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We Are the Night

The Chemical BrothersAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000OV129I
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,867 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Path To Follow
2. We Are The Night
3. All Rights Reversed (The Klaxons)
4. Saturate
5. Do It Again (Ali Love)
6. Das Spiegal
7. The Salmon Dance (Fatlip)
8. Burst Generator
9. A Modern Midnight Conversation
10. Battle Scars (Willie Mason)
11. Harpoons
12. The Pills Won't Help You Now (Midlake)

Editorial Reviews

One can never accuse the Chemical Brothers of consistency. We Are the Night continues their eclectic electronica approach even though the big-beat groove of the title track remains their digital calling card. Spotted with a minimalist keyboard pattern, vocal non sequiturs, and sampled sound effects, the infectious groove of "We Are the Night" eventually evolves into the monotone-chanted dance chorus of "We are the night skies/We are the bright lies," recalling Brian Eno circa Here Come the Warm Jets. However, for every catchy electro-dance, there's a tune that leaves you scratching your head. What to make of the novelty song "The Salmon Dance" is anybody's guess, though you might find some illumination in a salmon recipe on their Web site. With fractured nursery-rhyme lyrics that are sung like an off-color Sesame Street rap, it will drive you up the wall--or at least toward the skip button. Then there's Midlake singing the trancey ballad "The Pills Won't Help You Now," making the Chemical Brothers sound like a sci-fi version of Coldplay. Retro-analog synthesizers dominate, with the electro-grooves of "Das Spiegel," "Burst Generator," and "Saturate," which builds on a Kraftwerk-forged metal framework coupled with storming sampled drums. The circuits of '70s techno-pop artist the Normal are re-soldered on "Do It Again." With Ali Love singing the title-track chorus, it's built to be a summertime anthem akin to Tag Team's "Whoomp! (There It Is)," albeit robotically chilled. --John Diliberto

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Over a decade has passed since The Chemical Brothers debut that ushered the crossover of electronic music into the rock mainstream. They continue with their musical progression that entices their original fanbase while generating new ones. With over 8 million albums sold, hits like Rock Blockin' Beats, and the ever present music of Galvanize as the music in the Bud Select commercials, The Chemical Brothers have become a ubiquitous presence. With sixth studio album under their belt, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons demonstrate that when it comes to supreme beat-based innovation, inspired collaborations and sheer sonic excellence, the two are unsurpassable.We Are The Night displays a myriad of sounds, rhythms and emotions along with an astounding roster of featured artists. This griping body of work slipsbetween something simply fun like, The Salmon Dance featuring Fatlip of Pharcyde to haunting tracks like Battle Scars sung by Willy Mason. The album would not be complete without a few signature dance anthems including We Are The Night, Burst Generator and Do It Again which will be the first single for the album. Other additional featured artists that appear on the album include the very hot Klaxons, Midlake and Ali Love.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not old Chemicals, New Chemicals! July 28, 2007
By Tony Le
Format:Audio CD
I love the Chemical Brothers. As an electronic musician and dj, the Chems are my favorite artist and my biggest influence.

My favorite work of theirs is actually their DJ mix, "Brother's Gonna Work It Out." Just awesome.

I didn't really like their last album, "Push the Button." It was just ok. I didn't play any of the songs from that album in my dj sets(although I did play "Rise Up" which was a b-side to "Galvanize").

I've never loved any of their albums though. I've just thought that certain songs on their albums were mind blowing. The albums usually don't have a very danceable flow to them.

This one does.

"Do It Again" makes a ton more sense now that I've heard it within the context of the album. The sung vocals were questionable to me when I heard this as a single, but after hearing the album, I think it's brilliant.

Songs like "All Right's Reversed" and "The Pills Won't Help You Now" have legendary written all over them.

For the record, I think the "Salmon Dance" is wicked dancefloor material. The funkiest Chemical Brothers track ever. BUT I find it to be the lone mis-step on this album. Clearly it should have been a single; it stick's out of this album like a sore thumb and takes away from the flow.

Even though this album is a bit less in your face than the earlier stuff, it is truly relevant to the current state of electronic music. Although it draws heavy influence from the minimal house/berlin techno scene and the nu-rave scene it manages to transcend all of that.

