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Push the Button
     

Push the Button

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by The Chemical Brothers
 

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The world has changed a great deal since the last time these Brits issued a studio recording, and that's reflected throughout the surprisingly dark -- but still impeccably beat-savvy -- Push the Button. There's more hip-hop inflection here than the duo have exhibited for ages, and it's put to good use on the apocalyptic-sounding "Galvanize" (which boasts an

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The world has changed a great deal since the last time these Brits issued a studio recording, and that's reflected throughout the surprisingly dark -- but still impeccably beat-savvy -- Push the Button. There's more hip-hop inflection here than the duo have exhibited for ages, and it's put to good use on the apocalyptic-sounding "Galvanize" (which boasts an appearance by Q-Tip, who chants the album's titular phrase to chilling effect). Simons and Rowlands call on a lesser-known MC -- Anwar Superstar, brother of Mos Def -- for the even more compelling "Left Right," which pits the rapper's machine-gun lyrics against a suitably martial set of beats. The disc isn't entirely painted in stark tones, however. "Marvo Ging" is redolent of mid-period Chemicals ambient bliss, stacked as it is with fleeting xylophone arpeggios and breezy samples. "Hold Tight London," on the other hand, sets the controls to instant anthem, a level that's reached about two minutes into a slithering melody that oozes good vibes and sexy daydreams. Those approaches, combined, give Push the Button the feel of a great mix set: the ups, the downs, and most important, the great, lingering buzz.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
When the big beat boom gradually subsided, the Chemical Brothers initially sought refuge within a carefully crafted version of house music both epic and psychedelic. Still, the duo are fusion fans at heart, and their fifth studio album, Push the Button, finds them easing back to their true love -- pulverizing stylistic boundaries while they seek out clever hooks to hang their production caps on. The first half of the record is heavy on collaboration, beginning with the clear highlight, "Galvanize," which features guest Q-Tip riding a delicious mid-tempo groove and the brothers teasing out an ingenious Middle Eastern string sample over the course of several breakdowns and over six minutes. "The Boxer" has ChemBros veteran Tim Burgess of the Charlatans UK coming on like an extroverted Steve Miller, while the next track, "Believe," features Britpop newcomer Kele Okereke (of Bloc Party) agonizing over an energized electroshock production composed of equal parts Prince and Chicago acid house. It's clear the Chemical Brothers are still searching restlessly for new sounds and new fusions; only they could alternate a polemical hip-hop track -- "Left Right," a guest spot for Anwar Superstar, who, incidentally, may be the younger brother of Mos Def, but sounds like he's been living in Jay-Z's head for a few years -- with a feature for an indie band, the Magic Numbers ("Close Your Eyes"). Obviously, it's far more refreshing to explore new territory rather than merely go back over old ground; while "Come Inside" suffers by aping their 1997 approach, the subsequent track, "The Big Jump," finds the pair energized with a fresh gloss on their patented sound (although it is easy to notice how the skronky guitars in the background are clearly a post-electroclash development). While there aren't as many heart-stopping productions as on 2002's unjustly neglected Come With Us, Push the Button proves the Chemical Brothers have retained the innate curiosity necessary to keep them blazing trails for years to come.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
Label:
Astralwerks
UPC:
0724356328228
catalogNumber:
63282

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chemical Brothers   Primary Artist
Tim Burgess   Vocals
Q-Tip   Vocals
Jon Brookes   Drums
Anna-Lynne Williams   Vocals
Magic Numbers   Vocals,Track Performer
Kele Okereke   Vocals
Anwar Superstar   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Tim Burgess   Composer
Vaughn Merrick   Voice Engineer
Chemical Brothers   Producer,Art Direction
Tom Rowlands   Composer
Ed Simons   Composer
Steve Dub   Engineer
Kamaal Fareed   Composer
Kam Tang   Illustrations
Anna-Lynne Williams   Composer
Tappin Gofton   Art Direction
Romeo Stodart   Composer
Anwar Superstar   Composer

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Push the Button 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Before I begin I must admit I'm a big Chemical Brothers fan. That being said, I think you'll realize that I'm not going to hype something that isn't that big. This is a good album and I could listen to it over and over again without feeling restless. Like all Chem albums I can't listen to the songs out of context from the album. They all blend effortlessly from one to the other and each song sets up the next. So far so good. Except this is the first Chem album I've bought (and I own them all) I have to skip a song. For some reason I can't get into 'Left Right'. Whats wrong? I can't put my finger on it. It's out of place. It's not them? I don't know. The most appealing thing about the Chemical Brothers is that they always push the envelope. So many great songs on this album but I reach for the skip button on that one. Overall this album does what all past albums have done. A musical landscape is laid out before you and you only need to sit back and listen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The review entitled "Push This" is right on the money. Chemical Brothers have a gift of sorts, to seamlessly mend each track with the next one. Except for "Left-Right". It has a different plane in the technological world. It doesn't carry on for miles in the way that the rest of the consecutive CD does when played in order, from beginning to end. It's definitely the odd-ball track. But you'll understand more if you focus on the rest of them, just find away to avoid listening to track #7. (mp3 playlist)