Surrender

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Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
What the Chemical Brothers picked up from the breakbeat culture that shaped them is the idea of cutting straight to the exciting part; what they've learned from their devastating DJ sets is how to sustain flow by varying it. SURRENDER is maniacally intense, with each track beelining for the moment when it seems like it's about to explode, then cycling back around again -- but it's also compulsively listenable, with each chattering groove made more thrilling by the reserve or hyperactivity of the ones next to it. Being the rock stars of the electronica set has taught the Brothers that rock 'n' roll has some useful assets, like the galvanizing roar of an electric guitar, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Douglas Wolk
What the Chemical Brothers picked up from the breakbeat culture that shaped them is the idea of cutting straight to the exciting part; what they've learned from their devastating DJ sets is how to sustain flow by varying it. SURRENDER is maniacally intense, with each track beelining for the moment when it seems like it's about to explode, then cycling back around again -- but it's also compulsively listenable, with each chattering groove made more thrilling by the reserve or hyperactivity of the ones next to it. Being the rock stars of the electronica set has taught the Brothers that rock 'n' roll has some useful assets, like the galvanizing roar of an electric guitar, which turns up all over SURRENDER, or the way a distinctive singer Oasis's Noel Gallagher and New Order's Bernard Sumner both appear here can direct and intensify a groove. This is unapologetic body music, but the closer you listen, the hotter it gets.
All Music Guide - John Bush
By the time of the Chemical Brothers' third album, Surrender, the big beat phenomenon they had done much to engender was more apt to be heard on a soft drink commercial than the world's hipper dancefloors. And with the growing omnipresence of big beat's simplistic party vibes threatening to cave in the entire scene, Tom and Ed came to grips with what is -- compared to their previous work -- a house record. The pounding four-on-the-floor thump of tracks like "Music:Response," "Got Glint," and the duo's take on KLF-style stadium house for the single "Hey Boy Hey Girl" signals that this is a transition record for the Chemical Brothers, one that could eventually take them back into the straight-ahead dance mainstream status enjoyed by acts from Daft Punk to Armand Van Helden. The irony here is that even considering the changes, Surrender still feels very similar to its predecessors. The focus on wave-of-sound production, buckets full of old-school vocal samples, and various sirens and beatbox effects sound like they were lifted wholesale from their breakout album, Dig Your Own Hole, or their first release, Exit Planet Dust. And while a few of the vocal tracks focus on new collaborations, they're along the same lines, making it tough to spot the differences from past albums -- the quavering British vocals of Beth Orton have given way to the quavering American vocals of Hope Sandoval, and the Charlatans' Tim Burgess is replaced by New Order's reclusive Bernard Sumner a sure sign that the Chemicals have moved up a notch on the music-industry food chain. Also, two returning guests Noel Gallagher and a member of Mercury Rev, here Jonathan Donahue make very similar contributions to the record in the identical places they appeared on Dig Your Own Hole. Even besides its simpy title, the Gallagher track "Let Forever Be" is the very same electronica update of the Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows" that made their 1996 collaboration single "Setting Sun" a number one hit in Britain. And the Donahue track, "Dream On," is very similar to the indie psychedelia of "The Private Psychedelic Reel" from Dig Your Own Hole. Sure, the Chemical Brothers do this type of music very well; it's just that Surrender isn't quite the change of direction they'd been aiming for -- it's simply the same great album they'd made two years earlier.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • UPC: 724384761028
  • Catalog Number: 47610
  • Sales rank: 125,451

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Music: Response (5:19)
  2. 2 Under the Influence (4:16)
  3. 3 Out of Control (7:19)
  4. 4 Orange Wedge (3:06)
  5. 5 Let Forever Be (3:56)
  6. 6 The Sunshine Underground (8:38)
  7. 7 Asleep from Day (4:47)
  8. 8 Got Glint? (5:26)
  9. 9 Hey Boy Hey Girl (4:50)
  10. 10 Surrender (4:30)
  11. 11 Dream On (6:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Chemical Brothers Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Hope Sandoval Vocals
Technical Credits
Noel Gallagher Composer
The Chemical Brothers Composer, Producer
Tom Rowlands Composer
Ed Simons Composer
Bernard Sumner Composer
Steve Dub Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best

    This rules. It's the best CD you'll buy. I thought that Dig Your Own Hole was good, but this is a masterpiece.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hey boys, Hey Girls!!!

    I must manually force myself to eject this CD at times after allowing it's dee-lish beats to pound for hours...over and over. And then the beats simply relocate to my head. Hypnotic. Energizing. Like Tigger....bouncy trouncy fun fun fun!

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