|Studio album by|
|Released||August 29, 2005|
|Recorded||April - October 2004|
|Genre||Shoegazing, indie rock, noise pop|
|Producer||Emil Nikolaisen, Daniel Smith|
|Singles from Serena Maneesh|
Serena Maneesh (or Serena-Maneesh) is the debut self-titled album by Serena Maneesh. The album was partly recorded in Steve Albini's respected Electrical Audio Recordings studio in Chicago as well as in various facilities in New York City and Oslo. Contributors to the album include Sufjan Stevens, Martin Bisi (who worked with Sonic Youth and Iggy Pop) and co-producer Daniel Smith of Danielson Famile.
The album yielded two singles: "Drain Cosmetics" in June 2006, and "Sapphire Eyes" in October 2006. "Beehiver II" is an alternative version of the song "Beehiver," first released on the band's 2002 EP Fixxations. An alternate version of "Sapphire Eyes," subtitled Serena-Maneesh Refix, was released as a digital single, as a B-side on the "Drain Cosmetics" single, and on the split single with American band Blood on the Wall.
Critical reception to the album was positive. Pitchfork Media graded the album 8.6 out of 10 and rated the album as one of the Top 50 Albums of 2005. Norway's national newspaper Dagbladet rated it Norwegian Album of the Year, and Allmusic awarded the album 4 stars out of 5.
All tracks written by Emil Nikolaisen.
|Norway||29 August 2005||HoneyMilk Records||CD||HONEY020|
|20 December 2005||Hype City Recordings||2LP||HCR-011|
|North America||9 May 2006||Playlouder Recordings/Beggars Group||CD||PLAYR4CD|
|23 May 2006||2LP||PLAYR4LP|
|United Kingdom||26 June 2006||CD||PLAYR4CD|