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5.0 out of 5 stars
Push The Button Review, 22 Dec. 2004
This album vields the return of the worlds number 1 techno/acid house/big beat duo, in full out pumping, earth shattering, Chemical form like youve never witnessed previously. Many people quickly say that dance music is 'game out' but after listening to this you quickley realize that Ed and Tom(The Chemical Brothers) are back and are out to prove all the snotty nosed non belivers wrong.
It is clear after listening to this album that the Chemicals have had a clear change in direction with a much fresher sound after what some considered a disapointing effort with 'Come With Us'. It is a compleate back to the drawing board album that is according to Tom Chemical is 'free, closer, like a sound you couldn't ignore, and he had to be wilder'.
The album boasts some interesting guest vocalists from old friends such as Tim Burgess and new ones such as Q-Tip, Anwar Superstar, Kele Okereke and The Magic Numbers, that all prove this is something not to be overlooked speaking for themselves.
The 11 track head-rushing album begins well with 'Galvanize' featureing Q-Tip, this tune is quite different from other Chemical sounds that at first is difficult to get the head around, but has catchy hip hop vocals and the phase 'Push The Button' in an electronic robotic voice overlaying a nice jerky beat and violin. After this follows 'The Boxer' featureing Tim Burgess with a very clear well defined voice. 'Belive' featureing Kele Okereke is next which has a kinda electro light acid sound, the track is very rushing and fastly flows very well and is not the type of club tune that can just be danced to but can enjoyed at home with the relaxing lyrics 'I needed to believe in something'. 'Hold Tight London' is next up which im very sure will become a live favorite like the next track 'Come Inside' which was played over the summer at festivals such as Glastonbury going down a treat, it is kinda simular to 'Under the Influence' from the 'Surrender' album, with the words 'Would you like to come inside' looped in a sexy female voice after a clear build up that when released pure estasy is felt. Other future athems on the album include 'The Big Jump', 'Left Right', 'Close Your Eyes' featureing The Magic Numbers, 'Shake Bounce Break' and 'Marvo Ging' which still have that chemical formula but this time with a little extra that forces a newer sound. The final track also previewed live over the summer is 'Surface to Air' which is a kinda chilled house tune reminding me of the feeling of being underwater, this could be the most well recived track of the album due to its simularities to the amazing 'Star Guitar' from'Come With Us'.
Over all a good clear cut album that i feel will prove to be a big seller of 2005 that is essential to all Chemical fans and those who want something that is cool and different to normal clubland.