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It's been a tough season for the former great hopes of electronic music -- the recent Fatboy Slim and the Prodigy releases ranged between middling and drecky -- but there's hope for stadium-ready dance music in the Chemical Brothers' fifth studio album.

Push the Button keeps to a formula familiar to followers of the U.K. duo, opening with a block-rockin' break-beat track ("Galvanize," a hip-hop romp with Q-Tip on the mike), closing with an extended jam (the acid-trip carousel soundtrack of "Surface to Air") and, in between, delivering an album full of beat-wise psychedelia.

Highlights feature two vocal newcomers: the gentle lilt of Anna-Lynne Williams from Trespassers William lends an affirming beauty to "Hold Tight London," and the urgent yelp of Kele Okereke from Bloc Party makes "Believe" a club-anthem-in-waiting. "I need you to believe!" wails Okereke. And by the end of Push the Button, we do.


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Bluemask writes:

4of 5 Stars

A revist to the glory days of Dig Your Own Hole. There's the block rocking beats of Galvanize (with MCing by Q-Tip), the lush female vocals on Hold Tight London (a decent substitute for Where Do I Begin) and the club pounding psychedelia of Believe and various plearsures along the way.

Jan 5, 2006 19:24:44

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