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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.

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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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Product Details

  • 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 (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,520 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Tony Le on July 28, 2007
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I love the Chemical Brothers. As an electronic musician and dj, the Chems are my favorite artist and my biggest influence.

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.
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I have all of the chemical brother cd's, and this one is probably my favorite. Usually their songs are hit and miss on any given album, with this one I genuinely enjoy every track and don't have to hit skip at all. It's not the usual chem type, but it still has the base that is their signature sound. The first time that I heard it I wasn't exactly overwhelmed, but the more I listen to it the more that I like it. It is perfect "commute" music.
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Well, what could i really say? The Chemical Brothers never cease to amaze me. The duo always seem to be going down different avenues with their music. They're extremely innovating. I wont waste your time, there are plenty of reviews to read. If you like Push The Button, then you'll probably like this album.
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
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This is the best Chemical Lp to date! All the naysayers need to listen again. The best most danceable, listenable, psychedelic Chems record in quite some time, and I really find it to be the best yet. They "Do It Again" With the aforementined track (my favorite to dance to), "Das Speigel", "Battle Scars", and my personal fave "A Modern midnight Conversation. Shame on you not knowers and unbelievers; if "Burst Generator" doen't make you want to destroy your chair and freak all over the room in techno giddy-ness then you need to check your head and your feet. What a dope track! This is modern psychedlic music at its finest, and will almost top my best of for the year. What an amazing live show they did in Manhattan in support of the LP!
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Many fans bemoan the fact that the Chemical Brothers are shifting gears from their 90's sound to a different updated sound, their 90's stuff was great but if they wallowed in the same sound over and over it'd get boring and stale. The main problem I have with the Chemical Brothers new sound however is when they squeeze in unnecessary feedback/buzzing in the song for transition, take the first couple seconds from the track "We are the Night" and it fades in to a loud buzzing. This is tacky and frankly the CB's should be above these cheap gimmicks. They cleaned it up though recently on Further, but that's another topic.

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!
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