Geogaddi

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Geogaddi
Geogaddi.jpg
Studio album by Boards of Canada
Released 13 February 2002 (2002-02-13)
Recorded Hexagon Sun studio
Pentland Hills, Scotland
Genre Electronic,[1] ambient,[2] IDM[2]
Length 66:06
Label Warp
Producer Michael Sandison and Marcus Eoin
Boards of Canada chronology
In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country
(2000)
Geogaddi
(2002)
The Campfire Headphase
(2005)

Geogaddi is the second album by Scottish electronic music duo Boards of Canada, released in February 2002. It has a darker sound than its predecessor, Music Has the Right to Children. The band claimed that the title has a definite meaning, but that they wanted listeners to decide on their own interpretations.[3]

Overview[edit]

The album is available in three formats: Standard jewel case CD packaging, limited edition hardbound book packaged with a CD and extra artwork enclosed, and a triple record package.[4] Side F of the vinyl package, with the track "Magic Window" (which consists of nearly two minutes of silence), is uncut and contains a visible etching of a nuclear family.[4][5]

The artwork of the album carries a distinct kaleidoscopic motif. The limited edition version comes with a 12-page booklet exhibiting artwork.[6]

The band received the idea to make the track time total 66 minutes and 6 seconds from Warp Records president Steve Beckett, his reasoning being to joke around with the listeners and imply the Devil had created the album.[7]

Release[edit]

Geogaddi was first released in Japan on 13 February 2002.[8] Geogaddi was released by Warp on 18 February 2002 in Europe.[8][9] It has been released on compact disc, vinyl, digital download and as a limited edition compact disc.[9]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 84/100[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[11]
Entertainment Weekly B+[12]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[13]
NME 9/10[14]
Pitchfork Media 8.6/10[15]
Q 4/5 stars[16]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[17]
Spin 8/10[18]
Uncut 5/5 stars[19]

Geogaddi holds a score of 84 out of 100 from review aggregate site Metacritic based on 21 critics' reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".[10] Kitty Empire of NME praised it as "easily the electronic album of the year" and called it "deliciously saturated with the recurring motifs which have marked them out as an individual voice in electronic music" and "a meeting of the natural with the digital, and here it's eerier than ever before."[14] Mark Richardson of Pitchfork Media also gave a positive review while noting the album's lack of change from their earlier debut album, writing: "While some will complain about Boards of Canada's failure to cover new territory, which puts them apart from the praised eclectic "searchers" of the music scene [...] the rest of us will delight in what we see as a very accomplished album packed with great music."[15] The album appeared on several end of year "best of" lists.[20]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Marcus Eoin and Mike Sandison

No. Title Length
1. "Ready Lets Go"   0:59
2. "Music Is Math"   5:21
3. "Beware the Friendly Stranger"   0:37
4. "Gyroscope"   3:34
5. "Dandelion"   1:15
6. "Sunshine Recorder"   6:12
7. "In the Annexe"   1:22
8. "Julie and Candy"   5:30
9. "The Smallest Weird Number"   1:17
10. "1969"   4:20
11. "Energy Warning"   0:35
12. "The Beach at Redpoint"   4:18
13. "Opening the Mouth"   1:11
14. "Alpha and Omega"   7:02
15. "I Saw Drones"   0:27
16. "The Devil Is in the Details"   3:53
17. "A is to B as B is to C"   1:40
18. "Over the Horizon Radar"   1:08
19. "Dawn Chorus"   3:55
20. "Diving Station"   1:26
21. "You Could Feel the Sky"   5:14
22. "Corsair"   2:52
23. "Magic Window"   1:46
Total length:
66:06
Japanese bonus track
No. Title Length
24. "From One Source All Things Depend"   2:10
Total length:
68:16

Personnel[edit]

Boards of Canada[edit]

  • Michael Sandison – performer
  • Marcus Eoin – performer

Technical[edit]

  • Peter Campbell – cover photograph
  • Michael Sandison – producer, artwork, photography
  • Marcus Eoin – producer, artwork, photography

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "Geogaddi – Boards of Canada". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Geogaddi review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  3. ^ Pytlik, Mark (February 2002). "The Colour & The Fire". HMV Magazine. Archived from the original on 2002-07-13. Retrieved 2014-05-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Boards of Canada Discography". 2006. Archived from the original on November 21, 2006. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  5. ^ "Images for Boards of Canada – Geogaddi". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  6. ^ Warp Records (2002). "Warp Records; Geogaddi". Warp Records. Archived from the original on 2007-05-21. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  7. ^ Heiko Hoffmann (2005). "Stirred Up the Ashes". Flavorpill Productions LLC. Archived from the original on 2006-11-21. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  8. ^ a b "Discography". Boards of Canada Official Website. Archived from the original on 21 November 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Boards of Canada: Geogaddi". Warp. Archived from the original on 30 June 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  10. ^ a b "Reviews for Geogaddi by Boards of Canada". Metacritic. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  11. ^ Anonymous, Adam (20 February 2002). "Album Review: Boards of Canada – Geogaddi". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  12. ^ Weingarten, Marc (22 March 2002). "Geogaddi". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2 December 2015. 
  13. ^ "Mississippi belter". The Guardian. 22 February 2002. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  14. ^ a b Empire, Kitty (16 February 2002). "Boards Of Canada : Geogaddi". NME. Retrieved 7 July 2011. 
  15. ^ a b Richardson, Mark (21 February 2002). "Boards of Canada: Geogaddi". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Boards of Canada: Geogaddi". Q (189): 110. April 2002. 
  17. ^ Balshill, Pat (11 April 2002). "Boards of Canada: Geogaddi". Rolling Stone (893). Archived from the original on 25 April 2002. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  18. ^ Reynolds, Simon (May 2002). "Boards of Canada: Geogaddi". Spin. 18 (5): 120–22. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  19. ^ "Boards of Canada: Geogaddi". Uncut (59): 94. April 2002. 
  20. ^ "Mojo's Best of 2002 album list with Geogaddi at #16". Mojo. Retrieved 2011-07-07. 

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