Up All Night (Razorlight album)

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Up All Night
Razorlight - Up All Night.jpeg
Studio album by Razorlight
Released 28 June 2004
Recorded Sphere Studios, London, England
Genre Indie rock, post-punk revival
Length 45:49
Label Mercury, Vertigo Records
Producer John Cornfield, Steve Lillywhite, Johnny Borrell
Razorlight chronology
Up All Night
(2004)
Razorlight
(2006)

Up All Night is the debut album by English indie rock band Razorlight, released on 28 June 2004. The album was mainly recorded at Sawmills Studio and mixed at Sphere Studios by John Cornfield.

The album garnered favourable reviews but critics questioned the band's influence-filled musicianship throughout the tracks. Up All Night peaked at number 3 on the UK Albums Chart and spawned six singles: "Rock 'N' Roll Lies", "Rip It Up", "Stumble and Fall", "Golden Touch", "Vice" and "Somewhere Else".

On 4 June 2014, the band, with only lead singer Johnny Borrell remaining from the line-up which recorded the album, played at the Electric Ballroom in Camden to mark Up All Night's 10th anniversary.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 65/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
BBC (positive)[4]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[5]
Entertainment Weekly (positive)[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
NME (8/10)[8]
Pitchfork Media (3.7/10)[9]
PopMatters (5/10)[10]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[11]
Stylus Magazine (C)[12]

Up All Night received positive reviews but music critics were divided by the overall musicianship resembling that of bands both classic and recent. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 65 based on 16 reviews.[2]

Tim Jonze of NME gave the album high praise for Johnny Borrell's sharp street poetry and the band's instrumentation for giving Borrell the right amount of strength and control to sing them, saying that "For all its flaws, Up All Night bristles with passion, energy and, most importantly, amazing songs."[8] Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone praised Borrell for backing up his bravado with tracks that exude tight lyrics and optimism, saying that "Up All Night is a brilliant mod explosion of scruffy pub punk, in the mode of his old friends the Libertines."[11] Dorian Lynskey of The Guardian said the album's various influence-filled tracks get by on Borrell being able to deliver them gusto and conviction, concluding that "Originality may not be Razorlight's strong point, but Borrell's raw charisma carries the day."[7] Richard Banks of BBC praised the band's commitment to delivering upbeat three-chord punk tracks while still being to able to make it wholly original, concluding that "With a debut this good, Razorlight are a band that deserve to do very, very well."[4]

Mark Edwards of Stylus Magazine was mixed about the album, saying that the band utilize the basic rock 'n' roll formula to craft catchy tracks but then they sputter out in terms of inspiration to create nondescript material. He concluded with, "This is a good debut album—no more, no less. The second album could very well be as good as they think this one is. But they’re going to have to wait a while before they get what they so desire."[12] Alex Reicherter of PopMatters said that a majority of the album's tracks that utilize the hedonistic party tale formula work and that any diversions from it fall flat, saying that "though they lack the rapid-fire consistency of their predecessors, they've put together a likable, if completely unoriginal rock record that's sure to get even the dullest of parties onto the police blotter."[10] Nick Sylvester of Pitchfork Media found the album's instrumentation and lyrics derivative of The Strokes and Television and criticized Borrell's vocal delivery for impersonating said bands' frontmen with no passion, concluding that "Razorlight refuse to meet their influences with anything more than half hugs and limp handshakes, butchering the bits they brazenly borrow, and taking rock 'n' roll apathy to formerly unbelievable lengths."[9]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Johnny Borrell, unless otherwise noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Leave Me Alone"   3:50
2. "Rock ‘N’ Roll Lies" (Borrell, John Fortis) 3:08
3. "Vice"   3:14
4. "Up All Night"   4:03
5. "Which Way Is Out"   3:18
6. "Rip It Up"   2:25
7. "Don't Go Back to Dalston"   2:59
8. "Golden Touch"   3:25
9. "Stumble and Fall" (Borrell, Björn Ågren) 3:02
10. "Get It and Go" (Omitted from US/Europe release) 3:22
11. "In the City"   4:50
12. "To the Sea" (Borrell, Ågren) 5:31
13. "Fall, Fall, Fall"   2:42
14. "Somewhere Else" (Bonus track on 2005 re-release) 3:16

Singles[edit]

  1. "Rock ‘N’ Roll Lies" (18 August 2003)
  2. "Rip It Up" (10 November 2003)
  3. "Stumble and Fall" (26 January 2004)
  4. "Golden Touch" (14 June 2004)
  5. "Vice" (13 September 2004)
    • "Rip It Up" was re-released on 29 November 2004 as the last single from the album's initial release.
  6. "Somewhere Else" (11 April 2005)
    • The bonus track on the 2005 re-release.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 3
Irish Albums (IRMA)[14] 22

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United Kingdom (BPI)[15] 4× Platinum 1,200,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
Japan 2004-06-09 Universal International CD UICR-1032
United Kingdom 2004-06-28 Vertigo Records LP 6 02498 67101 6
CD 6 02498 66804 7
2005-04-18 Mercury Records CD / bonus track 6 02498 71043 2
United States 2004-10-26 Mercury, Universal Records CD B0003362-02 / 6 02498 67156 6
2005-05-17 CD / bonus track B0004788-02 / 6 02498 71460 7

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Razorlight to play London date on 10th anniversary of debut album". NME. IPC Media. 10 April 2014. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Reviews for Up All Night by Razorlight". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 4 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Leijon, Erik. "Up All Night - Razorlight". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Banks, Richard. "Razorlight - Up All Night". BBC. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Wisgard, Alex (30 June 2004). "Razorlight - Up All Night". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Fiore, Raymond (3 December 2004). "Up All Night". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Lynskey, Dorian (18 June 2004). "CD: Razorlight, Up All Night". The Guardian. London: Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Jonze, Tim (12 September 2005). "Razorlight : Up All Night". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  9. ^ a b Sylvester, Nick (19 August 2004). "Razorlight: Up All Night". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 January 2016. 
  10. ^ a b Reicherter, Alex (11 April 2005). "Razorlight: Up All Night". PopMatters. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  11. ^ a b Sheffield, Rob (10 February 2005). "Up All Night : Razorlight". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Archived from the original on 21 May 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Edwards, Mark (13 October 2004). "Razorlight - Up All Night". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 6 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Razorlight | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  14. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 37, 2004". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 5 January 2016.
  15. ^ "British album certifications – Razorlight – Up All Night". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 5 January 2016.  Enter Up All Night in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search