on 17 March 2011
As someone getting on in years (stopped counting at 40), I wouldn't have expected to find myself buying, let alone reviewing this. But, I bought it and like it so much that I've bought tour tickets. Now I need to find out if there's anyone I know who's still up for this sort of night out... I don't know my D&B from my Elbow, but in my head, this is a great album to bounce about in an embarrassing fashion to.
on 9 June 2012
I waited for "No more Idols" with much anticipation and from the first track through to the last, I played it again, again, and again until I didn't know which track was first or last! The album is so innovative, an almost game-changing piece of production that is my definite choice for album of the year 2011. My reviews of each song:
1. No more Problems - 7/10, love the opening but than is a little too fast-paced where i start suffering to keep up.
2. Fire in your Eyes - 8/10 - You can feel the album coming to the boil.
3. Let you Go - 9.5/10 - The music video is what really makes this song. Lyrics are incredible too.
4. Blind Faith 10/10 - The standout song of 2011 and a reminder of the warehouse-garage scene of the 90's.
5. Fool Yourself - 8/10 - Deep, soulful, electric. Plan B and Chase and Status are a match made in heaven.
6 Hypest Hype - 8/10 - A more bouncy song by C&S, again that has you jumping up and down during the build-up.
7 Hitz - 10/10 - Gives you an almost Pineapple Express vibe. Tinie Tempah, steps into the role perfectly.
8 Heavy - 8.5/10 - You want find a tune with bigger bass all year.
9 Brixton Briefcase - 7/10 - Not one of my favorites. Just don't like Cee-Lo Green.
10 Hocus Pocus - 7/10 - I really want to know what they were smoking when this went into production. Because i want some!
11 Flashing Lights - 9/10 - Just close your eyes and see your whole life flashing right before your eyes!
12 Embrace - 10/10 - Along with Blind Faith, the best song(s) of the album. A shift from C&S. For god's sake it was even used in Gossip Girl to perfection!
13 Time - 10/10 - The album is coming to a close, but you just don't want it to end. Delilah's tone of voice goes perfectly with the backing breakbeat.
14 Midnight Caller 8.5/10 - Tranquile.
15 End Credits - I0/10 - The first single of No more Idols and the best way to finish the album.
on 9 May 2016
As an old skool rave-head, I never quite got the Dubstep fever. I recognise, as with rave before it, new-age before that, punk, minimalist etc, that it's not aimed at my (rave)generation, but several generations younger than me, which is an awful place for an electronic music fan to find himself in.
I tried; I failed.
Lucky for me I found these chaps and their dark, hard, sometimes funny, always entertaining dubstep-influenced electro grime rave choons. I guess at this point, with no more physical music shops left to carefully place albums into genre for us, all we can do it look to the music itself, and this is damn good music wherever it comes from. Taking it's cue from Dubstep, adding a little bit of grimey rave, and a lot of drum n' Bass Amen Breaks,"No More Idols" feels like a genre travelogue.
That it hangs together is testament to the production and sequencing skills of the titular duo. Though their collaborations never really over-step the line beyond "Urban" vocalists such as Plan B, Tempa T, good oul' Dizzee Rascal and - on one of my personal favourite pieces "Brixton Briefcase" - Ceelo Green, the boys make a virtue of these vocalists additions through their sequencing - placing blistering opener "No Problem" right next to the soulful "Fire in your Eyes" and onwards.
This is a complete album filled with dark wit, cave-deep bass, stabbing synths, and thrilling percussion. My own personal recommendation comes from close to the end, Delilah collaboration "Time;" an alternately tear-jerkingly slow and fiercely angry piece.
I'm liking that as I scan some of the other reviews I can see chaps and chapettes my age and older digging this soundtrack to someone else's youth. Whatever, this is great electronic music.
on 7 April 2011
Got to say i'm impressed with this album, its an album with recognized favs aswell as a few gems that will suprise alot. the reason for my rating however is due to hype and perhaps a little flopping to the commercial success' of tinie tempah and Dizzie rascal. Both of which really let the album down. AI would say, conversly, that the stand out tracks are actually those which feature lesser known acts. Tinie Tempahs efforts however were a let down, which is perhaps due to the hype he now has surrounding him which really didnt come through in his one track entry. Dizzie's song was- well, misplaced to say the least, it was the weed amognst the flowers. Perhaps these two tracks are for an aquired taste, and admitidly Tinies lyrics do shine somewhat, however its not what suited to the "shallow end" of this music genre that im sure many will want to dip into.
All in all the albums a sucess, in that it collects different musical styles from a varied backgrounds and fuses them into an album that is a credit to them all- Track one to fifteen is a journey!, though as i say the real praise goes to the lesser known artists and to C&S for featuring them.
Its worth a try- no doubt.
on 4 February 2011
For those with a wide ranging taste in music this album is simply brilliant. The number of different genres covered and high quality of songs on this album is amazing. The Stand out tracks are- No Problem, Fire In Your Eyes Let You Go, Blind Faith, Fool Yourself, Hitz, Hypest Hype, Heavy, Hocus Pocus, Time and End Credits.
Yes they may have gone more mainstream but so long as the song quality is still as good as this I can't see why it matters. If you are only really into D n B this is probably not an album for you just certain tracks.
on 31 January 2011
I don't normally do this, but I thought I would take the time out to write up a detailed review of this new release.
I had been eagerly anticipating the release of Chase & Status' new album No More Idols for a long time now, and have been following the duo closely after their sublime 2008 album, More Than Alot.
