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Hot Chip

  • The Warning [Astralwerks, 2006] A-
  • Made in the Dark [Astralwerks, 2008] **
  • One Life Stand [Astralwerks, 2010] ***
  • In Our Heads [Domino, 2012] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

The Warning [Astralwerks, 2006]
"There's nothing in a world where the melody is broken/There's always some way to make a silence be spoken," they promise sweetly toward the end of a title track where they also threaten to break your legs and snap off your head--with their tricky two-step beats, mind the gap. Just before comes the notably sane and sincere love plea "Look After Me," reciprocity guaranteed. Mild and modest, sometimes too mild and modest, they humanize das Kraftwerk and tenderize ye olde re-rewind. A-

Made in the Dark [Astralwerks, 2008]
Electrobeats smarter, love songs not ("Bendable Posable," "Don't Dance"). **

One Life Stand [Astralwerks, 2010]
Voices so sweet and melodies so convincing they could make you think a banality was a serious truth--and sometimes you'd be right ("One Life Stand," "I Feel Better"). ***

In Our Heads [Domino, 2012]
Possibly the world's most thoughtful and loving dance band--virtues that, tragically as usual, often aren't as exciting as one might hope ("How Do You Do," "Don't Deny Your Heart") **