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Made In the Dark

Hot ChipAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B00116QB78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,805 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Out At The Pictures
2. Shake A Fist
3. Ready For The Floor
4. Bendable Poseable
5. We're Looking For A Lot Of Love
6. Touch Too Much
7. Made In The Dark
8. One Pure Thought
9. Hold On
10. Wrestlers
11. Don't Dance
12. Whistle For Will
13. In The Privacy Of Our Love

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Hot Chip have always been the sort of band happy to flaunt their intelligence, but the smartest trick they pull on Made in the Dark is to show a little wisdom, too. 2006’s The Warning was a fine record, albeit one sometimes difficult to take seriously thanks to its taste for pop pastiche--here’s the Prince track, there’s a 2-step garage track--or the occasional ironic wisecrack. On their third album, though, it’s satisfying to report Hot Chip sound like no one but themselves. That is, shuffling, synthesizer-smeared electro-pop with a gooey emotional core and, in the shape of Alexis Taylor, one of the greatest white-boy soul voices since that of his hero, Green Gartside of Scritti Politti. "Ready for the Floor" sounds halfway between Detroit techno and the soundtrack to a Nintendo RPG, Taylor’s clear, honest vocal reaching out hopefully: "I’m hoping by chance/You might take this dance," while the album’s title track is a slow piano ballad that finds him laid blue over the ruins of a love affair. There is mischief, too, of course: take "Wrestlers," a dinky R&B track where the group show off their knowledge of wrestling slang. Even when they’re ready to rumble, though, Hot Chip show off the sort of emotion and elation we’ve rarely seen since the glory days of New Order, and that’s high praise indeed. –-Louis Pattison

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Made In The Dark is Hot Chip's third full-length release and the follow up to their critically acclaimed album The Warning. This new installment shows Hot Chip at its best-
wonderfully quirky, clever, soulful and poppy. The sound of the band has evolved towards a wilder, heavier electronics, though still coupled with a signature pop aesthetic.
This tougher sound is no more evident than on the single Shake A Fist which created a massive stir when it crept out at the end of 2007 on a limited etched 12". Ready
For The Floor and One Pure Thought add pure, unadulterated head rush pop into the mix. Made In The Dark also shows that the band is equally at home creating songs
of intimacy and melancholy as they were dancefloor fillers.
The band come together with Owen Clarke's signature guitar and keyboard riffs, Al Doyle's high caliber musicianship and Felix Martin's programming skills combined
with the considerable talents of Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor in a way making the songs even more propulsive, repetitive, rhythmical, methodical, wonky, intimate and
beautiful than before.
Throughout Made In The Dark there are echoes of earlier songs and styles, steps forwards, backwards and sideways. The band recorded several tracks on the album live
in one take such as Hold On and Out At The Pictures which is rare for any band these days, but even more so for an electronic-pop band.
Hot Chip straddle the line of electronic and pop so well as we feel there is appeal for the band in many musical tastes. The hipsters who found and love Hot Chip will still
be lured in by their originality and inventiveness, whereas the undeniable infectiousness and catchiness of their music should bring them a wider audience.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's fun, cool and full of tunes and charm. February 11, 2008
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"Made in the Dark" is the third studio album from British electropop band Hot Chip.
The first release from the album, "Shake a Fist", created a stir among fans when it crept out on a limited 12" in September 2007 and the new single, "Ready for the Floor", was reportedly requested by Kylie Minogue's management before the idea was dropped.
Although usually placed within the indie category, Hot Chip are notoriously difficult to pin down.
They draw influences from a wide range of sources, from German minimal techno to Prince, Ray Charles, Fleetwood Mac and New Order. With their third album the band have returned to their peculiar brand of mechanically emotive pop and despite having fashioned remixes for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Scissor Sisters, the Go! Team and Gorillaz after their successful second album, Hot Chip remain refreshingly willing to depart from the styles of the pillars of rock and create their own distinctive sound.
Hot Chip's third album succeeds where their 80s electronica predecessors failed - it's avant-garde in places and there are some moments that sound like the devil's ring tone, but, like a striker who instinctively knows where the net is, the band never stray far from a killer melody or wondrous blast of retro-digital heaven.
The main evolution from their earlier work is that "Made in the Dark" contains more ballads than the previous albums.
Tracks like "Whistle for Will", "In the Privacy of Our Love" and "Made in the Dark" demonstrate that Hot Chip are capable of producing melancholy, tuneful and intimate songs which showcase how the voices of Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor work brilliantly together as well as thumping dance-floor fillers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Chip have not reached their peak yet September 8, 2008
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I would never hesitate to say that this is a very awesome group, overall, dispite their missteps. However, their albums have a wierd effect like it's impossible to be in the mood for every part of their personality in one sitting. It's like I want to dismantle their three albums to make one that is sudo-sentimental, one that is fun-loving with solid beats, then a third that is awkward and bizzarre. That way I could keep the third one on the shelf and not have it get in the way of why I love this group. As it stands, they play out like an awkward mix of Air and Ween, and their new album, while clearly showing acheivement, is no exception. I am not an MP3 person, per say, but if you just buy the songs that immediately sound awesome from their 3 albums and then shuffle the songs...that is as good as this group gets. Everything else is more of a anti-social personal exploration type of music...quirky stuff to study in headphones.

Their best song is still their first single "Playboy" although each album does have it's treasures.

