Light & Magic

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Light & Magic
Ladytron - Light & Magic.png
Studio album by Ladytron
Released 17 September 2002 (2002-09-17)
Recorded 2001–02 in Liverpool and Los Angeles
Genre
Length 62:45
Label Telstar
Producer
Ladytron chronology
604
(2001)
Light & Magic
(2002)
Softcore Jukebox
(2003)
Alternative cover
US and reissue cover
Singles from Light & Magic
  1. "Seventeen"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Blue Jeans"
    Released: 10 March 2003
  3. "Evil"
    Released: 30 June 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 76/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
Chart Attack 4/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[4]
Drowned in Sound 9/10[5]
entertainment.ie 4/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media 7.1/10[7]
Playlouder 3/5 stars[8]
PopMatters Favourable[9]
Rolling Stone Favourable[10]
Stylus Magazine B+[11]

Light & Magic is the second studio album by English electronic music band Ladytron. It was released in the United States on 17 September 2002 by Emperor Norton and in the United Kingdom on 2 December 2002 by Telstar Records. The album was reissued by Nettwerk in January 2011.

An earlier version of the song "NuHorizons" appeared as a B-side to the band's 2001 single "The Way That I Found You", under the title "Holiday 601". "Seventeen" is part of the soundtrack to the 2003 film Party Monster, while its instrumental was used in television advertisements for Christina Aguilera's 2008 fragrance Inspire.

Drowned in Sound ranked Light & Magic at number 14 on its Top 41 Albums of the Year.[12] Rolling Stone included the album on its 50 Best Albums of 2002 list.[13] British dance music magazine Muzik named it the best electropop album of 2002.[14] NME included it at number 41 on their Albums and Tracks of the Year for 2002 list.[15]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ladytron.

No. Title Length
1. "True Mathematics" 2:23
2. "Seventeen" 4:37
3. "Flicking Your Switch" 3:26
4. "Fire" 2:49
5. "Turn It On" 4:46
6. "Blue Jeans" 4:13
7. "Cracked LCD" 2:32
8. "Black Plastic" 4:17
9. "Evil" 5:34
10. "Startup Chime" 3:30
11. "NuHorizons" 4:03
12. "Cease2xist" 4:37
13. "Re:agents" 4:53
14. "Light & Magic" 3:35
15. "The Reason Why" (silence from 4:13 until 5:17, followed by hidden track "USA vs White Noise"; available only on initial non-US pressings) 7:30

Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare)[edit]

On 1 September 2009, Redbird Records and Cobraside Distribution released a compilation of remixes, B-sides and rarities titled Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare). The cover is the negative of the US cover for Light & Magic.[19] Nettwerk reissued Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare) on 20 December 2011 with a slightly altered track listing, removing "Cease2xist" (Instrumental 2002) and adding "Flicking Your Switch" (Erol Alkan Remix).[20]

No. Title Length
1. "Seventeen" (Soulwax Remix) 4:28
2. "Blue Jeans 2.0" (UK Single Version) 3:51
3. "Evil" (Axl of Evil Mix) 4:08
4. "Blue Jeans" (Josh Wink Remix) 6:05
5. "The Reason Why" (Alternate Version) 4:24
6. "Light & Magic" (Alternate Version) 3:42
7. "Cracked LCD" (Alternate Version) 2:49
8. "Seventeen" (Justin Robertson Remix) 7:06
9. "Blue Jeans" (Interpol Remix) 3:57
10. "Evil" (Ewan Pearson Single Remix) 4:15
11. "Seventeen" (Droyds 12 Remix) 6:32
12. "Flicking Your Switch" (Mount Sims Remix 1) 5:24
13. "Seventeen" (Darren Emerson Radio Edit) 3:33
14. "Evil" (Tony Senghorne Remix) 8:09
15. "Cease2xist" (Instrumental 2002) 4:48
16. "Startup Chime" (Instrumental) 3:42
17. "Evil" (M-Factor Remix) 7:55
18. "Seventeen" (Acapella) 4:45

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[21] 31
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[22] 7
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[23] 24
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[24] 31

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Edition Label Ref.
United States 17 September 2002
Standard Emperor Norton [25][26]
United Kingdom 2 December 2002 Telstar [27][28]
Germany 7 April 2003 CD Warner [29]
12 May 2003 LP [30]
Japan 21 June 2003 CD Victor Entertainment [16]
United States 20 July 2004 Reissue Emperor Norton [17]
Germany 1 September 2009 Digital download Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare)
[19]
United Kingdom [31]
United States [32]
United Kingdom 11 January 2011 Reissue Nettwerk [18]
Germany 14 January 2011 CD [33]
United States 18 January 2011
  • CD
  • digital download
[34][35]
United Kingdom 24 January 2011 CD [36]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ladytron". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
  5. ^ Jones, Neil (30 November 2002). "Ladytron – Light & Magic". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 20 August 2011. 
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  7. ^ Bowers, William (8 October 2002). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 May 2006. 
  8. ^ Detourn, Gal (2 December 2002). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". Playlouder. Archived from the original on 10 February 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Damas, Jason (9 January 2003). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Wolk, Douglas (26 August 2002). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 26 March 2004. 
  11. ^ Lindsay, Cam (1 September 2003). "Ladytron – Light&Magic". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 29 May 2011. 
  12. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/5771-the-‘official’-drowned-in-sound-com-top-41-albums-of-2002
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20030417093636/http://www.emperornorton.com/mod/artistpage.php3?artist=ladytron
  14. ^ "Albums of the Year" (PDF). Muzik: 45. January 2003. Retrieved 14 October 2012. 
  15. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year for 2002 - NME.COM". 
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