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Every time you play Made in the Dark, it sounds like a different album, said Andy Battaglia in The Onion. Hot Chip stole the international dance spotlight with 2006

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Every time you play Made in the Dark, it sounds like a different album, said Andy Battaglia in The Onion. Hot Chip stole the international dance spotlight with 2006’s The Warning, and the U.K.’s brainy bunch of electro-pop parvenus has returned to pick up where it left off. Bigger, broader, and just as offbeat as its predecessor, Made in the Dark “sounds more forceful and lithe.” A blend of ramshackle dance-rock and moody ballads, the album proves that Hot Chip can do more than master a Casiotone, said Will Hermes in Rolling Stone. “Shake a Fist” throws an old curio by Todd Rundgren into the midst of clink-clanking beats and a “heart-exploding synth breakdown.” On the title track, frontman Alexis Taylor shows off his choirboy croon and, “like a wink in an IM,” makes quips within a lovey-dovey serenade. Other tracks reflect the band’s affection for everyone from Ray Charles and Willie Nelson to R. Kelly and Destiny’s Child, while not sounding particularly like any of them. While Made in the Dark gives Hot Chip the chance to show its softer side, the album suffers from a split personality, said Mike Daniel in The Dallas Morning News. “Blips of brilliance” are found throughout, but Hot Chip’s high points are left for the dancehall.

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