The Chemical Brothers
Dig Your Own Hole



by AfroMan USER (9 Reviews)
February 23rd, 2005 | 26 replies

Release Date: 1997 | Tracklist

The Chemical Brothers - Dig Your Own Hole

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simmons, now known as the Chemical Brothers, started simply as friends who shared the same love for music. It wasn't long before they took this to the next level when they transformed their bedrooms into recording studios. Early influences of Public Enemy and My Bloody Valentine may not be distinct in the songs but the music itself demonstrates the same passion and energy which very few bands have rivalled on the platform of Electronica. Their first release in 1995 - "Exit Planet Dust", single handedly invented the style of Big-Beat but it wasn't until the follow-up - "Dig Your Own Hole" that they perfected the formula.

Blowing all stylistic boundaries, DYOH was much bigger and bolder. Combining crushing beats with the same enthusiasm and intensity as rock music, The Brothers created the first ever stadium-friendly form of dance. Eventhough it paved the way for the (probably more successful) releases of "Fat of the Land" by the Prodigy and "You've Come A Long Way Baby" by Fatboy Slim, DYOH still sounds just as, if not more powerful than it's predesesors. Unfortunatley they have never managed to better this despite heading in new directions but the problem is - how can you better something that defined it's own genre?

The album itself is thankfully as good as the hype which surrounds it. Although in saying that, it did take me a few listens to fully adjust to. It's quite easy, at first, to get lost in the big beats and fail to grasp a full appreciation for each song. You might even be a little dissapointed at first especially if your looking for something on the same level as "Fat of the Land" which automatically captivates you. Don't worry though as it isn't long before familiarity develops and you find yourself attached to it. I seriously doubt that anyone hasn't heard "Block Rockin' Beats" but suprisingly the rest of the album seems to overshadow it and ive even found myself starting the album on track 2. "Dig Your Own Hole", "Elektrobank" and "Piku" are all perfect big beat tracks that set the album off with sheer power and force. What makes this album a classic though is it's consistancy throughout. By the end with "Where Do I Begin" and "Private Psychadelic Reel" you feel like you've been taken on a journey that you don't want to get off which is something very, very few albums can achieve.

Standout Tracks
Dig Your Own Hole- You can't not move to this song. There is such a funky feel to it, which combined with the crushing big beats makes this, in my opinion The Chemical Brothers finest hour (well at least 5 minutes 27 seconds). This is a prime example of how they managed to get their formula perfect for this album and is endlessly listenable.

Elektrobank- Again incredibly funky when the beat kicks in this is another defining moment of the Big-Beat genre. The vocals are the highlight which demand you to sing along to. There is a strong sense of urgency surrounding the track and functions in such a way that your desperate to hear what the rest of the album has to offer.

Where Do I Begin- The lightest and most immediatley grasping track on the album. Weaving rhythms laced with sweeping melodies set the basis for the beautiful vocals which I think might be Beth Orton. The song eventually breaks down with some big beats but the relaxing atmosphere still remains. For an almost 7 minute long track it feels like the time swores by you making you want to listen to it again and again. Highly recommended to anyone, even if you are put off by the power of most of The Brothers other tracks. Beautiful.

Want something fresh, exciting and powerful? This is the only album you'll ever need. Very consistant throughout and endlessly listenable, "Dig Your Own Hole" is essential for not only fans of electronica but anyone with a love for great music. Block Rockin' Brilliance.


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Comments:Add a Comment 
Scott Herren
February 24th 2005


Do you ever give an album less than a 5/5? It kind of takes away from your ratings seeing as apparently you love every thing that you hear.

February 24th 2005


I don't love everything I hear. I review my favourite albums that haven't already been reviewed so obviously im going to give them 5/5.

July 9th 2005


Album Rating: 3.5

Surrender is better than this.

Zesty Mordant
July 14th 2005


Album Rating: 4.5

Great album and a very well done review, despite not mentioning the sheer awesomeness of "Elektrobank" and "Private Psychedelic Reel".

This is probably my favorite by the Chemical Brothers. Despite all the praise Surrender gets, I could never get into it as much as this album.

February 14th 2006


Album Rating: 3.0

This album is decent. Block Rockin' Beats is the obvious standout for me. There are a few other good tracks, but I find most of them mediocre.

"Freshly Baked"
March 11th 2006


It bugs me when people try and put them on Basement Jaxx's Level. Stop it, they aren't (grr)

April 15th 2006


The pinnacle of the Chemical Brother's creativity, this is ideal starting point for newcomers. Over the years Surrender has lost some of it's charm and in comparison to Dig Your Own Hole is a weaker effort. Come With Us is a downward slide. Push The Button saved the Chemical Bros career by turning out to be a better record than most people expected, the best since Dig Your Own Hole incidently.

April 23rd 2006


Album Rating: 4.0

^stolen from itunes?

"Freshly Baked"
June 11th 2006


Is it just me or do they sample norweigan wood for "The Private Psychadelic reel"?

June 11th 2006


[quote=bryant]It bugs me when people try and put them on Basement Jaxx's Level. Stop it, they aren't (grr)[/quote] The Chemical Brothers are leagues ahead of Basement Jaxx, although they are two completely different types of electronica groups. The Basement Jaxx's have a much more glossy sound while the Chemical brothers have a slightly darker and myserious atmosphere.

"Freshly Baked"
June 13th 2006


The chmical Brothers have released five ful albums and the Jaxx have released 3

Dig Your Own Hole Is The Chemical Bros best effort and it still doesn't come close to Remedy.

Don't get me wrong, I love The Chemical Brothers (Even though surrender is Overrated IMO) but they are nowhere near Basement Jaxx.

But you are right. They are different. The Chemical Brothers are very Rap influenced, as Basement Jaxx are more Pop influenced. The Chemical Brothers have the more traditional style while Basement Jaxx experiment a lot on their records but it never sounds rough or incomplete. IMO

August 1st 2006


dude, this was an amazingly written review, keep bringin it man

Shadowed Reflection
February 8th 2007


Elektrobank is just so excellent

Shadowed Reflection
February 8th 2007


Dammit, accidental double postThis Message Edited On 02.08.07

Liberi Fatali
February 10th 2007


The second half of it is at least.

January 23rd 2008


Album Rating: 5.0

"Freshly Baked" has a point. BUT Basement Jaxx come no where near the big-beat electro-f*ck-your-style-this-is-my-world beats of the brothers.

One of the greatest albums ever.

December 30th 2009


after a while this gets really boring except for a few tracks near the end

Staff Reviewer
June 22nd 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

I've made a homemade t-shirt with the cover of this record (that is the girl figure minus the logo).

I bought this record because i liked the black and white artwork.

This record's so cool.

Digging: My Expansive Awareness - My Expansive Awareness

Slipping Away
June 22nd 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

good album

June 26th 2010


Seriously, only good album from these guys

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