Come With Us
A few years ago, I hardly had any idea of who The Chemical Brothers
were. Now... I can't get enough of them! How'd that happen? Well, I got introduced to the fine art of electronic music through the Fight Club soundtrack, and when I set out to explore some more I discovered The Chemical Brothers
. The first album of theirs I visited was their latest at the time... Come With Us
I loved it! A little while later, Push The Button
was released and I eagerly gave it a listen... I was a bit disappointed. It didn't quite sound like Come With Us
, so I forgot about that one for a bit. Instead, I dove back into their older releases and picked up Dig Your Own Hole
, as most fans seem favor that one the most. Great stuff! I made my way through Exit Planet Dust
, and finally gave Push The Button
another try... this time I loved it - my tasted had been a little more refined and I could appreciate it for what it was. All of their albums are awesome, and I listen to each just as much as the others. I listen to them so much, in fact, I really wanted to do a 'top album' write-up about them as I've been doing, so I gave it a good thought about which one was just a little above the rest in my eyes, and I came up with the very disc I started with.
I'm sure many long-time fans will disagree with me, but Come With Us
is just so consistently awesome, from start to finish. It also features my favorite Chemical track ever, which of course helped a little bit. The other records seem to be a bit more up & down for me. But from the frantic strings that start up the track Come With Us
to the final wind-down of The Test
... it's pure electronic enjoyment! I'll list off some of my favorites from the album:It Began In Afrika
- Track 2 on the disc begins with this sweet robotic/compressed voice reminiscent of a really old video game or pinball machine. From there it's a high-energy ride through an African landscape with bongos, steel drums and even some animals.Star Guitar
- Another fast-tempo beat-fest... but slows down for a bit about halfway through and throws in some vocals as well. This song has an awesome video, which is half of the reason I wanted to mention it. If you haven't seen the video you should check it out on their official site."You should feel what I feel
You should take what I take"My Elastic Eye
- The shortest song on the album, but one of the coolest here. The sounds near the start remind me of the workings of a clock, then there's that deep 'electricity-bass' that pulses its way throughout the song.The Test
is the song... my favorite Chemical Brothers track! It features the most vocals of any of the songs on this album (by Richard Ashcroft) and awesome lyrics! Has a very epic feel to it. Wonderful way to end an album."I'm dreaming this and I'm dreaming that
Regretting nothing... think about that"
The rest of the tracks are great as well, with The State We're In
probably as my least favorite. If you've never gave the Chemical Brothers a good listen I would certainly recommend this disc to you as your invitation as it worked for me. Follow their advice and 'go with them'... you might discover a whole other world!Please post your thoughts on this... I'd love to hear them! Also, Chemical fans, I would really like to get some recommendations from you guys. I've been searching high & low for some electronic music like The Chemical Brothers but keep coming up short - I'm open for more suggestions! Thanks...