Ritual Union

July 26, 2011 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 22, 2011
  • Release Date: July 26, 2011
  • Label: Peacefrog
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Peacefrog Holdings LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2011 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 43:16
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  • ASIN: B005999346
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,251 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black on July 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Its good to see that the wonders of Sweden's Radio Dept are starting to be recognised in the States, a move across the country from that bands home in Lund in the extreme south to Gothenburg on the West coast is now order. Here we find located the equally wonderful "Little Dragon" comprising the intriguing and forthright Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano (vocals, percussion) plus fellow band members Erik Bodin (drums), Fredrik Källgren Wallin (bass), and Rashik Aryal (keyboards). Like Radio Dept this band specialise in creating bold electronic landscapes but probably owe a greater debt to the pop sensibilities of Blondie and Prince than the shoe gaze preoccupation's of the former. This is unsurprising not least with the enchanting vocals of Nagana who can sound like Prince, Bjork and a myriad of other artists. Listen to the title track "Ritual Union" with is sparkling electronic rush and you quickly release that it could have appeared on "Graffiti bridge" and by doing so increased the quality of that album tenfold. When she rather cheekily asks in the song "If you want him, girl, could you share?/Cuz that's the deal now, if you dare" you sense that she is not going to take "no' for an answer. The pounding "Cystalfilm" is fundamentally great pop music with a dance floor ethic. It is that sort of track that heads down your musical burrow like an old stoat and refuses to leave. Moreover it's effortlessly cool and destined to be mixed by a thousand aspring producers.

Throughout the electronic backdrop is never intrusive and as with the considerable restraint shown in the new Wild Beasts album many songs build slowly but surely with careful layer upon layer of sound, controlled to perfection without a note out of place.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. D. Kelly on August 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
You don't have to worry about Swedish synthpop band Little Dragon sounding like a knock-off of ABBA or Ace of Base. For starters, this is a no-guitar band.

True, this is dance music, and Little Dragon is fronted by the sweet-voiced Swedish/Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano, but "Ritual Union" is injected with dense, zig-zagging rhythms. Nagano, a highly confident soul singer, keeps everything tightly in orbit. She's gifted with a voice that can easily raise as much Cain as Erykah Badu is able.

A particular standout is the Oingo Boingo-like "Nightlight," all the parts chugging along nicely, Nagano fluttering like a butterfly right through the center of the melody, Atari blips and bleeps filling any gaps. The hip-hop-incensed "Brush the Heat" is another -- sleigh bells, alarm bells, dial tones and toy whistles beaten into the background by window-rattling bass and Nagano's breathy utterances. It's one of many tunes here that share a trip-hop sensibility with The Knife and "Blue Lines"-era Massive Attack. There are no duds on "Ritual Union."

Fans of Goldfrapp, Blondie, Frou Frou, Morcheeba -- Madonna, even -- should find something to clean their ears with here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Humphrey on November 29, 2011
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Very unique sound. Beautiful vocals, and refreshingly relevant lyrics. A crisply audible energy that will weave it's soundtrack into your own personal narrative. Not afraid to say that my own intrigue with this group has spilled into full blown obsession.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark W on December 30, 2011
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I was tipped off by some other radio DJ friends (KAXE) that this was a fine cd that I would like. It did not dissapoint. In a strong year for fine releases, this was my pick for cd of the year.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Prins on October 25, 2011
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Love this album for long flights. It's a perfect balance of mellow and lively. Little Dragon is also an excellent "chill out at home" Pandora channel!
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Format: Vinyl
On their last couple of albums, the Swedish group Little Dragon have displayed a mastering of infectious song writing.

Upon hearing their catchy tracks, the listener's first reaction is a feeling of nostalgia, as though they've heard the tracks before and already know them. Then the tracks crawl into the brain and stay there, playing on a constant loop. "Looking Glass" from Machine Dreams and "After the Rain" on their self titled "Little Dragon" album were full blown epidemics on my subconscious.

With that expectation, my first listening of their newest album, `Ritual Union', was sweet, but underwhelming. Then a funny thing happened. I listened again. And again. And here I am, still listening daily to an album I picked up 3 weeks ago.

Indeed, Little Dragon has produced an outrageously infectious album. There's no particular track that will stick in your head, but you'll find yourself wanting to listen to the entire album repeatedly. The light catchiness of the groove is an indulgence granted on every track. The entire experience is worthy of standing up, throwing your hands behind you and rockin back and forth to the beat... And the love given to the larger experience means you can leave the album on repeat without even noticing you're listening again . . . There is nothing about this album to grow tired of.

The light touches of the Erik Bodin's snare have been the hallmark of Little Dragon albums, and they are present, but the synths have really matured and taken their rightful place at the forefront. Their droning presence does a beautiful job of setting the atmosphere for each track, as is expertly displayed on "Please Turn" and it's sister track "Silverfilm".
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