Nights Out

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Nights Out
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Studio album by Metronomy
Released 8 September 2008
Genre Electronica, synthpop, indie pop, new wave
Length 44:12
Label Because
Producer Metronomy
Metronomy chronology
Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)
(2006)Pip Paine (Pay The £5000 You Owe)2006
Nights Out
(2008)
The English Riviera
(2011)The English Riviera2011

'Nights Out' is the second album by British electronic act Metronomy, released on 8 September 2008 through Because Music.[1]

Background[edit]

The starting point for the album was, according to lead singer Joseph Mount, "a half-arsed concept album about going out and having a crap time."[2][3]

Joseph Mount wrote and recorded most of the album by himself but Gabriel Stebbing and Oscar Cash "play bits on a couple of tracks on the album and it’s kind of become….Metronomy used to be a him and now it’s definitely a they - which takes the heat off me a bit as well".[4]

Artwork[edit]

The artwork for the album was created by airbrush artist Philip Castle.

Release[edit]

The commercial pressing of the album has a printing error on the cover; instead of reading Nights Out, it just says Nights. The promotional version is unaffected. It is unknown whether this will be rectified in the next pressing of the album.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Artrocker 5/5 stars [5]
ChartAttack (4/5) [6]
Drowned in Sound (8/10) [7]
Gigwise 4.5/5 stars [8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars [9]
The Independent 5/5 stars [10]
NME (9/10) [11]
The Observer 4/5 stars [12]
This Is Fake DIY (9/10) [13]

The album was placed at No. 6 by NME in their best albums of 2008 list. http://www.nme.com/photos/top-50-albums-of-2008/121912#/photo/5.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Metronomy.

No. Title Length
1. "Nights Out" 2:39
2. "The End of You Too" 3:43
3. "Radio Ladio" 3:33
4. "My Heart Rate Rapid" 4:09
5. "Heartbreaker" 4:13
6. "On the Motorway" 2:35
7. "Side 2" 3:29
8. "Holiday" 4:15
9. "A Thing for Me" 3:28
10. "Back on the Motorway" 3:54
11. "On Dancefloors" 4:43
12. "Nights Outro" 3:13
Total length: 44:12
Enhanced version
No. Title Length
13. "Radio Ladio (Music Video)" 3:35
14. "Holiday (Music Video)" 3:29
15. "Heartbreaker (Music Video)" 3:46
US iTunes Release
No. Title Length
13. "Please Me"  
14. "The Chase"  
15. "Heartbreaker (Discodeine Remix)"  
16. "Heartbreaker (Kris Menace Remix)"  
UK iTunes Release
No. Title Length
13. "Need Now Future (Bonus Track)" 4:02
14. "Radio Ladio (Music Video)" 3:35
15. "Holiday (Music Video)" 3:29
16. "Heartbreaker (Music Video)" 3:46

[1]

Nights In[edit]

  • A 6-track bonus CD was released alongside the album and was available if the album was purchased in Rough Trade stores or in the Rough Trade Album Club. The CD contains:
No. Title Length
1. "Our Raid"  
2. "Let's Have A Party"  
3. "The Chase"  
4. "Holiday (Bedtime Dub)"  
5. "Please Me"  
6. "Over"  

Singles and EPs[edit]

So far four singles/EPs from Nights Out have been released: Radio Ladio - EP, My Heart Rate Rapid - EP, Holiday - Single and Heartbreaker.

Radio Ladio, released on 12 November 2007, the accompanying video by Daniel Brereton features Joseph, Oscar and Gabriel with their skin painted blues and greens, playing kiddie-like pianos that have incorrect keys while they lust after an unobtainable woman, who at the end is revealed to be a cardboard cut-out.

My Heart Rate Rapid, released on 7 April 2008, featured remixes from Primary 1 and Maton while the video directed by Dandi Wind featured zentai-suited women dancing in front of a backdrop of lava flows, eruptions fire, toy trains and psychedelic animations.[citation needed]

Holiday was first released as a single on 7 July 2008, along with a video by Daniel Brereton.[14] It features the band playing in a studio with weird objects such as a warped mirror, a colored lilo and many men walking through, holding such objects entering and leaving the shot. Most notably the band all wear sunglasses with the word Holiday written on the lens.

Holiday was jointly released in France with Heartbreaker on 1 August 2008 with remixes by other artists.[citation needed]

Heartbreaker is the fourth song, released on 1 September 2008 and features the Heartbreaker - EP and Heartbreaker (Dark Disco Remixes) - EP. The video was released on an enhanced version of Nights Out and shows Oscar Cash (apparently having been dumped by a girl) with his friends in their car going to an arcade, a fair and the beach, among others.[citation needed]

A Thing For Me is the fifth single and the first released subsequent to the release of Nights Out. The video features the band and several girls and karaoke words on them with the rolling ball hitting them on the head as it is sung along. It also features cutaways to a projector slideshow with speech bubbles featuring the lyrics (even though some are just words that sound alike). The song was recently remixed by French artist Breakbot (on Ed Banger Records).[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c O'Brien, Jon. Nights Out at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Metronomy light up the electro stage". Metro.co.uk. 2008-06-30. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  3. ^ O'Dair, Marcus (11 April 2008). "Ones to watch: Five of the best new acts". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  4. ^ Hot right now:     (2008-03-28). "Not Your Average Night Out - Metronomy". Gigwise. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  5. ^ "Nights Out". Artrocker. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  6. ^ Villeneuve, Phil (2008-09-12). "Metronomy — Nights Out". CHARTattack. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  7. ^ Skinner, James (2008-09-14). "Metronomy - Nights Out / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drownedinsound.com. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  8. ^ Hot right now:     (2008-09-09). "Metronomy - 'Nights Out' (Because) Released 08/09/08". Gigwise. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  9. ^ Alex Macpherson (5 September 2008). "CD: Metronomy, Nights Out | Music". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  10. ^ "Album: Metronomy, Nights Out (Because Music) - Reviews, Music". London: The Independent. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  11. ^ "NME Album Reviews - Metronomy". Nme.Com. 2008-09-05. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  12. ^ Jaimie Hodgson (10 August 2008). "Electronic review: Metronomy, Nights Out | Music | The Observer". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  13. ^ "Metronomy – ‘Nights Out’ | Album Reviews | DIY". Thisisfakediy.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-08-30. 
  14. ^ http://vimeo.com/danielbrereton/videos
  15. ^ "Metronomy x Breakbot". Asianmandan.com. 2008-08-14. Retrieved 2011-08-30.