In Return (Odesza album)

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In Return
In Return Odesza.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 9, 2014
Genre
Length48:57
Label
Producer
  • Harrison Mills
  • Clayton Knight
Odesza chronology
My Friends Never Die
(2013)
In Return
(2014)
A Moment Apart
(2017)

In Return is the second album by American electronic music duo Odesza, released on September 9, 2014 through Counter and Ninja Tune. It is the major label debut of the electronic duo after the release of their self-released debut album Summer's Gone two years prior and follows up that album.

The album debuted atop the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart and was positively received by critics.

The "Say My Name" track (instrumental version) used in Windows 10 Promotional and Retail Demo Video.

Background and composition[edit]

During production, Mills and Knight were more open to experimentation, favoring more of a singer-songwriter approach with a greater focus on lyrical content.[1] The result is a more vocally driven album, contrasting with their previous sample-based releases.[2] Coming from a classically trained background, Knight was more concerned of the technicality of the music, while Mills focused on the production side. Knight's interest in pop and dance music influenced Mill's tastes, which contributed to the direction of the album.[3] The track "It's Only" was distinguished by the duo as "the most mature growth [on the album]" due to its more unconventional production.[4]

The album's name is a reference to the duo's appreciation of returning home after a long period of touring.[1]

In Return was released a few weeks earlier than intended due to fan anticipation.[5] On September 18, 2015, the deluxe edition of the album was released containing live and instrumental tracks from the standard edition album, in addition to the single "Light" featuring Little Dragon.

Critical reception[edit]

In Return received positive reviews from critics. David Jeffries from AllMusic gave the album a rating of 3.5/5, calling the album a "humble crowd-pleaser" while praising its variety.[6] Renowned for Sound's Angus Fitz-Bugden gave a rating of 4/5, complimenting the album's ambience and production.[7]

Accolades[edit]

In Return was nominated for Top Dance/Electronic Album at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.[8] The RAC remix of "Say My Name" was also nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

In Return debuted at number 1 on the Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart, selling 6,000 album-equivalent units in the first week.[10] The album also debuted and peaked at number 42 on the Billboard 200.[11]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Always This Late"2:40
2."Say My Name" (featuring Zyra)4:22
3."Bloom"
  • Mills
  • Knight
3:15
4."All We Need" (featuring Shy Girls)
3:31
5."Sundara"
  • Mills
  • Knight
2:16
6."White Lies" (featuring Jenni Potts)
  • Mills
  • Knight
  • Jenni Potts
4:37
7."Kusanagi"
  • Mills
  • Knight
  • Sean Kusanagi[12]
3:28
8."Echoes" (featuring Py)
  • Mills
  • Knight
  • Jade Pybus
4:23
9."It's Only" (featuring Zyra)
  • Mills
  • Knight
  • Cheatle
4:28
10."Koto"
  • Mills
  • Knight
3:14
11."Memories That You Call" (featuring Monsoonsiren)
  • Mills
  • Knight
  • Monsoonsiren
4:08
12."Sun Models" (featuring Madelyn Grant)
  • Mills
  • Knight
  • Madelyn Grant
2:40
13."For Us" (featuring Briana Marela)
5:49
Total length:48:57

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Peak
position
US Billboard 200[13] 42
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[14] 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[15] 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Song, Sandra. "Beyond Return with Harrison Mills Of ODESZA". Impose Magazine. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "ODESZA's "In Return" are the delicious sounds of delirium". Quip Magazine. 26 August 2014. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  3. ^ Rahman, Neal. "ODESZA: "We can obviously make In Return again... but we don't want to do that."". Magnetic Magazine. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  4. ^ McMahon, Milly. "Interview: Chasing Electronic Pavements With ODESZA". Complex UK. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  5. ^ Murray, Robin. "Premiere: ODEZSA - In Return". Clash Magazine. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  6. ^ "In Return - ODESZA". AllMusic. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  7. ^ Fitz-Bugden, Angus (12 September 2014). "Album Review: Odesza - In Return". Renowned for Sound. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  8. ^ "Billboard Music Awards 2016: Complete Winners List". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  9. ^ "2016 Grammy Awards: Complete list of winners and nominees". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  10. ^ Murray, Gordon. "Ariana Grande, ODESZA Own No. 1s On Dance Charts". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  11. ^ "Billboard Biz". Billboard. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  12. ^ "Enter the Cosmos with ODESZA's New Album, 'In Return'". The Wild Magazine. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  13. ^ "ODESZA - Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. United States. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  14. ^ "ODESZA - Chart History: Top Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. United States. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  15. ^ "ODESZA - Chart History: Independent Albums". Billboard. United States. Retrieved December 31, 2016.