Born in the Echoes

The Chemical Brothers - Born in the Echoes
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2015 Ratings: #472 / 771
User Score
Based on 108 ratings
2015 Ratings: #329
July 17, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
Astralwerks / Label
Electronic, Big Beat / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
NME
‘Born In The Echoes’ is a bold reinvention of the Chemical Brothers’ sound, pushing the late-period renaissance that 'Further' heralded to somewhere dark and twisted.
80
Under The Radar
They may have cake to spare, but in 20 years, it will be interesting to see if present-day EDM superstars manage to have the staying power of The Chemical Brothers.
80
Time Out London
Rather than following contemporary trends, the Chems have rooted themselves in what they do best: making chunky, off-kilter dance music with infectious hooks – end of. The result is their strongest album since 1999’s ‘Surrender’.
80
AllMusic

Born in the Echoes is an excellent mash of familiar and vanguard, the very same formula that lifts all the duo's best albums above expectations.

80
Clash
The Chemical Brothers continue to buck any notions of a creative burn-out with their strongest release in a decade.
78
Pitchfork
Part of a fast-moving culture always looking for the next high, the Chemical Brothers remain steadfast—eyeing the past and future while living in the here and now.
75
Consequence of Sound

Born in the Echoes is the work of a few seasoned dance gurus in full flight. The Brothers utilize all the weapons in their arsenal, from infectious pop joints and hypnotic ravers to the A-list cameo appearances, but there’s extra oomph behind these 11 tracks.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Born In The Echoes continues their fusing of psychedelic head music with the dancefloor, and while it doesn’t break new ground, it’s a timely smack on the nose to the pretenders to their throne.

70
Billboard

Born in the Echoes is electrifying, tightly constructed big beat the way they've always done it: with pop-like song structures, marquee guest vocalists and scarcely a hint of dubstep, trap or, really, any developments in the past 15 years of dance music. Even the Brothers' logo has stayed the same.

70
PopMatters
The Chemical Brothers have succeeded in tapping into the values of early electronic music and bringing them to life in contemporary culture, something that their peers have struggled with endlessly, and they deserve the most credit for that.
70
musicOMH

Born In The Echoes does not reveal anything startlingly new about The Chemical Brothers, but it is more than them simply ticking over, and clearly they have an eye on the future.

60
Slant Magazine

Born in the Echoes is frontloaded with star power, and so it comes as a slowly dawning relief that that album isn't the Chems' Random Access Memories, but rather an attempt to strip away the detritus of the now and play to their own strengths.

60
Exclaim!

On the whole ... Born In The Echoes is a lacklustre affair. Die-hard fans will — and probably should — give it a few listens, but it seems unlikely that anyone's going to have this album on repeat for the summer.

60
Spin

Born in the Echoes sounds like an old couple that’s been together forever, gotten comfortable, and settled into a routine.

60
Rolling Stone

The latest from the U.K. duo hits harder and lower than their last album, 2010's Further, with guest-vocal turns from artists as varied as Q-Tip and St. Vincent over tracks that could've torched an outdoor rave in 1995.

60
Drowned in Sound

Born in the Echoes isn’t the sound of stagnation, nor the grim realisation of irrelevance, and there are numerous flourishes that can only come from a knowing skill set, but in the end, it’s only just good enough.

40
The Guardian
The dance duo extend the decade-long dilution of their canon with their new record, which is as technically accomplished as ever, but creatively exhausted.
Super_Conzo
73
This album starts strong and stays strong for 7 full tracks, like a straight-up rush of what The Chems do best. Track 8, Taste of Honey, acts like a speed bump from which the album doesn't fully recover and it stumbles towards the closer Wide Open which is one of their typically pleasant, reflective numbers.
The duo don't seem to have any new ideas but this record presents a damn fine version of themselves. Worth a spin if you've skipped their last few.
80
never failed to impress
JediMark
75
Picks: Under Neon Lights / Go / Sometimes I Feel So Deserted / EML Ritual / I'll See You There / Born in the Echoes
sonicyouth
76
We don't get anything special or revolutionary on this new Chemical Brothers album but I still really like it for what it is: a fun dance record. Don't go into it looking to be blown away, but rather take it for what it is. You'll have some fun with this one, I can guarantee that.

Favorite tracks: Sometimes I Feel So Deserted, Go, Under Neon Lights, Taste of Honey, Born in the Echoes
daFigz
73
Nothing going on in this release that stirs my passion.
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Track List

  1. Sometimes I Feel So Deserted 
  2. Go [ft. Q-Tip]
  3. Under Neon Lights [ft. St. Vincent]
  4. EML Ritual [ft. Ali Love]
  5. I’ll See You There 
  6. Just Bang 
  7. Reflexion 
  8. Taste Of Honey 
  9. Born In The Echoes [ft. Cate Le Bon]
  10. Radiate 
  11. Wide Open [ft. Beck]
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