The Chemical Brothers - No Geography
Critic Score
Based on 24 reviews
2019 Ratings: #268 / 766
User Score
Based on 383 ratings
2019 Ratings: #295
Liked by 3 people
April 12, 2019 / Release Date
LP / Format
Virgin EMI / Label
House, Big Beat / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

95
Earmilk

Despite the randomness in vocal samples, dialogue, and synths used from song to song, there remains a seamless thread that transitions each one into the next without pause.

90
Clash

Three decades after forming, hitting the reset button has unleashed this iconic duo afresh, demonstrating an insatiable ability to forge the perfect dance track, whatever the era.

90
DIY

Both what you’d want and expect from a Chemical Brothers album, as well as a whole lot more on top, it pushes the duo firmly back to relevance.

85
Under The Radar

No Geography, the duo's ninth full-length over 25 years, is a seamless mix that throws in everything plus the kitchen sink.

83
Consequence of Sound

No Geography is sprawling, terror inducing, and absolutely primed for the dancefloor.

80
NME

The futuristic Manchester duo return with another spell-binding and forward-thinking collection of festival smashers, still light years ahead of their peers.

80
Pitchfork

Blending psychedelic sensory overload with riotous club bangers, the shape-shifting electronic duo’s ninth album is their most entertaining in years.

80
The Guardian

No Geography glances back to emerge reinvigorated and refreshed.

80
The Independent

The Chemical Brothers have lost none of their dance verve. Their mega beats endure on No Geography, but this is also a stupendously successful splicing of past and present.

80
The 405

Though No Geography looks backward at their heyday, it simultaneously looks forward further than most electronic artists today.

80
musicOMH

No Geography is a great Chemicals album, for it balances the hedonistic big numbers with sentiments of real substance, fighting its corner with vigour in the face of chaos.

80
Spill Magazine

As an album No Geography holds together lyrically and musically. They know when to bring it down a slower groove and know when to kick it up. All the while it keeps the listener both entertained and more than interested.

70
Exclaim!

It certainly has a strong first half ... if less praise can be heaped on the latter half of No Geography, its contours will at least be sweetly familiar to longtime fans.

70
AllMusic

While not a low in their catalog by any means, No Geography is also not their strongest or most memorable work to date. It's best not to call it a comeback, just another ample addition to their decades-long discography.

70
Slant Magazine

The album displays elements of all stages of the duo’s career yet retains the same playful inspiration found in their best work.

68
Resident Advisor

Overall ... No Geography pushes right up to the line but doesn't cross it.

60
Dork
It’s not that ‘No Geography’ is a misstep in The Chemical Brothers career path, it’s not even that it’s a bad album, in fact, it’s quite good. It’s that it neither adds nor takes away from their revolutionary discography; instead, it simply exists.
60
The Observer

In choosing lower-key collaborators ... Rowlands and Simons seem to want these more-banging-than-average tunes to speak for themselves.

60
The Needle Drop

No Geography is unfortunately another late-career mixed bag from the electronic music duo.

50
Rolling Stone

The album’s feel and sound is resiliently explosive, especially on the three-song mini mega-mix of sorts that kicks things off ... The rest of the album feels a little more perfunctory, never quite being of a piece a la their euphoric 2010 return-to-form Further, or offering uniquely memorable high-points a la Born in the Echoes’ “Tomorrow Never Knows”-tinged face-melter “I’ll See You There.”

Plats
87
"No Geography" is definitely one of The Chemical Brothers' best albums in a while! The flow from track to track is fantastic, the synths are great and the production is just fun to listen (and dance) to! Overall, this is another great return to form for one of the pioneers of the big beat scene!

Fav Tracks: We've Got To Try, Got To Keep On, Free Yourself, Bango, Eve Of Destruction, No Geography, MAH

Least Fav Track: Gravity Drops

Score:
8.7
Exceptional
MusicSucks
73
As my introduction to this band, I must say that this album got me pleasantly surprised and curious to check their back catalogue.
No Geography is a collection of very fun, catchy, and hypnotic tracks that make me headbang my way through this album.
The flow and the transitions are impeccable, and, even if the first half is better than the second, this is a very solid project.

FAV TRACKS: The Eve of Destruction, No Geography, Gravity Drops
Pio
80
"And it was indeed remarkable. Something had happened. Even though the people in the walls of the room had barely moved and nothing had been settled, you had the impression that someone had turned on a washing machine or sucked you up into a giant vacuum. you drowned in music and pure cacophony"

These beats feel more like beautiful soundscapes to get lost in and expect more reviews from The Chemical Brothers' discog. The only reason I feel that this isn't a 90 is that some samples, ... read more
Doofly
88
Eve of Destruction had me dancing for a year straight and more, really love this album
aronmace
62
but have you heard the salmon dance
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Added on: December 11, 2018