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Album Review

Chilled-out or downbeat acts swept through the electronic scene during 2001 and 2002, prompting dozens of identikit compilations, all conjuring up images of exhausted clubbers returning home early in the morning and enjoying a cup of tea or a smoke after a hectic night out. And although downtempo electronica had always been largely album-based, most of these trackmasters didn't do much on the full-length front. The Norwegian duo Röyksopp, however, displayed a careful hand with the boards on their 2001 debut Melody A.M.. Röyksopp balances the haunted atmospheres of Boards of Canada with the more traditional "songwriting" sensibility of downbeat specialists like Groove Armada or Koop. The opener is proof enough, with a chunky bassline undergirding the spooky, ethereal refrain from Bobby Vinton's "Blue on Blue" recorded by some long-forgotten vocal chorus. There's much of beauty on Melody A.M., very textured and imaginatively produced to sound like few of their contemporaries; it's saying much to even admit that Röyksopp is occasionally the equal of such otherworldly acts as Boards of Canada or Goldfrapp. They seem a bit too indebted to the gauzy synths of '70s soundtracks, but there are a few good exceptions, like the distinctly '80s sense of artificial ethereality to the closer, "40 Years Back/Come." 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.

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Love this album - glad I found it again after my iPod 16GB crashed along with my laptop with it on!

One of the best electronic albums of all time

I’ve been listening to this since it first came out when I was 11. Now it’s 2014 and I still listen to this album regularly. it has such a great atmosphere. It’s the kind of album you can put on and look out of a window on a cold rainy day, or driving along in your car in the middle of the summer. Timeless.

"I wanna give you some good frequencies..."

This album will forever and always be my favorite. Melody A.M. continues to hypnotize me after years of listen and every single song is ethereal, melodic and mood-provoking.
If you like groups like Massive Attack, Air or Groove Armada then this CD is a must!

Biography

Formed: 1998 in Bergen, Norway

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Norwegian duo Röyksopp compensated for the cold climes of their native Tromsø by making some of the warmest, most inviting downbeat electronica of the 21st century, exemplified by early tracks like "Eple" and "Poor Leno." The pair, Torbjørn Brundtland and Svein Berge, both grew up in Tromsø and began recording in the early '90s. Local-made-good Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) provided tutelage and almost convinced the duo...
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