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The Understanding

RoyksoppAudio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 12, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B0009RQRP6
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,516 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Triumphant
2. Only This Moment
3. 49 Percent
4. Sombre Detune
5. Follow My Ruin
6. Beautiful Day Without You
7. What Else Is There?
8. Circuit Breaker
9. Alpha Male
10. Someone Like Me
11. Dead To The World
12. Tristesse Globale

Editorial Reviews

In 2002, the Norwegian duo of Svein Berge and Torbjorn Brundtland found a sweet spot between wispy Moon Safari-style pop and Boards of Canada-like atmospherics on the widely-admired Melody A.M. The Understanding sounds relatively absent-minded, careening around the room like a panicky fly. Some of it works well; the bouncy "Only This Moment" resembles Fischerspooner at their silliest (and thus, most fun), while "49 Percent" gets a huge lift from a New Jack vocal courtesy of Chelonis R. Jones. But the record is too often thwarted by syrupy synth-pop ("Follow My Ruin") as well as the lack of shifty downtempo rhythms and avant-garde underpinnings that kept Melody so pleasantly grounded. They haven’t lost their knack for subtle hooks and well-placed cross-rhythms, like the slippery keyboard squibble that glides its way into "What Else Is There?" But the sophomore curse is hard to overcome, and though there’s plenty here to recommend, Berge and Brundtland aren’t able to break the spell. NOTE: The limited edition version of the record includes an all-new 5-song B-Side EP. –Matthew Cooke

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One of the most beloved and best selling artists in the electronic genre, Royksopp returns with this highly anticipated 2nd album The Understanding. Combining lush atmospherics with swoonworthy pop, the Norwegian duo deliver a delectable follow-up to their worldwide hit Melody AM. Contains 12 total tracks. Astralwerks. 2005.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only this moment July 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
After 3 years since the release of "Melody A.M", Royskopp finally follows up with "The Understanding". "Melody A.M" was a delight to listen to. It was one of the best chill out albums I had heard that year. I was hoping that their next album would be just as good and I was right. I found "The Understanding" just as good as their first album. I loved the percolating electrnoic beats and the lush melodies that also could be found on the group's first album. "The Understanding" kicks off with the haunting melodies of "Triumphant". I immediately fell in love with the combination of trip hop beats and fragile piano melodies. The cd continues to get better with the electro-clash lite track "Only This Moment". It had a good beat. One of the few weaker tracks on the album is "49 Percent". I'm not really into r&b music so I couldn't get into the smooth, r&b vocals by Chelonis R. Jones. The highlight of the album for me has to be track 7 "What Else is There?". I just loved the vocals Karin Dreijer. It is another great dance track on the album. It was nice that Royskopp picked up the beat on "The Understanding" without totally ditching their laid back grooves that most people fell in love with. I haven't been able to stop listening to "The Understanding". It has quickly become the soundtrack to my summer.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Synth Pop the Royksopp Way. July 24, 2005
Format:Audio CD
On their 2001 debut, "Melody AM," Norway's Torbjorn and Svein Bergem of Royksopp raised the bar of downtempo electronica with such tasty confections such as "Eple," "Sparks," and "So Easy." But on "The Understanding," they just simply want to make you dance. The grooves are harder, edgier, and darker than what we've come to expect, but the sound is still very much Royksopp. If you're looking for a chillout disc, this ain't the one. It's a radical departure from its predecessor, so fans should be warned and proceed with a degree of caution and an open mind. A welcome surprise is "49 Percent," which hits you hard with a stuttering beat and an unexpectedly soulful vocal from Chelonis Jones. It's easily one of my favorite tracks. "Sombre Detune" and "Someone Like Me" helps give the disc a funky edge. Other standouts include the lush and ambient "Dead to the World," while "Beautiful Day Without You" is a classic piece of synth pop. Every song here is good, except perhaps for "Alpha Male," which unfortunately wears out its welcome within 4 minutes of its 8 minute running time. Beyond that, it's one of the most engaging electronic records of the year.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Norwegian Bliss...Get the repeat button ready! August 3, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I originally heard of the Norwegian group Royksopp when visiting Amsterdam. I had MTV Europe on in my hotel room (MTV Europe actually still plays music, what a concept!) and I saw the video for "Poor Leno" and was instantly hooked. Of course, when you hear a song so instantly infectious to your ears, you think, how the heck can they possibly follow this up?

