Push The Button

 
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Released 24th January 2005
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UK/Europe CD
Freestyle Dust / Virgin Records (UK), XDUSTCD7
US CD
Astralwerks, ASW63282
 01 Galvanize (Feat. Q-Tip) (6:34)
 02 The Boxer (Feat. Tim Burgess) (4:08)
 03 Believe (Feat. Kele Okereke) (8:15)
 04 Hold Tight London (Feat. Anna Lynne) (8:12)
 05 Come Inside (5:26)
 06 The Big Jump (5:33)
 07 Left Right (Feat. Anwar Superstar) (4:15)
 08 Close Your Eyes (Feat. Magic Numbers) (08:16)
 09 Shake Break Bounce (03:59)
 10 Marvo Ging (6:21)
 11 Surface To Air (9:03)

Japan CD
Virgin Japan, VJCP-68715
 01 Galvanize (Feat. Q-Tip) (6:34)
 02 The Boxer (Feat. Tim Burgess) (4:08)
 03 Believe (Feat. Kele Okereke) (8:15)
 04 Hold Tight London (Feat. Anna Lynne) (8:12)
 05 Come Inside (5:26)
 06 The Big Jump (5:33)
 07 Left Right (Feat. Anwar Superstar) (4:15)
 08 Close Your Eyes (Feat. Magic Numbers) (08:16)
 09 Shake Break Bounce (03:59)
 10 Marvo Ging (6:21)
 11 Surface To Air (9:03)
 12 Giant Bonus (?:??)

UK/Europe LP
Freestyle Dust / Virgin Records (UK), XDUSTLP7
 A1 Galvanize (Feat. Q-Tip) (6:34)
 A2 The Boxer (Feat. Tim Burgess) (4:08)
 B1 Believe (Feat. Kele Okereke) (8:15)
 B2 Hold Tight London (Feat. Anna Lynne) (8:12)
 B3 Come Inside (5:26)
 C1 The Big Jump (5:33)
 C2 Left Right (Feat. Anwar Superstar) (4:15)
 C3 Close Your Eyes (Feat. Magic Numbers) (08:16)
 D1 Shake Break Bounce (03:59)
 D2 Marvo Ging (6:21)
 D3 Surface To Air (9:03)

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BBC Music

The Chemical Brothers return with their rebel rockin' fifth studio album blowing all stylistic boundaries down in the process.

Bigger, bolder and more adventurous that what's gone before, Push The Button is almost certainly their most accessible in a discography that has seen them chalk up an impressive 8 million units in a little over a decade.

Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons once more demonstrate why they're at the forefront of their game on a set that never loses the attention, and again pushes the envelope in terms of innovation and sonic excellence.

As before, collaborations are plentiful with Q-Tip's wordy rhymes gracing the lead single, "Galvanize". Electronica returns to centre stage with former collaborator and Charlatan, Tim Burgess (who first featured on 1995's Exit Planet Dust), making a welcome return on the cutting edge, hook-laden "The Boxer"; a theme that is replicated in near-"Block Rockin' Beats"-style on the angst "Come Inside". While "The Big Jump" will undoubtedly have the neighbours bangin' on the wall - this intoxicating rush of synthesizers, electronics and layered drum machines needs to played at maximum volume to be true appreciated and understood.

But it's not all steam rollin' beats and tormented wordology. Anwar Superstar (Mos Def's brother) represents the hip-hop nation on the edgy militant "Left Right" - a whirling dervish track with Middle-Eastern political stylings. While from the other end of the cultural spectrum Kele Okereke (singer with art-rocks Bloc Party) is featured on the chewier funk of "Believe" that employs both tuneful tones and obscure samples.

Certain quarters of the music press will have you believe that it's been a tough season for the former great hopes of electronic music. Admittedly, the recent Fatboy Slim and the Prodigy releases ranged from fair to middling; and in 2004 we finally said farewell to those other goliaths of dance, Orbital; while Underworld are by all accounts in hibernation.

But all is not lost. Moby's long awaited Hotel will no doubt have TV advertising executives salivating in anticipation, while new sets from Daft Punk and Timo Maas show there's a definite air of optimism to be had and plenty of reasons to pitch a tent in a muddy field.

On Push The Button the Chem's once more utilise their trademark crystalline electronica, oddball percussive journey, and kaleidoscopic sonic textures, epitomised by the epic instrumental "Surface To Air" - surely destined as a future Glastonbury set classic. Once more Ed and Tom have constructed a blindingly innovative and relentlessly propulsive album that's an exhilarating listen and is a worthy addition to an already impressive collection.

Reviewer: Lewis Dene


Rolling Stone


It's been a tough season for the former great hopes of electronic music -- the recent Fatboy Slim and the Prodigy releases ranged between middling and drecky -- but there's hope for stadium-ready dance music in the Chemical Brothers' fifth studio album.

Push the Button keeps to a formula familiar to followers of the U.K. duo, opening with a block-rockin' break-beat track ("Galvanize," a hip-hop romp with Q-Tip on the mike), closing with an extended jam (the acid-trip carousel soundtrack of "Surface to Air") and, in between, delivering an album full of beat-wise psychedelia.

Highlights feature two vocal newcomers: the gentle lilt of Anna-Lynne Williams from Trespassers William lends an affirming beauty to "Hold Tight London," and the urgent yelp of Kele Okereke from Bloc Party makes "Believe" a club-anthem-in-waiting. "I need you to believe!" wails Okereke. And by the end of Push the Button, we do.

BILL WERDE

3.5/5