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.
Performance CreditsChemical Brothers Primary Artist
Richard Ashcroft Vocals
Beverley Skeete Musician
Beth Orton Vocals
Tom Rowlands Musician
Ed Simons Musician
Glen Hunt Musician
Technical CreditsChemical Brothers Producer,Art Direction
Steve Dub Engineer
Kat Gibb Artwork
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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