Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know

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Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know
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Studio album by múm
Released 17 August 2009 (2009-08-17)
Genre Pop
Length 49:07
Label Morr Music
Euphono[1]
múm chronology
Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy
(2007)
Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know
(2009)
Smilewound
(2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 62/100 [2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
BBC Music (average)[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
The Observer (favourable)[6]
Pitchfork Media (3.9/10)[7]
The Times 4/5 stars[8]

Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know is the fifth full-length studio album by Icelandic group múm, released in August 2009.

The album was first made available to purchase for download on 17 August 2009, through the web site Gogoyoko, with 10 percent of the proceeds being donated to the non-governmental organisation Refugees United.[1] The full European release followed on 24 August, and the North American on 22 September.[9][10]

As indicated by the title, some of the album's songs partly and informally rework melodies and lyrics from known pop songs. Thus, "If I Were a Fish" includes references to the Tim Hardy song "If I Were a Carpenter" and "Sing Along" includes a melody from "The World Laughs On", a song by Danish musician Otto Brandenburg, popularized in an Icelandic version in 1960 entitled "Ég er kominn heim", performed by Óðinn Valdimarsson.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "If I Were a Fish" – 4:16
  2. "Sing Along" – 5:39
  3. "Prophecies and Reversed Memories" – 4:06
  4. "A River Don't Stop to Breathe" – 4:45
  5. "The Smell of Today Is Sweet Like Breastmilk in the Wind" – 4:47
  6. "Show Me" – 3:45
  7. "Húllabbalabbalúú" – 3:27
  8. "Blow Your Nose" – 4:07
  9. "Kay-Ray-Kú-Kú-Kó-Kex" – 3:57
  10. "The Last Shapes of Never" – 2:27
  11. "Illuminated" – 4:09
  12. "Ladies of the New Century" – 3:45

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "gogoyoko - Fair play in music". Gogoyoko. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  2. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/sing-along-to-songs-you-dont-know/mum
  3. ^ Phares, Heather. "Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  4. ^ Diver, Mike (24 August 2009). "Review of múm - Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know". BBC Music. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  5. ^ Dean, Will (21 August 2009). "múm: Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  6. ^ Carter, Imogen (23 August 2009). "Múm: Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know". The Observer. Retrieved 2010-01-02. 
  7. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  8. ^ Clay, Joe (22 August 2009). "Múm: Sing Along to Songs You Don't Know". The Times. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 
  9. ^ "múm » Blog Archive » SIng Along to Songs You Don't Know out in Europe Today!!!". mum.is. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2009-09-21. 
  10. ^ "múm » Blog Archive » Our new album world wide exclusive on gogoyoko.com". mum.is. 2009-08-17. Retrieved 2009-08-19.