The Chemical Brothers We Are The Night

The Chemical Brothers We Are The Night

The Chemical Brothers have achieved such success that it is hard to believe that six albums down the line they would continue to produce fresh, innovative and enjoyable music. Nevertheless, here we are and yet again they have surpassed themselves. Not only does the album capture a different energy than those before it but it also sustains progression throughout to form arguably their most cohesive LP to date. From the ominous entrance with the recurring theme of "No Path To Follow” into the dreamy title track, We Are takes a sinister turn with the splendid "All Rights Reserved,” featuring the Klaxons. Halfway into the track it reaches a pivotal breakdown of dissonant harmonics and distorted electro, gradually building back to a climax of epic proportions in one of the album’s finest sections. The first single, "Do It Again,” is a sexy, minimal house romp, while "Das Spiegel” and "Saturate” are lighter fare amongst the seemingly moody collection. "The Salmon Dance,” featuring Pharcyde’s Fat Lip, is an oddball interlude before the album transcends to a psychedelic state of rapture. "Burst Generator” is a swirling sonic collage, while "The Pills Won’t Help You Now” features a contribution from Midlake in a bittersweet finale of striking beauty. We Are The Night makes a convincing argument for its place alongside every other Chemical Brothers album as a genre-defining classic. (EMI)