Be Strong

  • Record Label: DFA
  • Release Date: Jan 31, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. Feb 2, 2012
    A tremendously heartfelt celebration of music as a force for transformation, togetherness, love, and personal expression.
  2. 80
    The dozen songs on here make for a brilliant affair of subtly great electronic music that blends a fresh brand of styles into one compelling presentation.
  3. Feb 10, 2012
    You'd have to be fairly joyless not to find the lighthearted lyrical content and unifying party vibes infectious.
  4. Feb 1, 2012
    Their charisma lets them make a few risky moves (such as the African percussion on the extended closer "Church") and yield massive returns.
  5. Jan 30, 2012
    Unashamedly uplifting songs about working hard and loving music.
  6. 80
    With feelgood lyrics of fellowship allied to pulsing electro twitches, Sister Bliss-style piano vamps, sample fragments and sunrise synthscapes, there's a flavour of The Beloved to "Warm & Easy" and "Bear Hug."
  7. Jan 26, 2012
    The end result is an album full of tracks that sound so warmly familiar that they instantly seem like old friends.
  8. Jan 26, 2012
    Although the first half relies on straight-up classic house beats and lyric imperatives to be stronger, work harder and get higher, they upend the formula with an oddball-pop sensibility, beautifully crafted melodies and general silliness.
  9. Jan 25, 2012
    Just enjoy their album for what it is, an absolute blast.
  10. Jan 23, 2012
    Sounding like club music for grown-ups wanting a decadent summer of love return without wanting their troublesome kids tagging along... Likely to be a hit in the woods and beyond.
  11. Jan 20, 2012
    Be Strong, in short, is superb: a joyous amalgam of disco textures and dancefloor stylings which never fail to bring a big grin to your face.
  12. Jan 19, 2012
    The 2 Bears possess charm aplenty in their music making, and with its sheer love of light comic touches, Be Strong is certainly not short on that.
  13. Jan 19, 2012
    Just as Joe Smooth's Promised Land or Ce Ce Rogers's Someday derived their immense emotional impact from the fact that their optimism feels wistful and cautious, so Be Strong is shot through with a nagging undertow of sadness.
  14. Uncut
    Jan 18, 2012
    Be Strong is warm and easy comfort food for recessionary midlife ravers. [Feb 2012, p.90]
  15. Q Magazine
    Jan 10, 2012
    A downright joyous debut. [Feb. 2012 p. 101]
  16. Be Strong is a rather exhaustive album when consumed in one sitting, but if you've got the fortitude to reach the closing track "The Church" during that listen, it can be a very euphoric climax.
  17. Feb 2, 2012
    While not as complete or precise as any major release from Hot Chip, this is a strong debut album, even after factoring in the slightly elevated expectations based upon Goddard's previous successes.
  18. Jan 30, 2012
    The guys' commitment to music-as-fun and big, croon-y hooks (Goddard's velvet vocals sound as good as ever here) keeps it enjoyable throughout.
  19. Feb 10, 2012
    Be Strong may not offer any invention or progression but as a collection of exuberant, joyful and uplifting dance music it is certainly the perfect record to light up those dark winter nights and look forward to the summer.
  20. Feb 10, 2012
    Be Strong is funny, innovative, uplifting and, most importantly, always fun.
  21. Mojo
    Feb 1, 2012
    Makes for a cheeky, unerringly upbeat celebration of [London's] party scene. [Feb 2012, p. 94]
  22. 60
    Exudes sheer fun as it embraces an honest love of classic House.
  23. A dance album that spins the decks back to the turn of the millennium.

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