Come With Us - Chemical Brothers

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. The reason that 'Come With Us' seems unsatisfying is that The Chemicals no longer seem rooted in club culture the way they were in their Heavenly Social days.
  2. There are certain things they do very well, yet they don't seem to be content with being pigeonholed as one-dimensional. Unfortunately, one-dimensional is about the only thing they can pull off convincingly.
  3. It's not that Come With Us doesn't rock like a jet engine in a jewel case - it does - but it's more striking for the moments when a warped loveliness, like the icy, phased harpsichord gusts of "Pioneer Skies," wafts up and out from among the roar of the sirens and sequencers.
  4. Confirming everything that is great about Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, Come with Us is equal measures driving rhythms and euphoric, widescreen melodies.
  5. Tally this time: two heady club anthems, two B-side-ish vocal numbers, and lotsa bonus beats.
  6. It's the sound of musicians realizing how good they are at what they do. And then doing it.
  7. 80
    By going back to that almost naive passion for spacious, drawn-out, instrumental dance tracks, the Chemical Brothers have discovered songs again, not just "tracks."
  8. Some folks are going to be antsy for the Chemical Brothers to move along to the Next Big Thing in electronic music, and Come With Us, while highly successful on its own terms, isn't it.
  9. Come With Us is too much of a mixed bag to induce a full-length journey; it’s best experienced in short walkabouts.
  10. Taken whole, Come With Us shows The Chemical Brothers refreshingly unburdened by the self-conscious climate of the dance world, reasserting its brilliance in the most fleeting and inconsequential ways.
  11. Though marred by a few missteps, it's mostly enjoyable, if unchallenging.
  12. It's excellently crafted, grandiose and rousing, and right now, it sounds ridiculous.
  13. Ironically, little on the album captures the imagination the way narrower genres like techno, house, or even hip-hop often do
  14. Time to pull out Dig Your Own Hole while the Bros. claw through this current slump, er, evolutional period.
  15. 90
    Come With Us transcends the duo's once-signature style, using a diverse palette of sounds and rhythms to create songs most applicable to the big-room dancefloor. [Jan 2002, p.73]
  16. The Chems have returned to the early-'90s acid-house exuberance that first inspired them. [Feb 2002, p.67]
  17. 80
    A worthy successor to Surrender.... This is dance music that still outstrips anything else in its class. [Feb/Mar 2002, p.113]
  18. 'Come With Us' sounds immediately familiar, but this is often problematic, redolent of prior work by both themselves and others.
  19. 70
    Come With Us will doubtlessly electrify their legions of fans and just as effortlessly enrage the condescending cognoscenti that loves to hate them. [#90, p.120]
  20. While good, clean, hedonistic fun, it feels over-familiar, like somewhere you've visited once too often. [Jan 2002, p.97]
  21. 50
    Too often, all it offers is the rumble of starting engines. [Feb 2002, p.124]
  22. 90
    They've gone one step beyond the underrated Surrender by integrating their two sides: high-octane thrust and airy psychedelic dreaminess. [Feb 2002, p.105]
  23. 70
    For the most part it's a genuinely thrilling, energy-charged adventure. [Feb 2002, p.98]

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