The Road: Part 1

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The Road: Part I
Unkle, The Road Part I, record cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 August 2017 (2017-08-18)
Length59:34
LabelSongs For The Def
ProducerJames Lavelle
Unkle chronology
Where Did the Night Fall
(2010)
The Road: Part I
(2017)
The Road: Part II (Lost Highway)
(2019)
Singles from The Road: Part 1
  1. "Cowboys or Indians"
    Released: 15 July 2016
  2. "Sick Lullaby"
    Released: 25 January 2017
  3. "Looking for the Rain"
    Released: March 2017
  4. "The Road"
    Released: April 2017
  5. "Sunrise (Always Comes Around)"
    Released: 7 July 2017
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
The Line of Best Fit8/10[2]
Magnet9/10[3]
Plattentests.de7/10[4]
Slant Magazine4/5 stars[5]
Metro4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[8]

The Road: Part 1 is the fifth regular studio album from British electronic music act Unkle, released on 18 August 2017 (2017-08-18).[9]

Background[edit]

The Road: Part 1 is the first UNKLE record in seven years. The album was inspired by James Lavelle's time spent curating the Meltdown Festival at London's Southbank Centre in 2014.[9] Talking about the process of creating the new album, Lavelle said:[9]

Artwork[edit]

The artwork for the album was created by German painter Jonas Burgert. The album is accompanied by a 36-page booklet that features artworks by Nathan Coley, John Isaacs, David Nicholson, Norbert Schoerner, Doug Foster, and previous collaborators Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones.[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Iter I: Have You Looked at Yourself" – 0:49
  2. "Farewell" (featuring Ysée, Eska, Elliott Power, Keaton Henson, Liela Moss, Mink, Dhani Harrison and Steven Young) – 6:16
  3. "Looking for the Rain" (featuring Mark Lanegan, Eska and Twiggy Ramirez) – 6:01
  4. "Cowboys or Indians" (featuring Elliott Power, Mink and Ysée) – 6:20
  5. "Iter II: How Do You Feel" – 1:06
  6. "Nowhere to Run/Bandits" (featuring Twiggy Ramirez) – 5:34
  7. "Iter III: Keep on Runnin'" – 0:56
  8. "Stole Enough" (featuring Mink) – 3:09
  9. "Arm's Length" (featuring Elliott Power, Mink and Callum Finn) – 4:56
  10. "Iter IV: We Are Stardust" – 0:59
  11. "Sonata" (featuring Keaton Henson) – 5:18
  12. "The Road" (featuring Eska) – 6:22
  13. "Iter V: Friend or Foe" – 0:33
  14. "Sunrise (Always Come Around)" (featuring Liela Moss) – 6:42
  15. "Sick Lullaby" (featuring Keaton Henson) – 4:33
  16. "Looking for the Rain (Trentemøller Rework)" [Japanese bonus track] - 4:57

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[10] 106
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[11] 80
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 92
Irish Albums (IRMA)[13] 58
New Zealand Heatseekers Albums (RMNZ)[14] 8
Scottish Albums (OCC)[15] 12
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[16] 55
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 16

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Road: Part 1 at Metacritic
  2. ^ "The Line of Best Fit review".
  3. ^ "The Road: Part I - UNKLE". Magnet. No. 145. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. p. 61.
  4. ^ "Plattentests.de review".
  5. ^ "Slant Magazine review".
  6. ^ "Metro Newspaper review".
  7. ^ "UNKLE: The Road, Part 1 review – cinematic, orchestral and pensive".
  8. ^ "UNKLE - The Road: Part 1 review: gloomy soundtrack for the apocalypse".
  9. ^ a b c d "The Road: Part 1". Pledge Music. Retrieved 31 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Unkle – The Road: Part 1" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Ultratop.be – Unkle – The Road: Part 1" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Unkle – The Road: Part 1" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  13. ^ "Irish Albums Chart: 25 August 2017". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  14. ^ "NZ Heatseekers Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  15. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  16. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Unkle – The Road: Part 1". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  17. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 26 August 2017.