Come With Us
our score: 4.5 out of 5.0
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Is No Such Thing as Too Perfect
The last time
Tom and Ed put out an album, it initially opened to somewhat less
than desirable reviews. But once it was given a chance (and some
more listening time), Surrender was grasped by fans as
one of the duo's best to date. With the Chemical Brothers' long
history of successful albums, Come With Us has a lot to
live up to.
Us starts off on a bad note, however. The Limited Edition
version offers nothing appealing enough to make it worth the extra
money. The disc is wrapped in a tri-fold cardboard sleeve rather
than the usual plastic. No special liner notes...no special tracks.
But, as they
say (excuse the cliché) never judge a book by its cover.
With three of its 10 tracks already popular in clubs, Come
With Us is living up to its predecessors. "Galaxy Bounce"
was featured on the soundtrack for Tomb Raider. The first
real single, "It Began In Afrika" released in Sept.
of 2001, quickly rose to the top of the club charts. It's heavy
four-on-the-floor beat coupled with congos, tiger roars, and the
menacing "It began in Afrika ka ka ka" make one hell
of a house track. Its follow-up and current single, "Star
Guitar," is currently at No. 2. It also makes use of the
four-four beat, but contrasts the emotions of "It Began In
Afrika". "Star Guitar" is a trippy blend of tranced-out
synths, guitars, and the refrain "You should feel what I
feel, you should take what I take."
this is NOT a house album, it is an electronic album by all means.
As Chemcial Brothers demonstrated on Surrender, they are
capable of covering several genres on one album quite well, and
so it is on Come With Us. The opening track, "Come
With Us," is earily reminiscent of their hit "Block
Rockin' Beats," brassy highs blanket fatter beats and breaks
this time around. On "Hoops", the Bro's throw down some
retro-analog break beats under some groovebox-styled loops.
Brothers aren't all about the past, though. Tracks like "My
Elastic Eye" and "Denmark" give Come With Us
some freshness to it.
When all is
said and done, and track 10, "The Test" finishes, you
will be in that comfortable state knowing you just listened to
yet another solid Chemical Brothers album.
liked Come With Us...
Come With Us
2. It Began In Afrika
3. Galaxy Bounce
4. Star Guitar
6. My Elastic Eye
7. The State We're In
9. Pioneer Skies
10. The Test