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4.6 out of 5 stars
In Our Heads
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on 24 August 2012
Review: In Our Heads, HOT CHIP

Holy sheep! This album is helluv a sonic and lyrical treat not only for die-hard chippers, but also for those coming new to the band. Firstly, to really appreciate what the boys are up to, purchase the best hi fi system you can-include a decent pair of cans too for those times when you might have a Camberwell Carrot to hand. It is also quite important for the first couple of times to listen to the work in the order of its creation before you hit the shuffle button or program your tracks. You see, IOH is a journey, or if you will, a roller coaster ride that makes the most sense with the trail firmly fixed.
The opener, Motion Sickness was conceived surely with a Hollywood Bowl or MSG performance in mind. I can only imagine the crowd going ballistic when the syn-horns blast their way into the auditorium and thence up and away to the stars. Well, perhaps a bit of hyperbole but not excessively so.

Track two is the funky How do you do? Which makes one think that Alexis and Joe might have Afro antecedents--which of course they do; we all do. Yep, it's funky all right.
Don't Deny Your Heart comes next which has three (at least) different sections, all of which are great and ends with a spectacular percussion jam.

At four we have the wonderful, gentle and life-affirming Look At Where We Are. Listen yourself.

These Chains is another chance to swa' and dance to in your PJs or what-have-you.
At the half way now and Night and Day (probably the most commercial tune on here and great for the youngsters--in Aye Napa or Annapolis or Algiers, it don't matter. It's also where we find the neologism: swa'.

Flutes. Well, what to say about this? I'm reminded of John Cale's verdict on Venus in Furs: there was no tune like that before or since. The same with this one with its Buddhist chants and crowd noise sampled for the first minute and half (great for the chaps and chappette on stage to get a bit of a breather) then into the remaining five odd minutes of mind-blowing dance-floor euphoria. It would make the most melancholic person elated, or, as George Carlin might say: `more than happy'.

Now There Is Nothing follows, and since Flutes is such a hard act to follow, is somewhat of a disappointment, but hey, the listener needs a breather too and I'm pretty sure this one is grower.

Ends of the Earth is not bad--which in HC territory, is pretty damn good.

We now come to the penultimate track which is, to my mind, up there with the very best that HC have given us over the last ten years(!) with the added bonus of having a join-in refrain of OH-OH-OH-OHs popping up a couple of times and the priceless line: Work hard; play hard at work. Lend me your ideas--but not too fully formed. Sheer genius.

The journey ends (or with your remote, begins) with Always Been Your Love. One for anniversaries, intimate dinner parties and such good times. Personally, I can't wait for album six. Perhaps they'll call it Out of Our Heads.

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on 17 October 2012
Cela fera bientôt dix ans que la troupe d'Alexis Taylor et Joe Goddard nous gratifie de son électro pop rythmée et insouciante. Une carrière parsemée de singles accrocheurs, dont les sons peuvent radicalement différer de l'un à l'autre. Tout en conservant une structure pop conventionnelle, Hot Chip explore de nouvelles facettes sonores, et ne se contente pas de servir les mêmes plats d'album en album, en remplaçant les carottes râpées par des choux de Bruxelles.

Parlons-en, de Bruxelles. Leur dernier passage entre les murs de l'Ancienne Belgique leur a permis de démontrer un talent de scène peu commun. Ces mêmes chansons, aux versions studio simplement gaies, sont sublimées sur scène, et emportent la foule dans une liesse qu'on n'imagine que trop peu en les écoutant chez soi, sur platine. Très attendu, leur retour est prévu pour novembre prochain. Et pour patienter, il y a de la matière à se mettre sous les écouteurs.

