Hot Chip
In Our Heads


3.0
good

Review

by Joseph Viney STAFF
June 28th, 2012 | 36 replies | 6,636 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A blip on their shoulder?

As many women may tell you, men cannot multi-task. Here’s one for you bitter, cynical laydeez out there: it’s possible to both listen to In Our Heads AND exercise concurrently. If the mental image of a bearded, miserable Englishman sweating up a storm to Hot Chip’s fourth LP is akin to a Lovecraftian nightmare, then accept my most sincere apologies.

Of course, music that you can quietly tone up alongside tends to be missing something. Walk into any gym in the world and blasting out of their speakers or televisions is more often than not vapid, repetitive crap; something to zone out to whilst you try to replicate that unattainable figure that Men’s Health magazine keep on prodding you into achieving. That’s why we have iPods. Just think, right now somebody could be lifting weights to the dulcet drawl of Sunn O))).

The obvious conclusion to draw here is that Hot Chip have created an album of gym-going substance. That is to say, barely any. It’s a tough one to answer with any conviction. The first thing you’ll notice missing from In Our Heads is the willingness to experiment that underpinned their previous albums. 2006’s mainstream breakthrough The Warning featured the wondrous “And I Was A Boy From School”, the lullaby-esque “Colours” and the scatty “Careful.” 2008’s Made In The Dark featured “Ready For The Floor”, a bubbly little earworm. One Life Stand, released in 2010, showed a certain maturity and adherence to deviation looking to burst through.

Alas, this growth appears to have been cast aside in favour of a more safe and comfortable collection of songs bearing themes that long-time fans may find familiar. “These Chains” beckons us to play voyeur on the place where the vocalist and his unnamed beau “first made out.” The idea of innocence, a sort of child-like wide eyed wonder, is one that permeates Hot Chip’s discography. “Night And Day” carries on the theme of a more simplistic attitude to matters pertaining to the heart; “The way I feel about you, baby/in the middle of the night” is the track’s overall message. It might come across and naïve and even a tad immature, but it can be a welcome antidote to the unsubtle raunch that dominates other similarly chart-bothering songs.

The main problem with In Our Heads is its musical anonymity. Barring the tender, guitar-led “Look At Where We Are”, the majority of the songs present up-tempo, bouncy numbers that, whilst undeniably fun, are largely derivative not only of their own work but plenty of others. “Flutes” is one track that can really test your patience. Wheezing over the finish line at seven minutes, it’s too long by half.

That’s not to say the album is a dud. Hot Chip appear to be both talented and careful enough to know what works. Album opener “Motion Sickness” is propelled by synth stabs, vocal harmonies and sultry bass work and “How Do You Do?” reminds you of something LCD Soundsystem would have conjured up had James Murphy spent his days guzzling Prozac.

Yes, this album will certainly get in your head, but how long it stays there is another matter.



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Tyrael
June 28th 2012



20395 Comments


Dammit Broseph!

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JViney
Staff Reviewer
June 28th 2012



313 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What have I done now?

Tyrael
June 28th 2012



20395 Comments


Nothing, actually...

The review is spot-on, great job.

Wildorwhat
June 28th 2012



85 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is fantastic.

klap
Staff Reviewer
June 28th 2012



10001 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what flutes is the best song. dammit viney!

GhettoHmbrglr
June 28th 2012



531 Comments


Kind of forgot about these guys. I've always liked their music videos

conradtao
Emeritus
June 28th 2012



2088 Comments


What a blah record. Great review, as per usual!

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
June 28th 2012



9485 Comments


I love your reviews, man.

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Anthracks
June 28th 2012



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The rest of their discography must be the best shit ever with all the people I see saying this is their worst.

Let Me Be Him is my song of the year so far (not counting oM songs, of course).

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scissorlocked
June 28th 2012



3479 Comments


nice review man!

I' ve heard about these guys but never paid much attention

which album should I listen to first?

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drewhnovak
June 28th 2012



41 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The review was well written, even if I disagree with the score. This is competing for 2nd place in their discography for me! 'Flutes' and 'How Do You Do?' are SUBLIME.

1. Made in the Dark
2. The Warning = In Our Heads
3. One Life Stand
4. Coming on Strong

Yotimi
June 28th 2012



6274 Comments


I still really love The Warning (especially Boys From School and So Glad to See You) but never really cared for any of their other albums

AtavanHalen
June 28th 2012



17927 Comments


what the fuck did i just read

let's sweat

AliW1993
Contributing Reviewer
June 28th 2012



7236 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review as ever Viney. I thought about writing something for this but it was going to be more or less along the same lines.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2012



6248 Comments


Haven't listened to this yet, but the first single was kinda meh...


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Aids
Contributing Reviewer
June 29th 2012



23652 Comments


Viney rules

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Anthracks
June 29th 2012



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

night and day??????? is amazing god 2 hell

ZedO
June 30th 2012



1096 Comments


gonna get this hot chip! it must be no too expensive

Nrap
July 1st 2012



137 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i dunno
i really like the album
its very enjoyable
look at where we are is awesome
motion sickness is awesome

i prefer it over one life stand

Anthracks
July 28th 2012



3639 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

5'd



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