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Light & Magic is the second studio album by English electronic music band Ladytron. It was released in the United States on 17 September 2002 by Emperor Norton and in the United Kingdom on 2 December 2002 by Telstar Records. The album was reissued by Nettwerk in January 2011.

Light & Magic
Ladytron - Light & Magic.png
Studio album by
Released17 September 2002 (2002-09-17)
Recorded2001–2002; Liverpool and Los Angeles
Genre
Length62:45
Language
  • English
  • Bulgarian
LabelTelstar
Producer
Ladytron chronology
604
(2001)
Light & Magic
(2002)
Softcore Jukebox
(2003)
Alternative cover
US and reissue cover
US and reissue cover
Singles from Light & Magic
  1. "Seventeen"
    Released: 2002
  2. "Blue Jeans"
    Released: 10 March 2003
  3. "Evil"
    Released: 30 June 2003
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic76/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[4]
Chart Attack4/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[6]
Drowned in Sound9/10[7]
Pitchfork7.1/10[8]
Playlouder3/5 stars[9]
PopMattersFavourable[10]
Rolling StoneFavourable[2]
Stylus MagazineB+[11]

An earlier version of the song "NuHorizons" appeared as a B-side to the band's 2001 single "The Way That I Found You", under the title "Holiday 601". "Seventeen" is part of the soundtrack to the 2003 film Party Monster, while its instrumental was used in television advertisements for Christina Aguilera's 2008 fragrance Inspire.

Drowned in Sound ranked Light & Magic at number 14 on its Top 41 Albums of the Year list.[12] Rolling Stone included the album on its 50 Best Albums of 2002 list.[13] British dance music magazine Muzik named it the best electropop album of 2002.[14] NME included it at number 41 on their Albums and Tracks of the Year for 2002 list.[15]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."True Mathematics"2:23
2."Seventeen"Hunt4:37
3."Flicking Your Switch"
  • Aroyo
  • Hunt
3:26
4."Fire"Hunt2:49
5."Turn It On"
4:46
6."Blue Jeans"Hunt4:13
7."Cracked LCD"
  • Aroyo
  • Hunt
2:32
8."Black Plastic"Hunt4:17
9."Evil"Hunt5:34
10."Startup Chime"Hunt3:30
11."NuHorizons"
  • Aroyo
  • Hunt
4:03
12."Cease2xist"Hunt4:37
13."Re:agents"
  • Aroyo
  • Hunt
4:53
14."Light & Magic"Hunt3:35
15."The Reason Why" (silence from 4:13 until 5:17, followed by hidden track "USA vs White Noise"; available only on initial non-US pressings)Hunt7:30

Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare)Edit

On 1 September 2009, Redbird Records and Cobraside Distribution released a compilation of remixes, B-sides and rarities titled Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare). The cover is the negative of the US cover for Light & Magic.[19] Nettwerk reissued Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare) on 20 December 2011 with a slightly altered track listing, removing "Cease2xist" (Instrumental 2002) and adding "Flicking Your Switch" (Erol Alkan Remix).[20]

No.TitleLength
1."Seventeen" (Soulwax Remix)4:28
2."Blue Jeans 2.0" (UK Single Version)3:51
3."Evil" (Axl of Evil Mix)4:08
4."Blue Jeans" (Josh Wink Remix)6:05
5."The Reason Why" (Alternate Version)4:24
6."Light & Magic" (Alternate Version)3:42
7."Cracked LCD" (Alternate Version)2:49
8."Seventeen" (Justin Robertson Remix)7:06
9."Blue Jeans" (Interpol Remix)3:57
10."Evil" (Ewan Pearson Single Remix)4:15
11."Seventeen" (Droyds 12 Remix)6:32
12."Flicking Your Switch" (Mount Sims Remix 1)5:24
13."Seventeen" (Darren Emerson Radio Edit)3:33
14."Evil" (Tony Senghorne Remix)8:09
15."Cease2xist" (Instrumental 2002)4:48
16."Startup Chime" (Instrumental)3:42
17."Evil" (M-Factor Remix)7:55
18."Seventeen" (Acapella)4:45

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Light & Magic.[21][22]

ChartsEdit

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Edition Label Ref.
United States 17 September 2002 Standard Emperor Norton [27][28]
United Kingdom 2 December 2002 Telstar [29][30]
Germany 7 April 2003 CD Warner [31]
12 May 2003 LP [32]
Japan 21 June 2003 CD Victor Entertainment [16]
United States 20 July 2004 Reissue Emperor Norton [17]
Germany 1 September 2009 Digital download Light & Magic (Remixed & Rare)
[19]
United Kingdom [33]
United States [34]
United Kingdom 11 January 2011 Reissue Nettwerk [18]
Germany 14 January 2011 CD [35]
United States 18 January 2011
  • CD
  • digital download
[36][37]
United Kingdom 24 January 2011 CD [38]

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Light & Magic by Ladytron Reviews and Tracks". Metacritic. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  4. ^ Phares, Heather. "Light & Magic – Ladytron". AllMusic. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  5. ^ Keene, Darrin (17 September 2002). "Ladytron – Light & Magic". Chart Attack. Retrieved 29 May 2011.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ladytron". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 8 March 2008.
  7. ^ Jones, Neil (30 November 2002). "Ladytron – Light & Magic". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  8. ^ Bowers, William (8 October 2002). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". Pitchfork. Retrieved 15 May 2006.
  9. ^ Detourn, Gal (2 December 2002). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". Playlouder. Archived from the original on 10 February 2005. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  10. ^ Damas, Jason (9 January 2003). "Ladytron: Light & Magic". PopMatters. Retrieved 14 December 2018.
  11. ^ Lindsay, Cam (1 September 2003). "Ladytron – Light&Magic". Stylus Magazine. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2011.
  12. ^ http://drownedinsound.com/in_depth/5771-the-‘official’-drowned-in-sound-com-top-41-albums-of-2002
  13. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20030417093636/http://www.emperornorton.com/mod/artistpage.php3?artist=ladytron
  14. ^ "Albums of the Year" (PDF). Muzik. January 2003. p. 45. ISSN 1358-541X. Retrieved 14 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Albums and Tracks of the Year for 2002". NME.
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  22. ^ Light & Magic (US reissue liner notes). Ladytron. Emperor Norton. 2004. ENR 7058-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
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