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The Warning

Hot Chip Audio CD
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Hailing from London, Hot Chip entered the picture with the release of their 2000 debut, Mexico. The EP was issued by Victory Garden Records, a label owned and operated by members of London's resident lo-fi psychedelic rock institution Southall Riot. The Mexico EP was a hypnotic wash of subtle -- nearly subliminal -- pulse-like techno beats, acoustic guitars, and plinky pianos, but the ... Read more in Amazon's Hot Chip Store

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  • Audio CD (22 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000EF7W3O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,415 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The second album from Hot Chip, The Warning sees these inspired pop alchemists pull off some truly devious musical juxtapositions. Scholars of music from Timbaland to Stevie Wonder to the Aphex Twin, this South London quartet make quirky, ideas-packed vocal electronica perpetually veering between moments of bliss, humour, and sheer sonic mentalism - take the opening "Careful", vocalists Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard sweetly harmonising "Every year, exactly this time of year/They float a balloon up into the air", as the tune leapfrogs along on the sort of demented breakbeat rave seldom seen outside a Squarepusher record. Luckily, Hot Chip know enough not to sabotage all their elegant pop moments. "Boy From School" cribs deliciously from Stardust’s robo-Balearic anthem "Music Sounds Better With You", while "Over And Over" ("Like a monkey with a miniature cymbal/The joy of repetition really is in you") is bouncy testament to the joy of dumb, fun dance music. Further in, too, there’s sweet moments like "Look After Me", an R&B-tinged plea to an ex-lover, that sees these clever-clever white boys succeed in getting sentimental without resorting to irony. A dream synthesis of warmth and intelligence. --Louis Pattison

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warn me 31 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
Fledgling UK electropop band Hot Chip have found greater success with their second album, "The Warning," but thankfully have not sold their souls to do so.

This sophomore album is simply exploding with experiments and ideas, so much so that an otherwise amazing album gets a little drippy around the edges. Give them a few more years, and Hot Chip will be blowing our minds with the bravest, wildest electronica. For the moment, they're still trying their wings.

It opens with the retro drones of "Careful," right before the song suddenly settles into a more expansive little groove. It sounds torn between retro synth and the artier edges that they are so, so good at. They stabilize their sound somewhat in "And I Was A Boy From School," with its steady beats and catchy little melody.

From there on, Hot Chip experiments with just about any sound that electropop can include -- airy little ballads, hip-hoppish dance music, delicate beats like something from Telepopmusik, grimy robot rock, twinkly little art tunes, and some Kraftwerk-inspired techno. In other words, they will twist those amazing art beats into... anything, really.

Not many bands can do EVERY kind of music with more or less successful results, but Hot Chip is pretty good at all kinds of music. The only problem is that they seem to be a bit torn between the popular retro sound, and the more out-there art sounds. In songs like "Careful," it feels awkward and unbalanced.

But once they work the kinks out of that, Hot Chip will probably have few musical flaws at all. They have a knack for putting the right beats in the right places, and excel at deceptively simple melodies that never stop being catchy -- even the quieter ones can draw you in and make you mumble the words.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I'm Looking For A Place To Get Lost" 4 May 2006
Format:Audio CD
I think this could do it for them. They've progressed leaps and bounds from the intriguingly skewed but slightly amateurish palate of Coming On Strong to create something altogether more profound.

There are no weak tracks here, and the sound as a whole is rich and warm, with delicious bleeps and washes of synth meshing wonderfully with the octave-apart double vocals. Highlights? The gorgeous, pining melody of And I Was A Boy From School, the impossibly fun *hit* single Over And Over, the cheeky beats and lyrics of the title track and the soothing and beautiful soon-to-be-come-down-classic So Glad To See You are all pretty flawless, but the whole album is full of delights.

