Crossing the Rubicon (The Sounds album)

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Crossing the Rubicon
The Sounds - Crossing the Rubicon.jpg
Studio album by The Sounds
Released 2 June 2009
Recorded 2009 at Stratosphere Sound, New York City, Arnioki Studios, Malmö, Sweden, Werewolf Heart Studios, Hollywood, California, Annetenna Studios, Burbank, California, Beat360 Studios, New York
Genre New wave, post-punk revival
Length 52:11
Label Arnioki Records, Original Signal (U.S.)
Producer The Sounds, Adam Schlesinger, James Iha, Matt Mahaffey, Jeff Turzo, Tim Anderson, Mark Saunders, Daniel Johannson
The Sounds chronology
Live EP
Crossing The Rubicon
Something to Die For
Alternative cover
Vinyl Edition Cover.
Singles from Crossing The Rubicon
  1. "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake"
    Released: 17 April 2009
  2. "Beatbox"
    Released: 12 January 2010

Crossing the Rubicon is the third studio album by the Swedish new wave band The Sounds, released on 2 June 2009. On 17 April 2009, the first single "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake" was released on iTunes worldwide. The album was available to Spotify Premium customers from 29 May, and it was officially released 2 June. The second single, "Beatbox" was released on 12 January 2010 on iTunes exclusively. The track "Home Is Where Your Heart Is" is featured on the second part of the 5th season of the MTV reality show The Hills. "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake" is featured on episode eight, season one of The Vampire Diaries. "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake" was given a notable cover version by Miss Li.


For their third album, the band dropped all their producers and founded their own label, Arnioki Records, and used their own money to record Crossing the Rubicon. The band supported the album with a world tour.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (57/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 3.7/10.0[4]
PopMatters 4/10 stars[5]
Sonic Seducer favourable[6]
Spin 3/5 stars[7]
URB 4/5 stars[8]

The album received mixed professional reviews.[1] Allmusic delivered a very positive rating and wrote that it was "the sound of a band reaching their potential as artists" and found that only few songs like "Beatbox" would not reach up to the band's standard.[2] Pitchfork in turn compared "Beatbox" to the music of Blondie but was reluctant to praise the entire album, writing that there had been no evolution in the music of The Sounds.[4] These two features where also noted by the German Sonic Seducer magazine although their author marked a melancholy in tracks like "Crossing The Rubicon" and "Midnight Sun" that was allegedly new for The Sounds.[6] A review by PopMatters concluded that The Killers had been delivering the same style of music before, so Crossing the Rubicon was nothing new. The band's image of "themselves as swaggering, pioneering visionaries" meant employing a backwards perspective instead of looking forward.[5] The Spin magazine's reviewer praised the tracks "4 Songs & a Fight" and "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake", but found the album generally too monotonous.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by The Sounds.

No. Title Length
1. "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake"   4:22
2. "4 Songs & a Fight"   3:24
3. "My Lover"   4:25
4. "Dorchester Hotel"   4:08
5. "Beatbox"   4:02
6. "Underground"   3:47
7. "Crossing the Rubicon"   2:03
8. "Midnight Sun"   4:30
9. "Lost in Love"   5:05
10. "The Only Ones"   4:44
11. "Home Is Where Your Heart Is"   7:39
12. "Goodnight Freddy" (Hidden Track) 4:04
iTunes Bonus Track
No. Title Length
13. "No One Sleeps When I'm Awake" (Arnioki Sessions) 4:09

All music and lyrics by Jesper Anderberg and Félix Rodríguez except:
Track 1: Lyrics by J. Anderberg, F. Rodríguez, F. Nilsson, M. Ivarsson Track 6: Lyrics by J. Anderberg, F. Rodríguez, M. Ivarsson
Track 7: Music by J. Anderberg, F. Rodríguez, F. Nilsson; Lyrics by F. Nilsson
Track 9: Music by J. Anderberg, F. Rodríguez, F. Nilsson; Lyrics by J. Anderberg, F. Rodríguez, F. Nilsson, M. Ivarsson, J. Bengtsson
Track 11: Lyrics by J. Anderberg, F. Rodríguez, F. Nilsson
Tracks 1 & 8: Additional writing by A. Schlesinger & J. Iha


Chart (2009) Peak
Finnish Albums Chart[9] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[9] 14
US Billboard 200[10] 64
Top Independent Albums[11] 9
Top Rock Albums 25
Top Alternative Albums 20



  1. ^ a b "Crossing The Rubicon - The Sounds". Metacritic. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Sendra, Tim. "The Sounds – Crossing the Rubicon". Allmusic. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Hoard, Christian (1 June 2009). "The Sounds – Crossing the Rubicon". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 14 June 2009. Retrieved 1 November 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Thompson, Paul (12 June 2009). "The Sounds: Crossing the Rubicon". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Langager, Ross (31 August 2009). "The Sounds: Crossing the Rubicon". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Howahl, Georg (2010). "The Sounds – Crossing The Rubicon". Sonic Seducer (in German). No. 4. Thomas Vogel Media. [dead link]
  7. ^ a b Oregan, Nadine (4 July 2009). "The Sounds, 'Crossing the Rubicon'". Spin. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  8. ^ Archived from the original on August 8, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b "The Sounds – Crossing the Rubicon". Hung Medien. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  10. ^ - Artist Chart History - The Sounds
  11. ^ - Artist Chart History - The Sounds