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3.0 out of 5 stars Mostly weak electro-light for people who don't like dance music - but good in parts, 15 July 2007
This review is from: We Are The Night (Audio CD)
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.
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Initial post: 15 Sep 2011 10:43:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 15 Sep 2011 10:43:34 BDT
M. Cowell says:
Dance act for people who don't like dance music? You obviously haven't seen them play live.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Sep 2011 10:58:34 BDT
I have seen them live, but back when they were at their original best (the first three albums). Their early albums, like "Dig Your Own Hole" and "Exit Planet Dust", are still brilliant.

With their latest album "Further" they've started doing more interesting things again, but there was a three-album period ("Come With Us", "Push The Button", "We Are The Night") where the Oasis-loving indie-crossover crowd were, in my opinion, too much of an influence.
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