604 (album)

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604
Ladytron - 604.png
Studio album by
Released6 February 2001 (2001-02-06)
Recorded1997–2000 in Liverpool
GenreSynth-pop[1]
Length53:35
Language
  • English
  • Bulgarian
LabelInvicta Hi-Fi
Producer
  • Ladytron
  • Lance Thomas
Ladytron chronology
Mu-Tron EP
(2000)
604
(2001)
Light & Magic
(2002)
Alternative cover
US and reissue cover
US and reissue cover
Singles from 604
  1. "He Took Her to a Movie"
    Released: 7 June 1999[2]
  2. "Playgirl"
    Released: 2000
  3. "The Way That I Found You"
    Released: 29 January 2001[3]

604 is the debut studio album by English electronic music band Ladytron, released in the United States on 6 February 2001 by Emperor Norton Records and in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2001 by Invicta Hi-Fi. It was co-produced, engineered and mixed by Lance Thomas. Some of the tracks had been previously released on their EPs Miss Black and Her Friends (1999), Mu-Tron EP (2000) and Commodore Rock (2000).

On 20 July 2004, 604 was reissued in the US with four bonus tracks, the first three being live recordings made on 16 May 2003 at the Central Military Club in Sofia, Bulgaria.[4] The January 2011 re-release of the album on Nettwerk also features these same bonus tracks.[5]

In a 2002 interview with online magazine Chaos Control, Daniel Hunt stated that the album was named after the area code for British Columbia.[6] Reuben Wu drew the cover of the European edition of 604.[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[8]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[9]
Chart Attack4/5[10]
Drawer BFavourable[11]
entertainment.ie4/5 stars[12]
Exclaim!Favourable[13]
Muzik5/5 stars[14]
NME8/10[15]
Pitchfork7.5/10[16]
PopMattersFavourable[17]
Rolling StoneFavourable[18]

604 received general acclaim from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 81, based on 11 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[8]

In March 2001, 604 was selected as Album of the Month by Muzik magazine.[14]

As of July 2002, the album had sold 20,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[19]

Singles[edit]

"He Took Her to a Movie" was released as the album's lead single. The song was recorded for £50,[20] and features guest vocals from Lisa Eriksson of San Francisco-based electronic duo Techno Squirrels.[21] Upon its release, it was named the "Single of the Week" by NME magazine.[22] The track was inspired by Kraftwerk's 1978 song "The Model".[23]

"Playgirl" was released as the album's second single. It peaked at number 89 on the UK Singles Chart.[25]

"The Way That I Found You" was released as the album's third and final single. It reached number 88 on the UK Singles Chart.[25] The single's B-side, "Holiday 601", was included on Ladytron's second studio album, Light & Magic, retitled "NuHorizons".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ladytron, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Mu-Tron"2:58
2."Discotraxx"3:50
3."Another Breakfast with You"3:03
4."CSKA Sofia"2:21
5."The Way That I Found You"3:29
6."Paco!"3:00
7."Commodore Rock"4:47
8."Zmeyka"3:14
9."Playgirl"3:49
10."I'm with the Pilots"2:43
11."This Is Our Sound"4:09
12."He Took Her to a Movie"3:10
13."Laughing Cavalier"1:08
14."Ladybird" (music by Ladytron; words by Ladytron and Grimes Adhesif)4:38
15."Jet Age"3:10
16."Skools Out..."4:06

604 (Remixed & Rare)[edit]

On 1 September 2009, Redbird Records and Cobraside Distribution released a compilation of remixes, B-sides and rarities titled 604 (Remixed & Rare). The cover is the negative of the US cover for 604.

No.TitleLength
1."Playgirl" (Felix da Housecat Glitz Club Remix)6:37
2."He Took Her to a Movie" (Bertrand Burgalat Remix)3:46
3."Playgirl" (Tobias Neumann Mix)3:56
4."USA vs. White Noise"2:18
5."Playgirl" (Simian Playboy Mix)2:38
6."Miss Black"1:54
7."Playgirl" (Snap Ant Remix)6:14
8."Holiday 601"3:54
9."He Took Her to a Movie" (Surreal Madrid Remix)4:55
10."Olivetti Jerk"3:27
11."Playgirl" (I Monster Remix)6:08
12."Playgirl" (Tobias Neumann Club Remix)3:53
13."Playgirl" (Tommie Sunshine Remix)5:43

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of 604.[29]

  • Ladytron – production, design
  • Lance Thomas – additional production, engineering
  • Eddy Schreyer – mastering
  • Lisa Eriksson – guest vocals on "He Took Her to a Movie"
  • Tom Dolan – design
  • Sebastian Meyer – cover photography (US edition)

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Label Ref.
United States 6 February 2001 Standard Emperor Norton [30]
United Kingdom 12 March 2001 Invicta Hi-Fi [31]
Germany 26 March 2001 Labels [32]
United States 20 July 2004 Reissue Emperor Norton [4]
Germany 14 January 2011 Nettwerk [5]
United States 18 January 2011 [33]
United Kingdom 24 January 2011 [34]
604 (Remixed & Rare)
Region Date Format Label Ref.
Germany 1 September 2009 Digital download
[35]
United Kingdom [36]
United States [37]
13 December 2011 CD Nettwerk [38]
Germany 20 December 2011
  • CD
  • digital download
[39][40]
United Kingdom CD ADA [41]
Digital download Nettwerk [42]
United States [43]

References[edit]

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  10. ^ Pascual, Brian (6 February 2001). "Ladytron – 604". Chart Attack. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  11. ^ Doherty, Patrick (24 March 2001). "Ladytron – 604 (Emperor Norton)". Drawer B. Archived from the original on 16 March 2005. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  12. ^ Lynch, Andrew (9 April 2001). "Ladytron – 604". entertainment.ie. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  13. ^ Burrows, Mike (February 2001). "Ladytron – 604". Exclaim!. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  14. ^ a b Bell, Duncan (March 2001). "Reviews" (PDF). Muzik. p. 57. ISSN 1358-541X. Retrieved 13 October 2012.
  15. ^ Beaumont, Mark (27 March 2001). "Ladytron : 604". NME. Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2004.
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  17. ^ Rao, Shailesh. "Ladytron: 604". PopMatters. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
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  19. ^ Paoletta, Michael (27 July 2002). "Nü-Electro Sounds Emerges". Billboard. Vol. 114 no. 30. p. 67. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
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