Royksopp The Understanding 320 K
Röyksopp - The Understanding
Röyksopp is a Norwegian electronic music duo consisting of Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland. They are known for their distinctive blend of synth-pop, ambient, and downtempo styles, as well as their collaborations with various vocalists such as Robyn, Karin Dreijer, and Susanne Sundfør.
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The Understanding is their second studio album, released on June 22, 2005 by Parlophone France. It was a commercial and critical success, reaching the top ten in several European countries and receiving positive reviews from critics. The album features 12 tracks (17 on the deluxe edition), including the singles Only This Moment, 49 Percent, and What Else Is There?.
The Album's Concept and Style
The Understanding is a departure from the duo's debut album, Melody A.M., which was more focused on atmospheric and chillout sounds. The Understanding explores more diverse and upbeat genres, such as disco, electro, and house, while still retaining some of the duo's signature elements, such as lush melodies, quirky samples, and ethereal vocals.
The album's title reflects the duo's intention to create a more personal and expressive work, as well as their desire to communicate with their listeners. According to Berge, "The Understanding is about understanding ourselves; who we are and what we do not only as musicians but also as individuals. Its about finding a connection with other people who share our vision and our passion."
The Album's Reception and Legacy
The Understanding received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who praised the duo's versatility, creativity, and production skills. Some critics also noted the album's emotional depth and maturity, compared to their previous work. However, some fans of the duo's debut album were disappointed by the change of direction and the lack of consistency.
The album was a commercial success, selling over one million copies worldwide and reaching the top ten in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France, Belgium, Switzerland, and the UK. It also charted in the US Billboard 200 at number 32, making it the duo's highest-charting album in that country.
The album spawned four singles: Only This Moment, 49 Percent, What Else Is There?, and Beautiful Day Without You. The most successful single was What Else Is There?, which featured vocals by Karin Dreijer of The Knife and Fever Ray. The song reached the top ten in several countries and became a club hit. The song's music video, directed by Martin de Thurah, was also acclaimed for its surreal imagery and cinematography.
The Understanding is widely regarded as one of the duo's best albums and one of the most influential electronic albums of the 2000s. It has been included in several lists of the best albums of the decade by publications such as Pitchfork, NME, Q Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Spin.
The Album's Tracklist
Only This Moment