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The Chemical Brothers:: We Are The Night (Album Review)

It’s quickly evident on We Are The Night that the Chemical Brothers are making a serious go at being contemporary. They’ve almost completely dropped their big-beat past and re-emerged with all the electro, new-wave, disco and rock touchstones front and centre.

While it’s usually a bit sad when established artists jump on the next train, they pull it off relatively well for the most part. The bafflingly bad novelty rap contribution from Fatlip on The Salmon Dance should have been dropped back at the demo stage, and closing ballad The Pills Won’t Help You Now (featuring Midlake) isn’t that strong either, but the rest actually works well.

The Brothers have always had kind of a rock quality and loved their distorted synths, so maybe this is what they’ve always wanted to do?
(Benjamin Boles- Toronto)