Sound: A creative collision where electronic (two-step garage beats, drum & bass rhythms, danceable synths) meets pop (falsetto melodies, bright harmonies, memorable lines).
Playlist Partners: The Beta Band, New Order, Depeche Mode, Blur
Heavy Rotation tracks: “The Warning“; “Over and Over“
Medium Rotation tracks: “Tchaparian“; “And I Was a Boy From School“; “(Just Like We) Breakdown“; “Colours“
Recommended: Hot Chip sound much more competent on their second LP, while keeping a little of the tongue-in-cheek humor from their debut. If you liked the free and natural feeling of The Beta Band’s experimental adventures but often wished they reined the ideas into tighter songs, The Warning should have what you’re looking for.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2006 Candidate)
(As posted 7/17/06 on davepowersmusic.com)
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