A/B (album)

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A/B
KaleoAB2016.jpg
Studio album by
Released10 June 2016
Recorded2014–2015
Studio
Genre
Length42:17
LabelElektra
Producer
Kaleo chronology
Kaleo
(2013)
A/B
(2016)
Singles from A/B
  1. "All the Pretty Girls"
    Released: 20 January 2015
  2. "Way Down We Go"
    Released: 7 August 2015
  3. "No Good"
    Released: 2016

A/B is the second studio album by Icelandic rock band Kaleo. It was released on 10 June 2016 through Elektra Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusicPositive[2]
The Guardian2/5 stars[3]
PopMatters7/10 stars[4]
Renowned for Sound4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[6]
Sound Fiction4.5/5 stars[7]

A/B received generally favourable reviews from music critics, some of which praised Jökull Júlíusson's vocals,[4][5][6] as well as the songs "No Good" and "All the Pretty Girls".[4][5][6]

Kate Hutchinson from The Guardian, however, was less positive, criticising its lack of originality.

The track "Glass House" was featured in the soundtrack of Madden NFL 17 and as DLC for Rock Band 4. The track "Hot Blood" is featured in NHL 18, Far Cry 5 and Asphalt 9: Legends. The track "Way Down We Go" was featured in the trailer for the 2017 film, Logan.[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by JJ Julius Son, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."No Good" 3:55
2."Way Down We Go"
  • JJ Julius Son
3:39
3."Broken Bones"
  • JJ Julius Son
  • Rubin Pollock
4:05
4."Glass House" 4:01
5."Hot Blood" 3:38
6."All the Pretty Girls" 4:29
7."Automobile" 3:06
8."Vor í Vaglaskógi"
  • Jónas Jónasson
  • Kristján frá Djúpalæk
4:37
9."Save Yourself" 4:33
10."I Can't Go on Without You" 6:14

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2016–18) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 29
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[10] 27
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[11] 21
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[12] 31
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[13] 2
French Albums (SNEP)[14] 28
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[15] 9
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[16] 19
Irish Albums (IRMA)[17] 17
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[18] 19
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[20] 27
US Billboard 200[21] 16
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[22] 4

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Position
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[23] 97
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[24] 59

References[edit]

  1. ^ A/B (album liner notes). Kaleo. Elektra Records. 2016.CS1 maint: others (link)
  2. ^ Monger, Timothy (10 June 2016). "A/B - Kaleo Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  3. ^ Hutchinson, Kate (23 June 2016). "Kaleo: A/B review – warbling, fedora-clad rock with not a single original idea". The Guardian. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Skinner, Jared (11 July 2016). "Kaleo: A/B review". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Smith, Michael (20 June 2016). "Kaleo 'A/B' Album Review". Renowned for Sound. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  6. ^ a b c Dolan, Jon (30 June 2016). "Kaleo 'A/B' Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  7. ^ Smith, Michael (20 June 2016). "Kaleo 'A/B' Album Review". Sound Fiction. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  8. ^ Movieclips Trailers (19 January 2017), Logan Trailer #2 (2017) | Movieclips Trailers, retrieved 7 July 2018
  9. ^ "ARIA Australian Top 50 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017.
  10. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Kaleo – A/B" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kaleo – A/B" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Ultratop.be – Kaleo – A/B" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Kaleo Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  14. ^ "Le Top de la semaine : Top Albums - SNEP (Week 13, 2017)" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Kaleo – A/B" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 14 February 2017.
  16. ^ "Top 40 album DVD és válogatáslemez-lista – 2018. 26. hét" (in Hungarian). MAHASZ. Retrieved 6 June 2018.
  17. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 24, 2016". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  18. ^ "Charts.nz – Kaleo – A/B". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  19. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Kaleo – A/B". Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  20. ^ "Kaleo | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  21. ^ "Kaleo Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  22. ^ "Kaleo Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 8 August 2016.
  23. ^ "Top 100 Album-Jahrescharts". GfK Entertainment (in German). offiziellecharts.de. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  24. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 2017 – hitparade.ch". Hung Medien. Retrieved 31 December 2017.