W (Planningtorock album)

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W
Studio album by Planningtorock
Released 23 May 2011
Recorded 2007–2010
Genre Electronic, synthpop
Label DFA Records, Rostron Records
Planningtorock chronology
Tomorrow, In a Year
(2010)
W
(2011)
All Love's Legal
(2014)
Singles from Planningtorock
  1. "Doorway"
    Released: 21 February 2011 (2011-02-21)
  2. "The Breaks"
    Released: 10 May 2011 (2011-05-10)
  3. "Living It Out"
    Released: 7 November 2011 (2011-11-07)

W is the second solo studio album by English recording artist Planningtorock, released on 23 May 2011 by Rostron Records and DFA Records.

Background and recording[edit]

Although Rostron had been working on the album's songs since 2007, eventually writing more than 27 songs,[1] she didn't sign with DFA Records until correspondence began with James Murphy in 2010 after he sent her a fan email that said 'Really like the Planningtorock stuff – just saying."[2]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (72/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 6/10 stars[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
MusicOMH 4/5 stars[7]
NME 8/10 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (6.7/10)[9]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[10]
Resident Advisor 4/5 stars[11]
The Telegraph 4/5 stars[12]

W received generally positive reviews from music critics upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 15 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews."[3] Alex Denney of NME described the album as "a masterpiece of art-pop experimentalism that gleefully expands on her debut."[8] Heather Phares from Allmusic stated, "W isn’t as rousing as its predecessor, but it may be an even richer album; in its own way, it's just as audacious."[4] Kitty Empire, writing for The Guardian, commented that W "often takes a bit of dedication, but it's a challenging, lavish listen, too."[13]

Accolades[edit]

Clash placed W at number 17 on its list of the top 40 albums of 2011.[14] NME placed the album at number 25 on its list of the 50 best albums of 2011.[15] Sentimentalist Magazine placed it at number two on its list of the top ten albums of 2011.[16]

Singles[edit]

"Doorway" was released as the album's lead single commercially in Europe on 21 February 2011.[17] Planningtorock directed and edited the music video for the song by herself.

"The Breaks" became the second single for W and was named the "Single of the Week" by Clash.[18] The single included a remix by Telepathe.[19] The song was later offered as the "Free MP3 of the Day" for 30 June 2011 on Spinner.[20]

"Living It Out" serves as the album's third single and included remixes by Jackson and Billy Lock (the alias of Felix Martin from Hot Chip).[21] Rostron directed two separate music videos: one for the original song and another for the remix by Laurel Halo.[22][23]

Track listing[edit]

All songs and lyrics written and composed by Planningtorock, except where otherwise noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Doorway"   Janine Rostron 3:30
2. "The One"   Janine Rostron 4:42
3. "Manifesto"   Janine Rostron 3:23
4. "Going Wrong"   Janine Rostron 4:55
5. "I'm Yr Man"   Janine Rostron 4:06
6. "The Breaks"   Janine Rostron 4:36
7. "Living It Out"   Janine Rostron 4:30
8. "Milky Blau"   Janine Rostron 4:03
9. "Jam"   Janine Rostron 4:34
10. "Black Thumber"   Janine Rostron 5:22
11. "Janine"   Arthur Russell 2:06
12. "#9"   Janine Rostron 4:34

Personnel[edit]

Credits for W adapted from Discogs.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mcfarlane, David (23 May 2011). "Planningtorock interview: "It's all I do. I love it."". Dummy. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Freeman, John (24 May 2011). "Rudely Visionary: Planningtorock Interviewed". The Quietus. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "W Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather (2011). "W – Planningtorock". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Goodson, Kelvin (18 May 2011). "Planningtorock – W". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Petridis, Alex (12 October 2011). "Planningtorock – review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  7. ^ White, Chris. "Planningtorock – W". MusicOMH. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  8. ^ a b Denney, Alex. "NME Album Reviews - Album Review: Planningtorock - 'W' - NME.COM". NME. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  9. ^ Perpetua, Matthew (3 June 2011). "Planningtorock: W". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  10. ^ Roberts, Daniel Nils (28 June 2011). "Planningtorock: W < PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  11. ^ Dix, Michael (20 May 2011). "RA Reviews: PlanningToRock – W (Album)". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  12. ^ McNulty, Bernadette (19 May 2011). "Planningtorock: W, CD review – Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 21 November 2011. 
  13. ^ Empire, Kitty (22 May 2011). "Planningtorock: W – Review". London: The Guardian. 
  14. ^ "The Top 40 Albums of 2011: 20–11". Clash. 6 December 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "50 Best Albums of 2011". NME. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  16. ^ Virbasius, Madeline (26 December 2011). "Sentimentalist Magazine Calls Out Top Twelve Releases of 2011". Sentimentalist Magazine. Retrieved 20 January 2012. 
  17. ^ "PlanningToRock – Doorway (File) at Discogs". Discogs. Zinc Media, Inc. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  18. ^ Murray, Robin (10 May 2011). "Singles Round Up – May 9th". Clash. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  19. ^ "PlanningToRock – The Breaks (File, MP3) at Discogs". Discogs. Zinc Media, Inc. Retrieved 21 January 2012. 
  20. ^ Spinella, Mike (30 June 2011). "Planningtorock, 'The Breaks' – Free MP3 Download". Spinner. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  21. ^ Worthy, Stephen (11 November 2011). "RA Reviews: Planningtorock – Living It Out (Single)". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  22. ^ Hockley-Smith, Sam. "Video: Planningtorock, "Living It Out"". The Fader. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  23. ^ "Video premiere: Planningtorock – 'Living It Out' (Laurel Halo remix)". Fact. Retrieved 8 December 2011. 
  24. ^ "PlanningToRock – W (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 10 December 2011. 

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