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Dig Your Own Hole

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Genre: Dance, DJ
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Release Date: 8-APR-1997

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To follow up their bombastic 1995 album Exit Planet Dust, the Chemical Brothers fine-tuned their bombastic beats and produced a rock-solid pop album (pun intended). Dig Your Own Hole finds the common ground between rock & roll and techno, both in spirit and substance. Singles like "Block Rockin' Beats," "Elektrobank," and "Setting Sun" (featuring vocals by Oasis's Noel Gallagher) may lack the big hair and pomposity of rock music, but they make up for it in spades, with sampled and real guitars battling for space with sirens and distorted hip-hop drums. The album reeks of pure enthusiasm and energy, evoking a crowd-pleasing exuberance that makes Dig Your Own Hole a Back in Black for the late 1990s. Pure stadium techno. --Matthew Corwine
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  • Audio CD (April 8, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Astralwerks
  • ASIN: B000003RY5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,915 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Much has been written about this album in the past 8 years since its release and it has been appraised by many people - they were right. However, this is not your kind of music, if you're not into experimental music or you turn away from unusual patterns. Anyway, this album is Chemical Brothers and techno music at their best.

The album's first part manages to mix big beat techno music with rock and it blows down your head. Tracks 1 to 5 are as exhasuting a trip as they can be. Most people know "Block Rockin' Beats" which was a hit single in the UK and in the US as well. The song really rocks and is a perfect starter. However, as we move towards "Setting Sun" the threshold is pushed forward (especially with "Elektrobank") and the album reaches its first climax in "Setting Sun", in which Oasis' Noel Gallagher sings with a electric-guitar-vocoded voice and the track rocks like nothing I've ever heard before or eversince.

The second part of the album, namely "It Doesn't Matter", "Don't Stop The Rock" and the remix of "Get Up On It Like This" are pure techno (repetitive, loud but still interesting), while "Get Up On It Like This" heralds a different sound. I didn't like this part for the first few times I listened to the album but it grew on me.

The third part is a trip into the unknown. It is a completely unexpected turn which elevates this album into an array where only the best albums ever made belong. It begins with "Lost In The K-Hole", a chiller that has soothing beats and relaxes you. Then comes "Where Do I Begin", a superb song that features singer Beth Orton. After a slow start and a surprise twist it is mixed into the closing track, "The Private Psyhedelic Reel". And this is the point where you will be stunned.
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Ignore the semi-illiterate "music fans" that give this masterpiece one star. The Chemical Brothers have made an album that easily outpaces any other electronica, dance, techno, or whatever you want to call it album ever made. Whether or not you like the brothers Gallagher, "Setting Sun" is a masterpiece of techno-rock fusion. "Block Rockin' Beats" is the answer to the critcs that call "Dig Your Own Hole" a "rock" album -- try not dancing to it. In short, buy this album. Ignore the kindergarten music critics, and do yourself a favor.
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The Chemical Brothers first gave us a taste of their genius on "Exit Planet Dust", and it was certainly a good album. But "Dig Your Own Hole" is even better. The pounding break beats would set the pattern for genre over the next few years. This album, along with Prodigy's "The Fat of the Land" was essential to the rise of electronica into mainstream popularity in the U.S. It opened the door to the top of the charts for artists like Moby and Fatboy Slim, who are now possibly more popular than the Brothers themselves.
It is easy to see why "Dig Your Own Hole" was so popular, with powerhouse singles like "Setting Sun" and "Block Rocking Beats" and a great album to back them up. The banging drums and driving synth form a distinctive and powerful sound that set the Brothers apart from the rest of the electronic world. This album should be a part of any electronica collection.
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'Dig Your Own Hole' wastes no time turning the knobs to 11. For the most part, this album is quite fast-paced, and much louder than 'Exit Planet Dust.' And ultimately I think that makes it the better album.

'Block Rockin' Beats' is as big as the name suggests, the very hallmark of this album and the sound that really put these guys on the map. It was the first song I heard by them and I had to have the album right away. If you know The Chemical Brothers, you probably know this song.

'Dig Your Own Hole' (the song) continues in a similar style, but almost tricks you by veering a bit away from the rock and a little more toward the techno. If you're wanting more 'Block Rockin' Beats,' you might feel a little cheated because this song doesn't sound quite the same. In fact, none of them do, there's only one 'Block Rockin' Beats' on this album, that's what makes it so great. But I digress; if you happen to not like it much at first, just keep listening to it and you'll realize it's a great song.

'Electrobank' freaking rocks. Seriously, this is a song you have to listen to over and over again to really appreciate. I'm listening to it as I write this and I can't stop listening to it. "Who is this doin' this synthetic type of alpha beta psychedelic funkin'?" This song morphs into a totally different song with minutes to spare, and it's all good. My goodness, this song is a gem.

'Piku' starts off rather weirdly funky, but then drops into the real groove, which is more my style. If you have a habit of listening to the first 30 seconds of a song to make a quick judgment, you may never get around to listening to this since the good stuff doesn't really hit until about 50 seconds in, but it's great.
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