Lesser Matters

Lesser Matters is the debut studio album by Swedish indie pop band The Radio Dept. It was released on 4 March 2003 by Labrador Records.[3]

Lesser Matters
Radiodept lessermatters.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 March 2003 (2003-03-04)
Genre
Length43:10
Label
Producer
  • Johan Duncanson
  • Martin Larsson
The Radio Dept. chronology
Lesser Matters
(2003)
Pet Grief
(2006)
Singles from Lesser Matters
  1. "Where Damage Isn't Already Done"
    Released: 2003
  2. "Why Won't You Talk About It?"
    Released: 31 May 2004 (2004-05-31)[1]
  3. "Ewan"
    Released: 13 December 2004 (2004-12-13)[2]

The song "Keen on Boys" was featured in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, also appearing on the soundtrack to the film.[4] "Strange Things Will Happen" was also featured in The Fault in Our Stars.[5]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic84/100[6]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [7]
Drowned in Sound9/10[8]
Mojo     [9]
NME9/10[10]
Now4/5[11]
Q     [12]
Uncut     [13]

Lesser Matters received rave reviews from critics. The album holds a rating of 84 out of 100 on the review aggregation website Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim".[6] It was ranked the ninth best album of 2004 by NME.[14]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Johan Duncanson, except where noted.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Too Soon"
  • Duncanson
  • Martin Larsson
1:17
2."Where Damage Isn't Already Done" 2:43
3."Keen on Boys"
  • Duncanson
  • Larsson
4:53
4."Why Won't You Talk About It?" 3:08
5."It's Been Eight Years" 2:33
6."Bus" 2:58
7."Slottet #2" (The Castle #2) 3:07
8."1995" 3:11
9."Against the Tide" 4:23
10."Strange Things Will Happen" 4:24
11."Your Father" 4:01
12."Ewan" 2:23
13."Lost and Found"
  • Duncanson
  • Larsson
4:09
Total length:43:10

PersonnelEdit

Credits for Lesser Matters adapted from album liner notes.[15]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2003–04) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 31
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[17] 29

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Why Won't You Talk About It? (CD – Rex #35) – The Radio Dept". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Ewan (CD – XL #XLS 203CD) – The Radio Dept". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  3. ^ "The Radio Dept. – Lesser Matters". Labrador Records. Retrieved 10 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Amazon.com Marie Antoinette soundtrack". Retrieved 2006-10-27.
  5. ^ Various artists, The Fault In Our Stars: Music From The Motion Picture, retrieved 2021-12-06
  6. ^ a b "Reviews for Lesser Matters by The Radio Dept". Metacritic. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  7. ^ Hoffman, K. Ross. "Lesser Matters – The Radio Dept". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  8. ^ Dobson, Gareth (15 November 2004). "Album Review: The Radio Dept. – Lesser Matters". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 6 December 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  9. ^ "The Radio Dept.: Lesser Matters". Mojo (131): 101. October 2004.
  10. ^ Nicolson, Barry (20 September 2004). "Radio Dept : Lesser Matters". NME. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  11. ^ Boles, Benjamin (25 September 2004). "The Radio Dept". Now. Retrieved 22 February 2020.
  12. ^ "The Radio Dept.: Lesser Matters". Q (219): 129. October 2004.
  13. ^ "The Radio Dept.: Lesser Matters". Uncut (88): 100. September 2004.
  14. ^ "NME End Of Year Lists 2004". Rocklist.net. 9 January 2011. Retrieved 16 January 2011.
  15. ^ Lesser Matters (liner notes). The Radio Dept. Labrador Records. 2003. LAB035.{{cite AV media}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Radio Dept. – Lesser Matters". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 7 July 2018.