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Made In The Dark [Import]

Hot Chip Audio CD
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1. Out At The Pictures
2. Shake A Fist
3. Ready For The Floor
4. Bendable Poseable
5. We're Looking For A Lot Of Love
6. Touch Too Much
7. Made In The Dark
8. One Pure Thought
9. Hold On
10. Wrestlers
11. Don't Dance
12. Whistle For Will
13. In The Privacy Of Our Love

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2008 album from the British Electronic act, the amazing and ambidextrous follow up to the massively acclaimed, Mercury Music Prize nominated album The Warning. Recorded and self-produced in their home London studio base and charts their ever growing sonic ascendance into one of the UK's most original and like/loveable bands. Made In The Dark is the definitive Hot Chip record and could have been made by no other band. It would probably be easiest to say that the album is faster and rockier than The Warning, but that is only beginning to scratch the service. Within its 13 tracks there is both rhythmical chaos (Shake A Fist', 'Bendable Poseable'), soulful introspection (We're Looking For A Lot Of Love', the title track and 'In The Privacy Of Our Love') and even contemporary widescreen Pop ('Ready For The Floor', 'One Pure Thought'). The songs are propulsive, repetitive, rhythmical, methodical, wonky, intimate, beautiful and uniquely Hot Chip.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's fun, cool and full of tunes and charm. Feb. 12 2008
By Babaas
Format:Audio CD
"Made in the Dark" is the third studio album from British electropop band Hot Chip.
The first release from the album, "Shake a Fist", created a stir among fans when it crept out on a limited 12" in September 2007 and the new single, "Ready for the Floor", was reportedly requested by Kylie Minogue's management before the idea was dropped.
Although usually placed within the indie category, Hot Chip are notoriously difficult to pin down.
They draw influences from a wide range of sources, from German minimal techno to Prince, Ray Charles, Fleetwood Mac and New Order. With their third album the band have returned to their peculiar brand of mechanically emotive pop and despite having fashioned remixes for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Scissor Sisters, the Go! Team and Gorillaz after their successful second album, Hot Chip remain refreshingly willing to depart from the styles of the pillars of rock and create their own distinctive sound.
Hot Chip's third album succeeds where their 80s electronica predecessors failed - it's avant-garde in places and there are some moments that sound like the devil's ring tone, but, like a striker who instinctively knows where the net is, the band never stray far from a killer melody or wondrous blast of retro-digital heaven.
The main evolution from their earlier work is that "Made in the Dark" contains more ballads than the previous albums.
Tracks like "Whistle for Will", "In the Privacy of Our Love" and "Made in the Dark" demonstrate that Hot Chip are capable of producing melancholy, tuneful and intimate songs which showcase how the voices of Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor work brilliantly together as well as thumping dance-floor fillers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We're in each other as hand in glove Feb. 4 2008
By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Personally, I've never been happy with most electropop and dance music -- they take a beat, repeat it for five-to-ten minutes, and add in some lame lyrics about dancing. No thank you.

But after two albums of doing the exact opposite, Hot Chip.... are STILL not doing it in their third full-length album, "Made in the Dark." Instead, they sound even quirkier and wilder, and their songs are crammed with deliciously tight electropop, some wild flourishes and beats, and occasionally... a soft little reflective pop ballad.

"It's on every street/It's funky, cheap... Are you at the pictures?/Or out at sea?/It's better this way/Trust, do you believe me?," Alexis Taylor sings over a funky, angular melody. But the mind-bending really sets in with "Shake A Fist," a dark rhythmic pop song that mutates halfway through into a colourful, insane tangle of jabbing synth.

Apparently Hot Chip are aware that their audiences' brains might explode with more songs like that. So after the warm, catchy electropop of "Ready for the Floor," they try some easier fare -- clattery rock'n'roll, razor-edged electronica, rambling electropop tied in twisting rock riffs, and a shimmying electropopper that evolves into a shimmering... video game theme. Yeah, that's what it sounds like.

And there are a couple softer songs woven in there -- a gently catchy ballad wound in twitters and streams of synth, little soft ballads, and the closing song "Whistle For Will," which is all echoing synth and solemn piano.

