I discovered Hot Chip around 2010 when their fourth album, "One Life Stand" was released. The band was mentioned by a friend of mine. I had not heard of them before that time. I looked into their "One Life Stand" album and now have all seven of their albums.
As much as I enjoy Hot Chip, I can't help but feel that they have yet to make a 'classic' album. This includes "A Bath Full of Ecstasy" as well. Although, this album is almost a five star album.
For me, the trouble with their albums, including this one, is that they feel the need to put subpar ballads on them. Case in point, on "A Bath Full of Ecstasy" you have the title track, and you could also argue that "Clear Blue Skies" is also a ballad, and maybe even "Why Does My Mind". That being said, they do the best ballad work they've ever done on this album, and the ballads are passable, rather than skippable.
The best songs here are "Melody of Love", "Positive" and "No God" with honorable mentions going to "Spell", "Echo" and "Hungry Child". The band wisely pares down to just nine songs. They get in, get out, and leave an indelible impression. "A Bath Full of Ecstasy" might be the band's best work thus far, or up there with "Made in the Dark" (2008).
All nine songs are different and memorable with hooks and lyrics. It's just that I feel it could have been better than it is. It's better than their last album "Why Make Sense?" (2015).
Here's how "A Bath Full of Ecstasy" compares to Hot Chip's other works:
2004 Coming on Strong: Three Stars
2006 The Warning: Three Stars
2008 Made in the Dark: Four Stars
2010 One Life Stand: Three and a Half Stars
2012 In Our Heads: Four Stars
2015 Why Make Sense?: Three Stars
2019 A Bath Full of Ecstasy: Four Stars