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Dated muzak non stop from MOR dance duo.
on 5 April 2002
Recent reviews of 'Come With Us' have been interpreted as harsh by the Chems- having been critically lauded for their previous outings...This is the last LP I bought by them- on the strength of the excellent 'Hey Boy Hey Girl' (the only decent track here) & the idea of collaborations with Hope Sandoval & Jonathan Donahue ('The Private Psychedelic Reel' is still excellent- though along with 'Where do I Begin' the only decent tracks on the 2nd album.)...The reviews of 'Surrender' surmised it as a psychedelic dance album- so I imagined it would have the unity of Orbital's brown album, 'Pre-emptive Strike' by DJ Shadow or the 1st Orb album...Instead we get an album of filler- ...the awful Bernard Sumner collaboration- sounding like Electronic covering New Order's 'Hurt' (1982). The Noel Gallagher track- unlike 'Setting Sun' which just sounded like Depeche Mode remixed by Bomb the Bass-is another laughable reference to The f***in Beatles. The Hope Sandoval track is just Mazzy Star with some sonic purps in the background- what should sound like Angelo Badalamenti meets Aphex Twin sounds...dull...Between all the filler tracks that have dated as well as 'Elecktrobank' we get another Mercury Rev collaboration- 'Dream On'- a dull rewrite of any track from 'Deserter's Songs' or 'See You on the Other Side'- that sounds banal next to tracks like 'What is the Light?' & 'The Gash' from Flaming Lips 'The Soft Bulletin' released at the same time...It was about this time that I realised that Chemical Bros. are largely clueless chancer ex-Indie boys (remember 'Slide'?). As their latest release has proved- this lot havent got a clue- and aren't any good live, unlike Orbital. They are extremely formularized- see their stunningly similar remixes for Prml Scrm, Spiritualized, MSP etc. That will be the 'remix' button then!...There is great dance music being made- this lot are more MOR- artists like Amon Tobin, Basement Jaxx, The Streets, Fog, Squarepusher etc. are more worthy of being listened to & sound like the future- as opposed to the screamingly average guff found here.