PS: the DVD is just OK...nothing to justify a price increase really, but more of a thing to let you into the band's vibe and the way these songs were designed to function on stage more like the group "Battles" or "!!!" (AKA: Chick Chick Chick, or Chk Chk Chk), meaning the songs are a bit of an open groove when they are performed. The overall packaging, while classy and minimal, is kind of non-descript and plain as well. Perhaps this whole thing is better as a download...perhaps.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Chip - Made In the Dark September 5, 2008
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Made in the Dark (2008, EMI) Hot Chip's third studio album. ****

The electro-pop quintet have crafted a master album on their third outing entitled Made in the Dark. The wide range of influences makes it very diverse, and while not all of them are magic, many are. Most notable is the lead single "Ready For the Floor," a disco-inspired dance piece. Alex Taylor's soft falsetto paired with signature 70's-style synths make it sound like something Blondie would have tried. Another key moment is the track right beforehand, the club-beating "Shake a Fist." For a while, the track is fairly minimal, with a solid drumbeat backed by occasional keyboards. It is again Taylor's vocals that give the song life, especially during the chorus of "Out and out and out/Out and out and out/Shake a fist/And let's breathe it in without," in which the beat is impeccable. The only dry moment is on the album's title track, a strange piano ballad. Although the mood that Hot Chip attempted comes through, it can't fit in an album laden with bouncing and crunching electronica. Overall, Made in the Dark is something to be cherished, a sincere moment in electro-pop. (Out at the Pictures, Shake a Fist, Ready For the Floor)
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Chip continues its winning ways February 5, 2008
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Hot Chip released an excellent 3rd studio album "The Warning" in 2006, which collected critical acclaim everywhere, and which also brought the band some commercial success, mainly due to the irresistible "Over and Over" single. The band toured tirelessly behind "The Warning", and the expectations for the follow-up album have been huge. Now finally comes the new album.

"Made In the Dark" (13 tracks, 54 min.) starts off with a long instrumental opening before crashing in with a nervous "Out At the Pictures", which is immediately followed by a strong "Shake a Fist" and the first single "Ready For the Floor", another one of those irresistible sing-along, dance-along songs. The middle of the album brings a couple of slower, more pensive songs, including "Touch Too Much" and a brooding title track. The second half of the album starts off with a guitar-riff heavy "One Pure Thought" which evolves into a high energy song, just great. It is followed by the best track on the album "Hold On", a long upbeat song that you wish would go on forever and which is sure to make everyone get moving on the dance floor. After all those great dance tunes, the album concludes with a couple of quiet songs to wind things down. In all, this album expands on the band's formula of "The Warning", but with a greater musical pallet, and does the trick beautifully.

As great as the band's studio albums are, you haven't really experienced Hot Chip unless you've seen them in concert. I saw Hot Chip at last year's Coachella festival, and it was one of the more memorable moments of the festival for me. Meanwhile, "Made in the Dark" is a fantastic album, and highly recommended. If you wonder where you might catch these guys on the radio, check out indie-rock station WOXY, the internet-only station ("The Future of Rock and Roll!"), which plays them regularly.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a cross between the Talking Heads and Devo, but with a cleverness...
Infectious beats and a likeable, clever voice are the hallmarks of this band, More soulful than Devo and less quirky than the Talking Heads, Hot Chip is a force all its own,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by dwall
3.0 out of 5 stars good
ya a funk, jam, with a jazzy fresy fresh putting a nice piece of poop on you; while you're making love to a super-model!!?
Published 21 months ago by Joshua J. Hanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Chip!
The title track has production that wouldn't be out of place on I Am Robot and Towers of Asia's debut record, or Postal Service outtakes. Read more
Published on January 8, 2010 by Stephanie Rae Lozo Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all of Hot Chip's songs are for everyone, but they are all for me!
I guess I'm not surprised that Hot Chip's weirder songs bother some people, but man, I can't relate. I love it all. These guys are geniuses. Read more
Published on June 24, 2009 by Thaddeus Burns
4.0 out of 5 stars Electronic Pop- high energy, a little much at times
This is fun. Some songs I enjoy more than others but it is fun and has good high energy tracks. The tracks I don't like as much are super electronic. Read more
Published on May 12, 2009 by Teresa
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, as they say...
Their first album was no indication of how far they'd come. It hasn't been that long, yet they've rode a wave of hype and DFA backing to become truly great. Read more
Published on November 12, 2008 by M. Nielson
5.0 out of 5 stars Electronica for the 21st Century
I'm a big fan of 80s alternative rock. When I heard Shake a Fist on World Cafe, I thought it sounded like New Order on steroids. I was instantly a fan. Read more
Published on May 27, 2008 by Nuke
4.0 out of 5 stars dig it!
probably not a cd that everyone will appreciate, but one that i really dig. this cd will get ya movin and has punchy lyrics and infectious songs. Read more
Published on April 29, 2008 by Shogun Shirley
2.0 out of 5 stars ...And That Must Be Why There Speakers Were Turned Off..
...While making the majority of this album. It was "made in the dark" & they couldn't see the damn power button on the speakers. Read more
Published on April 10, 2008 by JBizzle
5.0 out of 5 stars hot chip is simply amazing
there is no other way to describe this cd other than "just plain awesome" if you need a little bit of funkiness in your day than this is the cd for you! Read more
Published on April 7, 2008 by B. Rieser
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