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The first thing that one notices is the minimal use of voice and vocal samples. The few times Tom Rowlands or singer Stephanie Dosen participate is to enhance rather than lead, which helps to structuring sequence and avoid disrupting the mood of the record.
Escape velocity, the first taste we heard of Further, is over ten minutes long, pays homage to The Who with synthesizers that give cue to an ecstatic celebration impossible to miss and not once resorts to supporting vocals to soar. That they managed to pull off such a welcome flashback to their glory days is a remarkable fact.
Horse power is probably the track that most captures the spirit of their music: built on two simple words it gallops its way to an explosive chorus that would make any club goer cream with pleasure. Fist single Swoon capitalizes on the memento and pushes the record to a mellower conclusion. By the time the last notes of Wonders of the deep vanish one is left with the impression that we have just experienced one of their live shows, such is the force of their sound and the immersive flow they deliver.Read more ›
Comprising just eight tracks, the album is sequenced like a live throbbing experience. "Escape velocity" is a euphoric piece that builds and builds to a dizzying climax with synths tripping all over the place, followed by the dreamy "Another world" with melancholic falsetto vocals.
"Dissolve" is psychedelic Pop with a groovy feel, while the aggressive "Horse power" makes clever use of horse neighs with galloping beats and the title repeated in a vocodered voice as though in a trance. "Swoon" features bursts of noise like shards of glass flying about and forming a pretty picture sounding like My Bloody Valentine set to an electro beat, "K+D+B" features feathery vocals and electric sitar/bagpipe sounds, while the Coldplay-style Rocker "Wonders of the deep" shimmers and bubbles much like the Aurora Borealis.
I'd be surprised if there are any hit singles as the whole album really needs to be heard together. A beautiful wall of electronic melody.
After giving up on the Brothers several years ago (after Push the Button,) this week something made me want to check out what they'd done since then so I picked up the last two albums. Their previous album We Are the Night reminded me of why I had stopped listening; it was devoid of the things I loved about the first three albums: a bigger than life sound and catchy techno hooks. It cemented my feeling that they had simply run out of juice, as virtually all bands do at some point. But then I moved on to their latest album Further, and I am forced to admit I was wrong. This is one hell of a comeback, though it's not exactly a return to the old days. There aren't many (any?) intense breakbeats to be found, but rather this is filled with what I always thought was their true forte: bright and colorful sugar-pop techno soundscapes that bring to mind visions of sunshine in a blue sky as you soar in an amphibicopter over a futuristic utopian metropolis, with your robot girlfriend riding shotgun. Dissolve is the standout track for me. I'm really glad I decided to give them a second chance. I might even like this better than the early stuff.
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This is my absolute favorite Chemical Brothers album. Every song is amazing and the overall mood is totally uplifting. A great album for driving, or just to zone out and de-stress. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Jamie Pellerin
By far, the Chemical Brother's best album. Every last note is perfect, and it's obviously the end result of enormous amounts of work. Read morePublished 11 months ago by David A. Maas
absolutely love this album if you go on youtube and watch the video there's one that's the whole complete album with video is amazing but it sure is nice to own it and play it... Read morePublished 20 months ago by steave
The songs in this album are very well done, quite beautiful to my ears however this really does have one nasty flaw in my opinion and it is one that affects a lot of albums today. Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by Greg Holdridge
Dissolve is all this one sounds like to me.
Ugh what a waste of money this was.
I've got quite a few Chemical Brothers CD's and there are some really awesome tracks on... Read more
K+d+b is my favorite. I have always liked their creation of sounds and then turning them into music. Two more words.Published on September 9, 2013 by Kenneth V. Mattson III