Pause (album)

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Studio album by Four Tet
Released 28 May 2001
Recorded Spring and summer 2000
Genre Folktronica[1][2]
Length 43:08
Label Domino
WIG94 (UK) / DNO002 (US)
Producer Kieran Hebden
Four Tet chronology
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
NME 9/10[5]
Pitchfork 8.0/10[6]
Q 3/5 stars[7]

Pause is the second album by Four Tet. It was released on 28 May 2001 in the United Kingdom and on 9 October 2001 in the United States. Pause was Four Tet's first release on Domino Records; his debut album, Dialogue, had been distributed by Output Recordings.

A recording of an office setting, most prominently featuring the sounds of typing on a computer keyboard, forms a recurring motif in the album; it both opens ("Glue of the World") and closes ("Hilarious Movie of the 90's") the album, and is also present in "Harmony One".

Three tracks from Pause were later released in remixed form on Four Tet's Paws EP.

The acoustic guitar track "Everything Is Alright" is used as the theme music for the National Public Radio programme On Point.

The opening track "Glue of the World" is used in the background of the Six Feet Under episode "Someone Else's Eyes" (Season 2, Episode 9). This same track is used in the House M.D. episode 'Last Resort'. It is played over the top of various scenes from the hospital as the hostages are being released and/or detained.

The fourth track entitled "Parks" contains a sample of "After the Snow, The Fragrance" and "Sanzen (Moment of Truth)" both from the album Music for Zen Meditation by jazz clarinetist Tony Scott.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kieran Hebden.

No. Title Length
1. "Glue of the World" 5:02
2. "Twenty Three" 3:24
3. "Harmony One" 1:41
4. "Parks" 6:03
5. "Leila Came Round and We Watched a Video" 1:39
6. "Untangle" 4:36
7. "Everything Is Alright" 2:31
8. "No More Mosquitoes" 3:39
9. "Tangle" 3:44
10. "You Could Ruin My Day" 7:03
11. "Hilarious Movie of the 90's" 3:29


  1. ^ "Four Tet". Clash. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Ware, Tony (26 December 2001). "Our Critics' Top Albums of 2001". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 3 October 2016. 
  3. ^ "Reviews for Pause by Four Tet". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  4. ^ Jurek, Thom. "Pause – Four Tet". AllMusic. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  5. ^ Kessler, Ted (22 May 2001). "Four Tet : Pause". NME. Archived from the original on 30 June 2016. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Seymour III, Malcolm. "Four Tet: Pause". Pitchfork. Archived from the original on 3 November 2006. Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  7. ^ "Four Tet: Pause". Q (177). June 2001. 

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