Chemical Brothers – Further – Album Review

Written by Michael

July 13, 2010 2:30 pm

chemical brothers - furtherIt’s been three years since the eponymous Brothers left us hanging after the release of their widely tipped, warmly received ‘We Are The Night’. Now they’re back with this little number, an eclectic mix of samples and static that they’ve decided to christen ‘Further’.

From the beginning, it’s a hit, as the chaotic sounds of ‘Snow’ mount a vicious attack on your feeble stereo, recalling the nauseous chimes and groans of Daft Punk’s ‘Rollin’ & Scratching’ as glasses, plates and LCD Soundsystems shatter in its wake. ‘Escape Velocity’ is a calmer affair that really does its best to sound like a James Murphy backing track, whilst ‘Another World’ whisks you off to Dr. Evil’s underground lair and then returns to dropping acid at the disco.

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Just in case you thought you’d wandered into Rick Wakeman’s dressing room circa 1972, the synth-roller coaster ‘Dissolve’ is there to remind you that you most certainly have, but not before Messrs Bangalter and De Homem-Christo lure you back in to Dance-land with ‘Horse Power’, another ‘Homework’-aping number. But the album really hits its stride with ‘Swoon’, an effervescent pink candyfloss surprise that sounds just like the soundtrack to a brand new Summer of Love. If this isn’t the club hit of the season then this reviewer’s off to chew on some vinyl!

After that particular highlight the album starts to wind down a little. ‘K+d+b’ has a cool title, and does enough synthy noodling to keep the purists happy, whilst ‘Wonders of the Deep’ showcases the aftermath of an early Stone Roses gig from the point of view of a barracuda. And we’d only just stopped doing ‘The Salmon Dance’!

When the turntables grind to a deafening halt, what we’re left with is a dance album with some serious ambitions. The spectre of Progressive Rock looms largely over the lengthy middle sections and leisurely runtimes of some tracks, but the diverse range of musical influences this brings to the party are definitely more than welcome. Overall, ‘Further’ is yet another success story for Big Beat’s most dynamic duo. Just remember to fall in love…

By James Phillips

    1. Snow
    2. Escape Velocity
    3. Another World
    4. Dissolve
    5. Horse Power
    6. Swoon
    7. K+d+b
    8. Wonders of the Deep

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