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A very strong third LP from Hot Hot Heat.,
This review is from: Elevator (Audio CD)
Hot Hot Heat have returned with Elevator- an album that shows an expanded musical style. Latin tinges, pianos and organs, hand claps, guitars and danceable bass lines all merge together to form textured, bold and exciting songs.
Elevator is something of a departure from Make up the Breakdown. The perfectly formed chunks of spiky disco, synths and new wave have morphed into something more ambient and organic- tracks with varying lengths, different vocal styles and changes that give some tracks more than one catchy chorus.
But don't judge the whole album on this description and the song that most represents their more commercial style- Goodnight Goodnight. Tracks such as Ladies and Gentlemen, Shame on You and a brilliant part of Island of the Honest Man (where the whole song breaks down for a briefly paranoid and dark moment) remind us the Hot Hot Heat created Scenes 1 through to 13, and more significantly Knock Knock Knock.
Overall, Hot Hot Heat seem to be having a lot of fun- particularly in No Jokes- Fact, which seems to be a little nugget of faux- lift music. But they haven't neglected their lyrics, which stay witty, and have also shown new influences without neglecting their own greatness.