Hot Chip
One Life Stand


2.5
average

Review

by Eric USER (161 Reviews)
January 28th, 2010 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Hot Chip manage to create an album with the same fun, carefree vibe as always. Unfortunately, everything done right on the album goes awry quicker than you can say, "What's that giant head doing on the cover?"

Quirkiness is a funny quality. I mean seriously, attach that label to music and attention will be paid- I guarantee you. This undoubtedly stems from what most eager music listeners strive for: something different, but not too far out of their comfort zone. Hot Chip fills this description fairly well. The dance-oriented band from the United Kingdom has been considered catchy enough for the mainstream, but still satisfying for the more refined tastes of electronic enthusiasts (for something fun, at least). Hot Chip possess that “quirky” quality- a little hard to define, but definitely that ONE song or sound that sends your radar off a little. One Life Stand is satisfying in this sense. It leaves you with a little grin and your head bobbing whether you’re that audiophile with the Autechre discography or whether you’re my little sister. That being said, don’t expect anything even close to consistency, because once again Hot Chip fails in this paramount aspect.

On One Life Stand, Hot Chip don’t hide their melodies away, they’re up front and in-you-face. Don’t take my word for it, listen to the first two songs which display this point beautifully. “Thieves In the Night” establishes a strong point for the “dance-pop” extraordinaires to build upon. Heavily reliant on synthesizers, the song builds for a whopping six minutes on top of Alexis Taylor’s plodding voice. “Hand Me Down Your Love” takes the torch and runs with it, and Taylor stretches his vocal range a little, with some nice computerized backing vocals. The beats are certainly competent, and the bass plays a more significant role than on any of Hot Chip’s previous.

Speaking of a comparison to their past... well, let’s just say they this doesn’t come all that close to The Warning. Hot Chip attempts to stay more focused here, and it’s really a shame this move in the right direction doesn’t necessarily pay off in consistency. Hot Chips manages to keep my head bouncing all the way up through “One Life Stand.” A dark, thumping, fuzzy, hook-laden song is just what the doctor ordered, and this is easily Hot Chip’s magnus opus since “Ready For the Floor.” The glorious medley of beats is entrancing and electrifying at the same time.

The downside to “One Life Stand,” though, is that afterwards One Life Stand takes a steep fall and suffers a fairly cataclysmic injury. “Brothers” and “Slush” sound like Hot Chip wallowing in their misery, unable to produce anything near as exciting as the first half of the album. “We have Love” displays the band merely getting a bit annoying, and by “Keep Quiet” I’ve lost most of my interest. Fortunately, Hot Chip doesn’t completely self-destruct and manage to redeem themselves with a listenable, cathy closer- “Take It In.”

Well... One Life Stand certainly has its fair share of ups and downs, but is it worth it? Well, if your looking for a thumpingly-fun time that lasts about 4 songs, then Hot Chip should be on your to-listen-to list for sure. “Thieves In the Night” and “One Life Stand” especially have a great combination of replay-value AND make fantastic singles. When Hot Chip hit it right with their catchy hooks, they don’t hold back. And that quality of quirkiness, where Hot Chip infuses One Life Stand with the right combination of beats and melodies to create something that hits you a little differently, is usually hard to argue with. Unfortunately, One Life Stand does mark another inconsistent release from Hot Chip; not in the sense of electicness like Made In the Dark, but rather in terms of quality. That being said, do your self a favor and listen to the first half of this- you know, only if you like being happy, or dancing, or loving life.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
January 28th 2010


20834 Comments


streaming at: http://www.muchmusic.com/music/firstspin/hotchip/

AggravatedYeti
January 28th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

really? I heard some advances a few months ago and it all sounded great.
stream time!

SeaAnemone
January 28th 2010


20834 Comments


eh, listen to it yourself to see if you like it- you probably heard some of the better tracks.

AggravatedYeti
January 28th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ironically, all I heard were the first 4 tracks, your decided best, so let's see how the later half holds up.

Yotimi
January 28th 2010


6549 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review man, but I hope you're wrong - Haven't heard this yet but The Warning is one of my favorite albums.

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SeaAnemone
January 28th 2010


20834 Comments


Well it's definitely worth hearing this if you like The Warning.

Yotimi
January 28th 2010


6549 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

But I wasn't a fan of Made in the Dark, which is weird I guess. I'll check this out though.

SeaAnemone
January 28th 2010


20834 Comments


It's weird that nobody cares about this... idk I didn't expect a whole lot but I thought Hot Chip was relatively popular.

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2010


10545 Comments


aragaklgnalgnalgna a 3 is not a 2.5 dammit

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SeaAnemone
January 28th 2010


20834 Comments


I felt like my review reads a more like a 2.5 and I think the review fits but the first four songs warrant a 3, personally. If that makes sense which it doesn't.

fromtheinside
January 28th 2010


19029 Comments


What's that giant head doing on the cover?

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
January 28th 2010


20857 Comments


Solid review Eric. You're really bashing them out at the moment.

I don't mind the lead single/title track here, but I don't love it enough to give this album a full listen me thinks. But who knows, I may do as you suggest & give the first 4 tracks a listen.

AggravatedYeti
January 28th 2010


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this was ok. you're pretty spot on.

SeaAnemone
January 28th 2010


20834 Comments


Thanks Davey... it's always nice to hear encouragement from such an established reviewer.

and yeah, yeti, I think we can agree it's only the first 4 that are worth anything.

Douglas
January 28th 2010


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Shit, there is a stream, postin postin.

SeaAnemone
January 28th 2010


20834 Comments


yeah, sorry Dougie. haha I figured there'd be one SOMEwhere

Douglas
January 28th 2010


9174 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah it is cool man, great review by the way. Obviously I agree haha.

SeaAnemone
January 28th 2010


20834 Comments


1. Is there any chance could get featured?

2. Am I not supposed to ask that?

fromtheinside
January 28th 2010


19029 Comments


LOOK! sputnik doesn't hate you after all!

SeaAnemone
January 28th 2010


20834 Comments


haha fromtheinside, I've been proven wrong.



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