10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Defining Album Of 2005,
This review is from: Push the Button (Audio CD)
I seriously can't understand the backlash this album has received from the media and indeed many reviewers here on Amazon. All I can think of is that these are people who were "ravers" ten years ago, but have now grown up and don't want electronic music to change from how it was when they went raving. In my opinion this is a great album, and possibly even a future classic of the era along with The Prodigy's "Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned". If things didn't change music, and life, would be much more boring.
The opening track is in some ways nothing like the Chemical Brothers' previous work, but also contains elements typical to their style, and was the perfect choice as the debut single from this album. This is followed by The Boxer, a track that sounds to me influenced by Fatboy Slim's more recent work, and one that I didn't like on first listen but has since grown on me. Not one of my favourites but a good track nonetheless.
We then come to what is my favourite track on Push The Button, Believe. I would rank it as one of my all-time favourite Chemical Brothers tracks. Everything about it is brilliant with huge drums, dirty "in your face" bass, and adrenaline-fuelled lyrics and tune. This is followed by three more blinding tracks that are typical Chemical Brothers in style and execution, namely Hold Tight London, Come Inside and The Big Jump.
We then come to Left Right, probably my least favourite track. I am a hip-hop fan, but I haven't taken to the rapping on this track. The over-stated political message, with lyrics such as "What's the difference between Bush and Saddam...?", also puts me off this track. It has its moments, and I don't have to skip it or anything, but it's my low point of the album. Fortunately we are treated to one of the best tracks after this, Close Your Eyes featuring The Magic Numbers. A classic chilled out Chemical Brothers track in the same vein as Surrender's Asleep From Day and The State We're In from Come With Us, that also manages to make full use of The Magic Numbers' wonderful flavour; the two styles fuse to making a truly brilliant song. The rest of the album is simply great. Shake Break Bounce, Marvo Ging and Surface To Air are all top typical Chemical Brothers tracks that all offer something we haven't heard elsewhere on Push The Button.
With the majority of tracks falling into the "great" category or higher, this is definitely another ace album from the Chemical Brothers, who in my opinion have yet to release a bad one. If you like their previous stuff, you'll more than likely enjoy this album. Not the best album they've released, a title I personally bestow on Surrender, but one that I highly recommend, and definitely one of my favourites of 2005.