Röyksopp ‎– The Understanding

Astralwerks ‎– ASW 11386, EMI ‎– 0946 3 11386 0 7
2 × CD, Album, Limited Edition

Tracklist Hide Credits

1-1 Triumphant
Bass – Kato Ådland
1-2 Only This Moment
Guitar – Ib KleiserMixed By – Tom ElmhirstVocals – Kate Havnevik
1-3 49 Percent
Vocals, Written-By – Chelonis R. Jones
1-4 Sombre Detune 4:52
1-5 Follow My Ruin 3:51
1-6 Beautiful Day Without You 5:29
1-7 What Else Is There?
Recorded By [Vocals] – Olof DreijerVocals, Written-By – Karin Dreijer
1-8 Circuit Breaker
Vocals – Kate Havnevik
1-9 Alpha Male 8:11
1-10 Someone Like Me 5:23
1-11 Dead To The World 5:21
1-12 Tristesse Globale 1:24
Bonus CD
2-1 Go Away
Vocals – Chelonis R. Jones
2-2 Clean Sweep 5:17
2-3 Boys 4:45
2-4 Head
Written-By – Chelonis R. Jones
2-5 Looser Now 6:04



Limited Edition digipack with Bonus CD.
Track 7 contains a sample from 'Kill Me With Your Love' by Jericho, courtesy of A&M Records, a sample from 'Love Me The Life I Lead'
performed by The Drifters, courtesy of Bell Records. Track 11 contains a
sample from 'Who We Are' written and composed by Andrew Latimer, performed by Camel, courtesy of Decca Records.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 9463138607 7
  • Matrix / Runout (CD1): A 7301 094631164729 C50610-13
  • Matrix / Runout (CD2): A 7301 094631014499 D50610-15

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WALL LP 035 Röyksopp The Understanding(2xLP, Album) Wall Of Sound WALL LP 035 UK 2005 Sell This Version
none Röyksopp The Understanding(CDr, Album, Promo) Virgin, Wall Of Sound none UK & Europe 2005 Sell This Version
TOCP-66436-37 Röyksopp The Understanding(2xCD, Album, Dlx) Virgin TOCP-66436-37 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
0946 3114812 5, 3114812, 009463114812 5 Röyksopp The Understanding(CD, Album, Copy Prot.) Virgin, EMI, EMI 0946 3114812 5, 3114812, 009463114812 5 Canada 2005 Sell This Version
3114800, 09463114800 2 Röyksopp The Understanding(CD, Album, Copy Prot. + CD, Copy Prot. + Dlx) Labels, Virgin 3114800, 09463114800 2 Europe 2005 Sell This Version



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August 26, 2011

THE UNDERSTANDING, Röyksopp’s second album, might not be as immediate as their first, but its charms slowly reveal themselves upon repeated listens. The delicacy of “Triumphant” doesn’t have the strengths of, say, “She’s So,” but has a ghostly quality of its own. For those who prefer Röyksopp’s more danceable tracks, “Only This Moment” is a delicious pop confection. “49 Percent,” however, with Chelonis Jones, doesn’t quite hit the same sweet tooth, however, and “Sombre Detune” seems too similar to other tracks, while “Follow My Ruin” doesn’t really go anywhere. But the sad bounce of “Beautiful Day Without You” quickly makes up for those lacks, and the aching vocals of Karin Dreijer from The Knife spice up “What Else Is There?” considerably. On the disc of extra tracks, “Go Away” has a bit of stalker humor to the lyrics, while “Clean Sweep” shows what kind of EQ tricks they enjoy the most. Both “Boys” and “Head” emphasize the rhythmic side of Röyksopp. Plenty to enjoy, even if it’s not as strong as their first album.