As a first time Hot Chip listener, I went into this album with zero expectations. Hype has been growing for this band, and with their latest album release a few weeks ago, I decided it was time to find out just how much of the hype was warranted.
From an unbiased perspective, this album, “One Life Stand” is a synth-pop treat filled with lush lyrics and lofty instrumentals. Imagine a mashup of the Flaming Lips and MGMT after a few songwriting lessons from Coldplay and you’ll start to get the idea. It is an extremely upbeat but mellow and thoughtful album that is very easy to get into.
Having thoroughly enjoyed the experience, I sought out some of Hot Chip’s earlier tunes for more perspective. This being their fourth album, I had plenty to choose from and opted for their next most recent album, “Made in the Dark.” Expecting more of the same. I was disappointed to find an inconsistent collection littered with rough tracks that had none of the polish of “One Life Stand.” It lacked the lyrical softness and pop feel that had made its successor so successful.
With this in mind, it seems like the band has taken a step in the right direction. They have opened up their lyrical style, including more real emotion then ever before. While managing to maintain their electronic roots, they have still sought out a fresh personality that has been fleshed out with mainstream style. The combination of style across tracks should help them maintain their fan base while attracting a whole new segment that is sure to love the new sound. Hopefully, they will continue along this new path. If “One Life Stand” is any indication, it is sure to serve them well.