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All About Chemistry

Semisonic Audio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (5 Mar 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000059ML2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,435 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  9. One True Love [feat. Carole King] 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Despite its title (All About Chemistry), Semisonic's latest--a radio-bright successor to the multi-million success of Feeling Strangely Fine--pulls down first class honours in different disciplines entirely. Lyrically, the latest collection of airwave-snogging pop from Dan Wilson is patently all about biology. Perhaps the album's greatest charm is, in fact, in its unabashed interest in matters mating-related, from life's daisy chain of sexual initiations (the cheekily contrived and practically flawless title track) to, well, masturbation (the even cheekier "Get A Grip") to redemptive, uxorious longing (the gorgeous Brill Building classicism of "One True Love", co-written with Carole King). The twist here lies in married, thirty-something Wilson's knack--one his wrinkly fifty-something rock predecessors have yet to learn--of obsessing about sex from (rather than in spite of) an adult perspective. Self-abuse and all. Sonically, however, this album's all about geometry--or, if you prefer, engineering. Precision-mixed by leave-nothing-to-chance heavyweights Bob Clearmountain and Tom Lord-Alge, the quirks and upfront guitars that peppered Feeling Strangely Fine have been smoothed out in favour of straight ahead, keyboard-led mid-tempo melodies ("Act Naturally", "She's Got My Number", "Follow") that read like a smarter, wryer Hall And Oates. And which may well be Semisonic's strongest subject on a pretty much error-free exam paper. --Jennifer Nine

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Semisonic on top form 1 Feb 2002
Format:Audio CD
This album is every bit as good as the other three (technically two, but hey) but you'll find the tracks softer than on earlier releases. If you like "Chemistry" then you'll love this album. If you like good alt. kinda pop-rock music you'll love this album. If you just like good music, you'll like this album. The songwriting is clever and witty and no chorus fails to catch - the soaring ballads "Act Naturally" and "One True Love" stand out along with Jake's "El Matador" and the rockin' and a rollin' "Get A Grip" and "Chemistry" - Maybe I just preferred the live version, but I think "Follow" is a little bland. BUY BUY BUY!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scientifically Ultra-High Excellent 27 April 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Semisonic ALL ABOUT CHEMISTRY MCA Universal Records ________________________________________
MINNEAPOLIS-based pulpy pop rock trio's follow-up to 1998's BRIT award nominated and platinum awarded second album Feeling Strangely Fine, All About Chemistry is a concept album about the science of longing for a good relationship, the chemistry of attraction and the physics of finding one true love, simply, something like seeking perfect formula to catch "Ms. Right". The three multi-instrumentalists, Grammy-nominated guitarist/songwriter Dan Wilson and bandmates, bassist John Munson and drummer Jacob Slichter returns in the circuit to catapult more runaway hit songs like Closing Time and Secret Smile from their previous album release. Scientifically, in their new experiment, Semisonic formulated right elements of brilliant melodies and gummy-sometime-poetic lyrical approach. All of the dozen new songs featured in All About Chemistry, (from bouncy and stomping first track Chemistry up to the distressing and pleading El Matador), are more of love themes to Semisonic's love journeys of finding fine mates and the consequence of meeting them in a regretful ways. Furthermore, in Semisonic's All About Chemistry, you'll never feel sorry about everything the band experimented. Be ready to embrace all of their chemically discovered formulas of perfect non-biodegradable melodic songs good for the soul. Among them are the gentle-hearted acoustic Act Naturally, about keeping a relationship amidst difficulties, the piano- accentuated and string orchestrated She's Got My Number and Semisonic's collaboration with legendary singer-songwriter Carole King on soon-to-be pop classic One True Love.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catchy pop at its best ! 29 Mar 2001
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Format:Audio CD
This type of CD reasures you that not all pop music is bland and uninspiring. I am a fan of indie music generally, but this CD shows that music can be popular and radio-friendly as well as being catchy, inspiring, beautiful, multi-levelled, intelligent... Semisonic might upset fans with their slick and slightly commericialised new sound, but while it may not be as cool any more it is still fun, which it what music is about. One True Love is very cheesy but it is the best song on the album, co-written by the legend Carole King, her harmonies just make you love life (that sounds cheesy too, but I swear this song is the ultimate happy song). El Matador and Chemistry are the other two which hit you instantly with their brilliance, but almost all the others are good too. This is the soundtrack to your summer...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ALBUM OF THE YEAR! 4 May 2001
Format:Audio CD
Having listened to Semisonic's back catalogue, I was expecting some more cheery pop tunes and cheeky lyrics. Amazingly, they have created a record of rare class that has not been matched in some time. From the first track to the last, you'll be singing along, and marvelling at the pure class of these pop songs.
