Melody A.M. - Röyksopp
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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the downbeat electronica duo from Norway, which has drawn comparisons to bands such as Air, Groove Armada, and Boards of Canada. Erlend Oye (Kings of Convenience) provides vocals on several tracks.
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Quite unlike any other chill out album you're likely to hear, 'Melody AM' takes low rider funk and splices it with 80s synth-pop ambience and analogue dub techniques to create a truly inspiring epic pop landscape which neither strays into questionable light classical territories, nor worrying prog rock terrain.
  2. Wildly experimental and unique, Melody A.M. belongs in the collections of fans of lush keyboard instrumentation, '70s soul, new age and Boards of Canada-style strangeness alike.
  3. Picking up the ball right about where Air dropped it after Moon Safari, Röyksopp produced one of the most intriguing downbeat albums of the year.
  4. Even when hitting on well-worn genre exercises, the duo tweaks its formula in small ways that lead to big returns.
  5. Nu electro, crunchy big beat, oddball Irish jigs, Royksopp covers a lot of territory but always with its signature, blissful blend.
  6. Settles into a stream of pastoral, boutique techno that's both soothing and derivative. [1 Nov 2002, p.70]
  7. Royksopp show a debt to art rock, but they replace Pink Floyd's paranoia with a mood of late-night sorrow.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. phila
    May 19, 2003
    This is one of the greatest albums I have ever heard - and I've heard a lot. At first you'll love the singles, then you'll eventually grow tired of them, and you will discover the 7 other GREAT songs on the album.. I was completely drawn into the soft, mellow universe. Expand
  2. MagneK.
    Oct 28, 2002
  3. Jun 18, 2012
    A beautiful and harmonious blend of sounds from past and present. Eleven years after its release can be said that this album remains as current as it was in 2001. Expand
  4. GaryS
    Jun 22, 2003
    dont look at what the critics say, look at what the masses do, this album is perfect. illmatic.
  5. ashmind
    Aug 4, 2005
    One of the best electronic albums I had ever listened to.
  6. josifd
    Aug 10, 2005
    this is a great album
  7. drewm
    Jan 3, 2003
    Not bad - the singles stand out but the rest is on the verge of being dull - Zero 7's Simple Things much more accomplished.

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