The Chemical Brothers
Come with Us


3.5
great

Review

by Cloverfield USER (4 Reviews)
January 28th, 2008 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Brothers attempt to create musical fusion fails somewhere along the line...

When the Chemical Brothers are at full steam, there is no way of stopping their ingenious music. They have moments when the world is suddenly at their finger tips, but other moments when the Brothers haven't got a clue where to begin, and are eventually lost in their own faults. However, you can't judge a book by its cover, and most certainly can't judge it by its style of execution either.

"Come With Us" hits the high note with the opening track of the same name, and kicks off a swift violin intro that eventually turns into a buzzing electronic wheel. "Come with us, and leave your Earth behind..." You know you're in for something big. The energy of the song is amazing, with more of the high-pitched whizzing noises and low-tempo dialogue. "It Began In Afrika" is the club filler of the album, with some rapid heart-pounding electronica that takes us back to the early eighties, including repeated animal noises thumping along to the bassline in the background.

Then when you think it couldn't get any better, you are hit with the bounce beats of "Galaxy Bounce", a definite but short and sweet track to jam to while driving. Although, the turning point of the album happens halfway between the track, and hits us with the lead single and highlight of the album, "Star Guitar". The Chemical Brothers re-invent the big beat design of their glory days and channel the power into one massive dance song. The intro of the track starts off with a loop of various up-tempo string and drum beats, then rises into a synchronized opera house anthem. A spectacular track, which I think is one of the best from the Brothers in years.

"Hoops" follows up the rapid track, but doesn't pan out as much. Expect some more diverse string and flute tunes to flow with the booming bassline, while the Brothers attempt to re-create their smash hit "Under The Influence". From here, the album takes a big downhill run, with the follow-up tracks "My Elastic Eye"and "Denmark" that offer great substance in detail, but nothing as groundbreaking. "The State We're In" is the first song on the album to have a featured artist, and Beth Orton's mellow voice does little to impress.

"Pioneer Skies" is a 4-minute loop of big beat magic without explanation. It soon follows up the outro to the album, "The Test" featuring Richard Ashcroft. The vocal work is good, but to a point where it starts sounding like a gospel church song. On the other hand, the detail to the sampling is exellent. It was neatly polished and remixed several times, but cuts it short with a so-and-so guitar riff that makes it a bit repetitive to listen to after a while.

While some tracks (Star Guitar, Come With Us, It Began In Afrika) stand out from the album, its not enough to save the other songs from failing. Then to conclude, The Chemical Brothers yet again deliver another album with "Hey, wasn't that song on a TV ad"" moments fused with some old-house big beat music. Its not block rockin' all around, but a great attempt nonetheless.


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Two-Headed Boy
January 29th 2008


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This might be my favorite Chemical Brothers album.

Elijahwow
November 22nd 2008


30 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

shit I fuck so much with this album.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2010


32190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Love this album



The combination of 'The State We're In' and 'Denmark' is divine

bloc
June 11th 2010


45331 Comments


More than a year later, we have thread resurrection. I love when that happens.

Digging: Flotsam and Jetsam - Doomsday for the Deceiver

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2010


32190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Sucks that the reviewer probably ain't around though



Do you like this album Bloc?

bloc
June 11th 2010


45331 Comments


Oh he definitely ain't coming back...

Only heard the title track very long ago and I loved it, this is next after Surrender.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2010


32190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

If you listen to all of Surrender that is

bloc
June 11th 2010


45331 Comments


No worries, I shall fulfill my duty.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2010


32190 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Surrender is kind of an oddball album, especially placed in the middle of this and Dig Your Own Hole

bloc
June 11th 2010


45331 Comments


I hope you're right, for both our sakes.

jefflebowski
November 2nd 2011


8562 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

probably my favorite CB album. Denmark is a great track

SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
July 7th 2012


4501 Comments


Great review. pos'd.

MikeC26
February 19th 2013


3373 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Star Guitar is the perfect song to get your fuck on to. Killer music vid too

Eloriaz
November 6th 2013


776 Comments


"It Began in Afrika" is like the little brother of Leftfield's "Afro-Left"!

ItsEric
November 7th 2013


54 Comments


Man I love this album so much

hiyabootchie
February 23rd 2014


408 Comments


Chemical Brothers had some good moments. Particularly the ones that are not so techno oriented but the more tripped out psychedelic stuff.

Tunaboy45
July 23rd 2015


15690 Comments


Star Guitar is still great



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