Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK

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Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK
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Studio album by
Released11 March 2000 (2000-03-11)
Genre
Length67:41
LabelTMT
Producer
  • Múm
  • Finnur Björnsson
Múm chronology
Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK
(2000)
Finally We Are No One
(2002)

Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK is the debut studio album by Icelandic experimental musical group Múm. It was released by TMT Entertainment in Iceland on 11 March 2000, and then on 2 April 2001 in the United Kingdom.

In 2005, Múm performed the album live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series. "The Ballad of the Broken Birdie Records" appears in the 2009 film Until the Light Takes Us.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The Guardian5/5 stars[2]
Mojo4/5 stars[3]
Muzik4/5[4]
NME8/10[5]
Pitchfork9.1/10[6]
Tiny Mix Tapes4.5/5[7]

Tim DiGravina of AllMusic wrote that Múm "proves to be as successful at creating emotional ambient electronic music" and called Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK "an unmitigated, accessible masterpiece".[1] Matt LeMay of Pitchfork deemed it "one of the most deeply, purely emotionally affecting albums of the year".[6]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLength
1."I'm 9 Today"4:42
2."Smell Memory"9:23
3."There Is a Number of Small Things"6:32
4."Random Summer"3:12
5."Asleep on a Train"7:17
6."Awake on a Train"9:23
7."The Ballad of the Broken Birdie Records"5:25
8."The Ballad of the Broken String"4:45
9."Sunday Night Just Keeps on Rolling"8:10
10."Slow Bicycle"8:47

20th Anniversary Edition[edit]

On August 30, 2019, Morr Music will re-issue the remastered album, with newly commissioned re-works: a cover of "Smell Memory" by Kronos Quartet (with additional drums by múm's Samuli Kosminen), a reinterpretation of "Random Summer" by Hauschka, and a new version of "Ballad Of The Broken String" by Sóley.[8]

No.TitleLength
1."The Ballað Of The Broken Birdie Records" (Ruxpin Remix II) 
2."Smell Memory" (Bix Remix) 
3."There Is a Number of Small Things & The Ballað Of The Broken Birdie Records" (µ-Ziq Straight Mix) 
4."The Ballað Of The Broken Birdie Records" (Biogen Mix) 
5."Smell Memory" 
6."Random Summer" 
7."Ballað of the Broken String" 

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Catalog
Iceland 11 March 2000 TMT Entertainment TMT02CD, TMT02LP
United Kingdom 2 April 2001
Japan 25 September 2001 P-Vine PCD-23157
United Kingdom 21 January 2002 Tugboat Records TUGCD021, TUGLP021
Europe 3 October 2005 Morr Music MM058CD, MM0582LP
Taiwan 2006 Avant Garden Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b DiGravina, Tim. "Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK – Múm". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  2. ^ Kabuubi, Maxine (30 June 2000). "Mum: Yesterday was Dramatic, Today is OK (Tugboat)". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Múm: Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK". Mojo: 122. 2005. [T]he tracks they construct are full of an indefinable wonder...
  4. ^ Green, Thomas H. (August 2000). "Múm: Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK (Tugboat/Thule)". Muzik (63): 122.
  5. ^ "Múm: Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK". NME. 22 April 2000.
  6. ^ a b LeMay, Matt (7 July 2001). "Múm: Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Múm – Yesterday Was Dramatic Today is Ok". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  8. ^ "MUM : Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK (20th Anniversary Edition) - 3LP - MORR MUSIC - Forced Exposure". www.forcedexposure.com. Retrieved 2019-08-24.

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