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Push the Button

The Chemical Brothers Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Jan 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0006MX7SE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,195 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Having marked their 10th anniversary at the top of British dance music with a greatest hits collection, it would be easy to write the Chemical Brothers off in a genre that requires a certain freshness. However, Push the Button is a spectacular jump back to the top of their game, intensified by the rise of dance music in 2005.

First single and opening track, "Galvanize", features Q-tip on vocals. It's a little more downtempo than the brothers of late as they got wrapped up in a need to produce a dancefloor killer to match the heady days of "Hey Boy, Hey Girl"--it's not too different, not too clever, but has enough of the necessary "oomph" to make it an excellent start to the album. In terms of classic sounding tracks, there are "Come Inside" and "The Big Jump", the former a big-beat spectacular and the latter a definite tune to be heard "out", replete with enormous slidey bassline and sticky acid stabs. A standout in a similar vein to "Galvanize" (although possibly better) is "Left Right" featuring Anwar Superstar. It's got a bold hip-hop swagger and politically charged lyrics over a chunky riff that wouldn't sound out of place in a seventies TV cop show. There are only two of the customary chillout tracks (think Beth Orton), there's "Hold tight London", an upbeat soca-styled song that's okay but not nearly as beautiful as sweeping epic "Close Your Eyes" featuring the Magic Numbers.

Closing Push the Button are two more guitar-based tracks, the country-rocking loop of "Marvo Ging" and the brilliant mish-mash of styles that is "Surface to Air", a sort of rapturous amalgam of the brothers' own "Golden Path", the Strokes and festival favourites Dreadzone. A fantastic end to a consistent album that easily outshines its predecessor, Come with Us, and will hopefully herald a great year for electronic music.--David Trueman

BBC Review

The Chemical Brothers return with their rebel rockin' fifth studio album that blows all stylistic boundaries down in the process.

Bigger, bolder and more adventurous that what's gone before, Push The Button is almost certainly their most accessible in a discography that has seen them chalk up an impressive 8 million units in a little over a decade.

As before, collaborations are plentiful with Q-Tip's wordy rhymes gracing the lead single, "Galvanize". Electronica returns to centre stage with former collaborator and Charlatan, Tim Burgess (who first featured on 1995's Exit Planet Dust), making a welcome return on the cutting edge, hook-laden "The Boxer"; a theme that is replicated in near-"Block Rockin' Beats"-style on the angst "Come Inside".

While "The Big Jump" will undoubtedly have the neighbours bangin' on the wall - this intoxicating rush of synthesizers, electronics and layered drum machines needs to played at maximum volume to be true appreciated and understood.

But it's not all steam rollin' beats and tormented wordology. Anwar Superstar (Mos Def's brother) represents the hip-hop nation on the edgy militant "Left Right" - a whirling dervish track with Middle-Eastern political stylings. While from the other end of the cultural spectrum Kele Okereke (singer with art-rocks Bloc Party) is featured on the chewier funk of "Believe" that employs both tuneful tones and obscure samples.

But all is not lost. Moby's long awaited Hotel will no doubt have TV advertising executives salivating in anticipation, while new sets from Daft Punk and Timo Maas show there's a definite air of optimism to be had and plenty of reasons to pitch a tent in a muddy field.

On Push The Button the Chem's once more utilise their trademark crystalline electronica, oddball percussive journey, and kaleidoscopic sonic textures. Once more Ed and Tom have constructed a blindingly innovative and relentlessly propulsive album that's an exhilarating listen and is a worthy addition to an already impressive collection. --Jack Smith

