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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 11 tracks of Pure Genius
Surrender by the Chemical Brothers is by far the dance album of the year so far and also the best effort yet from the twosome of Tom an Ed. Like the Basement Jaxx album, Remedy, it uses a wide variety of music. Just take the two ballads, Asleep from Day and Dream On compared to the hard dance track, Hey Boy Hey Girl. No song sounds remotely simialar at all and if you...
Published on 26 Nov. 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars It's not as good as made out
First 3 tracks are undoubtedly class, and some of the others like 'Let Forever Be', 'Got Glint', and 'Dream On' are pretty good. This is NOT the album of the year. It's got duff tracks like 'The Sunshine Underground' and 'Asleep from Day' which to be honest just bore me to death. I'd recommend this if you like the Chemicals other stuff though, and is probably worth...
Published on 12 Jan. 2000


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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars what a let down..., 11 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: Surrender (Audio CD)
The first time I heard "Dig Your Own Hole" I HATED it! It was hard-as-nails noise and it just gave me a headache. However, as with all great albums it took a while to grow on me and I now regard it as one of the best dance albums ever...
that was then, this is now...
The first time I heard "Surrender" I HATED it. And, I'm sorry to say that this time it didn't grow on me. What went wrong? The Chems practically invented big-beat and now seem so ashamed of it that they went out of their way to change their sound - result? They sound BLAND!!??
"Hey Boy Hey Girl" is a guaranteed dancefloor filler (and I know because I've played it enough times) however I still think it's without doubt the worst single by them yet. It's just so damned cheesy - if they're taking the p**s then I'm sorry but I don't get the joke... "Let Forever Be" is ok, but it sounds like Noel G telephoned his vocal in.
There are a few decent tracks - "Out Of Control" is brilliant though hardly original, "The Sunshine Underground" is a nice little epic. Ditto "Got Glint?" The title track "Surrender" has summat too...
The rest...? Sorry, but it leaves me cold. I've played this album a lot over the last two years but it's never got me. Here's hoping the forthcoming album is better...
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Directionless Pap, 26 Mar. 2000
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This review is from: Surrender (Audio CD)
'Music:Response' and 'Hey boy' show the quality that Tom and Ed can deliver, but these dance tracks are the stand-out in a poor excuse for trying to mix rock with electronic. It's been done B4, and hopefully the Chem's inability will stop anyone else from having a go. Block-Rocking Beats it ain't
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album!, 24 Oct. 2004
This review is from: Surrender (Audio CD)
This is a great album and one of my favourites in my CD collection.
Music: Response - this song gets a bit tedious after about 3 minutes, but it has a catchy rhythm.
Influenced - Personally don't like this song, as I think it's extremely boring, the worst song on the album. It just seems to drag on for the entire 4 mins or so and so now I just don't bother listening to it!
Out of Control - Fantastic song, one of my favs on this album. It has a really catchy bass line which I found myself humming for days afterwards after the first time I heard it. The vocals could have been better though...
Orange Wedge - Again, a great song, with a catchy rhythm, especially the intro. The song varies throughout and doesn't get boring at all, another one of my favourites.
Let forever be - Another good song with a good intro and a fantastic bass line, again very catchy, the lyrics go well with it as well.
The Sunshine Underground - Some say this is the best song on the album? I personally disagree, but we each have our own opinions, I think it just drags on and on.
Asleep from Day - A calm song, with good lyrics, a good song if you like the slow quiet type songs as well, which I do.
Got Glint? - Great intro with a good rhythm throughout. Bass line is progressive and catchy.
Hey Boy, Hey Girl - This was the first ever song I heard by the Chemical Brothers, and this is what persuaded me to buy one their albums, so it is fair to say I think this is a great song!
Racing the Tide - This is another great song, another one of my favourites from this album. Throughout the song, there is the feeling of progression with good drum riffs and bass lines.
Dream On - Not a bad song, but not as good as some of the others. Vocals blend in well into the background, but the song does drag on a bit.
Overall, this is a fantastic album and I would reccommend it to anybody, wether they are current Chemical Brothers fans or just want to listen to some of their stuff!
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars ?, 21 Feb. 2000
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This review is from: Surrender (Audio CD)
Come on now. Album of the year?
If your sole requirement for music is a solid beat to dance to, then this will fulfil your desires adequately. But then again, you could do that by randomly picking any CD out of the dance compilation shelf at HMV.
If however you want something a little more then there is little point in buying Surrender. A couple of tracks are ok ("Out of Control"), but on the whole, they never develop beyond mainstream territory. There also seems little point in the inclusion of lyrics when they are as trite as on, say, "Let Forever Be". Not as blatantly commercial and creatively void as Fatboy Slim, but getting there.
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0 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pschdelic beats, 19 Dec. 2006
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The Chemical Brothers, unlike too many dance acts, weren't satisfied with sticking to the same formula. So where "Exit Planet Dust" was more of a big-beat album (note how many tracks are called "(something) Beats"), and "Surrender" is more of a techno album (see "Elektrobank", "Setting Sun" with it's beat pinched from The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows", and "Doesn't Matter), "Surrender" is more of a pschdelic album. It's less about the rhythm and more about differing colours, rhythms and timbres.

