The Understanding (Röyksopp album)

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The Understanding
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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
  2. "49 Percent"
    Released: 26 September 2005
  3. "What Else Is There?"
    Released: 5 December 2005
  4. "Beautiful Day Without You"
    Released: 26 June 2006
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 68/100[4]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly B[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]
NME 8/10[8]
Pitchfork 8.1/10[9]
PopMatters 6/10[10]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[12]
Spin 7/10[13]

The Understanding is the second studio album by Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp. It was released on 22 June 2005 by Wall of Sound. The Understanding debuted at number 13 on the UK Albums Chart, with 22,466 copies sold in its first week.[14] The album was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 1 December 2006,[15] and had sold 103,500 copies in the United Kingdom by March 2009.[16]

In popular culture[edit]

Similarly to Melody A.M., songs from The Understanding were used widely in television adverts and video 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. "What Else Is There?" was used in an O2 television advertisement in the Czech Republic in 2007[17] and in Slovakia in 2008.[18] 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 tracks written by Röyksopp, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Triumphant" 4:20
2. "Only This Moment" 3:55
3. "49 Percent" (writers: Röyksopp, Chelonis R. Jones) 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?" (writers: Röyksopp, Karin Dreijer) 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[21]

  • "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.
  • "Dead to the World" contains a sample from "Who We Are" by Camel.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of The Understanding.[21]

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

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005–07) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22] 98
Australian Dance Albums (ARIA)[23] 11
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[24] 60
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[25] 23
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[26] 33
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[27] 36
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[28] 48
European Albums (Billboard)[29] 31
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[30] 39
French Albums (SNEP)[31] 45
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[32] 41
Greek Albums (IFPI)[33] 23
Irish Albums (IRMA)[34] 16
Italian Albums (FIMI)[35] 21
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[36] 83
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[37] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[38] 7
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[39] 18
UK Albums (OCC)[40] 13
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[41] 8
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[42] 12
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[43] 22
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[44] 32
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[45] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] Gold 103,500[16]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Japan 22 June 2005 EMI [19]
Germany 24 June 2005 Parlophone [46]
Italy EMI [47]
France 28 June 2005 Labels [48]
Norway 29 June 2005 Virgin [49]
United Kingdom 4 July 2005 Wall of Sound [50]
United States 12 July 2005 Astralwerks [51]
Australia 15 July 2005 EMI [52]

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