Alphabeat (album)

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Alphabeat
Alphabeat - Alphabeat album cover.jpg
Studio album by Alphabeat
Released 5 March 2007 (2007-03-05)
Recorded 2007–08
Genre Pop, dance-pop, indie pop
Length 39:29
Label Copenhagen
Producer Alphabeat, Mike Spencer, Rune Westberg
Alphabeat chronology
Alphabeat
(2007)
The Spell
(2009)
Alternative cover
This Is Alphabeat cover
This Is Alphabeat cover
Singles from Alphabeat
  1. "Fascination"
    Released: 6 June 2006
  2. "10.000 Nights of Thunder"
    Released: 15 January 2007
  3. "Fantastic 6"
    Released: 23 April 2007
  4. "Boyfriend"
    Released: 1 October 2007
  5. "Go-Go"
    Released: 21 April 2008
  6. "What Is Happening"
    Released: 24 November 2008

Alphabeat is the self-titled debut album by Danish pop group Alphabeat. The album was first released in Denmark on 5 March 2007 by Copenhagen Records, and eventually in the rest of Europe in 2008 under the title This Is Alphabeat.

Singles[edit]

"Fantastic 6" was released as a limited edition 10" in the UK only, prior to the release of "Fascination". The video for "Fantastic 6" did not surface in the UK but was ironically released in Denmark (even though the single was not released there).

"Fascination" was the second single released from the album. It charted at number four on the Danish Singles Chart, number six on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the UK Official Download Chart.

"10.000 Nights of Thunder" was the third single released from the album. The single charted at number sixteen in Denmark and the UK, as well as number twenty-four in the Netherlands. This single did not prove as popular as "Fascination".

"Boyfriend" was the fourth single released from the album. It reached number eleven in Denmark, number fifteen in the UK, number eighteen in the Netherlands and number forty-nine in Ireland, showing more popularity than "10.000 Nights of Thunder" but not as much as "Fascination".

"Go-Go" was the fifth single released off the album. It was only released in Denmark, peaking at number fourteen.

"What Is Happening" was the sixth single released off the album. It was only released in the UK and peaked at number 110, becoming their lowest-charting single there.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[5]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[6]
The Observer 5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 5.5/10[8]
STV 4/5 stars[9]
This Is Fake DIY 5/10[10]

Alphabeat received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 72, based on 7 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[1]

Track listing[edit]

The original Danish release of the album included the tracks "Into The Jungle", "Ocean Blue", and "The Hours". The European edition, retitled This Is Alphabeat replaces these songs with "Go Go", "Touch Me Touching You" and "Public Image" respectively. In addition, "Boyfriend", "Nothing But My Baby", and the re-titled "Rubber Boots" are remixed. It is said that these changes were made to present the band as more pop and not as guitar based.[citation needed] The Japanese version reinstates "Into The Jungle" and "Ocean Blue" as bonus tracks but does not include "The Hours", making it exclusive to the original Danish version.

All songs written by Alphabeat, except where noted.

Alphabeat – Danish version
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "10.000 Nights of Thunder" Rune Westberg 4:23
2. "Fascination" Westberg 3:03
3. "Into the Jungle" Westberg 3:52
4. "What Is Happening?" Westberg 4:23
5. "Rubber Boots/Mackintosh" Westberg 6:13
6. "Boyfriend" Westberg 3:37
7. "Ocean Blue" Westberg 2:56
8. "Fantastic 6" Westberg 3:27
9. "The Hours" Westberg 3:09
10. "Nothing But My Baby" Westberg 4:26
This Is Alphabeat – International version
No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "Fantastic Six" Westberg 3:38
2. "Fascination" Westberg 3:03
3. "10,000 Nights" Westberg 4:26
4. "Boyfriend" Mike Spencer 3:15
5. "What Is Happening" Westberg, Spencer[a] 3:58
6. "Go-Go" Spencer 3:06
7. "Touch Me Touching You" Spencer, Alphabeat 4:04
8. "Rubber Boots" Spencer, Alphabeat 5:02
9. "Public Image" (Jah Wobble, John Lydon, Keith Levene, Jim Walker) Spencer, Alphabeat 2:49
10. "Nothing But My Baby" Westberg, Spencer[a] 3:15
iTunes bonus tracks[11]
  1. "10,000 Nights" (Alternative Version) – 3:32
  2. "Fascination" (Alphabeat vs. Frankmusik) – 4:27
  3. "Fascination" (Bimbo Jones Remix) – 2:59
Japanese bonus tracks
  1. "Into the Jungle" – 3:52
  2. "Ocean Blue" – 2:56
  3. "Fascination" (Bimbo Jones Remix Edit) – 2:59
  4. "Fascination" (Linus Loves Dub Mix) – 5:08
Special edition bonus CD
  1. "Boyfriend" (Danish Version) – 3:37
  2. "Into the Jungle" (Danish Version) – 3:52
  3. "A Message" (B-side) – 4:11
  4. "Fascination" (Live at Vega Copenhagen) – 3:29
  5. "Go-Go" (Live at Vega Copenhagen) – 3:26
  6. "Boyfriend" (Napster Live Session) – 2:49
  7. "Fascination" (Bimbo Jones Remix Edit) – 2:59
  8. "Fantastic Six" (Radioclit Remix) – 5:23
  9. "10.000 Nights" (Frankmusik Remix) – 4:20
  10. "Fascination" (The Count & Sinden Remix) – 5:13
  11. "Fantastic Six" (Muzzle Flash Remix) – 6:35
  12. "10.000 Nights" (Brodinski and Yuksek Remix) – 4:05
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Alphabeat[edit]

  • Anders B – guitar
  • Stine Bramsen – vocals
  • Troels Hansen – drums
  • Rasmus Nielsen – keyboards
  • Anders Reinholdt – bass
  • Anders SG – vocals

Additional personnel[edit]

Alphabeat[12]
  • Ketil Duckert – horns, trumpet (3, 8)
  • Jan Eliasson – mastering
  • Morten Jerichau – photography
  • Mads Mathias – saxophone (2)
  • Spild af Tid ApS – artwork
  • Rune Westberg – engineer, mixing, producer (all tracks); recorder (6); slide guitar (10)
This Is Alphabeat[13]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Edition
Denmark[23] 5 March 2007 Copenhagen Records Alphabeat
Germany[24] 30 May 2008 EMI This Is Alphabeat
Denmark[25] 2 June 2008 Copenhagen Records
United Kingdom[26] Charisma Records
Japan[27] 16 July 2008 EMI

References[edit]

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  3. ^ AllMusic review
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  5. ^ Drowned in Sound review Archived June 14, 2008, on Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ John Burgess. "Pop CD: Alphabeat, This is Alphabeat". the Guardian. 
  7. ^ Peter Robinson. "The first 10: Alphabeat, This Is Alphabeat". the Guardian. 
  8. ^ "Alphabeat". Pitchfork. 
  9. ^ STV review Archived June 9, 2008, on Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "Alphabeat - This Is Alphabeat". DIY. 
  11. ^ "This Is Alphabeat by Alphabeat". iTunes Store UK. Apple Inc. Retrieved 8 August 2010. 
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  24. ^ "ALPHABEAT // This Is Alphabeat" (in German). EMI Music Germany. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  25. ^ "This Is Alphabeat" (in Danish). Copenhagen Records. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  26. ^ "Alphabeat: This Is Alphabeat". HMV. Retrieved 1 October 2012. 
  27. ^ アルファビート [Alphabeat] (in Japanese). EMI Music Japan. Retrieved 1 October 2012.