- Audio CD (July 17, 2007)
- Original Release Date: September 24, 2007
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Astralwerks
- ASIN: B000OV129I
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
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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.
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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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.
If you want the old (and still great) block rockin' Chemical Brothers, then this is probably not the album for you. But if you want to hear cutting edge dance music, this is it.
Currently my favorite electronic music album. Period.
-The Beat Counselor
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
So I'm going to break this album down track by track on a scale of (1) to (3), (1-bad, 2-ok, 3-great)
No Path to Follow (1) - Really just an intro to the album, as you hear a distorted voice repeating the title of the track over and over until it clarifys, really nothing to this song except as a warm up to the album title track, they could've done more here.
We Are the Night (3) - After the slow intro song things kick off with We Are the Night, with swirling synths and a very wintery feel to it, lives up to it's role as the song to reflect the album.
All Right's Reversed (2) - The vocalist never really caught on with me, he sounds too much like Radiohead/Muse/Coldplay sounds, which is getting old for me.
Saturate (2) - Seemingly everyone's favorite on this album, it's a patient instrumental that beeps it's way along, rather unremarkable in my opinion.
Do it Again (3) - Going against the moody tone of the previous songs Do it Again is simply a good dance tune for the clubs, it's pretty enjoyable and the music video for it is hilarious, check that out if you haven't seen it already!
Das Spiegal (2) - Similar to Saturate it's an instrumental that is harmless and enjoyable, not really something I seek out when I turn on the album but it's good.
The Salmon Dance (2) - This one splits the fans into different corners but I liked it enough. Fatlip and "Sammy the salmon" talk about salmon facts over a very fun swirly beat. Although my one problem with it is the swearing which I usually have no problem with, but this was like a cartoony song about fish facts, and using the f-word and n-word in the Salmon Dance felt unnecessarily awkward. Eitherway though Fatlip sarcastically saying "wow, fascinating" or "very interesting" is pretty funny, also the music video's pretty neat too.
Burst Generator (3) - While the other instrumentals were quirky and fun this one actually has more of a beat to it and starts picking things up and the 7 minute (or so) running time breezes by
A Modern Midnight Conversation (3) - Probably my favorite track on the album, the post-disco beat is like candy to my ears. The vocals almost felt like a lullaby and went with the whole winter tone of the album really well.
Battle Scars (3) - Similar to The Salmon Dance in that it sounds more like a collaboration than a straight Chemical Brothers song, I really like how sinister the whole thing feels, this song goes well with a cigarette.
Harpoons (3) - Really underrated quick instrumental, I like Chemical Brothers because more often than not their music takes me places and this song is no exception. The empty sound is so haunting and lingers with you, really contrasts with the other instrumentals in how it's short sweet and to the point, I think they could've done really well expanding on it but still love this quickie.
The Pills Won't Help You Now (3) - The soft closer to the album sounds a bit too close to Radiohead for me, but it's still a very pleasent and warm album closer, I don't think anyone's questioning it's beauty.
So overall a lot of the songs are pretty different from one another, some hits, some misses, but it started to grow on me by the 5th listen or so, and I'd say the last half of the album is pretty stellar.
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