A Kiss Before You Go

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A Kiss Before You Go
Studio album by Katzenjammer
Released September 7, 2011 (2011-09-07)
Recorded 2011
Genre Pop rock, cabaret, alternative
Label Propeller, Universal Music Group
Producer Kåre Chr. Vestrheim, Mike Hartung
Katzenjammer chronology
Le Pop
(2008)Le Pop2008
A Kiss Before You Go
A Kiss Before You Go: Live in Hamburg
Singles from A Kiss Before You Go
  1. "I Will Dance (When I Walk Away)"
    Released: June 17, 2011[1]
  2. "Rock-Paper-Scissors"
    Released: May 7, 2012[2]

A Kiss Before You Go: Live in Hamburg2012

A Kiss Before You Go is the second studio album by Norwegian band Katzenjammer. It was released on September 9, 2011 by Propeller Recordings.[3]


Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[5]
BBC Music (favorable)[6]
The Independent 3/5 stars[7]
MusicOHM 4/4 stars[8]

A Kiss Before You Go received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, based on four reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[4] Jon O'Brien of Allmusic wrote "it's difficult not to be enamored by [the album's] inventiveness and inherent avant-garde charm."[5] BBC Music's Mischa Pearlman called the album "peculiar and unconventional" because it "constantly shape-shifts and surprises, but does so with a graceful, effortless ease that feels incredibly natural and utterly delightful".[6] In a review for The Independent, Hugh Montgomery said its "oompah brass [and] jaunty jigs" were "best in small doses." He also described A Kiss Before You Go as "exhilarating and nauseous".[7] MusicOHM reviewer Ben Weisz wrote that Katzenjammer's "latest effort is often raucous, occasionally majestic and close to brilliance."[8]

Chart performance[edit]

In Norway, A Kiss Before You Go debuted at number eight on the albums chart. The following week it reached its peak position of number six.[9] The album reached number seven in Germany,[10] where it sold 100,000 copies and was certified gold.[11][12]

A Kiss Before You Go debuted at number thirty-three in Switzerland. It remained on the chart for three weeks.[13] The album also charted in the top fifty in Austria and the Netherlands.[14][15] In Belgium, it peaked at number one hundred and thirty-one.[16]

Track listing[edit]

Songs written and composed by Mats Rybø, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "A Kiss Before You Go" (Rybø, Anne Marit Bergheim) 1:16
2. "I Will Dance (When I Walk Away)" 3:50
3. "Cherry Pie" (Marianne Sveen, Mike Hartung) 3:01
4. "Land of Confusion" (Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks, Phil Collins) 3:35
5. "Lady Marlene" (Solveig Heilo) 4:35
6. "Rock-Paper-Scissors" (Katzenjammer, Robert Ellis Orral) 3:28
7. "Cocktails and Ruby Slippers" 3:59
8. "Soviet Trumpeter" (Rybø, Bergheim) 4:12
9. "Loathsome M" 2:41
10. "Shepherd's Song" (Marianne Sveen) 3:06
11. "Gypsy Flee" (Sveen) 2:44
12. "God's Great Dust Storm" 4:06


Credits adapted from A Kiss Before You Go liner notes.[17]

  • Anne Marit Bergheim – instruments, vocals
  • Mathias Fossum – photography
  • Mike Hartung – arrangement, production , recording
  • Solveig Heilo – arrangement, instruments, vocals
  • Heydays – design
  • Daniel Herskedal – sousaphone
  • Hans Andreas Horntveth – recording assistant
  • Turid Jørgensen – arrangement, instruments, vocals
  • Gunnhild Mathea Olaussen – violin
  • Mr. Orkester – percussion
  • Chris Sansom – mastering
  • Marianne Sveen – arrangement, instruments, vocals
  • Kåre Chr. Vestrheim – arrangement, instruments, production, recording
  • Dweezil Zappaelectric guitar


Chart (2011) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 36
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[16] 131
Dutch Albums Chart[15] 41
German Albums Chart[10] 7
Norwegian Albums Chart[9] 6
Swiss Albums Chart[13] 33

Release history[edit]

Region(s) Date[2][3][18] Format(s) Label
Austria, Germany, Switzerland September 9, 2011 CD, digital download, LP Propeller
Norway October 7, 2011
United Kingdom May 7, 2012


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  5. ^ a b O'Brien, Jon. "Katzenjammer: A Kiss Before You Go Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
  6. ^ a b Pearlman, Mischa (2012-05-11). "Katzenjammer: A Kiss Before You Go Review". BBC Music. BBC Online. Retrieved 2013-02-22. 
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