“We Are the Night” strays from the Chemical Brothers signature catchy rhythms and dark tones, opting for a softer sound that quickly becomes a bit long winded.

“We Are the Night” strays from the Chemical Brothers signature catchy rhythms and dark tones, opting for a softer sound that quickly becomes a bit long winded. A disc with few stand-outs, most of the tracks seem a step backward for the group; “Battle Scars” and “The Pills Won’t Help You” straddle — and occasionally cross — the line between melodic and boring. Other songs whisper influences of their electronica peers: “No Path to Follow” hints at Autechre glitchiness and “Harpoons” borrows a page from the Boards of Canada handbook. But “Harpoons” lacks the ethereal beauty of a BoC melody and the track becomes repetitive and dull after the first minute.

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