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2010 album from one of the most exuberantly inventive and acclaimed bands around today. Hot Chip have built a devoted fanbase with their soulfully eclectic records and incendiary live shows. Hotly-anticipated by fans and media alike, One Life Stand is the band's most boldly accomplished record yet, at once offbeat and anthemic, cerebral and danceable. Features the single 'One Life Stand'.
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But "One Life Stand" is a really great electronic album about love.
Clubbing has always been more about pulling than avowals of affection like the deeply old-fashioned "Slush" - a waltz-time digital duet in which Hot Chip admit: "Now we are older/ There's more that we must do".
But Hot Chip have effectively hitched the rhythms and textures more often attuned to lust to a higher emotional calling.
One track, at the very least, stands shoulder to shoulder with "Over and Over", Hot Chip's breakout anthem. The title track is soppier than a puppy and harder than a limpet to dislodge. "I only wanna be your one life stand," swoons Taylor in his little-boy-lost voice. "Tell me, do you stand by your man?".
"Hand Me Down Your Love", meanwhile, is a nagging neo-house track in which a couple appear to retrieve their emotions from a loft space.
"Hand me down your love," urge the lyrics. "Open up my love..."
The live drums are just one instance of several on "One Life Stand" where Hot Chip have used instruments as a surprise counterpoint to their exquisitely detailed digital progressions.
So much electronic music affects a stony froideur.
Hot Chip, by contrast, have made a great big aural hug of a record."- Kitty Empire
Getting their In our Heads one and it will probably be the same story lol
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Like clockwork, Hot Chip are set to release another album in their two year cycle, and One Life Stand can certainly serve as fitting company to the excellent The Warning. It seems that this time around, Hot Chip have again learned how to love melody, and have worked it in throughout the record, creating captivating hooks and little ear worms that you'll have stuck in your head for weeks, if not months. The chillout bridge and triumphant harmonized chorus of the title track soars well above and beyond Made in the Dark, and it's at this point that it becomes obvious that Hot Chip have done it again. The songs are more tightly composed and the styles more varied on this effort, and I for one am very pleased with the restraint shown by the band on this go. I am once again in the thrall of Hot Chip, and looking forward to their next album in February of 2012. Other album highlight include the brilliant closer, "Take It In" and the beautiful fraternal-love-touting "Brothers." Another great record for 2010. Damn, this is a good year.
There is no filler on this album and every song is well thought out and performed with emotion. Hot Chip possess the best of many types of music, incorporating deep electronic soundscapes with catchy rythims and even a little jazz/r&b/Motown in the mix, all with hypnotic lyrics. I have not run into a band like this in a long time.
I am a fan of 80s and 90s music as well and they remind me of a cross between alternative artists such as Devo, New Order, Joy Division, Moby, with R&B music. However, don't take this as limiting the bands scope at all, that's just my perception. There is so much more to their music and they get the mix just right. I have never quite heard anything like it. Its as if they can cross over into anything while retaining their roots.
One Life Stand kicks off with "Thieves In The Night," which features a simple, driving beat overlaid by some typical Hot Chip keyboard sounds, but as a whole, the song feels much more sparse and is less exuberant than much of Hot Chip's prior music, and this sets a tone for the entire album. Next is "Hand Me Down Your Love," which is a more upbeat, energetic song, but still feels more controlled than what I've come to expect from Hot Chip. On "I Feel Better," Hot Chip find a beautiful medium between the driving beats and synth notes their known for and their new, more controlled sound. Despite clocking in at only 4:40 seconds, the song has an epic feel about it stemming from the lush keyboard work and the vocalist giving a fabulous performance.
The album continues the momentum until track six "Slush." This is the one track on the album where Hot Chip dials back the energy too much. At 6:26, this slow, uneventful song drags on much too long and makes it seem that One Life Stand will suffer from the same inconsistency that has plagued prior Hot Chip albums. However, the album quickly hits a second high point on the infectiously catchy "We Have Love." This is one two songs on One Life Stand that sound very much like past Hot Chip records and is also so catchy that it is near impossible to listen to without physically bobbing your head to the beat. After the rather forgetful "Keep Quiet," the album closes on an extremely high note with one of the best songs Hot Chip's best songs. As is common in their best songs, the rhythm of "Take It In" is incredibly catchy and the vocalist's performance, especially in the chorus, takes the song to another level.
On One Life Stand, the obvious difference from Hot Chip's prior albums is that, musically, their sound is much more dialed down and precise. However, what also makes this their best, most complete album is the consistent strength of their lyrics. The songs on One Life Stand largely focus on the importance of commitment whether it is a romantic relationship or a friendship. The necessity of human connection is something that we all feel, so these songs about the importance of these relationships make for highly compelling listens.