So "Music: Response" opens things up with a tinny sound, relieved when the bass rumbles in. "Under The Influence" is quite cold, as is "Out Of Control" - they seem to be more about the texture of the sound rather than the stomping beats of old. This however really does work on the key tracks, "Let Forever Be", with it's very Beatlesey bassline and on "Sunshine Underground" which shimmers and vibrates with a delicious delicacy. Then there's "Hey Girl Hey Boy", which is the dancefloor-filler, but it's more a disco tune than a techno slammer.

Overall, it's an interesting album, which stretches the boundaries of dance music, but takes it away from what made it (and the Chemical Brothers) successful in the first place - kicking beats, funky rhythms, meaty hooks.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Believe the Hype, 6 Feb. 2000
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This review is from: Surrender (Audio CD)
This is the most over-rated album I've ever heard. Yes, I know the Chemical Brothers have been nominated for Four Brit Awards and they're critically acclaimed. But if you stoop to listen to what they produce (I hesitate to call it music) you end up wondering what people are going on about. This is the musical equivalent of 'The Emperor's New Clothes' - everyone's going on about it when in fact there is nothing there. Their previous two albums were bad but they've really surpassed themselves with this one. They have got a challenge on their hands to make their next album any worse than this is...
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2.0 out of 5 stars what a let down..., 11 Nov. 2001
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The first time I heard "Dig Your Own Hole" I HATED it! It was hard-as-nails noise and it just gave me a headache. However, as with all great albums it took a while to grow on me and I now regard it as one of the best dance albums ever...
that was then, this is now...
The first time I heard "Surrender" I HATED it. And, I'm sorry to say that this time it didn't grow on me. What went wrong? The Chems practically invented big-beat and now seem so ashamed of it that they went out of their way to change their sound - result? They sound BLAND!!??
"Hey Boy Hey Girl" is a guaranteed dancefloor filler (and I know because I've played it enough times) however I still think it's without doubt the worst single by them yet.
There are a few decent tracks - "Out Of Control" is brilliant though hardly original, "The Sunshine Underground" is a nice little epic. Ditto "Got Glint?" The title track "Surrender" has summat too...
The rest...? Sorry, but it leaves me cold. I've played this album a lot over the last two years but it's never got me. Here's hoping the forthcoming album is better...
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2 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dated muzak non stop from MOR dance duo., 5 April 2002
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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Recent reviews of 'Come With Us' have been interpreted as harsh by the Chems- having been critically lauded for their previous outings...This is the last LP I bought by them- on the strength of the excellent 'Hey Boy Hey Girl' (the only decent track here) & the idea of collaborations with Hope Sandoval & Jonathan Donahue ('The Private Psychedelic Reel' is still excellent- though along with 'Where do I Begin' the only decent tracks on the 2nd album.)...The reviews of 'Surrender' surmised it as a psychedelic dance album- so I imagined it would have the unity of Orbital's brown album, 'Pre-emptive Strike' by DJ Shadow or the 1st Orb album...Instead we get an album of filler- ...the awful Bernard Sumner collaboration- sounding like Electronic covering New Order's 'Hurt' (1982). The Noel Gallagher track- unlike 'Setting Sun' which just sounded like Depeche Mode remixed by Bomb the Bass-is another laughable reference to The f***in Beatles. The Hope Sandoval track is just Mazzy Star with some sonic purps in the background- what should sound like Angelo Badalamenti meets Aphex Twin sounds...dull...Between all the filler tracks that have dated as well as 'Elecktrobank' we get another Mercury Rev collaboration- 'Dream On'- a dull rewrite of any track from 'Deserter's Songs' or 'See You on the Other Side'- that sounds banal next to tracks like 'What is the Light?' & 'The Gash' from Flaming Lips 'The Soft Bulletin' released at the same time...It was about this time that I realised that Chemical Bros. are largely clueless chancer ex-Indie boys (remember 'Slide'?). As their latest release has proved- this lot havent got a clue- and aren't any good live, unlike Orbital. They are extremely formularized- see their stunningly similar remixes for Prml Scrm, Spiritualized, MSP etc. That will be the 'remix' button then!...There is great dance music being made- this lot are more MOR- artists like Amon Tobin, Basement Jaxx, The Streets, Fog, Squarepusher etc. are more worthy of being listened to & sound like the future- as opposed to the screamingly average guff found here.
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