Yes, Hot Chipâ€™s â€œMade in the Darkâ€ is on EMI, and I donâ€™t generally post on major label outings. These days, being a major label seems to mean only that youâ€™re willing to sue anyone for anything rather than change your business plan. But I must give credit where itâ€™s due, and itâ€™s due here. The labels took somewhat of a risk signing such an odd and clearly indie-sounding band. â€œThe Warningâ€ was quite good, and this new one is pretty much the same. If you liked the first two, youâ€™ll like this one. Their sound has become more polished, but the themes are the same. Lots of neurotic bop, electronic bounce, and generally peppy dance music.
The album begins with â€œOut At The Pictures,â€ winding an electronic crank slowly, faster, faster, introducing the hook, stopping, starting, and then kicking in. Itâ€™s an excitement builder, a lead track, and itâ€™s only the intro. After that comes â€œShake a Fist,â€ which is the clear pick for first single. Itâ€™s got ridiculous lyrics, but the layered beats and pseudo-rap are everything that LCD Soundsystemâ€™s last album should have been: Fun, silly, entrancing. It almost sounds like a mash up.
Take â€œReady for the Floor,â€ a clubbing love song that sounds like an updated version of Blondieâ€™s Tide is High disco work. This may be my favorite cut on the album. In fact, much of this record reminds me of Beats Internationalâ€™s first, great record, which, if it had been released today (in the days of the internet blogomonster), would have been a certified hype machine hit. And thereâ€™s the mechanical â€œBendable Poseable,â€ which makes your body wanna pop, roll, and break.
The slow songs work, too, but not quite as well. â€œIn the Privacy of Our Loveâ€ is pleasant, but itâ€™s hard to think of it as more than background music. And some songs are so silly they descend to the intolerable (â€œWrestlers,â€ which is actually about pro-wresting). But those are the few missteps on this otherwise highly enjoyable record.
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