The answer is "The Understanding," an absolute gem of a disc that builds on the bands beginnings and takes their music one step beyond, creating swirling cinematic melodies coupled with beautiful, emotive, yet understated vocals. The first single and video, "Only This Moment" is sublime. (Be sure to check out the video online at the Astralwerks website.) The song is plaintive, emotional, melancholy, and at the same time "funky", albeit in a Norwegian Electronica sort of way.

I have had this disc for two weeks and it has yet to leave my CD player. Call it electronica, dance, downtempo,or whatever you like... this music is gorgeous and cinematic. Music based in electronica can sometimes be cold and inaccessible, but Royksopp know how to put emotion in their music. Royksopp's music is rather hard to categorize... Let's call it "Norwegian Bliss".

Note: The limited edition 2CD set is worth the extra few dollars! It includes bonus tracks, mainly instrumental, unavailable elsewhere.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S NO MELODY AM, NOT BY A LONGSHOT, BUT GOOD. April 13, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Let me start by saying that I really wanted to give the album a 3 1/2, but whatever. Now, I'm sure I'm not going to say anything new that the previous 50-something reviews haven't already, but as I'm a new fan of Royksopp, I feel that maybe I might not be as biased as the long term fans. I'll admit that until I saw the Geico commercial, I never knew Royksopp existed. Hate me now long time fans; I care not in the least. Anyway, I think I purchased Melody AM about 2 or so months prior to The Understanding and was floored by it-ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY FLOORED. So naturally I was going to grab The Understanding (although I'll confess, that I put off buying The Understanding for months because I wanted to hear Melody AM first).

Well, The Understanding...takes some understanding. After Melody AM, you wonder "Why the heck did they go in this direction?" You may feel like they spit in your eye with this one. I guess it takes an open mind. If you're the type of person who enjoys many genres, I can't see why you wouldn't like at least half of this album. I liked "Only This Moment" the moment I heard it; the vocals work so well together and it makes me feel...I don't know...hopeful or something (corny, I know). "Circuit Breaker" is funky and I like its energy, much like "49 Percent". "49 Percent" is my tie for fave with "Only This Moment". "Alphamale" does nothing for me, personally. "What Else Is There" was hard for me to swallow at first, but then it grew on me. It has a sort of desolate, macabre feel to it for me...I can imagine being in a desert at night, full of hallucinogenes and feeling insignificant against nature when I listen to it...and the chick singing really sounds a lot like Cindy Lauper, though not as eccentric.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Electronica
A great album for people who enjoy great electronica. Great to listen to while communting to work or long travels. Love these guys!
Published 15 months ago by Keller
5.0 out of 5 stars The best album ever
I have this album for years, but I just saw bad reviews and have to raise my voice :) Really, if you like anything similar to the music Royksopp makes, this album is for you, I... Read more
Published 18 months ago by storm
4.0 out of 5 stars Röyksopp - The Understanding
THE UNDERSTANDING, Röyksopp's second album, might not be as immediate as their first, but its charms slowly reveal themselves upon repeated listens. Read more
Published on August 26, 2011 by scoundrel
5.0 out of 5 stars Go for it!
The service was great! I am satisfied with this merchant, and I love my new cd!
Published on August 27, 2010 by eljempz
4.0 out of 5 stars good snack for hungry ears
made popular by geico. good hooks and beats. unique vocal styles and good songwriting. other albums are tolerable as well. Read more
Published on May 22, 2009 by East Bay Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars The Understanding.
I heard Royksopp on a chill out station on launchcast. I fell in love with one of thier songs. So i ordered the whole CD. I LOVE it!! Read more
Published on January 26, 2009 by Jessica A. Reyes
5.0 out of 5 stars It's like robots at the disco
Saturday Night Fever's John Travolta is suddenly transported through time into the future, where by a freak coincidence he fuses with Moby. Read more
Published on July 27, 2008 by Bryant Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Melody AM
I was so happy with "Melody AM" that I also bought "the Understanding." Too bad. Melody AM is so much better than the Understanding that the CDs sound like they were made by... Read more
Published on July 1, 2008 by Rob
3.0 out of 5 stars What Else is There?
Melody AM was no doubt one of the best albums of 2002 period. It was an amazing peice of electronic music that went beyond the confines of the genre. Read more
Published on April 30, 2008 by Liolania
5.0 out of 5 stars batting a thousand so far...
I guess I must be batting a thousand right now. It seems that every CD I buy I can't put it down, and this one is no different. I heard "Melody A.M." and I thought it was okay. Read more
Published on April 24, 2008 by Firefly
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