How nice of them. Hot Chip got lots of pleasure from making this latest album of theirs and they want to pass that joy onto the listener. Some may say that it would have been even nicer of them to keep it to themselves. That said if they bring some joy into some peoples world who are we to argue. Expect joyful dance pop led by a tiny voice.
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Usually when Hot Chip release a new album I don’t go in expecting to like the whole thing. I have never, in eight previous attempts, liked a Hot Chip album. But the reason I always go back to them is because all those albums will have at least a couple bangers on them that resonate with the indie kid I am at heart. Tracks like ‘I Feel Better’, ‘Flutes’ and ‘Over and Over’ have all burrowed themselves deep into my heart and are unlikely ever to leave.
And I approached ‘A Bath Full of Ecstacy’ in the same way. And I was surprised, in two ways. Because I actually quite like this album, I think it’s likely the band’s most even and listenable. But there isn’t a standout track, nothing I will add to the playlist I have called ‘hot chip songs’. So I’m not really sure how to evaluate this thing, given the one metric I expected to use is clearly useless.
The album is probably their sleekest yet. They’ve continued their trend of softening the edges of their sound that began on 2012’s ‘In Our Heads’. They’ve also continued to strip out some of the needless eccentricities, the bits of the music that while being part of the band’s charm, were partly responsible for making their records feel like slogs.
Straight from the off with ‘Melody Of Love’ (a song that brings to mind James’ 'Getting Away with It (All Messed Up)') everything kind of mixes into one glorious kaleidoscopic whole. Keys and whooshing synths and Alexis Taylor’s love it or hate it voice. And combined with their knack for euphoric climax and a gently catchy hook is all just quite lovely.
I suppose you could describe this album as ‘mature’, but maybe for a band of men in their 40s that’s a bit patronising. But I suppose it's never too late to grow up.
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