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One Life Stand

February 9, 2010 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 1, 2010
  • Release Date: February 1, 2010
  • Label: Parlophone UK
  • Copyright: 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2010 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 49:20
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  • ASIN: B0036L031G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,906 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Every song on this album is not only good, but great!
damonter
Things sound very differently on the second half of the album, though, with pensive tracks "Slush" and "Alley Cats".
Paul Allaer
The melodies are original and catchy, the production is fantastic.
Vinny Mac

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Vice on February 9, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I started listening to Hot Chip shortly after The Warning came out, in 2006, and I fell in love with the band's knack for writing catchy, melodic, and danceable tunes. The album had a brilliant balance of hard and fast dance tracks and slower, smoother ballads and pop songs. When Made in the Dark came out in early 2008, I was disappointed with the direction the band had taken, eschewing their melodic inklings for a more dance-oriented album, filling in the gaps with some meager attempts at '70s R&B and soul. Alas, the dance tunes lacked the punch of brilliant songs like "Over and Over," and I sort of put Hot Chip on the proverbial shelf, somewhat forgetting about them, until of course I read about the impending release of One Life Stand.

Like clockwork, Hot Chip are set to release another album in their two year cycle, and One Life Stand can certainly serve as fitting company to the excellent The Warning. It seems that this time around, Hot Chip have again learned how to love melody, and have worked it in throughout the record, creating captivating hooks and little ear worms that you'll have stuck in your head for weeks, if not months. The chillout bridge and triumphant harmonized chorus of the title track soars well above and beyond Made in the Dark, and it's at this point that it becomes obvious that Hot Chip have done it again. The songs are more tightly composed and the styles more varied on this effort, and I for one am very pleased with the restraint shown by the band on this go. I am once again in the thrall of Hot Chip, and looking forward to their next album in February of 2012. Other album highlight include the brilliant closer, "Take It In" and the beautiful fraternal-love-touting "Brothers." Another great record for 2010. Damn, this is a good year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By damonter on May 3, 2012
Format: Audio CD
I had the great fortune of recently discovering this band about four months ago. I heard One Life Stand here in the US and pulled it into Shazam to identify it on my iPhone. I had no idea of the amazing group that I had discovered. I have become bored with much of the music which has come out in the past few years, with only a few bands capturing my interest. I was astonished at the brilliance that this band displays. The music on this album is truly amazing and this group shows more creativity in both its music, and accompanying videos, than I have found in a long time. Every song on this album is not only good, but great!

There is no filler on this album and every song is well thought out and performed with emotion. Hot Chip possess the best of many types of music, incorporating deep electronic soundscapes with catchy rythims and even a little jazz/r&b/Motown in the mix, all with hypnotic lyrics. I have not run into a band like this in a long time.

I am a fan of 80s and 90s music as well and they remind me of a cross between alternative artists such as Devo, New Order, Joy Division, Moby, with R&B music. However, don't take this as limiting the bands scope at all, that's just my perception. There is so much more to their music and they get the mix just right. I have never quite heard anything like it. Its as if they can cross over into anything while retaining their roots.
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Hot Chip is unquestionably one of the most distinctive technosonic music groups to emerge in the last decade. They broke onto the scent in 2005 with their debut album, The Warning, which was an inconsistent album but featured some profound moments where the band's unique fusion of retro, pop, and dance music simply glistened. Over their next two albums, Hot Chip continued to expand their sound, becoming more complex and eccentric. As their songs became busier, Hot Chip's albums were still plagued by inconsistency with two or three tremendous singles, but the albums were unable to maintain the momentum throughout. With their fourth album, Hot Chip appear to have made a conscious effort to dial back their complexities and focus on making a more consistent album and with One Life Stand, they have succeeded in making the best overall album of their career.

One Life Stand kicks off with "Thieves In The Night," which features a simple, driving beat overlaid by some typical Hot Chip keyboard sounds, but as a whole, the song feels much more sparse and is less exuberant than much of Hot Chip's prior music, and this sets a tone for the entire album. Next is "Hand Me Down Your Love," which is a more upbeat, energetic song, but still feels more controlled than what I've come to expect from Hot Chip. On "I Feel Better," Hot Chip find a beautiful medium between the driving beats and synth notes their known for and their new, more controlled sound. Despite clocking in at only 4:40 seconds, the song has an epic feel about it stemming from the lush keyboard work and the vocalist giving a fabulous performance.

The album continues the momentum until track six "Slush." This is the one track on the album where Hot Chip dials back the energy too much.
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The British electro-pop band Hot Chip have shown that they have done some growing up on their most recent album, One Life Stand. Hot Chip is a welcome breath of fresh air in the electro-pop genre, deviating from many of the monotonous and repetitive beats of other groups. The album finds the group exploring new grounds in the electronic music genre in highly original ways.

Like their predecessor Karlheinz Stockhausen, who began his work almost 60 years earlier, Hot Chip combine digital sounds and music with acoustic instruments and manipulated samples. There is frequent use of synthesizers, synth pads, and drum beats which create much of the harmony and melody. Yet, almost every track includes an unaltered drum set and in addition several tracks include electric guitar and piano. The most notable manipulation of acoustic samples though comes from voice samples that often provide the refrain or accompany the chorus in many of their songs. Despite their experimentation and originality, most songs will still be heard at chic clubs and house parties due to the fact that most of the songs are driven by a steady bass drum beat (whether from a drum machine, a real drum set, or both) that allows the songs to keep their "danceability". Songs tend to build by slowly adding new sounds and beats that layer the music. The bands style is very reminiscent of the 70s and 80s electronic band Kraftwerk (which is interesting considering Hot Chip has covered and remixed two of their songs). Like their mentors, Hot Chip's beats are somewhat simple and contain strange electronic sounds, only attainable through computers, while being highly innovative.
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