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We Are The Night [CD]

The Chemical Brothers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000OV129I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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1. No Path To Follow
2. We Are The Night
3. All Rights Reversed (featuring Klaxons)
4. Saturate
5. Do It Again (featuring Ali Love)
6. Das Spiegel
7. The Salmon Dance (featuring Fatlip)
8. Burst Generator
9. A Modern Midnight Conversation
10. Battle Scars (featuring Willy Mason)
11. Harpoons
12. The Pills Won't Help You Now (featuring Midlake)

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Recorded in a bombproof subterranean studio in south London, the Chemical Brother’s sixth studio album, We Are the Night brings us more of the duo’s famed block rockin’ psychedelia. Shot through with trademark acidic bleeps, sidereal synths and thrusting basslines, We Are the Night gets off to a strong yet stormless start with the level-headed title track, and solid but less-than-incendiary cuts like "All Rights Reversed," (which features new ravers The Klaxons) and "Do It Again." Only on the irrefutable "Saturate" do the duo begin to reach their form: a building, twisting, highly infectious tune that blends baggy drums with washes of kaleidoscopic electronica. "Das Spiegel" takes on minimal house with endearing consequences, while former Pharcyde rapper Fatlip waxes lyrical on the decidedly fishy "Salmon Dance." Things hot up again with "A Modern Midnight Conversation," and its thudding disco b line and "Battle Scars," with distinctive husky vocals provided by Willy Mason. "Harpoons" and "The Pills Won’t Help You Now" end the trip on a suitably phantasmagoric note; though not much on We Are the Night approaches their glory years, it does reinforce their continued relevance in terms of twisted, danceable, electronic music. --Paul Sullivan

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars You know what you're getting... 31 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
The Chemical Brothers have had a remarkably consistent career for a dance act, singles wise at least. Indeed its difficult to imagine a time when there hasn't been at least one great Chemical Brothers single dominating the airwaves.

Do It Again may not have been the most outright catchy single they've ever done it was one of those that slowly but surely got under your skin, before lodging itself in your brain.

And in a sense, this consistency has applied to their albums; in an ever changing world you at least know exactly what you are going to get from a Chemical Brothers album, right down to the guest appearances.

This time around we get the likes of The Klaxons, Willy Mason and Midlake. Ironically it's the two collaborations that you would perhaps be the most wary of (Mason and Midlake) that really hit the spot and the one that everyone would have been excited about (Klaxons) that falls flat. Indeed All Rights Reserved merely sounds like the Klaxons, and not one of their better songs at that.

Mason on the other hand steps up to the plate with aplomb for Battle Scars, whilst The Pills Won't Help You Know is perhaps the perfect "come-down" track.

Ironically it's the more straightforward "dance" moments that fall most flat although the absolute nadir has to be The Salmon Dance which wouldn't sound out of place on some CBeebies under 5's show, (if one ignores the lyrics) and as such will probably be a number one hit for weeks.

So all in all it's exactly what you'd expect. Some decent songs, some dreadful ones and a couple of stormers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
For a fair few years now the Chemical Brothers have been a dance act for people who don't like dance music. As I write this, Amazon says "customers who bought this item also bought: White Stripes ... Editors ... LCD Soundsystem ... Arctic Monkeys".

They've completely given up on the big-beat sound that they helped to make popular ten years ago, but unfortunately what they've mostly replaced it with is a thin-sounding electro-light that just doesn't do it in clubs. If this album is to be belived, then chord changes must be out of fashion, as there are very few here. This is strictly a home-listening album, particularly a listen-while-you-work album- you could argue the same about previous Chem Bros albums but for this one it's especially true.

Sometimes the new sound really does work- I really like "Burst Generator" and "Battle Scars". "The Salmon Dance" divides opinion- personally I really like it, it's essentially a novelty record but there's no harm in the occasional novelty record and it splits up the album nicely. However the sound gets tired and tracks like "Do It Again" and the title track "We Are The Night" just sound a bit limp.

