AOTY 2019

A Bath Full of Ecstasy

Hot Chip -  A Bath Full of Ecstasy
Critic Score
Based on 22 reviews
2019 Ratings: #139 / 610
User Score
Based on 176 ratings
2019 Ratings: #508
June 21, 2019 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Independent

For all its glimmering synths and the robotic pathos of Taylor’s idiosyncratic vocals, this is a record with both heart and soul.

100
The Observer

These nine new songs see the band’s gift for melody and grasp of pop’s dynamics tweaked into transcendent shapes by house master Philippe Zdar and xx producer Rodaidh McDonald.

85
The Line of Best Fit

Their ingenuity and introspection often serves as an antidote to brash, factory-made pop, making them crucial figures within the wider pop landscape. On A Bath Full of Ecstasy, Hot Chip remain as vital as ever.

80
Clash

Their lushest sounding project yet.

80
Exclaim!

A Bath Full of Ecstasy provides hope within strife, encourages repeated listens as much for their danceability as the quality of the writing.

80
musicOMH

A lush, adventurous experience, immersive and refreshing.

80
The Skinny

Hot Chip's new album is a giddy, nerdy and camp appreciation of all sides of dance music.

80
PopMatters

The few weaknesses of A Bathfull of Ecstasy – particularly the decision by the band to frontload all the strongest tracks – prove to be minor hitches in what is otherwise a characteristically superb song collection.

80
DIY

Their more collaborative process has brought an album that, while rarely deviating from that Hot Chip sound, feels lighter and freer.

80
Under The Radar

They have been put on this planet to create beautiful, awe-inspiring packages of synth pop and alternative dance, a charge that A Bath Full of Ecstasy more than delivers on.

80
NME

Their strongest offering in years, where dance is an act of defiance.

80
Rolling Stone

Hot Chip have always made songs that slip between the erotic and and neurotic, but this time out there’s another level, as the tracks slip sideways to comment on our upside down world.

73
Pitchfork

The band’s seventh album is compulsively listenable, oddly moving, and stranger than it first appears.

70
Northern Transmissions

A Bath Full of Ecstasy is exuberant and lush, replete with grand, sweeping electro-pop compositions.

70
Loud and Quiet

Peel back some of the glowing layers of glossy coating, though, and you’ll find a beating heart; one that is ageing, resistant, religiously steady; a recipe for inertia. It’s just all a shade too familiar.

70
Spectrum Culture

It’s near impossible to see them as stuck in neutral when their lyrics reflect such earnest hopefulness.

70
AllMusic

Immersive, joyous, but sometimes insubstantial, A Bath Full of Ecstasy lives up to its name in more ways than one.

70
Crack Magazine

Another gem from one of synth pop’s most solid acts.

60
Dork

The new Hot Chip record, ‘A Bath Full of Ecstasy’ is nothing short of an absolute delight.

Doofy
74
Never have Hot Chip sounded more like the song Kip sings at the end of Napoleon Dynamite - that alone could make this their definitive musical statement.
Plats
85
"A Bath Full of Ecstasy" sure as hell feels like one, alright (I don't even do drugs). If you ignore the ugly cover art, the album is beautifully-produced, colorful and heartwarming to boot. I like the direction Hot Chip took here and they stay as geeky and quirky as ever.

Fav Tracks: Hungry Child, No God, Melody of Love, Echo, Spell, Positive

Least Fav Track: Why Does My Mind

Score
8.5
Exceptional
cfreemon
81
Hot Chip's signature brand of existential dance music is yet again polished as hell on their latest record, A Bath Full of Ecstasy. The exuberant synth beats are contrasted by Alexis Taylor's croons about love as expected. The lyrics on "Hungry Child" or "Melody of Love" are some you've heard before on past Hot Chip records, but the full-on danceability of ABFoE more than makes up for the retreading. "Hungry Child" in particular is a banger, with a sizzling synth ... read more
usedtobe
92
British quintet's newest material bathes in its Technicolor strokes of pulsating electropop tracks suffused with lush, consistently vocoded harmonies that are always dance-floor ready. From its wise use of gospel sampler from the euphoric opener Melody of Love to the robotic groove and vox synthesizers of Spell; Echo & Hungry Child are intricately orchestrated late night groove-getter with house influences; the urgent Positive leaves a rapturous impression while Why Does My Mind conjures ... read more
AnalVape
88
My first Hot Chip taste was a rather decent one. Thanks for blessing my ears with A Bath Full of Ecstasy, Hot Chip.

Right from the go, Hot Chip lets you know what you're in for. Melody of Love is a glittery electronic pop anthem. This oddly reminds me of Cher, Madonna, etc. Very pristine diva vibes. This song is instantly one of my favorite singles of the year. I can't get enough.

Spell continues the 80s dance aesthetic. The only blemish this song has is the fact that the clean vocals sound ... read more
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#31/MOJO

Track List

  1. Melody of Love
  2. Spell
  3. Bath Full of Ecstasy
  4. Echo
  5. Hungry Child
  6. Positive
  7. Why Does My Mind
  8. Clear Blue Skies
  9. No God
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