Röyksopp – Melody A.M. (2001)
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I fear I’m losing the ability to fall in love (or utterly despise) new-to-me albums.
There are a few possible explanations, but I’m leaning towards the Normal distribution.
Cheers to Wikipedia for this Normal Distribution Graph…
…and here’s my modified graph for the 1001 Albums:
I’m starting to think these percentages reflect my experience with the 1001 Albums list.
And that’s good news because…
If the graph is accurate (it’s math-y AND on the internet, how could it not be!), I’m going to have a moderately positive experience with 68% of the albums. Over two thirds of the albums from this list will be somewhere between OK and Really Good. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad indeed!
If 99.7% of the albums fit on the diagram, that means only 4 albums will be outside the diagram, presumably 2 on each side. Therefore, there will only be 2 dismal records on the list that I’d rank worse than ‘despise.’
If 99.7% of the albums fit on the diagram, there will only be 2 life-changing, food-tastes-better-after-listening records beyond the magical extreme.
Unfortunately, I’m worried I’ve already found those 2 beyond-magical records and I’ve yet to hear the 2 beyond-despicable ones!
It’s statistically difficult for most albums to obtain a score out of that middle zone. I’m likely going to find enough redeeming in most albums to award a score of at least ‘OK’ but unlikely to be moved enough to move the score beyond ‘Really Good.’
And this is the curse (yet also nice problem) for Röyksopp & Melody A.M.
On any given listen, I’m going to have pleasant things to say. It’s just never going to be too flattering or too insulting.
Strangely enough, that might be appropriate praise for the record, given that many of the tracks were licensed for use in adverts.
The goal of music in advertising? Be likeable, but not intrusive. Have positive associations but blend into the background.
And I reckon the Norwegian duo Röyksopp did somewhere between an OK/Good/Really Good job in attaining those goals.