- Audio CD (31 Jan. 2011)
- Deluxe Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: CD+DVD, Deluxe Edition, Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Mercury
- ASIN: B004AYEQFC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,011 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Saul ‘Chase’ Milton and Will ‘Status’ Kennard are about to become household names with this, their second album. After moderate commercial success with their debut, More Than Alot, the pair of production wizards decided to shift their sights upwards. Having conquered the underground dance scene, they were now looking to the mainstream.
No More Idols is a whirlwind of an album, one that smashes together a hundred genres, from trance to grime, hip hop to indie rock, always keeping the listener on their toes. Songs shift between moods in a heartbeat, pulling the carpet out from under you. And the list of collaborations is both smart and prescient: they’ve teamed up with old pal Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, White Lies, Clare Maguire and Cee-Lo Green – artists that can pull in a vast audience in their own right.
But the real key to No More Idols is its sustained quality. The production, as you would expect, is massive, and the album is packed with memorable melodies, beats and raps. Even the big radio hits (Let You Go, Blind Faith, Hypest Hype, End Credits) don’t stand out, because for each of them there’s a new track waiting to spring its trap. Opener No Problem combines African tribal rhythms with rampant trance beats, and gets the blood pumping straight away; Hitz has a brooding atmosphere that recalls DJ Shadow, and Tinie Tempah’s cocky rap ("I’m the definition of definitive and catchy") complements it perfectly; rising star Maguire’s gothic vocal on Midnight Caller turns it into an epic power ballad.
This is an album infused with the spirit of 1990s raves – see the video of Blind Faith for more the proof – but updated for a modern audience, tracing a line through all the dance music since and picking up tidbits. It emerges in the here and now triumphant and relevant, and it may usher in a new era of dance domination as the cycle spins once again. At 15 tracks, No More Idols does feel a touch bloated: the White Lies collaboration, Embrace, drones on too long and should probably have been left on the cutting room floor, along with Hocus Pocus. But overall this is an impressive album that could prove a game-changer.
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Top customer reviews
1. No more Problems - 7/10, love the opening but than is a little too fast-paced where i start suffering to keep up.
2. Fire in your Eyes - 8/10 - You can feel the album coming to the boil.
3. Let you Go - 9.5/10 - The music video is what really makes this song. Lyrics are incredible too.
4. Blind Faith 10/10 - The standout song of 2011 and a reminder of the warehouse-garage scene of the 90's.
5. Fool Yourself - 8/10 - Deep, soulful, electric. Plan B and Chase and Status are a match made in heaven.
6 Hypest Hype - 8/10 - A more bouncy song by C&S, again that has you jumping up and down during the build-up.
7 Hitz - 10/10 - Gives you an almost Pineapple Express vibe. Tinie Tempah, steps into the role perfectly.
8 Heavy - 8.5/10 - You want find a tune with bigger bass all year.
9 Brixton Briefcase - 7/10 - Not one of my favorites. Just don't like Cee-Lo Green.
10 Hocus Pocus - 7/10 - I really want to know what they were smoking when this went into production. Because i want some!
11 Flashing Lights - 9/10 - Just close your eyes and see your whole life flashing right before your eyes!
12 Embrace - 10/10 - Along with Blind Faith, the best song(s) of the album. A shift from C&S. For god's sake it was even used in Gossip Girl to perfection!
13 Time - 10/10 - The album is coming to a close, but you just don't want it to end. Delilah's tone of voice goes perfectly with the backing breakbeat.
14 Midnight Caller 8.5/10 - Tranquile.
15 End Credits - I0/10 - The first single of No more Idols and the best way to finish the album.
I tried; I failed.
Lucky for me I found these chaps and their dark, hard, sometimes funny, always entertaining dubstep-influenced electro grime rave choons. I guess at this point, with no more physical music shops left to carefully place albums into genre for us, all we can do it look to the music itself, and this is damn good music wherever it comes from. Taking it's cue from Dubstep, adding a little bit of grimey rave, and a lot of drum n' Bass Amen Breaks,"No More Idols" feels like a genre travelogue.
That it hangs together is testament to the production and sequencing skills of the titular duo. Though their collaborations never really over-step the line beyond "Urban" vocalists such as Plan B, Tempa T, good oul' Dizzee Rascal and - on one of my personal favourite pieces "Brixton Briefcase" - Ceelo Green, the boys make a virtue of these vocalists additions through their sequencing - placing blistering opener "No Problem" right next to the soulful "Fire in your Eyes" and onwards.
This is a complete album filled with dark wit, cave-deep bass, stabbing synths, and thrilling percussion. My own personal recommendation comes from close to the end, Delilah collaboration "Time;" an alternately tear-jerkingly slow and fiercely angry piece.
I'm liking that as I scan some of the other reviews I can see chaps and chapettes my age and older digging this soundtrack to someone else's youth. Whatever, this is great electronic music.