Upon their arrival five years ago, Hot Chip was one of the most exciting bands on the electronic music scene, but after their first three albums, they were becoming relatively predictable. With One Life Stand, Hot Chip has consciously shifted their sound to become more mature and consistently high quality, so as we move into a new decade, Hot Chip is once again at the forefront of excitement in the electronic music world.
Like their predecessor Karlheinz Stockhausen, who began his work almost 60 years earlier, Hot Chip combine digital sounds and music with acoustic instruments and manipulated samples. There is frequent use of synthesizers, synth pads, and drum beats which create much of the harmony and melody. Yet, almost every track includes an unaltered drum set and in addition several tracks include electric guitar and piano. The most notable manipulation of acoustic samples though comes from voice samples that often provide the refrain or accompany the chorus in many of their songs. Despite their experimentation and originality, most songs will still be heard at chic clubs and house parties due to the fact that most of the songs are driven by a steady bass drum beat (whether from a drum machine, a real drum set, or both) that allows the songs to keep their "danceability". Songs tend to build by slowly adding new sounds and beats that layer the music. The bands style is very reminiscent of the 70s and 80s electronic band Kraftwerk (which is interesting considering Hot Chip has covered and remixed two of their songs). Like their mentors, Hot Chip's beats are somewhat simple and contain strange electronic sounds, only attainable through computers, while being highly innovative.
The sixth track on the album, "Slush", provides a nice respite from the digital origins of the group and showcases their skills in a more traditional sense. This track only includes acoustic instruments that are not manipulated (with the exception of some vocal looping). This is the only track of it's kind on the record and one can assume that the placement of it in the middle of the album was an intentional choice, as it nicely divides the album in half. On tracks like this and others, lead singer Alexis Taylor's falsetto voice balances nicely when joined with his lower octave counterpart, Joe Goddard. The voices blend together seamlessly and complement each other well.
While the band's musical style remains largely unchanged, it is in the subject matter of the lyrics that reflect the most marked change from their earlier work. The themes found on One Life Stand seem to be more subdued and less experimental and reflect sentiments of fidelity, love, and happiness. This marks the groups' progression and suggests that they have entered into their "growing up" phase (lead singer Alexis Taylor is now a father). The lyrics are more insightful, for example on the track "We Have Love" Taylor reflects "we have love/ there is nothing else to be proud of". Or, on the album's title track, Taylor proposes on settling down for the rest of his life with one person.
Yet, Hot Chip has not lost all of their childishness and many lyrics still contain elements of triviality despite the overall more serious subject matter. This is most notable on the song "Alley Cats", which literally traces a story about two cats. On this Taylor sings "Monkey grooms, blossom blooms/ do you dig germs, the Germs". Or on another upbeat song, "Thieves in the Night", Taylor playfully jokes "My friend once told me something so right/ he said to be careful of bugs that don't bite".
The subject matter of the sentimental song "Brothers" bridges the gap between Hot Chip's former silliness and their newfound sincerity. This slower, heartfelt song reminisces about brotherly love and connection, but contains lyrics such as "I can play Xbox with my brothers/ it's not about who won or lost with my brothers/ we play to be free".
One Life Stand is still catchy and contains enough hooks and beats to be considered dance music, yet stays rigidly clear of the house music genre. The album is an excellent addition to the already experienced band's musical repertoire and to British-electronic music in general.
"One Life Stand" (10 tracks; 51 min.) starts off with a blast, "Thieves In the Night" and "Hand Me Down Your Love", the latter being an obvious choice for a radio single. The band takes a short breather with "I Feel Better", only to then continue the dance party with the title track and a nicely bouncing "Brothers". What a fabulous and pretty much perfect first half of the album, which I rate 4.5 stars. Things sound very differently on the second half of the album, though, with pensive tracks "Slush" and "Alley Cats". In fact there is only one up-tempo track on the second half of the album, namely "We Have Love", which actually might be my favorite track of the album. The album finishes with again 2 more pensive tracks, "Keep Quiet" and "Take It In". For me the second half of the album doesn't resonate as well as the first one, and I rate it 3.5 stars. In all, I wouldn't rate this album nearly as good as "The Warning", but still there are plenty of good tracks to keep me interested.
I've had the good fortune of seeing the band in concert a number of times, including on their "Warning" and "Made in the Dark" tours, and it was fantastic each time. I will be seeing them again at Coachella in a few months, and I fully expect they will play mostly their faster, dance-along songs from this album, along with the old nuggets from previous albums. Can't wait for that. Finally, if you wonder where you can hear these guys, check out WOXY (BAM! The Future of Rock and Roll), the internet-only station that brings the best indie-music in the country, bar none.