Review Summary: "Unlike a fair share of techno, these songs feel like 'songs,' not a collection of clever samples and a race to the fastest BPM on the planet."
After much criticism from the people, the Brothers have devised a simple, yet genius, way of getting back at them, which sums up the album "Surrender". The big beat masters have effortlessly ditched their old-school style and created something more techno-orientated. At times it feels like a change is needed, and thats what Ed and Tom took into consideration. While their previous hit album, "Dig Your Own Hole", defined the word 'big' and turned it into 'massive', but yet was never dance-proof or flashy, but deep in substance. In "Surrender", however, they take every noted mistake we've heard from the past and have turned it against us.
The album almost kicks into high gear with "Music: Response", an intro to the new them. Very well built and structured, sounding a lot like some of Kraftwerk's material. A brilliant start to a brilliant album. Almost instantly, "Under The Influence" manages to squeeze in between, with a booming bassline kicking every milli-second of **** out your ears. While the amazing song doesn't last very long, "Out Of Control" makes up for lost time. Featuring the brilliant vocals of Bernard Sumner from New Order, this is definitely a highlight of the album. More techno sounding, they offer us a much more dancable track to crump to, and is a favorite song when played live.
"Orange Wedge" follows up, but unfortunately I have to say is the worst track. Its good, but overshadowed by the rest of the brilliant songs. Noel Gallagher teams up with the Chemical Brothers again for more bouncy vocals over a sampled Beatles track, but ends too soon. Would've been slightly better if the track had a bit more variation and length. "The Sunshine Underground" is a hypnotizing 8 and a half minute journey into the imagination, when you close your eyes and the song paints a picture for you. This is a must for any Chemical fan.
"Asleep From Today" is a sleepy and stretched out track over Hope Sandoval's soothing voice, hence the name of the song. If you enjoy Dido or The Beatles, you'll love this one. An excellent intro with dreamy flute and trumpet noises. Another highlight hit. With many complaining the Chemical Brothers going a bit mainstream today, "Got Glint?" takes one of the heavy blows. Its a collection of guitar and piano riffs together with a Chinese flute over the chorus. Taking a heavy turn away from their big beat ways, the brothers get into the techno-era with "Hey Boy, Hey Girl", probably the best on the album. Its stylish execution and up-tempo beats attempt makes it another favorite track played live.
"Surrender", the album song, is an impressive mix of big beat magic with many electronic references, such as The Prodigy and Moby. It features a familiar chorus line mostly heard in a couple of TV adverts, but fails to land popularity on the charts. Its an underrated song, but one of my personal favorites off the album. The final track, "Dream On", is another soothing number similiar to Beth Orton's featurette. Despite the song being slow and sleezy, the work on the details is excellent. Overall, a great outro.
Most say "Surrender" is overrated, and some say its one of the best of the brothers, but my thoughts is straight-forward and simple; the greatest alum they've ever done. Even though some songs aren't as popular as we had hoped to be, they do still have an impact on the Chemical Brothers long-living career. Really worth the hype!
- Under The Influence
- Out of Control
- The Sunshine Underground
- Got Glint?
- Hey Boy, Hey Girl