Melody A.M.

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Melody A.M.
Royksopp melody am.png
Studio album by Röyksopp
Released 3 September 2001 (2001-09-03)
Genre
Length 45:58
Label Wall of Sound
Producer
  • Röyksopp
  • Ole J. Mjøs
Röyksopp chronology
Melody A.M.
(2001)
The Understanding
(2005)
Singles from Melody A.M.
  1. "So Easy"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Eple"
    Released: 23 July 2001
  3. "Poor Leno"
    Released: 3 December 2001
  4. "Remind Me"
    Released: 1 July 2002
  5. "Sparks"
    Released: 23 June 2003

Melody A.M. is the debut studio album by Norwegian electronic music duo Röyksopp. It was released on 3 September 2001 by Wall of Sound. As of 2005, the album had sold 750,000 copies worldwide,[4] with 454,271 sold in the United Kingdom alone.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

Songs from the album have been used in television adverts and video games; "Remind Me" was formally featured in an advertisement for GEICO Insurance in one of their popular Caveman ads, while "Eple" was licensed by Apple and used as the introduction music for the Mac OS X v10.3 setup assistant. The Silicone Soul remix of "Poor Leno" was featured in the soundtrack to the 2003 snowboarding video game SSX 3. "So Easy" was the soundtrack of T-Mobile's launch advert featuring the face of a baby appearing around places in a city.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic81/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[7]
Blender4/5 stars[8]
Entertainment WeeklyB[9]
The Guardian4/5 stars[10]
Muzik5/5[11]
NME8/10[12]
Pitchfork7.8/10[13]
Q4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[15]
San Francisco Chronicle5/5 stars[16]

On 21 November 2007, the album was included on The Guardian's series of the 1000 Albums to Hear Before You Die.[17] It is also listed in a similar selection, called 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die, in a series of books by Quintessence Editions.[4] On 24 November 2009, Melody A.M. was named the best Norwegian album of the 2000s decade by the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."So Easy"3:44
2."Eple" (some versions contain a "hidden track" of talking in the pregap)Röyksopp3:36
3."Sparks"5:23
4."In Space"Röyksopp3:30
5."Poor Leno"
3:57
6."A Higher Place"Röyksopp4:31
7."Röyksopp's Night Out"Röyksopp7:30
8."Remind Me"
  • Röyksopp
  • Øye
3:39
9."She's So"
5:23
10."40 Years Back\Come"4:45

Notes[20]

  • "So Easy" contains a sample from "Blue on Blue" by Gals and Pals.
  • "A Higher Place" contains a sample from "Freedom" by The Tyrrel Corporation.
  • "She's So" contains a sample from "Love in Space" by Peter Thomas Sound Orchestra.
  • "40 Years Back\Come" contains a sample from "Red Right Returning" by Michael Manring.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Melody A.M.[20]

  • Röyksopp – arrangement, production
  • Anneli Drecker – vocals (on "Sparks")
  • Jo Hillier – A&R
  • Rune Lindbæk – extra input (on "A Higher Place" and "40 Years Back\Come")
  • Ole J. Mjøs – co-production (on "A Higher Place")
  • Erlend Øye – vocals (on "Poor Leno" and "Remind Me")
  • Marte Rognerud – inner sleeve photography
  • Ole Vegard "05" Skauge – bass (on "A Higher Place")
  • Sølve Sundsbø – cover photography
  • Tom Hingston Studio – design

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Norway (IFPI Norway)[37] Platinum 50,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[38] Platinum 454,271[5]

*sales figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition Label Ref.
Germany 3 September 2001 Standard Parlophone [39]
Italy 14 September 2001 EMI [40]
United Kingdom 8 October 2001 Wall of Sound [41]
France 9 October 2001 Labels [42]
Australia 4 March 2002 EMI [43]
Japan 5 June 2002 [44]
United Kingdom 12 August 2002 Reissue Wall of Sound [45]
United States 15 October 2002
  • Standard
  • special
Astralwerks [46][47]
Japan 18 June 2003 Special EMI [19]

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