Come With Us (Limited Edition)by The Chemical Brothers
Having proven their songwriting savvy with the pop-friendly Surrender -- which fashioned recognizable tunes from techno's toolbox of old-school breaks, jackhammer tempos, and psychedelic ambient breakdowns -- the Chemical Brothers split the difference with Come with Us, an intense album that's as much a DJ set as a collection of electronica songs. Getting this party started with the bouncy four-on-the-floor of the title track, it's apparent that the jagged days of Big Beat are over for good, and the Brothers are house-ier than ever. Even the hardest techno tracks are seasoned with Paradise Garage funk: the clattering timbales of "It Began in Afrika" alludes to hip-hop's prehistory as a disco-era offshoot and comes complete with a Soul Train-worthy vocal hook. Which doesn't mean the Brothers have gotten lazy -- "Hoops," which samples the Association, drops an acoustic guitar line to mind-bending effect, and the more songlike tracks show an even greater appreciation for dynamics and colors. Once again, Tom and Ed employ star vocalists -- the Verve's Richard Ashcroft and folkie Beth Orton, this time -- but the tracks are more identifiably Chemicals than on Surrender, where the Brothers drafted Bernard Sumner to mime New Order and Noel Gallagher to ape Oasis, The closer, Ashcroft's wild-eyed reading of "The Test," frames the link between Britain's shambolic rockers and e-addled ravers far more effectively than did Surrender's Oasis collaboration. When the former Verve frontman asks, "Did I pass the acid test?" fans can't help but give him -- and the Chemical Brothers -- the thumb's up.
- Release Date:
- Virgin Japan
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I was hooked on this CD by the song ''Star Guitar'' and after buying it I now love the entire CD. I did not know of this group before this CD but I will be getting all of their CD's soon. Since my clubbing days are over (married w 2 kids now) I will continue to by CD's like this until I die!!!
Whoa! I'm glad to see these guys comin back. I love all of there tunes. This new album in particular is amazing. Out of the 10 tracks on the CD the first 6 (in order) are big hits that I here all the time in clubs and on radio. 6 hits in one album is amazing. These two are definately the best electronic musicians ever... ...FUNK