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Velocifero is the fourth studio album by English electronic music band Ladytron and their first to be released by Nettwerk. The album was first released digitally on 19 May 2008, followed by a physical release on 2 June in the United Kingdom and on 3 June elsewhere. Velocifero peaked at number 75 on the UK Albums Chart, becoming the band's second highest-charting album to date in the UK (after Gravity the Seducer reached number 72 in 2011). It was also their first album to chart on the US Billboard 200, reaching number 131.

Velocifero
Ladytron - Velocifero.png
Studio album by
Released19 May 2008 (2008-05-19)
Recorded2007–2008
StudioStudio de la Grande Armée
(Paris, France)
Genre
Length54:29
Language
  • English
  • Bulgarian
LabelNettwerk
Producer
Ladytron chronology
The Harmonium Sessions
(2006)
Velocifero
(2008)
Live at London Astoria 16.07.08
(2009)
Singles from Velocifero
  1. "Ghosts"
    Released: 12 May 2008
  2. "Runaway"
    Released: 22 September 2008
  3. "Tomorrow"
    Released: 2 March 2009

According to band member Reuben Wu, "velocifero" literally means "bringer of speed",[5] and is also the name of a classic retro-styled scooter. "Black Cat" and "Kletva" are both sung entirely in Bulgarian. "Kletva" (which means "oath") is a cover of a song from a solo album by Kiril Marichkov of Bulgarian rock band Shturtzite. Daniel Hunt provided additional vocals on "Versus".

Velocifero spawned three singles: "Ghosts", "Runaway" and "Tomorrow".

Contents

SinglesEdit

"Ghosts" was released as the album's lead single on 12 May 2008. It reached number 106 on the UK Singles Chart.[6] The song was included on the soundtrack to the video games Need for Speed: Undercover,[7] The Sims 2: Apartment Life (Apartment Life featured the song as an instrumental version; both in 2008) The Sims 3 (2009) and LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011), as well as on the soundtrack to the 2009 slasher film Sorority Row.[8] The track was also used in the TV advert for the 2010 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.[9] A remix of "Ghosts" by New York alternative rap collective Blestenation was released as a free download on 22 August 2008 by RCRD LBL.[10]

"Runaway" was released as the album's second single on 22 September 2008. It was featured in the 2008 video game FIFA 09.[11]

"Tomorrow" was released as the album's third and final single on 2 March 2009.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [13]
The A.V. ClubB+[14]
BBC MusicFavourable[15]
Drowned in Sound7/10[16]
The Guardian     [17]
Lost at Sea8.5/10[18]
Pitchfork7.2/10[4]
PopMatters8/10[19]
Spin     [20]
The Times     [21]

Velocifero received generally positive reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 73, based on 26 reviews.[12]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Mira Aroyo, Daniel Hunt, Helen Marnie and Reuben Wu, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."Black Cat" (writers: Aroyo, Wu)5:09
2."Ghosts"4:43
3."I'm Not Scared"3:58
4."Runaway"4:50
5."Season of Illusions"4:02
6."Burning Up" (writers: Hunt, Wu)4:08
7."Kletva" (writer: Kiril Marichkov)2:43
8."They Gave You a Heart, They Gave You a Name"3:29
9."Predict the Day" (writer: Marnie)4:25
10."The Lovers"2:39
11."Deep Blue"5:03
12."Tomorrow"3:36
13."Versus"5:44

Velocifero (Remixed & Rare)Edit

On 6 April 2010, Nettwerk released a compilation of remixes, B-sides and rarities titled Velocifero (Remixed & Rare). The cover is the based on the black and white stripes artwork of the single "Runaway".

No.TitleRemixer(s)Length
1."Ghosts"Toxic Avenger3:37
2."Tomorrow"Apparat5:39
3."Runaway" (Red Eye Remix)James Zabiela8:59
4."Predict the Day"Grey Ghost6:05
5."Runaway"Adult5:02
6."Tomorrow" (Lucky Remix)Vector Lovers6:53
7."Ghosts"Modwheelmood4:28
8."Tomorrow" (Radio Remix)Jim Abbiss3:34
9."Versus"Kindle4:38
10."Tomorrow"port-royal3:36
11."Runaway"Brendan Long5:17
12."Tomorrow" (Club Remix)Dirty Vegas9:22
13."Runaway"Ashtar Command4:40

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Velocifero.[24]

ChartsEdit

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australian Hitseekers Albums (ARIA)[25] 9
Scottish Albums (OCC)[26] 75
UK Albums (OCC)[27] 75
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[28] 6
US Billboard 200[29] 131
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[30] 3

Release historyEdit

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Sweden 19 May 2008 Digital download Playground Music Scandinavia [31]
Italy Nettwerk [32]
United Kingdom [33]
Australia 20 May 2008 Shock [34]
Sweden 28 May 2008 CD Playground Music Scandinavia [35]
Germany 30 May 2008
  • CD
  • LP
  • digital download
Major [36]
Australia 2 June 2008 CD Shock [37]
United Kingdom Nettwerk [38]
United States 3 June 2008
  • CD
  • LP
[39]
Italy 4 June 2008 CD [40]
Japan
  • CD
  • digital download
Sideout [22]
United States 28 September 2010 Digital download Nettwerk [41]
Velocifero (Remixed & Rare)
Region Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom 6 April 2010 Digital download Nettwerk [42]
Australia 21 May 2010
  • CD
  • digital download
Shock [43]
Germany Digital download Major [44]
United States 1 June 2010 CD Nettwerk [45]
United Kingdom [46]
United States 28 September 2010 Digital download [47]

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