Before the Dinosaurs (album)

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Before the Dinosaurs
Aura Dione - Before the Dinosaurs.jpg
Studio album by Aura Dione
Released November 4, 2011
Genre Pop, folk
Label Island, Universal, Koolmusic
Producer Kenneth Bager (also exec.), DamiemDamien, Robin Grubert, David Jost, Devrim Karaoğlu, Rock Mafia, Benjamin Mühlethaler, Jochen Naaf, Rick Nowels, Joachim Persson, Thomas Schulz
Aura Dione chronology
Before the Dinosaurs
Can't Steal the Music
(2017)Can't Steal the Music2017
Singles from Before the Dinosaurs
  1. "Geronimo"
    Released: September 19, 2011
  2. "Friends"
    Released: March 2, 2012
  3. "In Love with the World"
    Released: May 28, 2012
  4. "Reconnect"
    Released: October 2012

Before the Dinosaurs is the second studio album by Danish singer-songwriter Aura Dione. The album was released on November 4, 2011 by Universal Music. It was preceded by the lead single, "Geronimo" on September 19, 2011. Upon its release, the album received mixed reviews from most music critics, who compared the singer to Lady Gaga but felt the album was over-produced.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
B.T. 5/6 stars[1]
Berlingske Tidende 3/6 stars[2]
Ekstra Bladet 2/6 stars[3]
Gaffa 4/6 stars[4]
Jyllands-Posten 4/6 stars[5]
Soundvenue 2/6 stars[6]


"Geronimo" was released as the album's lead single on September 19, 2011. Lyrically, the song is about staying true to yourself and living out your dreams, and is one of Dione's favourite songs on the album. The song was a number one hit in Austria, Denmark and Germany. In Germany, Dione became the first Danish artist to debut at number one.

"Friends" was released as the second single from the album. It was sent for Danish mainstream radio adds on January 23, 2012.[7] The song features German production team Rock Mafia who co-wrote the song with Dione and David Jost. "Friends" was written to let Dione's friends know how precious they are to her. It peaked at number six in Denmark, becoming Dione's third top 10 hit following "Geronimo" (2011) and "Something from Nothing" (2007).

"In Love with the World" was released as the album's third single. Co-written by Rick Nowels, "In Love with the World" is about the sacrifices Dione had to make to pursue her career, and "letting go of someone who loves me, because maybe he doesn't love me enough to let me be free". Aura Dione performed the song for the first time in Denmark on late-night talk show Clement Søndag on April 22, 2012. It impacted Danish radio on May 28, 2012.[8] The song peaked at number five in Denmark.

In October 2012, "Reconnect" was added to Danish radio station DR P3 as the album's fourth single.

Commercial performance[edit]

In Denmark, the album debuted at number 18 after three days of sale.[9] The following week the album rose to number 11. In its thirty-third week on the chart, Before the Dinosaurs peaked at number six.[10] Before the Dinosaurs debuted and peaked at number 36 in Switzerland on November 20, 2011. In its third and final week on the chart, the album fell to number 83.[11] In Austria, the album debuted at number thirty on November 18, 2011.[12] The album has since been certified gold by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) for shipments of 10,000 copies in Austria. On October 19 it was confirmed, that Dione will release a re-release of her album, including a bonus DVD.

Track listing[edit]

The 12 tracks on the album are listed below.[12]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Geronimo" (Jost & Damien Radio Mix) Aura Dione, David Jost, Joachim Persson, Ian O'Brien-Docker, Thomas Troelsen David Jost, DamiemDamien, Joachim Persson 3:16
2. "Reconnect" Dione, Jost, Robin Grubert David Jost, Robin Grubert, Jochen Naaf 3:55
3. "Friends" (featuring Rock Mafia) Dione, Antonina Armato, Tim James, Jost Rock Mafia, David Jost 3:42
4. "In Love with the World" Dione, Rick Nowels Rick Nowels, Devrim Karaoğlu 3:27
5. "What It's Like" Dione, Jost, Ross Golan, Persson David Jost, Joachim Persson 3:20
6. "Into the Wild" Dione, Nowels Rick Nowels 3:41
7. "Masterpiece" Dione, Devrim Karaoğlu, Nowels Rick Nowels, Devrim Karaoğlu 3:55
8. "Where the Wild Roses Grow" Dione, Benjamin Mühlethaler, Thomas Schulz, Kenneth Bager, Roger Massimo Benjamin Mühlethaler, Thomas Schulz, Kenneth Bager 3:11
9. "America" Dione, Karaoğlu, Nowels Rick Nowels, Devrim Karaoğlu 3:44
10. "Recipe" Dione, Nowels Rick Nowels, Devrim Karaoğlu 3:42
11. "Superhuman" Dione, Nowels Rick Nowels, Devrim Karaoğlu 3:50
12. "Before the Dinosaurs" Dione, Nowels Rick Nowels 4:09
German iTunes Store Special Edition additional track[13]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Deja Voodoo" Aura Dione 4:48
  • The Special Edition contains twelve commentary tracks where Aura Dione talks about each song on the album.[13]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Edition
Germany[18] November 4, 2011 CD, digital download Island Records, Universal Music, Koolmusic Standard edition
Poland[23] January 31, 2012 Magic Records, Universal Music
Germany[24] February 27, 2012 Island Records, Universal Music, Koolmusic Cardboard sleeve edition


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  2. ^ Christensen, Jeppe Krogsgaard (3 November 2011). "Med en guldfugl i brystet". Berlingske Tidende. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  3. ^ Treo, Thomas (2 November 2011). "Hun har jo ikke noget tøj på". Ekstra Bladet. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Wehding, Signe Bønsvig. "Aura: Before The Dinosaurs - Anmeldelse -". Gaffa. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  5. ^ Schollert, Peter (3 November 2011). "Aura Dione: Before The Dinosaurs". Jyllands-Posten. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  6. ^ Wolkoff, Christian (4 November 2011). "Aura – nøgent, men kønsløst". Soundvenue. Retrieved 5 November 2011. 
  7. ^ Henneberg, Christoffer (17 February 2012). "Aura runder en million streams" (in Danish). Gaffa. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  8. ^ Hegstrup, Casper Bach (30 May 2012). "Ny musik på P3 uge 22" (in Danish). DR P3. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  9. ^ "Album Top-40". Hitlisten (in Danish). IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music. Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
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  12. ^ a b c "Aura Dione – Before The Dinosaurs" (in German). IFPI Austria. 18 November 2011. Archived from the original on 23 March 2016. Retrieved 2016-03-16. 
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  14. ^ "Aura Dione, Before The Dinosaurs" (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  15. ^ "Top 100 - lista miesięczna". ZPAV (in Polish). Archived from the original on December 24, 2013. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Album-Top 100". Hitlisten. IFPI Danmark & Nielsen Music Control. Archived from the original on 2012-01-23. 
  17. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Aura Dione – Before the Dinosaurs" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Aura Dione in the field Interpret. Enter Before the Dinosaurs in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
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  20. ^ "iTunes - Musik - Before The Dinosaurs (Special Version)". iTunes. Retrieved 16 November 2011. 
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  22. ^ "Releaseplan | Universal Music Denmark". Universal Music Denmark. Archived from the original on 20 April 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
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