Starting with Chemistry, Semisonic set there stall out with a song of, well, sex basically. This album is all about sex, especially the fantastic 'Get a Grip', the best song about wanking ever! This band have made a pop record filled with memorable melodies, and lyrics that will stick in your mind. Semisonic have, all of a sudden, become the best band in the world, and I can't wait to see where they go from here. Truly exceptional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Semisonic do it again! 5 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
After their first albums "Great Divide" and "Feeling Strangely Fine", I didn't know if they could keep up the pace, but Semisonic's new album "All About Chemistry" is energetic, fun, and upbeat, but also thoughtful and introspective in places. All in all it is a real pleasure to listen to, gets you up and dancing. I have downloaded all the tracks and love them and will buy the album as soon as it comes out. For all Semisonic fans, I recommend this album highly; you won't be let down. For those of you who have never heard of Semisonic, try this one out; it's a great sample of the high-energy, melodious music which Semisonic plays. 5 stars!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 24 July 2001
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This is a very good CD and a pleasing effort from Semisonic. After releasing "Feeling Strangely Fine" which was a massive success and sold over a million copies in the US (though, quite unfairly, it didn't sell much in Britain), it gave Semisonic a very tough act to follow - as the album was applauded as one of the best, maybe the best, of 1999. But they've followed that album up in fair style with this CD as they've taken a lot of the elements which made the last one such a hit, and chopped and changed around with them to make an album which sounds a lot more classic American pop than the dark, moody but somehow enjoyable indie style with brilliant guitar tabs that set Semisonic as somewhat of an American Verve or Stereophonics and gave them hits such as "Secret Smile" and "Closing Time." This shouldn't be seen as a bad thing, though. OK, there are very few tracks that sound a mite like those on their last album (except the ones fronted by Dan Wilson's guitar) Acouple of tracks are a little too middle of the road, but on the whole Semisonic have created another very enjoyable album that'll complement most pop, indie and rock cds in anyone's collection. The best thing about this album, based on a group of friends' social and sexual adventures in America, is that it has a great range of different musical emotions, and I suppose styles. There are the heartbreaking piano-fused love songs like "Act Naturally" and "One True Love" and deep, powerfully moving ballads like "I Wish" (though it is a very hopeful and excellent, superbly written pop song) and but the album doesn't offer 14 tracks of slushy romantic songs or absolute depression like some bands have done recently. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A major change of sound
I have been meaning to buy something else by Semisonic since being amazed after hearing 'Feeling Strangely Fine' last year, which has quickly become one of my all time favourites. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ReviewBlog51
'Feeling Strangely Fine' was always going to be a hard act for Dan Wilson and chums to follow. Not only did it give the band two big hit singles - the seductive, perennial radio... Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2009 by Mr. Christopher J. Welch
5.0 out of 5 stars It's all about chemistry
This album is nicely different to Semisonic's others but still has their touch. With its subtle but not so sublte lyrics (you need to listen to understand what im rambling on... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2006 by Mr. Philip Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Album Of 2001
From the opening "Chemistry" you know you`re in for a treat with this album. Better than "Feeling strangely Fine" and with the weird track "She`s got my number", also more... Read more
Published on 31 July 2003 by B. Truswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, but lacks something
Semisonic have pulled a fine album together, this time round we are given a musch getter variety of instruments and song styles, also there is the duet on the song "One True... Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2002 by "billwayland"
5.0 out of 5 stars Semisonic's 'All About Chemistry' hits the rights notes!
Unofficially their fourth album, All About Chemistry takes another step into the sounds of the future. Read more
Published on 10 Jan 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Glossy, bland, anonymous
Once beyond the rousing and cleverly written opening song, you're deep into glossily-produced, radio-friendly American pop territory. Read more
Published on 28 Sep 2001
2.0 out of 5 stars Big disapointment!
I bought 'All About Chemistry' because i thought that Semisonic would reproduce the brilliance of 'Feeling Strangely Fine'. But i was very disapointed. Read more
Published on 1 July 2001 by king_dezeeuw06
4.0 out of 5 stars A good album for in the car
I bought this CD on the strength of Chemistry, which is outstanding. I was a little disappointed the first time I heard, but after giving it a chance, I think it's great! Read more
Published on 7 May 2001
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