Hot Chip
The Warning


4.0
excellent

Review

by The Jungler USER (183 Reviews)
September 11th, 2006 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist


Hot Chip is band from London, and their sophomore record, The Warning is about as close to Electronica as a Punk-Funk band will ever come. Sorry for the blunt opening sentence, but its pretty true. The Warning is a completely danceable album forged from the bleeps and boops of electronica masterminds past, yet it retains that sort of English scene band, with grungy ska loops and a Chav sense of style. The band hit pretty hard with their minimalistic debut album and came back in full swing with an album full of synthesizers and attitude. The biggest difference between the two records is probably how musically dense The Warning is over debut, Coming on Strong. The keyboards build up like a fortress, with stringy melodies weaving between each stone. The end result is a musical jungle of everything from dark dreary beats, to funky guitar and uplifting sound-effects.

The dissonance of The Warning is probably the most surprising thing about it. For a album that’s Brit-pop to the core it has a surprising essence of electronic dominance and slightly distraught loneliness. After the heavy opening synth drive of Careful powers into heart pounding pop track Boy From School and that implodes upon itself into a detached whisper jam its almost obvious that the song Colors would be next. Colors (or Colours as those crazy Brits spell it) is a heavy hearted ballad full of catchy lyrics soft synthesizers and a sexy electronic drum beat. But the real star of the song is singer Joe Goddard’s slightly obtuse voice. Normally it’s full of hilarious quirks and funky humor, but on Colors Goddard delivers an emotional classy performance, complete with a delightfully un-sober and sonically flat (not tone-wise, more of a production thing) Thom Yorke like moan.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Colors
I’m everything a girl could need
There’s nothing in this heart but me
If everything you want is free
deplores Goddard in the soft, but effective ballad. Another perfect example of The Warning’s uncomfortable dissonance is strange and sad hip-hop esque track, (Just Like We) Breakdown. The song mixes jungle beats with cold hard layers of synth and Goddard and guitarist/back-up singer Al Doyle mumbling and weeping through a very slight reverb effect. Breakdown is a very prominent album highlight, joining Boy From School as a contender for best on album.

But don’t let those songs get you down son. You know every good British electro-punk band’s gonna have a few party jams and this CD is no exception. Looking to get and/or break down? Look no farther than single and respective club banger Over and Over. The song is one of Hot Chip’s funkiest and rockiest (it even has a banging guitar solo), housing a retro disco beat, a load of guitars and even some organ jamming. The mega repetitive chorus to the song is pure punk-funk catch, with vocals and lyrics echoing that of [fellow London native and garage extraordinaire] The Streets. And speaking of Garage another one of The Warning’s upbeat poppers comes in the resident is-it-rap-is-it-rock drug ballad track, Tchaparian. The song has a very minimalistic click track beat with heavy synthesizer use, rumbling bass and a curious sample of a man “oooo” ing. The beat recalls everything from Houston area Southern Rap to Lady Sovereign style party-hop. It gets a bit old, but is fun while it lasts, but that’s how most party songs go, right? I much prefer the album’s darker moments.

Overall this is an album of interesting melodies, funky rhythms and fantastic production. An album to get up and dance to, but an album that makes you think a great deal. The lyrical content isn’t fantastic, but its fun and quirky which makes for some exciting music. Goddard has a good, voice that acts much as a chameleon, changing to fit its background and such, he can get it high as helium or dark as pitch, something many singers these days can’t do for the life of them. The album along with Thom Yorke’s the Eraser shows the comedy and tragedy of modern laptronica. Obviously this album strikes a lighter tone with the listener, but I’d go as far as to say that The Warning makes Yorke’s work look like it was done by the relative scene newbie, rather than the other way around. Each song is delightfully different and (most of them) aren’t very repetitive at all (the fault of many Electronic albums). The album ends on an almost self destructive note with detached and tense dance rocker, No Fit State. The only fitting ending I can come up with for this review would be: Hot Chip is a great band and they have a fantastic album in The Warning. 4.5/5.

-Joe.



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Zebra
Moderator
September 11th 2006


2647 Comments


This sounds really cool but I dislike both "The Eraser" and "Silent Alarm." Great review.

Neoteric
September 12th 2006


3243 Comments


Hey, great review, this seems interesting.

Waterloo_Sunset
September 12th 2006


452 Comments


saw these at reading - not impressed at all the sense of eccentricity you get from them initially dies fast and their music becomes dull. Only buy this if you are already into "Electronica"

smokersdieyounger
September 12th 2006


672 Comments


" "Chav sense of style"? Haha, you obviously haven't seen them. "

Word

Horrorshow34
September 12th 2006


110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

When was the last time you saw a Chav wearing Day-Glo Sunglasses and a dodgy anorak? As for the record, meh it's pretty good. 'Over And Over' is a fantasic tune but ther rest seems pretty half arsed to me.



Still good review *votes*This Message Edited On 09.12.06

Robert Crumb
Emeritus
September 12th 2006


165 Comments


Hot Chip get boring after about two minutes, but those first two minutes are hot.


Truth, it would seem to me. Although I really like "Colours." About the only song I still play off this.

The Jungler
September 12th 2006


4826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

[quote= Plath]"Chav sense of style"? Haha, you obviously haven't seen them[/quote]Heh, I guess that wasn't the best choice of words. I actually have seen them live (Lollapalooza). I guess I sort of meant for "chav" as a description of the music (that whole "Diska" fee/british movement). Either way I fail at incorporating British slang into my review. Consider it removed.

Thanks for all the votes.This Message Edited On 09.12.06

Neoteric
October 1st 2006


3243 Comments


I heard Over and Over, it's decent.

The Jungler
November 11th 2006


4826 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Over and Over is one of my least favorite songs to be honest.



This band makes me dance like a prick.This Message Edited On 11.11.06

La Revolucion
November 11th 2006


1060 Comments


This seems like something I would like...maybe I'll pick it up.

samthebassman
August 1st 2007


2164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The first half of this album is the shiznit but the second half is kinda dull...

Two-Headed Boy
November 13th 2007


4527 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

...Boy from School is something I listen to every day. This is a really great album, despite a lackluster second half.

chris21
February 27th 2008


159 Comments


i hate this band, i hate the shitty indie-electo beats that they try and produce.

aguzman
November 24th 2008


62 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

When you listen the album you get so bore, i think they'll need to improve in make the songs less repetitive.This Message Edited On 11.24.08

Graveyard
April 17th 2012


6371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Coming on strong will always remain their best

mindleviticus
July 3rd 2012


9927 Comments


and i was a boy from schoooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooool

Digging: Tim Hecker - Anoyo

mindleviticus
July 3rd 2012


9927 Comments


you're really annoying

mindleviticus
July 3rd 2012


9927 Comments


but in a good way



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