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5.0 out of 5 stars Eight New Little Wonders, 15 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Further (Audio CD)
As seventh albums go The Chemical Brothers new release
'Further' is a cracker in every respect. Tom Rowlands
and Ed Simons latest offering is a transcendent success.
The duo's capacity to push the boundaries of their muse
just a little bit further forward into new territories
is a credit to their long-term collaboration and friendship.

'Further' has got guts but it also has magically subtle shades
too. Tom Rowlands shows off his voice where the script demands
and this in itself adds to the overall intimacy of the project.
(I didn't miss the absence of guest vocalists for a moment!)

There are some real treasures here. First up is 'Snow', whose
opening bars crackle with ambient electricity. The stripped-down
pulsing motif carries Mr Rowland's fragile elfin falsetto quite
beautifully. (Elements of Mr Jonsi's recent masterpiece 'Go'
came to mind here and there). The simple but highly engaging
arrangement leads directly into the monolithic track 'Escape Velocity'.
It is an extraordinary work, crammed with vibrant dark energy.
Building slowly, wave upon wave of spiralling synth layers eventually
explode in an epically uplifting trance-like Dionysian dance. The
whirling sonic maelstrom is truly thrilling! Even when the foreboding
clouds gather at its heart we somehow know that the resolution will
be an optimistic one. The sunshine bursts out of the momentary
melancholy lull with such force that we can feel its heat on our faces!

The enormous crashing chords at the beginning of 'Another World'
give way to a curiously shifting staccato invention and another
somewhat otherworldly vocal performance from Mr Rowland. The
building blocks of the composition are unashamedly simple and
all the better because of it.

'Dissolve' materialises out of thin air but quickly builds
into another gargantuan riff-laden structure with fragments
of quasi-Eastern melodic ideas running through it.
Play it loud and the plaster will fall from your ceiling!

'Horse Power' made me laugh out loud. There is a real horse
in the studio! I'm sure of it! I heard it neighing!
(An image of a horse behind a drum-kit comes and goes for a
moment in my mind's eye!) The tasty synth bleeps and whoops
and big chunky beats are an absolute hoot!
Not since The Osmonds' 1972 hit 'Crazy Horses' has one of
our equine friends been so well represented (or employed!!)

'Swoon' does what it says on the can. It swoons, swoops and
dives in lush harmonic arabesques. A firebird leaving its
flaming trail across the heavens. Joyful primal stuff!

'K+d+b' is an infectious and addictive percussion-fest.
A wobbly (Scottish?) carnival procession; a pipe and drum
dream; a gloriously eccentric musical confection.

Final track 'Wonders Of The Deep' is a curiously old-fashioned
composition. A psychedelic anthem for a new generation.
Full of light and shade and bold, buxom harmonies, it brings
the project to a strangely affecting anachronistic close.

An album full of little wonders. If Messrs Rowlands and Simons
had not already created The Chemical Brothers it is very likely
that we would have had to invent them for ourselves.
Their music, in a small way, really does make the world a better place.

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Initial post: 19 Jun 2010 18:16:40 BDT
Very nice review and well composed!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2010 12:55:15 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear P.I.R.

Many thanks for your kind comment.

Best Wishes

The Wolf

Posted on 23 Aug 2010 11:40:27 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Aug 2010 13:53:39 BDT
David Watson says:
Nice review, but Tom Rolands didn't do the vocals.

EDIT: Having done a little reading, you may actually be right, The Chemical Brothers forum says he does sing some of the vocals. I'm amazed...

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Aug 2010 21:50:30 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear D.W.

.... and he does a pretty good job of it too don't you think?

Best Wishes

The Wolf

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2010 00:15:12 BDT
This is a stunning album, Mr Wolf. I gave it 4 but I was wrong, it' been a while now and I'm still listening. Horse.......Pow..wer

Definitive Chemicals.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2010 00:39:36 BDT
The Wolf says:
Dear T.U.S.

As with great wines the best vintages just
carry on getting better with time. Cheers!

Best Wishes

The Wolf

Posted on 20 Dec 2010 18:32:07 GMT
Miss.Chief says:
Can't be doing with reviews like this one that are more like an essay.
Keep it short & simple, I'm not THAT interested in another persons opinion!!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Dec 2010 18:51:15 GMT
Hmmmm a top 100 reviewer with a high appreciation percentage.

Yes, you're right, everyone else has the same opinion as yourself obviously....

I think you need to edit all your reviews Wolf :o)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Dec 2010 09:29:41 GMT
The Wolf says:
Dear Miss.Chief

I'm sorry if my ramblings were unhelpful to you.

Best Wishes

The Wolf

( > the usual suspect : I just can't help
myself and it's too late to stop now!
Happy Christmas

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Feb 2011 02:33:34 GMT
I love the Chemical Brothers! Great review Wolf!

'Snow', 'Escape Velocity', 'Dissolve', 'Horse power' & 'Swoon' are all incredible productions on Further. They have taken a giant leap forward with the album, producing more lush and advanced electronic sounds than on any album before. Further has been nominated in the 'Best Dance/Electronic Album' category at the 2010 Grammy's. I really hope they win. Their contribution to the EDM industry is remarkable. Heck, they invented it!

You're right, Their music truly makes the world a much better place! It's incredible..
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