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"Be careful, what's fixed as one/breaks in two" Alexis Taylor warns in the title track of "Made In The Dark," the third and best album so far from the Mercury Award-winning London quintet.

“Be careful, what’s fixed as one/breaks in two” Alexis Taylor warns in the title track of “Made In The Dark,” the third and best album so far from the Mercury Award-winning London quintet.

Taylor has an airy, fragile voice, and his phrasing holds back like someone determined not to let you know how much they hurt. And battles of all kinds are going on in the songs of “Made In The Dark.” He’s torn between abandon and control in “Shake A Fist,” lust and revulsion in “Touch Too Much,” with Joe Goddard’s gruffer vocals playing devil’s advocate at every turn. And the lyrics get more perverse as the music slows down.

The electronic beats have a brittle metallic sheen, but Hot Chip makes them sound lush and supple; their combination of beats and heartache has its roots not only in The Pet Shop Boys (“Ready For The Floor”) and Kraftwerk (“Bendable Poseable”) but also early Eno (“Whistle for Will”) and even James Carr’s rustic soul (the gorgeously restrained title track). It’s a mix that gives Hot Chip a singular sound.

Hot Chip - 'Made In The Dark'

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