Why Make Sense?

Hot Chip - Why Make Sense?
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2015 Ratings: #208 / 772
User Score
Based on 176 ratings
2015 Ratings: #326
May 18, 2015 / Release Date
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Domino / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
The Line of Best Fit

Whilst happiness, love, fear and confusion are, of course, all well trodden ground in art, it is the narrative voice found on Why Make Sense? that heightens the record to something of a career highlight for the London five-piece.

85
Paste
It’s goofy, yet sexy, accessible and experimental, and often all at once.
83
A.V. Club
Hot Chip has sunk itself into crafting a record for the wee hours of the disco, for the party that’s starting to get intimate, where the wild times have died off but no one’s ready to go home—at least, not alone.
80
NME
Stripped back to basics and muttering against the machines, they've never come on so strong.
80
Exclaim!

Why Make Sense? is a consistently engaging album by a band that has successfully reinvigorated their sound.

80
DIY

Why Make Sense? is a stripped back affair, an album of emotionally intelligent, lithe, pared back R&B.

80
musicOMH
This is the record in which Hot Chip keep their best elements while incorporating a more obviously live sound and, at the same time, making concessions to the music of the band’s youth.
80
AllMusic

On the surface, Why Make Sense? is another album of wry, kinetic electro-pop from a group that has mastered the style, but it also builds on Hot Chip's roots -- and dance music's origins -- in ways that sound fresh.

80
The 405
They may not be doing anything vastly different, but they've cracked the formula for solid dance tunes and, as the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
80
The Guardian
Not many current acts will make it to a sixth album, but Hot Chip’s latest reflects their growing maturity and comprehensive knowledge of dance music.
80
NOW Magazine

A porous quality in Hot Chip's music suggests an openness to the experiences and rhythms of dance music, even when the mood seems inclined to the opposite: focused, domestic, deep in thought. It's as anti-complacent as pop music gets.

75
Consequence of Sound
This is the first Hot Chip album that channels the appeal of their live show. There’s no need to go out. They’ll bring the club to you.
75
Under The Radar
Plenty of the tracks would fit right at home on the dance floor, but this is much more versatile than that. It is an album full of pop glitter, Hot Chip's signature grooves with hypnotizing melodies and dizzying ambience.
73
Pitchfork
This is the smoothest Hot Chip album, and they’ve never sounded more professional. It's a mixed blessing: For a band healthily obsessed with not making sense, the refined sound can seem a bit commonplace after more than a decade of spikes, jump-cuts, and curveballs.
70
FasterLouder

It might not succeed as well as select predecessors; but, as an album, Why Make Sense? allows for the band to be interesting, to be relevant and – perhaps the most important of them all – to be them.

70
Slant Magazine

Why Make Sense? is the electronic fivesome's characteristically polished, generously tuneful tribute to wearing your heart on your sleeve.

70
Drowned in Sound
Do you like expensive-sounding vintage synthesisers, touching falsetto and production so bright it would make Jeff Lynne proud? Do you like Hot Chip? Yes? Good, then you’ll like the album.
70
PopMatters

Much like In Our Heads before it, Why Make Sense? executes one of the band’s strongest selling points: their ability to marry the physicality of a rock gig with the colorful sonic palette of electronic music.

70
Loud and Quiet
The problem with being routinely excellent is that, eventually, it becomes the norm.
70
Rolling Stone

On their sixth LP, Hot Chip look back toward their disco, soul and funk rootstocks.

70
Spin

Why Make Sense? smooths out Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard’s longstanding, ever-evolving musical partnership and collective existential quandaries into an album as polished as Larry Levan’s disco ball, and their most cohesive as well.

66
Resident Advisor
Stylistically, it's more of a grab-bag than ever before, occasionally tipping the scales from charming to bombastic.
60
Time Out London
It’s fair enough, but some of the material here doesn’t resonate or have quite the same exciting attack as the band’s previous work.
58
Pretty Much Amazing

Why Make Sense? is stubborn in its adherence to the band’s established strengths. The band’s self-assuredness ultimately leads to a serviceable, but not particularly novel listening experience.

sidebyside
85
It’s not uncommon for a band to claim their new album is “the best they’ve ever done” when promoting a new record. It is uncommon, however, for most bands to deliver on their own claim, unless that band is Hot Chip, and the album in question is “Why Make Sense?”, because this might just be the best album they’ve ever made. In the process of attempting to capture, on record, the infectious energy and uncontrollable sense of “fun” found at a ... read more
holsgr
57
☆☆½ ~ Relatively tolerable listen. I don't connected too much with this.
DalekTurret32
98
Huarache Lights [102]
Love Is The Future [95]
Cry For You [102]
Started Right [98]
White Wine And Fried Chicken [92]
Dark Night [99]
Easy To Get [103]
Need You Now [102]
So Much Further to Go [88] (-)
Why Make Sense? [97]

Top 5:

5. Dark Night
4. Huarache Lights
3. Cry For You
2. Need You Now
1. Easy To Get
giovanneslima
83
A great release by Hot Chip, 'Why Make Sense?' is an improvement in comparison to the two previous albums of the band, yet below 'The Warning' and 'Made in the Dark'.

Best track(s): Cry for You, Easy to Get and Need You Now

Worst track(s): So Much Further to Go
laragonzo
50
''you're moving inside of me'' - love is the future

''from the moment I saw you, from the note you first wept / there is something about you I will never forget / look for me on the dance floor playing easy to get'' - easy to get

''you might think I'm easy to get / no, no, no / i am yours'' - easy to get

''you gave me white wine and fried chicken, a new place to stay'' - white wine and fried chicken
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END OF YEAR LISTS

#9/Mixmag
#39/FasterLouder
#42/Gigwise
#57/Under the Radar

Track List

  1. Huarache Lights
  2. Love is the Future
  3. Cry For You
  4. Started Right
  5. White Wine and Fried Chicken
  6. Dark Night
  7. Easy to Get
  8. Need You Now
  9. So Much Further to Go
  10. Why Make Sense?
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