"This is a warning, I'll spell it out for you"- Hot Chip's sound is refreshing and unique, and if there's any justice 2006 will see them hit the big time. Nice one boys.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Misunderstood 24 May 2007
By Simbob
Format:Audio CD
A lot of people seem a little too fixated on the hype that Hot Chip received last summer and have had one listen and grumble because it isn't the best album they've ever heard.

Hot Chip take dated electro music; think kraftwerk, depeche mode and plenty of early 90s stuff, update it, soften it a touch and then repackage it in a much less pretentious way. Their is no big idea, no style that listeners attach themselves to, just some really nice, smooth electro tunes. The fact that they produced most of the album in a bedroom seems hard to believe at first but makes a lot of sense when you become conscious of the band's unassuming nature.

Tracks like 'Colours' show a very melodic side to hot chip, the vocal mixes and soft keyboards make for a really upbeat and mellow song. The flipside would be a track like 'Over and Over', one of the anthems of last year. Catchy, sexy and very club-friendly. Other highlights are the thoughtful 'Boy from School' and the beautifully sleepy title track. Through these songs they show their variety, going from almost rocky riffs through tinkling glockenspiels, Daft Punk house beats and entwined vocal melodies. What you are left with, though, is a very original brand of smooth, almost sleepy electronica.

Although Hot Chip are fantastic, it is true that this isn't an 'amazing' album. Tracks like 'Careful' seem awkward and whilst they are blatantly well-written, don't quite fit with the rest of the album. It's frustrating because it gives you a real taste of what Hot Chip are fast becoming but also reminds you that they aren't quite there yet. If all goes to plan you can't help buf feel that the next album should be pretty spectacular.

And for anyone who has heard a couple of tracks but doesn't really get what the fuss is all about; give them a proper go. I find that their music grows and expands with every listen.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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Genre-bending Hot Chip have not only released some of the singles of the year but possibly its best album. As with Gorillaz and Gnarls Barkley recently, mid-way into the 'noughties' we are starting to see some real wit and invention in pop music that may come to define the decade. The Warning finds them putting heart and soul into their curious mish-mash of folk whimsy, house and electronica. For all the sonics and low-fi trickery, and the comedy lyrics, there is beauty and genuinity shining throughout. Their songs are unconventionally tangential, with phases and subtexts, but pulled off with a playful insouciance that belies some of the technical brilliance.

After the abrasive aural assault of the opener 'Careful' is the brilliant single 'And I was a boy from school'. Its folksy swoon and off-beat lyrics are delivered over cheekily Balearic, Daft Punk-esque house loops to fantastic effect. Colours is a sweet, gracefully-building ballad with lovely twinkly electronic embellishments. The one-of-a-kind dancefloor masterpiece Over and Over is an obvious highlight and needs no introduction here, while (Just Like We) Breakdown is the kind of emotive electronic pop that Junior Boys might make if they had a little funk (and some backbone). The infectious but deeply silly 'Tchaparian' describes drunken flights over Timbaland electro-funk, but its multiple parts are jarringly uneven where its neighbouring tracks sustain their moods more economically. Look After Me is a soulful accoustic ballad, which totally gets away with its cheeky soppiness, while title track threatens to "break your legs, snap off your head" over a celestial groove.

Signed to DFA in the States, this album will inevitably draw comparisons between Hot Chip and the massively overrated LCD Soundsystem.
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Published on 20 Oct 2007 by Joshua E. Mandell
4.0 out of 5 stars Very, very pleasant
An odd title for a review perhaps. But there is absolutely nothing to dislike about this album. There are no 'dud' tracks; the whole thing is a pleasure to listen to. Read more
Published on 27 July 2007 by Colin Lodge
3.0 out of 5 stars Hot chip, warm food.
I bought this CD based on a track i heard on radio 2, a couple of weeks ago.

in my view it is a bit of a "hit and miss". Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2007 by Mr. Antony J. Howard
2.0 out of 5 stars Fine but hugely overrated
I just read on The Guardian's website that this was awarded album of the year in more of the major "top 10" lists than any other. Read more
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