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Black Light is the sixth studio album by the London electronic duo Groove Armada. Black Light combines the more mainstream-oriented sound of its predecessor, Soundboy Rock, with the rock spirit of Lovebox,[citation needed] and the band makes use of 1980s synthesizers for the first time.[citation needed] The album is influenced by David Bowie, Bronski Beat, Fleetwood Mac, Gary Numan, New Order and Roxy Music.[12]

Black Light
Groove Armada - 2010 - Black Light.jpg
Studio album by
Released29 January 2010
Recorded2009
Genre
Length52:46
LabelCooking Vinyl
ProducerGroove Armada
Groove Armada chronology
Soundboy Rock
(2007)
Black Light
(2010)
White Light
(2010)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic75/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Consequence of SoundC+[3]
musicOMH3/5 stars[4]
NME6/10[5]
PopMatters7/10[6]
Q4/5 stars[7]
Resident Advisor4/5 stars[8]
Slant4/5 stars[9]
URB4.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

The vocal collaborations on the album include Bryan Ferry, Fenech-Soler, Jess Larrabee, Nick Littlemore, Saint Saviour and Will Young.

The album received a nomination for the 53rd Grammy Awards in the category Best Electronic/Dance Album.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Look Me in the Eye Sister" (featuring Jess Larrabee)4:07
2."Fall Silent" (featuring Nick Littlemore)4:35
3."Just for Tonight" (featuring Jess Larrabee)4:05
4."Not Forgotten" (featuring Nick Littlemore)5:34
5."I Won't Kneel" (featuring Saint Saviour)4:36
6."Cards to Your Heart" (featuring Nick Littlemore)5:35
7."Paper Romance" (featuring Fenech-Soler & Saint Saviour)6:19
8."Warsaw" (featuring Nick Littlemore)4:04
9."Shameless" (featuring Bryan Ferry)4:48
10."Time & Space" (featuring Saint Saviour & Jess Larrabee)4:53
11."History" (featuring Will Young)4:10

North American editionEdit

SinglesEdit

Single Release date
"I Won't Kneel" 23 November 2009
"Paper Romance" 22 February 2010
"Look Me in the Eye Sister"/"Just for Tonight" 3 May 2010
"History" (featuring Will Young) 30 August 2010

ChartsEdit

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 17
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[18] 97
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[19] 71
Irish Albums (IRMA)[20] 47
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[21] 23
UK Albums (OCC)[22] 26
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[23] 10

SalesEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] N/A 35,000[24]
Worldwide N/A 100,000[24]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Black Light by Groove Armada". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  2. ^ "allmusicguide review".
  3. ^ Young, Alex. "Groove Armada – Black Light". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  4. ^ "MusicOMH review". Archived from the original on 8 March 2010.
  5. ^ "NME review".
  6. ^ "PopMatters review".
  7. ^ Their best and most cohesive album since 1999's "Vertigo." [Mar 2010, p.111]
  8. ^ Girard, Stéphane. "Groove Armada - Black Light". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Slant Magazine review".
  10. ^ "URB review". Archived from the original on 24 January 2010.
  11. ^ Though their frothy, soulless hits have rarely displayed originality or purpose, Groove Armada's sixth is a revelation. [Mar 2010, p.86]
  12. ^ Andy Cato quote Retrieved 21 November 2009
  13. ^ "Groove Armada – Black Light;". Discogs. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  14. ^ "iTunes – Music – Black Light by Groove Armada;". iTunes Britain. Retrieved 10 January 2013.[permanent dead link]
  15. ^ "iTunes – Music – Black Light by Groove Armada;". iTunes USA. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  16. ^ "iTunes – Music – Black Light (Deluxe Edition) by Groove Armada;". iTunes USA. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  17. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Groove Armada – Black Light". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Groove Armada – Black Light" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Groove Armada – Black Light" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  20. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 9, 2010". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  21. ^ "Charts.nz – Groove Armada – Black Light". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  22. ^ "Groove Armada | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  23. ^ "Groove Armada Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 14 July 2016.
  24. ^ a b Smirke, Richard (11 September 2010). "At Your Service". Billboard. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Groove Armada – Black Light". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2 June 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select data-sort-value="" style="background: #ececec; color: #2C2C2C; vertical-align: middle; font-size: smaller; text-align: center; " class="table-na" | N/A in the Certification field. Type Black Light in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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