label: astralwerks / skint
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
buy it: here
that brought big beat music to the mainstream with their breakthrough
hit "Block Rockin' Beats" are back with the long anticipated release
of Surrender, which is their most recent 'original' album
since Dig Your Own Hole. They did have a mix session inbetween,
called Brothers Gonna Work It Out.
sticks within the the big beat genre, but brings it to another
level. It has a darker, heavier feel to it. It takes the listener
to a new frontier in music, as well as emotions. The disk starts
off upbeat with the first couple tracks, "music: response" and
"under the influence." Track one flows seamlessly into track two,
and two into three.. An interesting thing is that "music: response"
uses a sample from Nicole's "Make It Hot," but Rowlands and Simmons
modify so much you can't pick it out. The first few tracks have
almost a techno-ish feel, with an English influence that can be
noted by the vocals and music style on "out of control."
of the cd slows it down a bit and the big beat shines through,
not the big beat like that of Fatboy Slim, but more of a trip
hop big beat. The sixth track, "the sunshine underground," which
is over eight minutes long, starts off extremely laid back, almost
like ambient, but builds nicely to an upbeat dance song. "alseep
from day" is mostly acoustical, and never really has a bass beat.
?" starts to pick up a bit with a less than 120bpm driving beat.
It's a pretty simple song...not extremely interesting. But that
all changes with the first release "hey boy hey girl." This a
song you can sit and listen to, or get up and dance to when you're
good and drunk (or sober - whatever you like better). As early
in the cd, it pretty much flows into the next track, "surrender."
Then, as they have on previous releases, the Chemical Brothers
close with a quieter, more laid back, vocal song, "dream on."
As if anything
less was expected, the Brothers have again brought forth an exceptional
album, that is truly original and creative. It is something definitely
worth getting. It keeps the listener interested through the whole
cd by changing tempos and feels, and by the time you're done with
it, you feel like you just read a really good story book.
2. Under the Influence
3. Out of Control
4. Orange Wedge
5. Let Forever Be
6. The Sunshine Underground
7. Asleep From Today
8. Got Glint?
9. Hey Boy Hey Girl
11. Dream On