Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK

Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK is the debut studio album by Icelandic experimental musical group Múm. It was released by TMT Entertainment in Iceland on 11 March 2000, and then on 2 April 2001 in the United Kingdom.

Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK
Studio album by
Released11 March 2000 (2000-03-11)
Genre
Length67:41
LabelTMT
Producer
  • Múm
  • Finnur Björnsson
Múm chronology
Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK
(2000)
Finally We Are No One
(2002)

In 2005, Múm performed the album live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series. "The Ballad of the Broken Birdie Records" appears in the 2009 film Until the Light Takes Us.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
The Guardian[2]
Mojo[3]
Muzik4/5[4]
NME8/10[5]
Pitchfork9.1/10[6]
Tiny Mix Tapes4.5/5[7]

Tim DiGravina of AllMusic wrote that Múm "proves to be as successful at creating emotional ambient electronic music" and called Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK "an unmitigated, accessible masterpiece".[1] Matt LeMay of Pitchfork deemed it "one of the most deeply, purely emotionally affecting albums of the year".[6]

Track listing

No.TitleLength
1."I'm 9 Today"4:42
2."Smell Memory"9:23
3."There Is a Number of Small Things"6:32
4."Random Summer"3:12
5."Asleep on a Train"7:17
6."Awake on a Train"9:23
7."The Ballad of the Broken Birdie Records"5:25
8."The Ballad of the Broken String"4:45
9."Sunday Night Just Keeps on Rolling"8:10
10."Slow Bicycle"8:47

20th Anniversary Edition

On August 30, 2019, Morr Music will re-issue the remastered album, with newly commissioned re-works: a cover of "Smell Memory" by Kronos Quartet (with additional drums by múm's Samuli Kosminen), a reinterpretation of "Random Summer" by Hauschka, and a new version of "Ballad Of The Broken String" by Sóley.[8]

No.TitleLength
1."The Ballað Of The Broken Birdie Records" (Ruxpin Remix II) 
2."Smell Memory" (Bix Remix) 
3."There Is a Number of Small Things & The Ballað Of The Broken Birdie Records" (µ-Ziq Straight Mix) 
4."The Ballað Of The Broken Birdie Records" (Biogen Mix) 
5."Smell Memory" 
6."Random Summer" 
7."Ballað of the Broken String" 

Personnel

Release history

Region Date Label Catalog
Iceland 11 March 2000 TMT Entertainment TMT02CD, TMT02LP
United Kingdom 2 April 2001
Japan 25 September 2001 P-Vine PCD-23157
United Kingdom 21 January 2002 Tugboat Records TUGCD021, TUGLP021
Europe 3 October 2005 Morr Music MM058CD, MM0582LP
Taiwan 2006 Avant Garden Records

References

  1. DiGravina, Tim. "Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK – Múm". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  2. Kabuubi, Maxine (30 June 2000). "Mum: Yesterday was Dramatic, Today is OK (Tugboat)". The Guardian. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  3. "Múm: Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK". Mojo: 122. 2005. [T]he tracks they construct are full of an indefinable wonder...
  4. Green, Thomas H. (August 2000). "Múm: Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK (Tugboat/Thule)". Muzik (63): 122.
  5. "Múm: Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK". NME. 22 April 2000.
  6. LeMay, Matt (7 July 2001). "Múm: Yesterday Was Dramatic – Today Is OK". Pitchfork. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  7. "Múm – Yesterday Was Dramatic Today is Ok". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  8. "MUM : Yesterday Was Dramatic - Today Is OK (20th Anniversary Edition) - 3LP - MORR MUSIC - Forced Exposure". www.forcedexposure.com. Retrieved 2019-08-24.
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