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  • Summary: The third full-length from the Minneapolis band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Not big, not clever, not hip, not trendy. Just fantastic.
  2. More catchy hooks than you'll find in a fisherman's tacklebox. [3/16/2001, p.68]
  3. Finally, a near-perfect pop disc from Minneapolis's Semisonic. While the band has always hinted it had the right stuff to deliver a truly great record, Chemistry is the first of the band's three releases to make good on the promise.
  4. Semisonic hasn't exactly turned into Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but signs of self-indulgence have crept into the music, as evidenced by the nearly eight-minute running time of "I Wish" and an abundance of strings and fussy production tricks. But [Dan] Wilson hasn't lost his gift for writing memorable, brilliantly crafted pop songs.
  5. Chemistry works precisely because of Semisonic's skillful management of cliche, particularly Wilson's ability to elevate ordinary story lines with buoyant melodies.
  6. The results are not bad -- nor are they dynamic. It's shiny and it shimmers, but there's no fizz, no explosion.
  7. Semisonic are the lambswool jumper pulled over the eyes of people who have an irresistible soft spot for 'classic' songwriting. Fail to give their songs full attention - and God knows, that's easy enough - you could almost believe this is literate radio-friendly pop; just the thing for those blustery rides through an imaginary Santa Monica freeway.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. BrianaK.
    Jul 6, 2001
    Pure talent when it comes to playing and songwriting!
  2. JohnC
    Jun 15, 2005
    Outstanding Pop Album. The songwriting on this album makes me feel really good
  3. PhilipJ
    Dec 11, 2005
    I don't know how anybody can give bad critisism to this album, as there is certainly no room for it.
  4. Nov 30, 2013
    This was one of my favorite albums of that year (2001), and of that decade (2000s). Excellent songwriting, musicianship and production. I'm surprised that the title track never became a mega-hit; it is a pop-rock classic in my book. Expand
  5. JamesE
    Jan 8, 2006
    Simply one of the best albums ever
  6. MatthewS.
    Mar 16, 2002
    Semisonic are an easy target for barb-tounged critics because their music is simple, sweet, and, yes, a little sappy at times. But if you are willing to suspend your judgment long enough to enjoy Dan Wilson's gorgeous songwriting and the band's varied sonic textures, you might find something you like on "All About Chemistry." Expand