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Mostly weak electro-light for people who don't like dance music - but good in parts
on 15 July 2007
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.