
Norwegian Albums Chart[41] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[42] 17
Swiss Albums Chart[43] 28
UK Albums Chart[44] 33
UK Dance Albums Chart[45] 4
UK Indie Albums Chart[46] 3
US Dance/Electronic Albums[47] 18
US Heatseekers Albums[48] 46

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Japan[49] 8 September 2010 EMI
Australia[50] 10 September 2010
Germany[51] PIAS Recordings
France[52] 13 September 2010
Norway[53] Virgin Records
United Kingdom[54] Wall of Sound
United States[55] 22 September 2010 MB3 Records

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