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One Life Stand

February 9, 2010 | Format: MP3

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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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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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I loved Hot Chip since the day I saw the Playboy video (still one of my favorite songs ever by any band), however, I have to pen One Life Stand as largely a transition album, to get them from the playful humor of their early lyrical content to the more serious themes they touch-on now. Although I tend to remove a few songs from each of their albums, I would not miss any of the songs on this album if they left them out of a live concert. That is not to say there isn't a gem or two, but I was not ready for them to remove the humorous lyrics completely, although the album after this is 100% essential to me without hardly a single tongue-in-cheek joke.

Side note: It's sort of like watching Beck mature, because Sea Change is clearly musically more advanced and mature than Odelay, but it's a downer of an album and largely Beck's least distinct work. One Life Stand is not a total downer, but it seems less like a deliberate choice towards maturity, and more like the result of running out of jokes.

Regardless, this album does have some distinction in their catalog, and for that reason alone, I have no doubts that it is someone's favorite Hot Chip album. However, it is my least favorite, because the sentimental ideas seem corny to me here, and not in the way that I first fell in love with from them. Make of it what you will.
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Key tracks would definitely be "I Feel Better", "One Life Stand", "We Have Love", and "Keep Quiet. I love the emotional honesty and haunting vibe from the drone of the beats and instrumentation. The strings in "Keep Quiet" leave a reminiscent tone of the strings in the first Mario Game for Nintendo 64. "Take It In" leaves a dark feeling to come as the outro for the album, with a tone that makes me think of the angst one is filled with when listening to Nine Inch Nails albums, but with a much more soothing voice and less prominence on a distorted or hyped vocal. Smooth listening.

I've listened to "One Life Stand" while driving on the highway downtown with a friend. It was my first time hearing it, though I had already heard "I Feel Better" and honestly say the whole work is crafted well...every time I hear another one of their songs I just want to listen to more.

The song about alley cats is cool too.
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