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The Night The Sun Came Up (2011)

The Night the Sun Came Up

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The Night the Sun Came Up is the debut studio album by American recording artist Dev. It was released on September 2, 2011 by Universal Republic in association with Island Records. Dev worked exclusively with American alternative hip hop production duo The Cataracs, who helmed the production of the entire album along with co-writing songs with Dev. The production process of the album took place mainly in January 2011 and is currently continuing as the North American release date for the album was delayed from September 20, 2011 to January 10, 2012 as per Dev's request to add more songs to the album, however, Amazon.com announced the album would be pushed back again to March 27, 2012.

The album received mixed to positive reviews, with critics commending the production of many of the songs while comparing the music on the set to the electropop stylings of American recording artist Ke$ha and Swedish dance recording artist Robyn. The songs are mostly inspired by Dev's life stories over the past few years. The Night the Sun Came Up is mainly an electropop and dance album, which incorporates elements of several musical genres such as dubstep, urban, Eurodance and rock. The themes of the album range from sex, partying, introspection, love and life. The album failed to chart in Ireland and Australia, where the album is currently available but peaked within the top 100 of the UK album charts at number seventy-eight.

The first two singles from The Night the Sun Came Up, "Bass Down Low" and "In the Dark", were both moderate international hits, with "Bass Down Low" peaking within the top ten position of the UK Singles in the United Kingdom. "In the Dark" was more successful in North America, peaking at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and at number thirteen on the Canadian Hot 100 in Canada. It charted in more commercial markets, reaching the summit of the IFPI chart in Slovakia.

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 background
Devin Tailes recorded a cover of a Amy Winehouse Back to Black cover in response to her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend, calling it a "diss track". The song was placed on MySpace and discovered by production team The Cataracs. She was then signed by the Los Angeles based record label and management team, Indie-Pop, who also discovered The Cataracs. Months later, their song "2Nite" began to gain exposure on the radio, the television channel MTVU and the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart. In 2009, Dev moved to Los Angeles to produce music with the Cataracs and work directly with Indie-Pop. During that time, songs like "Fireball" and "Booty Bounce" were made.

The latter track was produced in the same summer as the The Cataracs produced "Like a G6" , at the time where Dev and the Cataracs "were grinding it out in the studio pretty tough together," making a couple of "simplistic random tracks." "Like a G6", which features the Cataracs and Dev, was released in April 2010, and reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in October of that year, prompting Universal Republic to sign her on as an artist in the same month.

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The Night the Sun Came Up is primary an electropop and dance album, which incorporates elements of several different genres such as dubstep, hip hop, Eurodance, urban, rock and club influenced-pop music Dev said that her mission with the album was to make it diversified, incorporating different elements of music to make an eclectic set. She also said that the album has two sides to it, sassy and pretty. The sassy songs are based on the themes of sex, partying and different forms of debauchery while the pretty songs are contemplative ballads that are based more on introspection and love. Much of the album's lyrics are influenced by her life and her experiences. The album opens with "Getaway", a hip hop track with influences of soul music. The song starts out with the use of a piano, transitions into hip-hop styled music and features a breakdown in which she raps and rhymes. The next song "In My Trunk" runs through an electronic tinged hip hop beat and features vehicle metaphors in its lyrics. The third track of the album, "Me", contains influences of adult contemporary music.

The fourth song "Breathe" is an electronic dance song that contains influences of Middle Eastern and club music. It is written about sex and the effects of love on Dev and features the use of an accordion throughout. The album's fifth track, "Take Her From You", differs completely from the electronic soundscape of the album,as it is inspired by rock and roll music. When Dev heard the song, she responded "'Oh, I really like that. It could almost be a flip of me singing about myself.' ... maybe we should change around the perspective, but I was like, 'No. Let's keep it like that.'" The sixth track, "Lightspeed", is an electronic pop song that in its production draws inspiration from house and club music. It makes use of kickdrums, synth arrangements, Auto-Tune and numerous noises like a cough. Its synth riff and beat structure resembles those in the music made by Dutch disc jockey Afrojack. The seventh track, "Dancing Shoes" is built upon synthesizers and drums while making use of pianos and guitars to produce an uptempo electronic rock ballad about performing onstage. The song's "pretty" sound is inspired by teen pop music

After "Dancing Shoes" is the eighth track, "Perfect Match", a guitar driven ballad that features a string section reminiscent of that featured in "Clocks" by British alternative rock group Coldplay. In "Bass Down Low", the ninth song and first single, Dev speaks of taking shots and various forms of debauchery. It is an electro song with skittering synths and a pulsating electropop groove in which Dev utilizes her sing-talk vocal style throughout the song, but also uses her singing voice near the end. The Night the Sun Came Up's tenth track "Kiss My Lips", the thrid single from the album in the United States, contains a guitar that blends synthesizers prominent in dance music with a hip hop styled drum beat. In the song, she sings to a lover "Get you hand off my hip/And kiss my lips, kiss my lips, kiss me all over/ Are you gonna take that risk, take that risk, 'cause only getting older." "In the Dark" has a house rhythm and a prominent saxophone riff that serves as the song's instrumentation. while featuring Eurodance beats and synths, mixed with influences of Latin music. The twelfth track is "Shadows", a song that draws from influences of folk music

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Getaway Dev       02:21
1-2 In My Trunk Dev       03:18
1-3 Me Dev       03:37
1-4 Breathe Dev       03:40
1-5 Take Her From You Dev       03:26
1-6 Lightspeed Dev       04:00
1-7 Dancing Shoes Dev       05:03
1-8 Perfect Match Dev       03:19
1-9 Bass Down Low Dev       03:31
1-10 Kiss My Lips Dev       03:27
1-11 In the Dark Dev       03:48
1-12 Shadows Dev       04:23
1-13 Getaway Dev       02:21
1-14 In My Trunk Dev       03:18
1-15 Me Dev       03:37
1-16 Breathe Dev       03:40
1-17 Take Her From You Dev       03:26
1-18 Lightspeed Dev       04:00
1-19 Dancing Shoes Dev       05:03
1-20 Perfect Match Dev       03:19
1-21 Bass Down Low Dev       03:31
1-22 Kiss My Lips Dev       03:27
1-23 In the Dark Dev       03:48
1-24 Shadows Dev       04:23

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