They make some odd-ball decisions and push songs in really strange directions, all the while keeping their familiar sound pallette. Masterful stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to it again... August 9, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have all of the chemical brother cd's, and this one is probably my favorite. Usually their songs are hit and miss on any given album, with this one I genuinely enjoy every track and don't have to hit skip at all. It's not the usual chem type, but it still has the base that is their signature sound. The first time that I heard it I wasn't exactly overwhelmed, but the more I listen to it the more that I like it. It is perfect "commute" music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You all stink, this Album rocks! October 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is the best Chemical Lp to date! All the naysayers need to listen again. The best most danceable, listenable, psychedelic Chems record in quite some time, and I really find it to be the best yet. They "Do It Again" With the aforementined track (my favorite to dance to), "Das Speigel", "Battle Scars", and my personal fave "A Modern midnight Conversation. Shame on you not knowers and unbelievers; if "Burst Generator" doen't make you want to destroy your chair and freak all over the room in techno giddy-ness then you need to check your head and your feet. What a dope track! This is modern psychedlic music at its finest, and will almost top my best of for the year. What an amazing live show they did in Manhattan in support of the LP!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Solid Album July 23, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Well, what could i really say? The Chemical Brothers never cease to amaze me. The duo always seem to be going down different avenues with their music. They're extremely innovating. I wont waste your time, there are plenty of reviews to read. If you like Push The Button, then you'll probably like this album.
Also, i happen to enjoy that groovy tune The Salmon Dance. I read a couple of the other reviews and i dont understand whats so bad about this song. Dont bash it just because it doesn't sound like their previous work.
Im not sure how anyone could possibly call their music redundant. Their beats are constantly changing, and thats more than i can say for the rest of the techno genre.
I recommend this album, but the only way you'll know is if you hear it yourself. Hope you enjoy
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They conquer the night!!! July 16, 2007
Format:Audio CD
English dance/electronica duo Chemical Brothers are back with their best album yet. "We are the night" has already topped the UK album charts, and though more accessible than much of their past work, it is still edgy and avant-garde.

After a brief intro "No path to follow", we get a stomping number with swirling synths, the title track, largely instrumental apart from vocodered voices proclaiming "We are the night" (and a few other things) every so often.

The haunting, pulsing "All rights reversed" features The Klaxons on vocals, and is followed by the excellent throbbing techno instrumental "Saturate", one of my favourites.

Lead off single, the hypnotic drone of "Do it again" featuring Ali Love is already a UK top 20 hit. This song just keeps getting better each time I hear it. "Das Spiegel" is an effects laden instrumental that sounds like a journey through space. "The salmon dance" featuring Fatlip is a funky number with humorous spoken lyrics describing a salmon dance step, alongside a narrative on the salmon's breeding habits.

"Burst generator" is another superb instrumental with raging guitars set to a stomping beat. "A modern midnight conversation" is a lovely groovy largely instrumental piece with a chorus sung in falsetto. "Battle scars" (featuring Willy Mason) wouldn't be amiss on a Gorillaz album.

"Harpoons" is a warbling psychedelic percussion free instrumental, and closing is the album's lone ballad, the dreamy, trippy "The Pills Won't Help You Know" (featuring Midlake) which is simply lovely.

Definitely up there with LCD Soundsystem's "Sound of silver" and Groove Armada's "Soundboy rock" as best dance CD of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This old-timer loves it...
The CD "We Are The Night" was given to me as a gift from my 25 year old son acouple of years ago. At first listen, I was hooked and wanted to hear some other stuff by The Chemical... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Kevin M. Kaptain
5.0 out of 5 stars i personally love this album.
The problem with critics is that they measure an artist by its previous works. If you can look at the work they present for what it is rather than what it should of been then youll... Read more
Published on August 20, 2012 by daftchild89
4.0 out of 5 stars We Are the Night breakdown
Many fans bemoan the fact that the Chemical Brothers are shifting gears from their 90's sound to a different updated sound, their 90's stuff was great but if they wallowed in the... Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by I'm Right
2.0 out of 5 stars Oh yeah... now I remember why I stopped listening to them
I loved Exit Planet Dust. I loved Dig Your Own Hole. I loved Surrender. I didn't love Come With Us and I didn't love Push the Button. So I stopped there. That was a few years ago. Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by D. K. Malone
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever by Chem Bros
I think this is the best ever by the Chem Bros. Very diverse. Good recording. Get the import version if possible with 2 bonus tracks that are some of the best on this CD. Read more
Published on February 8, 2009 by G. Sessing
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! The Salmon Dance is great
The salmon dance is one of my favorites on this album, it's hilarious and gets stuck in your head. The overall album is good.. luv it!
Published on February 4, 2009 by Miss E
5.0 out of 5 stars There's No Path to Follow...
Well, being the first reviewer to grace this album with its new artwork (which, I must say, does the album more justice than I expected), I should give you a proper analysis. Read more
Published on December 31, 2008 by N. Allegro
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album.
I really like the Chemical Brothers, these 2 guys rocks my socks off !
I give 3/5 stars only to 2 songs on this album. All others songs are 4 or 5/5 stars for me. Read more
Published on December 6, 2008 by Gabriel Robin Cliche
3.0 out of 5 stars Losing their heart
Although the production is impressive and on point, this album lacks character and direction. It almost feels more like a random compilation of tracks that never really goes... Read more
Published on July 3, 2008 by Alex
4.0 out of 5 stars SALMON DANCE = SUPER CHILL
Everyone, even the amazon editorial busted on the salmon dance. Which is my favorite song on the track. I can listen to that one song over and over. Read more
Published on May 16, 2008 by Donald Ambroziak
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Nope. It does however feature something called Opendisc which is basically like a enhanced cd.
Jul 19, 2007 by zoo_ecksonik06 |  See all 4 posts
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I listened to the album in my workplace. I quite liked it.
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