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4.0 out of 5 stars LIFE IS SWEET-ISH, 24 July 2007
This review is from: We Are The Night (Audio CD)
This is the Chemical Brothers' sixth studio album and in summary, represents both a return to minimalist house instrumentals of Dig Your Own Hole and continuation of vocalised tracks that sound more like the collaborating artist than the Chemical Brothers. By normal standards, it's definitely a must-have and there's enough clever catchy beats and hooks to keep you entertained. By Chem Brothers' standards, it's not as good as the early stuff but exceeds Push The Button.

The highlight of the album is "Battle Scars" where distinct male vocals revolve around an extremely infectious hook; it's one of the slow burnng tracks but probably the best written on the album. A "Modern Midnight Conversation" epitomises the Chemicals' story; they're at their best when their tracks are simple and effortless (remember Exit Planet Dust?). It's a breezy dance track with floaty female vocal samples.

I actually think "Salmon Dance" is a catchy little ditty with bouncing beats and humorous rap lyrics. Don't take this track seriously and you'll enjoy it more. "Saturate" is the best instrumental on the record and again, when the tracks sound simple and organic, the Chemical Brothers show why they're one of the finest dance bands ever. It''s a synth-powered tune that threatens to climax in the same way of Leftfield's Storm 3000 (but with real drums).

The Klaxon's collaboration has slowly grown on me but lyrics seem lazy compared to the their emotive Grace cover and the music... well, nothing special. "Das Spiegal" sounds like the Chemical Brothers been challenged to make a credible dance tune out of the cheesiest synth sound on their sampler... and they almost succeed. "Burst Generator" is a harder house track and sits comfortably on the record but you wouldn' miss it if it wasn't there. "Do It Again" as we all know, is a catchy house-flavoured tune though I'm not yet convinced it was one for commercial release.

"We Are The Night" sounds like part two of "Sunshine Underground" from Surrender and it needs to be played really loud to get anything from it. The final track on the album, the Midlake collaboration, is pleasant and mellow enough and soundtrack to a lazy, rainy Sunday afternoon or a night out at Fabric (depending on which side of 25 you're on).

There's some genuine modern classics on the album but there's a few "ok" tracks but that's "ok" compared to Chemical Brothers' standards, which in normal circumstances is still damn good!
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