There was obviously a lot of time and care taken with "Made in the Dark," because this album has few -- if any -- weak spots.
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Amazon.com: 4.2 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's fun, cool and full of tunes and charm. Feb. 11 2008
By G.Villan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Made in the Dark" is the third studio album from British electropop band Hot Chip.
The first release from the album, "Shake a Fist", created a stir among fans when it crept out on a limited 12" in September 2007 and the new single, "Ready for the Floor", was reportedly requested by Kylie Minogue's management before the idea was dropped.
Although usually placed within the indie category, Hot Chip are notoriously difficult to pin down.
They draw influences from a wide range of sources, from German minimal techno to Prince, Ray Charles, Fleetwood Mac and New Order. With their third album the band have returned to their peculiar brand of mechanically emotive pop and despite having fashioned remixes for the likes of the Rolling Stones, Scissor Sisters, the Go! Team and Gorillaz after their successful second album, Hot Chip remain refreshingly willing to depart from the styles of the pillars of rock and create their own distinctive sound.
Hot Chip's third album succeeds where their 80s electronica predecessors failed - it's avant-garde in places and there are some moments that sound like the devil's ring tone, but, like a striker who instinctively knows where the net is, the band never stray far from a killer melody or wondrous blast of retro-digital heaven.
The main evolution from their earlier work is that "Made in the Dark" contains more ballads than the previous albums.
Tracks like "Whistle for Will", "In the Privacy of Our Love" and "Made in the Dark" demonstrate that Hot Chip are capable of producing melancholy, tuneful and intimate songs which showcase how the voices of Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor work brilliantly together as well as thumping dance-floor fillers.
The opening trio of "Out at the Pictures", "Shake a Fist" and "Ready for the Floor" are all wonky pop wonders that ease you into the experimentation that follows and, as ever, the voices of Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard work brilliantly together.
"Made in the Dark" has everything you'd want from a modern pop album - it's fun, cool, occasionally terrifying and full of tunes and charm.
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a cross between the Talking Heads and Devo, but with a cleverness and soulfulness of their own June 13 2014
By dwall - Published on Amazon.com
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Infectious beats and a likeable, clever voice are the hallmarks of this band, More soulful than Devo and less quirky than the Talking Heads, Hot Chip is a force all its own, mixing techno and dance music and even finding room for smooth ballads, all of which stay high above the clichés of the genres. Standout tracks include "Hold On", "Made in the Dark" and "Bendable and Opposable." I love this album and I think you would enjoy it, too. It's for people who like their music fun and fresh.
4.0 out of 5 stars Hot Chip! Jan. 8 2010
By Stephanie Rae Lozo Davies - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The title track has production that wouldn't be out of place on I Am Robot and Towers of Asia's debut record, or Postal Service outtakes. But like these artists, Hot Chip focuses more on song arrangements and structure rather than technology and programming showmanship.

It sums up the core of what made The Warning so accessible and enjoyable right from the onset: it's like listening to early New Order records for the first time, waiting for the next one with a little bit of excited anticipation to see what's going to happen next with every new song.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not all of Hot Chip's songs are for everyone, but they are all for me! June 24 2009
By Thaddeus Burns - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I guess I'm not surprised that Hot Chip's weirder songs bother some people, but man, I can't relate. I love it all. These guys are geniuses.

I like this 3rd outing better overall than "The Warning" but not by much. All their work has been incrdible.

Hot Chip is just plain fun to listen to, folks.

Best tracks on this one are Made In The Dark, Ready For The Floor, and One Pure Thought.
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, as they say... Nov. 12 2008
By M. Nielson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Their first album was no indication of how far they'd come. It hasn't been that long, yet they've rode a wave of hype and DFA backing to become truly great. They have their own sound.. no matter how fast or slow the tune is. With every track on "Made In The Dark," you can an irrefutable feeling they knew exactly how they wanted each song to come out.

So my 4 stars reflects the percentage of the songs that connected with me, and that I actually enjoyed. Favorites are the obvious 'Ready For The Floor,' and 'One Pure Thought.' Another hit was 'Wrestlers,' my favorite song on the album. What had been described as 'bad goon-hop' by lesser minded critics, I profusely enjoy the way it plays out, the vocal bridge.. everything. It's just the perfect song. Much like 'The Warning' from the same titled last disc has snuck up on me after a time, after the initial singles wore off.

Give this a sample listen before hand.. maybe buy a few songs as individual tracks. If you like it, get the disc as I have, help support them and their free-spirited experimentalism. If not.. just find something else.. not everyone will feel comfortable with the sounds on this disc. Different strokes....
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