However, as predicted, the album is a bit of a disappointment, personally I feel due to the lack of D&B on the album. Don't get me wrong, their production is second to none and there are a few stand out tracks on the album such as 'No Problem', 'Blind Faith' & 'Flashing Lights' (only because co-produced with Subfocus) & 'Time', however quite a few of the tracks on here are absolute trash. I don't know what the duo were thinking with the production of 'Fool Yourself' with a nice intro by Plan B only to be ruined by a cheesy drum loop and MC Rage shouting the same petty phrase repeatadly over it. Most of the tunes have a guitar based melody to it which only reminds me of pendulum and rock rave commercialism, and just by looking at the colabs throughout the album one could have predicted this.
Again, many of the best tracks on this album were released as singles (Hypest Hype was even released for free) before the album itself which makes the album even more disappointing. I only fear that the majority of these tunes are going to be played in my local Oceana instead of Fabric and other D&B clubs where essentially this music belongs.
All I can say is I am glad to have witnessed the days when tracks (Smash TV, Take me away, Eastern jam) off More Than Alot tore down clubs like Fabric & Matter and sent crowds into a frenzy, however only a select few off No More Idols will be able to compare to the masterpiece of 2008.
If it is Drum & Bass your after, you will be disappointed with the new C&S and be better off buying one or two singles rather than the album as a whole, but if you like all genres with a splash of dub then you could possible be for you.
Chase & Status, remember where your roots lie, Im sure you've made good money through this album by attracting a wider more commercial audience, but please can we have some future classics released for the D&B heads in the future please!
on 31 January 2011
I've been eagerly looking forward to this album for ages now, half expecting a delightful array of DnB and a slightly less eagerly expecting some dubstep, in the same style of More Than Alot.
The first song, 'No Problem' started off well, but then no big crescendo (to quote Music Club) materialised and no big drop for me to throw my hands to. This continued all the way through the album, I wanted a CD full of 'Take Me Away's and 'Hurt You's and even an 'In Love'. Fast, racey beats, big drops, big bass lines. There is hardly any of this.
Blind Faith is a lovely tune, but the Lonestar Remix is better, and more attuned to what I expected to be on the album. Time, Flashing Lights and Midnight Caller are excellent songs in their own right, but for anyway, it's a step backwards from their previous album in terms of DnB. The production values are clearly up and I'm sure a new crowd of UK Grime/Urban will be feasting their ears to this album and raving about Dizzee Rascal, Tinie Tempah and Plan B being featuring here, which is cool, but I'm sure a lot of DnB followers like me, will listen once or twice then looks for remixes of the better songs.
Overall then, disappointing, but not entirely surprising.
on 22 April 2011
I am a big fan of Clare Maguire and bought this album on the strength of the remix they did fir her. I do like dub and Drum and Bass, and dance music in general and think this album is great. I guess I come from a different angel from some of the other reviewers but I have found that, unlike many albums which have three or so tracks which you can listen to repeatedly I think there are at least 8 total stand out tracks on here. I have recommended it to anyone who listens. Awesome!
on 1 February 2011
Hi, I am from America and I got interested in to chase & status after listening to End Credits by them. I Was real excited for their new album to release after hearing singles like "let you go" and "blind faith". I've heard that they were going more mainstream on this new album but i didn't really care because they are not popular at all in the USA either way. Although I was a bit disappointed by this album, if you are a fan of them than you should buy it.
No Problem 4/5 - The album starts out good,it sounds like your going through the jungle and you see these african people dancing to techno. The thing that I don't like about this song is that they added too much sound effects to it which ruins the song if you compare it to the leaked version of this song.
Fire in your eyes 3/5 - It's energetic and uses guitar, but it gets boring after listening to it for a while because it keeps repeating the same lyrics and I don't think the voice matches the song.
Let You go 5/5 - I don't think I have to explain why it's a 5/5
Bind Faith 4.5/5 - It's very upbeat and very energetic.
Fool Your self 2/5 - Why didn't they just make plan B sing and rap the whole time?
Hypest Hype 3/5 - Upbeat but repetitive and mainstream.
Hitz 1/5 - your not a hiphop beat producer Chase & Status! plus the lyrics for Tinie sucks (partially because America has influenced the UK to rap about power, money, and sex). If you want to make good rap just listen to immortal technique or the good eminem songs.
Heavy 2/5 - Like I said before... chase & status is not a beat producer for rap... the only things that saves this song is that the rapper here is better and it uses some dubstep elements (but i still don't get by what he means by I'm so "heavy". It sounds like hes bragging about his fatness.)
Brixton Breifcase 3/5 - It's not bad but it's not good either... its hard to explain.
Hocus Pocus 4.5/5 - This is more of what Chase & Status is like, it's not mainstream which is good thing but why would someone make a song about hocus pocus???
Flashing Lights 5/5 - Great song. usually DnB and dubstep are full of repetition in terms of beats but they change the beats for the 2nd chorus. Probably the best song that wasn't a single.
Embrace 4/5 - This is one of the few songs thats not repetitive in terms of lyrics at all. It's actually more like a rock song than a DnB track.
Time 5/5 - Forget about what I said about "flashing lights". This is probably the best track that wasn't a single on this album.
Midnight Caller 4/5 - It's a more of a down beat track and not really DnB. But it's still good.
End Credits 6/5 - Masterpiece
on 23 September 2013
I can't claim to know musical genres and how they're defined, so I'll take a stab at "tribal", "hip-hop", "electro-dance"... anyway, I bought this off the strength of one track from the game Dirt 3, and from listening to the snippets available on Amazon MP3.