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good 29 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Chemicals' moment has past, according to a large chunk of the music press, but they still know how to make rocking tunes. This album is a significant return to form, with very little on it that's below par. Some of the tracks are really hard and exciting - "Believe", which features Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, stands out - and there are some long tracks which pass through several different moods and tempos. I can certainly see DJs wanting to hammer some of these, and there's a strong dance flavour here. The guest vocalists are an interestingly forward-looking bunch, too, with people like The Magic Numbers and, surprisingly to me, Q-Tip. Where other artists who broke dance and electro into the mainstream in the late 90s have faded miserably - look at Fatboy Slim for instance - the Chemicals can still cut the mustard, and there's as much to admire and enjoy here as on any of their previous albums. Four stars rather than five because, for all its excellence, this is an album that will excite you rather than open your eyes. Maybe that's a bit of a pretentious thing to say, but there is a sense, even with this strong album, that we know precisely what to expect from the Chemical Brothers: they don't disappoint, but there is an element of predictability. For instance, the very lively track "Come Inside" could be straight off Dig Your Own Hole. Still, if you're a fan, you'll love it, for sure.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Push the Button - The Verdict 16 Feb 2005
Format:Audio CD
Having been a big fan of the 'Brothers' since their first album, I was excited to see what musical route the lads had taken on this latest offering, having been slightly disappointed with their previous record 'Come with Us'. The album explodes from the word go with the latest single 'Galvanise' which has obviously had a lot of air play recently, but is still the best single of the year so far. However, I recommend that you skip to track 2 straight away with 'The Boxer' which thuds and screeches with bangin beats and piercing vocals. For me though, the album hits its highest points during the next few tracks. 'Believe' with vocals from Bloc Party is pure Chemicals with superb sampling and catchy riffs. The brothers adopt a trancy feel for 'Hold Tight London', and achieve a gorgeous sound with soothing vocals whilst at the same time losing none of that Chemical beat. 'Come Inside' is possibly the best track on the album and hopefully the next single to be released. It possesses a sexiness not seen elsewhere on the album and again a thumpin' riff that will lodge itself in your brain for a long time. Other highlights on the album include 'The Big Jump' and 'Shake Break Bounce', both very listenable and diverse in their musical feel. Overall, this is the 'Brothers' most consistent album to date and one that I would thoroughly recommend to fans of dance, trance, electronica and funky house music.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Defining Album Of 2005 25 Aug 2005
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I seriously can't understand the backlash this album has received from the media and indeed many reviewers here on Amazon. All I can think of is that these are people who were "ravers" ten years ago, but have now grown up and don't want electronic music to change from how it was when they went raving. In my opinion this is a great album, and possibly even a future classic of the era along with The Prodigy's "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned". If things didn't change music, and life, would be much more boring.
The opening track is in some ways nothing like the Chemical Brothers' previous work, but also contains elements typical to their style, and was the perfect choice as the debut single from this album. This is followed by The Boxer, a track that sounds to me influenced by Fatboy Slim's more recent work, and one that I didn't like on first listen but has since grown on me. Not one of my favourites but a good track nonetheless.
We then come to what is my favourite track on Push The Button, Believe. I would rank it as one of my all-time favourite Chemical Brothers tracks. Everything about it is brilliant with huge drums, dirty "in your face" bass, and adrenaline-fuelled lyrics and tune. This is followed by three more blinding tracks that are typical Chemical Brothers in style and execution, namely Hold Tight London, Come Inside and The Big Jump.
We then come to Left Right, probably my least favourite track. I am a hip-hop fan, but I haven't taken to the rapping on this track. The over-stated political message, with lyrics such as "What's the difference between Bush and Saddam...?", also puts me off this track. It has its moments, and I don't have to skip it or anything, but it's my low point of the album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating...but still Good. 3 Nov 2009
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This album scores, or rather scrapes a 7/10, but could, and should, have been soooo much better.

The main reason is the length of the album, and in particular, certain tracks that went on too long without any new ideas being brought in. I suspect a lot people will be annoyed how it appears to gain mommentum then lets it go for no good reason. 'Believe' is the main offender, and should have been the radio edit length, and 'Hold tight London' should also have been about 2 minutes shorter, as this would have meant the album flowed into the middle part quite well. Some tracks seem slightly out of place, like 'Left right', which should have been linked with 'Galavanise', as could 'Shake break bounce' (although this could also have been placed next to 'The Big Jump'). 'Close your eyes' is very indulgent, and could have been left out, or simply used as a closing song - it just doesn't work this early in the album. 'Surface to air' is class but again could be slightly shorter - a common theme that makes the album seem unfocused and a bit stale in places. It scores well on the diversity of styles and is very occasionally sublime.

So, all in all, an album with no real stinkers, and one or two gems, that's ultimately let down by long and flabby versions, and is very poorly ordered. Silly mistakes to make really. Exit Planet Dust should have pointed the way, as it excelled on these points, but instead they've frustrated most people. A real shame, but i still rate it as maybe 3rd, in terms of favourite chems albums. 'We Are The Night' is a lot better though, and is almost a more accomplished version of this album. So 'Exit Planet Dust' is the best 'dance' album they've done, and 'We Are The Night' is their best album in terms of diversity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You're on the button
This is big OK if your'e open to what I consider to be 'Art' music. Obviously I haven't a clue as to the genre this stuff represents, but so what? Read more
Published 9 months ago by Blanche
5.0 out of 5 stars Kicking
Bought for husband, he loves it and will not let me use it in my car, great item and a great price.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Sonia M Massey
4.0 out of 5 stars What's Not To Like!!!
Not as many memorable tunes on this one compared to 'Further' or 'Surrender' but still a great album. It's worth buying just for track 11...Surface to Air. Read more
Published 10 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this CD.
Recommend to all, stonkin toons to party/bop to, not one bad track IMO, check some of their other release's, get some.
Published 12 months ago by R. Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars a good xmas present
It was another xmas present for my sister and she was happy with this cd too, ive already got it and its a good cd.
Published 14 months ago by Phil
5.0 out of 5 stars Very quick
Very quick delivery, Brilliant! Now I can cruise in my car with a cool tunes :) Many thanks will try to buy something again
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by Agata
4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite album by the Chemicals.
With all their other albums, there are always tracks I really like a lot and some I'm not so keen on, but with this one, I like all of it. Read more
Published on 9 July 2008 by Music Lover.
3.0 out of 5 stars Too mainstraim and predictable
In Push The Button, Tom and Ed seem determined to answer the blunt critics of their 2002 album Come With Us with a record that is likely to please lovers of dance music, but not... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2008 by D. Shaw
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Chem Bros album - the best of the best
It's strange, but I've had this for more than six months and never really played it much. Partly because I'd automatically chose Surrender and partly 'cos I was pissed off with... Read more
Published on 30 July 2007 by Spaceboy
4.0 out of 5 stars BLOCK (ALMOST) ROCKING BEATS
The Chemicals' fifth studio album and you have to respect the integrity and passion of the band to spoil us with cutting edge dance albums every two years. Read more
Published on 24 July 2007 by Mr. Abbas Rana
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