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The Chemical Brothers – No Geography (April 12, 2019)


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Ninth studio album, first full length since 2015’s Born in the Echnos.

 

01  Eve Of Destruction  

02  Bango           

03  No Geography          

04  Got To Keep On        

05  Gravity Drops            

06  The Universe Sent Me           

07  We've Got To Try     

08  Free Yourself - Album Version            

09  MAH             

10  Catch Me I'm Falling

 

 

 

 

 

Pre-orders live https://store.thechemicalbrothers.com/

 

North American tour dates:

May 12, 2019 – Mexico City, MX @ Pepsi Center WTC

May 15, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Expo Hall *

May 16, 2019 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre *

May 17, 2019 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *

 

*With The Black Madonna

 

UK tour dates:

November 21, 2019 – Leeds @ First Direct Arena

November 22, 2019 – Manchester @ Manchester Arena

November 23, 2019 – Glasgow @ The SSE Hydro

November 28, 2019 – Cardiff @ Motorpoint Arena

November 29, 2019 – Birmingham @ Birmingham Arena

 

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fuck it, I'll bite, this sounds decent and these singles sound better than the ones that came out for Born in the Echos

 

I don't geek out for the CBs as much as I did 10-15 years ago but their EBW 12" series still have a bite to them and they've aged well without selling out to gimmicky EDM tropes like many others of their standing would likely be tempted to do. From what I've read they sit on a lot of material and kind of pick and choose what bits they like instead of forcing themselves to write tracks for each album. Goes hand in hand with their live set workflow. I suppose this is partly how they still sound engaging. 

 

Interesting choice for the cover art, looks like cold war era Dutch or German tank on maneuvers 

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I like the two singles.

 

The Brothers have still got it, especially live. This sounds more psychedelic than the past 2 albums, and that artwork whiffs of nostalgia.

 

Pre ordered and at least this got a thread whereas the Prodigys latest album didn't....

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I ought to check that out, I haven't listened to any of their stuff since the The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One

 

Unfairly or not I haven't checked out their stuff since I gave Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned a skim in college. That same year Fatboy Slim put out Palookaville and it was also a big letdown. Fatboy Slim fell back in DJing. I feel like the Chems were at their weakest point as well but they gradually got back.

 

Have the last few Prodigy albums incorporated future bass / or dnb stuff? - I feel like dubstep and all of it's offshoots help shake off the trend of trance and then electro house that seemed to be the deathknell of big beat back in the early 00s (which ironically is when I got into it). modern EDM seems to channel a lot of the loud arena crossover appeal big beat had originally, it would make sense if Prodigy has been able to fit back in style wise

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I haven't really listened to an entire Chemical Brothers album since Come With Us... singles I've heard in recent years were all kinda weak, "Free Yourself" does seem to harken back a bit to their more psychedelic early stuff though. Their first 3 albums are still classics.

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Sounds like someone's been training an AI to make Chemical Brothers tunes.

 

They've mentioned they archive all of their alt takes and outtake studio bits and revisit them when producing new tracks. Makes sense if these tracks seem like they are generating themselves.

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goddamn they still got it, I'll go ahead say this is up there (albeit not better than) Exit Planet Dust and Dig Your Own Hole and those are classics. 

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^ ah, god how did I miss that

 

fun fun fun on the autobahn

fahren, fahren, fahren!

 

I'll def give them a chance, and if it beats their last few dull efforts then I'll buy it out of loyalty. Hope it goes more oldskool which the possible kraftwerk reference might imply. Can't listen to the samples yet.

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