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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Taking the swirling eclecticism of their post-techno debut, Exit Planet Dust, to the extreme, the Chemical Brothers blow all stylistic boundaries down with their second album, Dig Your Own Hole. Bigger, bolder, and more adventurous than Exit Planet Dust, Dig Your Own Hole opens with the slamming cacophony of "Block Rockin' Beats," where hip-hop meets hardcore techno, complete with a Schoolly D sample and an elastic bass riff. Everything is going on at once in "Block Rockin' Beats," and it sets the pace for the rest of the record, where songs and styles blur into a continuous kaleidoscope of sound. It rocks hard enough for the pop audience, but it doesn't ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Taking the swirling eclecticism of their post-techno debut, Exit Planet Dust, to the extreme, the Chemical Brothers blow all stylistic boundaries down with their second album, Dig Your Own Hole. Bigger, bolder, and more adventurous than Exit Planet Dust, Dig Your Own Hole opens with the slamming cacophony of "Block Rockin' Beats," where hip-hop meets hardcore techno, complete with a Schoolly D sample and an elastic bass riff. Everything is going on at once in "Block Rockin' Beats," and it sets the pace for the rest of the record, where songs and styles blur into a continuous kaleidoscope of sound. It rocks hard enough for the pop audience, but it doesn't compromise either the Chemicals' sound or the adventurous, futuristic spirit of electronica -- even "Setting Sun," with its sly homages to the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" and Noel Gallagher's twisting, catchy melody, doesn't sound like retro psychedelia; it sounds vibrant, unexpected, and utterly contemporary. There are no distinctions between different styles, and the Chemicals sound as if they're having fun, building Dig Your Own Hole from fragments of the past, distorting the rhythms and samples, and pushing it forward with an intoxicating rush of synthesizers, electronics, and layered drum machines. The Chemical Brothers might not push forward into self-consciously arty territories like some of their electronic peers, but they have more style and focus, constructing a blindingly innovative and relentlessly propulsive album that's an exhilarating listen -- one that sounds positively new but utterly inviting at the same time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/1997
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • UPC: 017046618021
  • Catalog Number: 6180
  • Sales rank: 29,784

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chemical Brothers Primary Artist
Beth Orton Vocals
Technical Credits
Jonathan Donahue Composer
Tim Holmes Engineer
Noel Gallagher Composer
The Chemical Brothers Producer
Tom Rowlands Composer
Ed Simons Composer
Steve Dub Engineer
Jon Dee Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    MAKE IT MINE!!!

    Dig your own hole is such a tight cd...i love the beats on it and my two favorite songs are Piku and It doesn't matter...I could listen to The Chemical Brothers forever on end and just make it mine!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wicked!!

    This album follows on from 'Exit Planet Dust' perfectly. It is, in fact, better. It incorprates many different types of techno, including drum 'n' bass, hard-core techno, groove and many more! I knew from the minute I first heard 'Block Rockin' Beats' that this album was mental. Thanks Tom & Ed.

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