Release Date: Jul 17, 2007
Record label: Astralwerks
The Chemical Brothers never stopped being great producers, but during some of their ho-hum full-lengths of the early 2000s, they relied too much on production skills and forgot what they were first known for: innovative sounds and great hooks. (It's hard to deny that their comparatively sleek psychedelic house was a far cry from the big-beat bombast and excitement of their first two LPs. ) Unfortunately, We Are the Night is no departure, although it does reveal Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons showing some build-to-suit character instead of angling for the straitjacket-tight and over-serious dance music of their past ten years.
Review Summary: Brothers gonna work it out...kindaWith the amount of success and fame they have achieved in their 15 year career, it would seem surprising that both Chemical Brothers (Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons) reside behind the turntables and let a revolving cast of guest spots voice their music. You can hear one of their tunes just about anywhere, dance floors that shoot green lasers, alternative radio late at night, and even Budweiser commercials. What this makes clear is the versatility and the creative expenditure that the band has come to embrace.