The second half of the album works better than the first half but when in future you think "I'd like to listen to some Chemicals now", then this album isn't going to be the one you pick off the shelf.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give it time 6 Aug 2007
By The usual suspect TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is most definetly not the most instantly likeable output from the brothers - I wasn't at all taken when I first bought it. Now having listened to it a few more times it's really grown on me and I'm addicted. Push the button was great but short lived - this seems to be the opposite.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars LIFE IS SWEET-ISH 24 July 2007
By Mr. Abbas Rana VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This is the Chemical Brothers' sixth studio album and in summary, represents both a return to minimalist house instrumentals of Dig Your Own Hole and continuation of vocalised tracks that sound more like the collaborating artist than the Chemical Brothers. By normal standards, it's definitely a must-have and there's enough clever catchy beats and hooks to keep you entertained. By Chem Brothers' standards, it's not as good as the early stuff but exceeds Push The Button.

The highlight of the album is "Battle Scars" where distinct male vocals revolve around an extremely infectious hook; it's one of the slow burnng tracks but probably the best written on the album. A "Modern Midnight Conversation" epitomises the Chemicals' story; they're at their best when their tracks are simple and effortless (remember Exit Planet Dust?). It's a breezy dance track with floaty female vocal samples.

I actually think "Salmon Dance" is a catchy little ditty with bouncing beats and humorous rap lyrics. Don't take this track seriously and you'll enjoy it more. "Saturate" is the best instrumental on the record and again, when the tracks sound simple and organic, the Chemical Brothers show why they're one of the finest dance bands ever. It''s a synth-powered tune that threatens to climax in the same way of Leftfield's Storm 3000 (but with real drums).

The Klaxon's collaboration has slowly grown on me but lyrics seem lazy compared to the their emotive Grace cover and the music... well, nothing special. "Das Spiegal" sounds like the Chemical Brothers been challenged to make a credible dance tune out of the cheesiest synth sound on their sampler... and they almost succeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Chems "Do it again"! 23 Dec 2007
By Dunks
Format:Audio CD
I was a little surprised by some of the more negative reviews that have graced this album and was left wondering if we were listening to the same record. It's certainly their best since Surrender, though is maybe not as immediate. Combining deep dark funk (Do It Again), Indie-rave mash up (All Rights Reserved), deep funky techno (Saturate) amongst others, it's certainly an album I've not gotten tired of this year and rewards repeated listens. Okay, the Salmon Dance may divide opinion but personally it brightens up my day every time I hear it
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5.0 out of 5 stars My current favourite album of all time
I think this is the first time I have ever bothered to rate a CD

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Published on 16 Jan 2008 by David Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
ok i have listen to chemical brothers for years and i have to say thisalbum is brilliant i have always liked there more physcodelic side and this album is full of it modern... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2007 by Mrs. D. A. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Saturate!!
I dont care what you say but saturate is an absoulte bangin electro breaks song that sounds so sick ,in fact i think i would just see them to hear that song break, what a tune!!!!
Published on 3 Nov 2007 by Mr. Matt T. Wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't stop listening to this album
Fabulous albulm, very infectious. Great to blast out when getting ready for a night out. (Yes Salmon dance is a bit wierd, but the rest of the Cd is so fantastic it deserves 5... Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2007 by G. R. Johnston
Published on 7 Sep 2007 by ADRIAN B.
3.0 out of 5 stars what can i say....??
What can I say, is the question?..loved push the button!, excellent album. But i'm afraid i've listened to this twice, put it into the glove compartment of my car and it's stayed... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2007 by lovelytigs
4.0 out of 5 stars Chemical Brothers - We Are The Night
I'll start with the big question, is it as good as Push The Button??

Yes & No. It's a dead heat. Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2007 by C. Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Mostly excellent
The menace and drive of the Chemical Brothers is intact on this album, but after initially finding Salmon Dance amusing it doesn't sit with the rest of the album after a few more... Read more
Published on 1 Aug 2007 by Allan Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts brilliantly but where are we going?
What a brilliant start with the short count-down of "No Path to Follow" to get us settled down and listening and then we're launched and flying on the title track. Read more
Published on 30 July 2007 by Spaceboy
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