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on 3 November 2009
This album scores, or rather scrapes a 7/10, but could, and should, have been soooo much better.

The main reason is the length of the album, and in particular, certain tracks that went on too long without any new ideas being brought in. I suspect a lot people will be annoyed how it appears to gain mommentum then lets it go for no good reason. 'Believe' is the main offender, and should have been the radio edit length, and 'Hold tight London' should also have been about 2 minutes shorter, as this would have meant the album flowed into the middle part quite well. Some tracks seem slightly out of place, like 'Left right', which should have been linked with 'Galavanise', as could 'Shake break bounce' (although this could also have been placed next to 'The Big Jump'). 'Close your eyes' is very indulgent, and could have been left out, or simply used as a closing song - it just doesn't work this early in the album. 'Surface to air' is class but again could be slightly shorter - a common theme that makes the album seem unfocused and a bit stale in places. It scores well on the diversity of styles and is very occasionally sublime.

So, all in all, an album with no real stinkers, and one or two gems, that's ultimately let down by long and flabby versions, and is very poorly ordered. Silly mistakes to make really. Exit Planet Dust should have pointed the way, as it excelled on these points, but instead they've frustrated most people. A real shame, but i still rate it as maybe 3rd, in terms of favourite chems albums. 'We Are The Night' is a lot better though, and is almost a more accomplished version of this album. So 'Exit Planet Dust' is the best 'dance' album they've done, and 'We Are The Night' is their best album in terms of diversity.

I've actually re-sequenced the album to prove my point, so why not try this track order if you can find the time (and the 2 edited versions)....?
I reckon with this order it sounds close to a 5 star album :)
1. left right
2. galvanise (4:30 single version)
3. come inside
4. believe (3:47 radio edit)
5. hold tight london
6. surface to air
7. shake break bounce
8. the big jump
9. the boxer
10.marvo ging
11.close your eyes

happy listening!
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on 29 January 2005
The Chemicals' moment has past, according to a large chunk of the music press, but they still know how to make rocking tunes. This album is a significant return to form, with very little on it that's below par. Some of the tracks are really hard and exciting - "Believe", which features Kele Okereke from Bloc Party, stands out - and there are some long tracks which pass through several different moods and tempos. I can certainly see DJs wanting to hammer some of these, and there's a strong dance flavour here. The guest vocalists are an interestingly forward-looking bunch, too, with people like The Magic Numbers and, surprisingly to me, Q-Tip. Where other artists who broke dance and electro into the mainstream in the late 90s have faded miserably - look at Fatboy Slim for instance - the Chemicals can still cut the mustard, and there's as much to admire and enjoy here as on any of their previous albums. Four stars rather than five because, for all its excellence, this is an album that will excite you rather than open your eyes. Maybe that's a bit of a pretentious thing to say, but there is a sense, even with this strong album, that we know precisely what to expect from the Chemical Brothers: they don't disappoint, but there is an element of predictability. For instance, the very lively track "Come Inside" could be straight off Dig Your Own Hole. Still, if you're a fan, you'll love it, for sure.
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on 28 March 2018
fantastic
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on 23 July 2017
Bought for The Big Jump.. Good album..
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on 14 June 2013
Not as many memorable tunes on this one compared to 'Further' or 'Surrender' but still a great album. It's worth buying just for track 11...Surface to Air. I'm listening to it on my ipod right now as I type this review....one word....wow!!!!
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on 28 September 2016
Classic tunes
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on 30 January 2016
great music from the masters, all positive
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on 25 October 2014
A good enough album by the Chemicals. One or two stand out tracks and a few fillers. Typical chemicals IMO.
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on 20 December 2015
I was totally happy with this product
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on 22 July 2015
Good clean copy. worth getting in solid rather than a d/l for the car.
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