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is really good, isn't it?
but the record is so good...hints of everything in there. Very eighties at times, very mellow at others, but just a really good record
^ why I won't be a reviewer when I'm older.
But in hindsight, it turns out I like all their old ones too and never realised it before.
it really is! :)
contains 4 of the best things Hot Chip have ever comitted to record - Thieves in the Night, One Life Stand, Alley Cats and Take it in. It's by far, far their most coherent, cohesive record, and a million miles their most beautiful and euphoric - without sacrificing their glorious, idiosyncratic wibblery, mind - just using it in a more subtle way. I really do think that this is the album that people will finally understand what Hot Chip are and do. Better than The Warning? It just may be.
without considering the skip button, it's far more cohesive, focused and consistent. And it also has about 4 or 5 of their best tracks to date on it, whereas you could say none of the tracks are unfocused duds for the first time ever. Deffinatly their best album to date, have listened to it about 9 times now and it's still something I want to go back to, whereas made in the dark got boring after a few listens.
it's not like Made In The Dark, this album still has the swagger, but it finnaly showcases what Hot Chip really are... they never have been a dance band at heart, they are a soulful pop band and this album focuses on that side of them. They are all hooky euphoric and for the most part laid back pop songs, sure the is still some swagger there but not as much.
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very listenable, very enjoyable but never feels like it kicks into A-grade material.
Whilst it's good it's not killer but I do think repeated plays will prob bump up my opinion of it. Ive heard it a fair few time snow and each time I like it a bit more.
when i heard it first listen only one or two tracks really stood out. On further listens though, it is very rewarding.
Probably a 7.5 - comparatively to their previous excellent work.
That's the only Hot Chip album that I listen to regularly. I use to love The Warning, but I think I overplayed it. Never got that into the third one -- like 'we're lookin for a lot of love' though. I'm hoping this a return to the first album
first listen here I are...
needs more dance tracks!!
it's a proper pop record, loads of influences abound...got some crazy eighties stuff on Thieves in the Night, by the third track its like some crazy R&B record. One track reminds me a bit of Rebellion(Lies) too...
which really reminds me of When You Sleep by MBV. Really reminds.
Coming On Strong (top 5 all time record for me)
Made In The Dark
One Life Stand
Although I do actually love all of these records
It's good, but I genuinely think it's not as good as their previous efforts.
the more i keep thinkin this is pretty fucking special.
Hence it's only special
when it's sandwiched between two of (if not the) best tracks on the album.
I just hate that track though, it's my only complaint on the album. I don't think I've been able to listen to this entire song yet.
it's definitely a weak point...and it doesn't help it's the longest track on there. Sounds like two tracks surgically attached to each other tbh.
that definitely gets better toward the end, but it is without doubt the weakest song on there. But for me, it just builds up a little anticipation for Alley Cats, so it has its place.
I had this with Phoenix for a bit too. And Cut Copy before them. And I was led to believe I've had the same issues with M83 but I didn't...
Anyhow, this mix of heart felt lyrics, 80s love song, freak out bits and general loveliness is meaning that I'm finding it almost physically impossible to remove this record from my CD player.
Never really been a Hot Chip fan outside some of the singles but this album's damn good. Some really brilliant songs there.
I quite like the retro ballad vibe of Slush too, even if it's a bit too long for its own good. And I swear I've heard that vocal sample of 'We Have Love' in some 90's eurodance song (this is only a good thing).
The only thing I could gripe about is the amount of songs with a different guy in lead vocals. I like the main singer's geeky charm, the other one isn't so... charming.
Goddard's husky voice is a really important juxtaposition in their music. There is beauty in strange places, and when he and Taylor duet or interplay, everything fits together. Consider Queen's Under Pressure - Bowie is not the singer Mercury is, yet he retains the heart and soul of that song despite Freddy's operatics. Hot Chip's Alley Cats is absolutely the same principle.
it's secured it's self as my faviroute hot chip album
I had to, I was listening to practically nothing else - Four Tet, Midlake, Fucked Up - all eschewed in favour of the 'Chip.
And today I go into town, on a fucking miserable drizzling monday to buy shit I don't need and look for a job I don't want, and I put One Life Stand on. And truly, absence (abstinence?) has made the heart grow somehow even fonder. I literally had to bite my lip in the middle of a shopping centre to stop myself breaking down at the sheer beauty of Alley Cats. I've loved Hot Chip since I first heard the bloops and bleeps and hiphop pastiches of Coming on Strong, and consider The Warning to be a stone-cold neo-soul classic. But I don't think I was ever prepared for how emotionally thrilling One Life Stand can be at times - perhaps the title track of Made in the Dark was a little clue to their intentions, but made so much better on One Life Stand. It's an album about lovers, brothers and best friends, and it feels like all three.
I hate it when potential albums-of-the-year come out too early, people tend to forget some really special releases. One Life Stand deserves better. If this isn't in pretty much everyone's top 5 by the end of 2010 I'll be seriously disappointed.
Sounded even better after a break to me too.
I agree with all the above and goldenstrrams comment below.
Never been a huge Hot Chip fan before but this is top drawer. Kind of the comeback record I'd hoped New Order might hit us with back in the day...
and actually can't believe how good it is. I've always liked Hot Chip but never found myself going back to listen to their full albums. This one however...it's fantastic. Not one duff song on the whole thing. Maybe I'll tire of it as the year goes on, but at the moment I can't definitely see it being in my Top 5 of the year come December time.
but my enjoyment of "I Feel Better" has been seriously affected by a comment on YouTube along the lines of "At 1:10, is that the Family Guy old paedo?"
Now I can't think of anything else at that part.
Some reviewers were quick to virtually pan it at the first listen.
I had to review it purely because my boyfriend got sick of the gushing. http://ruthsmanuvas.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/hot-chip-one-life-stand-album-review/
Pretty much the most amazing middle section of a gig I've seen in a long time. Only minor complaint is that Slush, lovely as it is on the album, really brought the mood down in the encore and went on for two minutes too long. That apart, fabulous.
Take it in especially so.
It's fantastic. I even liked 'Slush'. Really really lovely songs.
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?!?!??!
How is it for you folks several months on?
definitely their best album
Amazing album. Amazing. Still think Slush is a few minutes too long and Keep Quiet is a bit of a filler thingy but the rest is just jawdroppingly wonderful. One of the best of the year already.