The Understanding

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This article is about the Röyksopp album. For the Memphis Bleek album, see The Understanding (Memphis Bleek album).
The Understanding
Studio album by Röyksopp
Released 22 June 2005 (2005-06-22)
Genre
Length 58:40
Label Wall of Sound
Producer Röyksopp
Röyksopp chronology
Melody A.M.
(2001)
The Understanding
(2005)
Röyksopp's Night Out
(2006)
Singles from The Understanding
  1. "Only This Moment"
    Released: 27 June 2005 (2005-06-27)
  2. "49 Percent"
    Released: 26 September 2005 (2005-09-26)
  3. "What Else Is There?"
    Released: 5 December 2005 (2005-12-05)
  4. "Beautiful Day Without You"
    Released: 26 June 2006 (2006-06-26)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
BBC Music favourable[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
NME 8/10[6]
Pitchfork Media 8.1/10[7]
PopMatters 6/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[10]
Spin 7/10[11]

The Understanding is the second studio album by Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp, released on 22 June 2005 by Wall of Sound. A limited edition of the album, including a bonus CD, is sold in a Digipak. The Understanding debuted at number thirteen on the UK Albums Chart with 22,466 copies sold in its first week.[12] The album was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 1 December 2006,[13] and had sold 103,500 copies in the United Kingdom as of March 2009.[14]

Similarly to Melody A.M., songs from The Understanding were used widely in television adverts and computer games. "Circuit Breaker" and "Only This Moment" were used in an episode of Danmarks Radio's consumer programme, named Rabatten. "Follow My Ruin" was also included on the soundtrack to FIFA 06, the 2005 edition of EA Sports's long-running soccer video game franchise. "What Else Is There?" was used in an O2 television advertisement in the Czech Republic in 2007[15] and in Slovakia in 2008.[16] It was also used in the films Cashback (2006) and Meet Bill (2007). A remixed version of "What Else Is There?" was featured on the 15 April 2007 episode of the HBO series Entourage.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Röyksopp, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Triumphant"     4:20
2. "Only This Moment"     3:55
3. "49 Percent"  
5:11
4. "Sombre Detune"     4:52
5. "Follow My Ruin"     3:51
6. "Beautiful Day Without You"     5:29
7. "What Else Is There?"  
5:17
8. "Circuit Breaker"     5:24
9. "Alpha Male"     8:11
10. "Someone Like Me"     5:23
11. "Dead to the World"     5:20
12. "Tristesse Globale"     1:24
Notes
  • "What Else Is There?" contains a sample from "Love Me, Love the Life I Lead" by The Drifters and "Kill Me with Your Love" by Jericho.[19]
  • "Dead to the World" contains a sample from "Who We Are" by Camel.[19]

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Understanding.[19]

  • Röyksopp – arrangement, mixing, performance, production
  • Kato Ådland – bass ("Triumphant")
  • Karin Dreijer – vocals ("What Else Is There?")
  • Olof Dreijer – vocal engineering ("What Else Is There?")
  • Tom Elmhirst – co-mixing ("Only This Moment")
  • Kate Havnevik – additional vocals, creative input ("Only This Moment", "Circuit Breaker")
  • Chelonis R. Jones – vocals ("49 Percent", "Go Away")
  • Sanghon Kim – artwork
  • Ib Kleiser – guitar ("Only This Moment")
  • Camille Vivier – photography

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005–07) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[20] 98
Australian Dance Albums Chart[21] 11
Austrian Albums Chart[22] 60
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[23] 23
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[24] 33
Danish Albums Chart[25] 36
Dutch Albums Chart[26] 48
European Top 100 Albums[27] 31
Finnish Albums Chart[28] 39
French Albums Chart[29] 45
German Albums Chart[30] 41
Greek Albums Chart[31] 23
Irish Albums Chart[32] 16
Italian Albums Chart[33] 21
Japanese Albums Chart[34] 83
Norwegian Albums Chart[35] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[36] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[37] 18
UK Albums Chart[38] 13
US Top Electronic Albums[39] 2
US Top Heatseekers[40] 22
US Top Independent Albums[41] 32

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Japan[17] 22 June 2005 EMI
Germany[42] 24 June 2005 Parlophone
Italy[43] EMI
France[44] 28 June 2005 Labels
Norway[45] 29 June 2005 Virgin Records
United Kingdom[46] 4 July 2005 Wall of Sound
United States[47] 12 July 2005 Astralwerks
Australia[48] 15 July 2005 EMI

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