Reviewed: October 2000
Label: Junior Boy?s Own
Release Date: 1995-06-26 00:00:00
Having established a cultish DJ-ing, remixing and singles-releasing reputation, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons generated as many column inches when The Dust Brothers in America wanted their name back. The re-christened Chemical Brothers now find themselves bona fide Top 20 chart stars with Leave Home, although their debut album is still too much of a technohead's wet dream to convert the masses just yet. The opening seven tracks are mixed together to form a seamless, electro-gliding whole, the Brothers showing their ability to weave hip hop breakbeats and techno thumping, before everything subsides for the lush, chilled-out One Too Many Mornings. Thereafter Life Is Sweet and Alive Alone show off the boys' rock roots, built as they are around proper melodies and suitably starry-eyed guest vocals from The Charlatans' Tim Burgess and William Orbit's associate, Beth Orton respectively. But rest assured the Brothers didn't choose a drug-related appendage so that they could be the next Pet Shop Boys.