The Golden Age (Woodkid album)

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The Golden Age
Studio album by Woodkid
Released 18 March 2013
Recorded 2010–2012
Genre Baroque pop, neofolk, experimental
Length 48:34
Label Green United Music
Woodkid chronology
Run Boy Run (EP) The Golden Age
Singles from The Golden Age
  1. "Iron"
    Released: March 28, 2011
  2. "Run Boy Run"
    Released: May 21, 2012
  3. "I Love You"
    Released: February 9, 2013

The Golden Age is the debut studio album from French singer-songwriter and director Woodkid. It was released on March 18, 2013 through independent label, Green United Music. Lemoine released the official album cover through a video he created himself on December 14, 2012[1] and released the album's corresponding tracklisting one week later on December 21, 2012 on his official Facebook page.

During an interview with NBHAP Lemoine told that childhood is the "The Golden Age" for him.[2]

Singles[edit]

Three songs appearing in the album have been released as singles:

  • "Iron" – Released on March 28, 2011
  • "Run Boy Run" – Released on May 21, 2012
  • "I Love You" – Released in February 2013 to coincide with official release of the album

"Run Boy Run" was used in several O2 adverts (those voiced by Sean Bean).[3][4]

The music video for Woodkid track "Run Boy Run" was nominated for Best Short Form Music Video at the 2013 Grammy Awards. It was directed by Yoann Lemoine (Woodkid) himself.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Tracklist
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Golden Age"   Yoann Lemoine, Dany Héricourt 3:44
2. "Run Boy Run"   Lemoine, Ambroise Willaume 3:33
3. "The Great Escape"   Lemoine, Héricourt, Guillaume Brière 3:17
4. "Boat Song"   Lemoine, Mitchell Yoshida 4:28
5. "I Love You"   Lemoine, Willaume, arranged by Ambroise Willaume 3:51
6. "The Shore"   Lemoine 4:14
7. "Ghost Lights"   Lemoine, arranged by Ambroise Willaume 3:41
8. "Shadows"   Lemoine 2:02
9. "Stabat Mater"   Lemoine, Héricourt, SebastiAn, arranged by SebastiAn 2:49
10. "Conquest of Spaces"   Lemoine, Héricourt 4:30
11. "Falling"   Lemoine 0:44
12. "Where I Live"   Lemoine 4:26
13. "Iron"   Lemoine, arranged by Gustave Rudman 3:23
14. "The Other Side"   Lemoine, Héricourt, arranged by Ambroise Willaume 3:41

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[6]
PopMatters (5/10)[7]

Logan Smithson of PopMatters states "There can be no doubt against the fact that The Golden Age feels powerful. Whether it’s more of a thoughtless Michael Bay thriller or a deep adventure with the intricacies of Christopher Nolan, there are definitely explosions galore and production values that will keep you on the edge of your seat. There aren’t many albums that sound like Woodkid’s The Golden Age. If you’re in the mood for something bold, with loud production and poetic lyrics, The Golden Age might be worth hearing. It just might not be an experience that sticks with you in the long run."[7]

Heather Phares of Allmusic said that while "it's beyond cliche to call sweeping, orchestral music "filmic," but in the case of music video director Yoann Lemoine's debut album as Woodkid, The Golden Age, the term fits." He also stated that "Lemoine's music is more in line with Antony & the Johnsons -- lavish, often torchy songs that pair dramatic backdrops with his charmingly imperfect vocals", and, despite that fact that "at times exhausting album, The Golden Age shows Lemoine is skilled at making music as well as music videos."[6]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart 13 [8]
Belgian Albums Chart 34 [8]
Dutch Albums Chart 23 [8]
French Albums Chart 2 [9]
German Albums Chart 2 [8]
Irish Albums Chart 74 [8]
Italian FIMI Albums Chart 55[10]
Swiss Albums Chart 4 [8]
UK Albums Chart 38
Billboard 200 (US) 133

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (UPFI)[11] Platinum 100,000[12]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]