Made In The Dark: Deluxe Edition

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Hot Chip's sophomore album, THE WARNING, signaled the group's arrival as a geeky indie-pop rebuttal to electronic music's detached cool. Combining clever, cheeky songwriting chops with a chugging discofied beat, it seemed to strike a perfect balance between pop and dance music. On the group's follow-up, MADE IN THE DARK, they present an ever more eclectic set of influences, displaying a penchant for everything from light FM balladry to the latest rhythmic innovations of reggaeton and R&B. Picking off where they left off with the jubilant lead single "Ready for the Floor," its buoyant, rubbery bass and gauzy synth chords illuminate vocalist Alexis Taylor's pleasing falsetto. As much as their brand of brash indie-dance pop can ignite dance floors, MADE IN THE DARK shows the band's more sensitive and wistful side on a pair of ballads, "Whistle for Will" and "Privacy of Our Love." Taylor's delicate vocals on those tracks are reminiscent of Paul McCartney--a likely touchstone given this quirky ensemble's broad range of influences.

What the critics say...

Rolling Stone (p.78) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[With] catchy tunes, monster grooves, and lyrics resolving the heartfelt and the smartass."
Spin (p.92) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Hot Chip enliven their mix of indie club and British music hall with a surreal playfulness. This is some serious whimsy."
Uncut (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "On this rich and touching LP they confidently draw upon their diverse influences and skill sets in new, often inventive way without spoiling the delicate nature of their songs."
Alternative Press (p.146) - 4.5 stars out of 5 -- "DARK finds Hot Chip shaping their big ideas into inventive, streamlined songs."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.104) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "MADE IN THE DARK is incredibly precise....'Hold On' best articulates their uneasy aesthetic, the clash between dancefloor hedonism and detached pop intellectualism..."
Blender (Magazine) (p.98) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's a newfound decisiveness, a move toward heavier beats, meatier grooves and warmer sentiments."

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  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
Release date NZ
February 18th, 2008
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Album Length (Minutes)
53:57
Label
Astralwerks
Number of Discs
1
UPC
5099951792022
Product ID
1553742

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