Avec In Our Heads, les Londoniens ne trahissent pas leurs bonnes habitudes. Dans la lignée des précédents opus, ce petit dernier distille une atmosphère de fête, pétillante et enjouée. Les bases musicales ne s'éloignent pas de la pop postmoderne, mais la qualité en est une touche électro-funk colorée, qui rappelle les belles années d'un groupe vaguement apparent, Basement Jaxx. On note qu'il s'agit de la principale touche de créativité de cet album qui, dans sa composition, ne surprendra pas les fans. Une chanson d'introduction, aérée et légèrement haletante, puis un ou deux singles, ensuite un slow très pop, et on répète la chaîne jusqu'à la dernière plage. Les titres sont de qualité, la production est au poil, et pour une griffe qui s'accroche à un style bien précis, la musicalité est très variée. L'album compte ainsi quelques tubes qui ne manqueront pas de remuer l'assistance lors de leur prochaine tournée.

Si l'on peut se permettre d'être un tantinet difficile, alors peut-être manque-t-il simplement « la » surprise. Le mélange, subjectif et indéfini, entre le « waaaw !! » et le « yeaaah !! », que le groupe parvient à provoquer sans mal, lorsqu'il se trouve sur scène. Comme si le lapin ne sortait entièrement du chapeau qu'une fois tous les projecteurs allumés.
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on 12 June 2015
Fantastic disc, highly recommended. Quite complex music bound up in compulsive electro beats. The only track I don’t really like is ‘Night and Day’, which I think was a single (if that terminology still holds), so that might explain its rather crass lyrics and treatment. The three following tracks are all masterpieces of the genre; ‘Flutes’ (hypnotic, upbeat), ‘Now there is nothing’ (introspective, melodic and seems to use a dog bark as percussion- can that be right?) and ‘Ends of the Earth’ (complex musical themes with a riff that sticks in your cranium). But hold on… high pitched vocals (cf Jon Anderson), impenetrable lyrics (ditto), counterpointed riffs... are HC turning into prog rockers? Come on lads, do you have a concept double album in you? Go for it!
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on 23 June 2012
Having been an avid fan of the chips efforts over the years its been interesting listening to them mature into what they are now. With catchy but random lyrics and tunes there previous music took various shapes and forms, but somehow lacked polished consistency but that started to change with One Life Stand. In our heads continues this move forward but is more of a leap than a step. What they have managed in this album is to create a selection of truly wonderful pop tunes with one hell of a synth arrangement. Reminiscent of the type of melody's crafted by past and current artists (Depeche Mode, Kraftwork to name a few) they have completed a master piece. I only hope they keep pursuing the holy grail of synth perfection as it is really paying off in the production quality of there work. If they keep progressing like this I cant wait for the next album. In a nutshell a must buy.
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on 3 August 2015
I'm not usually into dance music (Hot Chip are very much a dance band) but having seen them recently on TV at Glastonbury I was impressed by the sheer quality and catchiness of their music. Every track is interesting and catchy and a joy to hear. To me, dance music moves your legs but does nothing to your head, this album does both. Recommended.
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on 15 June 2012
I really enjoyed this album it is the perfect blend of Techno and pop music. There are a lot of 80's influences 'don't deny your heart' is a mix of 'give it up' by KC and the sunshine band and Frankie goes to hollywoods 'two tribes' and 'motion sickness' is total OMD even the cover of 'in our heads' looks like OMD's Maid of Orleans. My stand out track on this album is 'these chains' the perfect mix. Only down side is there is not much lyrical content. I like an artist to give me something important, funny or clever in their lyrics. I want a bit more than 'my cd went around a bit fast and I got sick'
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on 8 July 2017
Great album, go buy it
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on 10 July 2012
Hot Chip's fourth album is certainly not a let down. They've still got it! Keeping true to their dance vibe, there are remnants of 80s tracks and a bigger emphasis on Joe Goddard's talents. Well worth a spot in the record collection
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on 25 December 2016
A typical Hot Chip -cd. Catchy tunes and entertaining.
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on 3 July 2012
I saw Hot Chip on "Later" and was wowed by "Night and Day". On the strength of that and the two other songs they played I bought the album.

"Motion Sickness" is a great opener and the first seven tracks are all strong, save for "Look at where we are", which does nothing for me. After that the album tails off. But there's enough good stuff on it to make it worth buying. There are elements of Kraftwerk and the Human League, plus the odd bit of funk. Not bad for a group with a few members who resemble geography teachers!
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