Electric Lines
Joe Goddard - Electric Lines
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2017 Ratings: #557 / 669
User Score
Based on 22 ratings
April 21, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Greco-Roman, Domino / Label
Electronic / Genres
Your Review



Like the best of the genre, it’s an album which sounds equally effective whether it be filling a dance floor or providing background for cleaning the house.

A.V. Club

It is the kind of album that could background a hot August night, sometimes aglow with shimmering arpeggios, and occasionally veering toward a less distinctive, but perfectly enjoyable, dance pop sound.

Under The Radar

Granted the Londoner's already got a strong track record, with his defining work from Hot Chip and The 2 Bears, but his second solo album is taking those heights and magnifying them, as we are ricocheted between smoky soul, verdant groove, and tantalizing pop-electronica.


Instead of stringing cookie-cutter dancefloor hits, Electric Lines is an electronic pop LP funneled through the intellectual lens Goddard honed during his many years in Hot Chip’s ranks.

Loud and Quiet

Here, Goddard’s ear for the dancefloor switches from playful rave ups to stylishly slides techno, deep house and ’90s throwbacks.


Even if Goddard is occasionally too reverent on Electric Lines, his love of electronic music -- and the way it brings people together -- is undeniable and infectious.

The Line of Best Fit

Whilst Hot Chip’s killer-blow hooks are punched home with welterweight strength, Electric Lines’ feel faint and lightweight. That’s not to say it’s disappointing enough to knock Goddard from his lofty plateaux between the underground and the mainstream – it’s just that his array of past triumphs should leave us expecting a little more.


Electric Lines endeavors to add Goddard’s own dimensions to a history that seems to be examined without context. What we get are atomized considerations — hot takes — on decades of dance music from one of its progeny.

The Skinny

It is this preoccupation with the connections between different genres which robs Electric Lines of a galvanising, driving force.


On Electric Lines, Joe Goddard shoots for something eclectic and exciting, but settles for something sporadically enjoyable at best.

The Guardian

Hot Chip are one of the great singles bands of the last decade, which is a nice way of saying that their albums are full of pointless filler; so it continues to prove with their singer-keyboardist Joe Goddard’s solo LP.


There’s no doubt that Electric Lines will be the basis for some excellent live sets. But as an album, most of these songs offer too little innovation, too little variation, and too little life.

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Track List
  1. Ordinary Madness
  2. Lose Your Love
  3. Home
  4. Lasers
  5. Human Heart
  6. Children
  7. Truth Is Light
  8. Nothing Moves
  9. Electric Lines
  10. Music Is the Answer
Contributions By
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Added on: January 23, 2017