Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 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.
  2. When these Norwegians try to make more conventional haunted soul-diva stuff, it sounds rote by comparison.... But when they follow their own muses, they come up with genius tracks like "Remind Me." [Dec 2002, p.96]
  3. Melody A.M., sweet dreams are made of bliss.
  4. Like debuts from Zero 7 and the Avalanches, Melody A.M. is well-situated to sit pretty in many critics' annual top 10s come December.
  5. 80
    [They] channel post-adolescent despair into 10 groove-centric tracks that will gladden anyone who misses Play-era Moby. [#11, p.141]
  6. 80
    Unlike most acts who tend to get over-hyped and fall far short of expectations, Norway's Röyksopp does not disappoint.
  7. Settles into a stream of pastoral, boutique techno that's both soothing and derivative. [1 Nov 2002, p.70]
  8. Nu electro, crunchy big beat, oddball Irish jigs, Royksopp covers a lot of territory but always with its signature, blissful blend.
  9. 90
    A work of exquisite, afterparty brilliance. [Oct 2002, p.84]
  10. The music is a spectral combination of bleepy 80s synths, lightly crunching backbeats and dreamy vocals; the mood is pure post-clubbing afterglow, in bed with your loved one, in some snowbound Ikea log cabin.
  11. Röyksopp is savvy at pulling out the joker in the pack just when the music threatens to become cutesy.
  12. Röyksopp are, ultimately, too beautiful to hate and too harmless to really love.
  13. 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.
  14. Röyksopp is masterful at generating good, mood music.
  15. Without a single piece of filler here, this is the musical equivalent of meeting a stranger you feel you've known all your life. [Nov 2001, p.128]
  16. Royksopp show a debt to art rock, but they replace Pink Floyd's paranoia with a mood of late-night sorrow.
  17. Unlike the playgrounds inhabited by those chillout bands--and other post-Air types, for that matter--the rhythms aren’t just here to keep time. Instead, they add texture and purpose, swinging from chunky bass lines to dub soundscapes.
  18. But even when hitting on well-worn genre exercises, the duo tweaks its formula in small ways that lead to big returns.
  19. Even when hitting on well-worn genre exercises, the duo tweaks its formula in small ways that lead to big returns.
  20. 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.
  21. 70
    [The appeal] is in the warm, '70s synths that float melodies into the druggy stratosphere, giving the band's shifty downtempo rhythms and vaguely experimental production a retro-sexy touch. [Nov 2002, p.98]
User Score
9.0

Universal acclaim- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    A beautiful and harmonious blend of sounds from past and present. Eleven years after its release can be said that this album remains asA 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. Full Review »
  2. josifd
    Aug 10, 2005
    10
    this is a great album
  3. ashmind
    Aug 4, 2005
    10
    One of the best electronic albums I had ever listened to.