FOR CHEMICAL BROS
Copyright 2002 Virgin Records
[ February 1st 2002 ]
Brothers demand the audience come with them on
their latest album but it seems like we have already
been there. After a two-year absence, the UK duo
responsible for making electronica mainstream
have returned and little, it seems, has changed.
other artists who have veered away from their
successful sound, trying to shrug off the pop
masses who now feign interest in the genre, The
Chemical Brothers have returned to their beginnings
with a less than brilliant result. The sound might
be familiar but there is nothing here to challenge
Block Rockin' Beats.
starts frenetically enough, with the title track's
bass and drums driving into a club-friendly mix,
and some genuinely strong segments sliced between
parts of lesser moment. Galaxy Bounce, a tight
and catchy number from the Tomb Raider soundtrack,
lights up the album's middle, along with another
stand-out, Hoops, which gets mileage from a guitar
riff before lapsing into electronic.
also experiment with themes - It Began In Afrika
is a trancey tribute to the nation, complete with
bongos, while Pioneer Skies trials a train motif.
Then there are the requisite guest singers, this
time in the form of Beth Orton and Richard Ashcroft.
Their tracks are solid but you have to wonder
why there are not more of them. All in all, it's
not a bad effort.
more hooks and a bit of new ground might have
made it great.