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  • Summary: This debut full-length for the London group headed by Joe Goddard and Alexis Taylor is a (semi-)tongue-in-cheek mix of diverse styles such as fake-gangsta-rap, R&B, soul, electronica, and more.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. 91
    An impressive balancing act that name-checks Ween and cracks wise about Stevie Wonder's vision while spinning bighearted melodies and harmonies over quirky beatscapes. [Jan 2005, p.89]
  2. Their songs are infectious, silly and often weirdly beautiful.
  3. 90
    Restlessly inventive, Hot Chip also manage what many bedroom eclectics don't: crafting a genuinely organic, proper album, and the relaxed enthusiasm that drives this debut is absurdly infectious. [Jun 2004, p.94]
  4. The utilization of American hip-hop scenarios in the context of the English slang is exactly what makes "Coming On Strong" such a unique listen.
  5. Coming on Strong is one smooth record; even with all the glitch, all the bleeps and bloops, and all of the genre bending, it never leaves any residue behind.
  6. A joyously audacious opening salvo.
  7. At its best, Coming on Strong sounds like a lukewarm Postal Service, and at its worst it sounds like Goldie Lookin' Chain.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. LC
    Apr 11, 2007
    One of the better albums to come out in 05. Takes awhile to grow on you but...the end result is something amazing and unique. Excellent album!
  2. TrekD
    Feb 28, 2007
    This is some of the best electronica I've heard in recent years. These guys know what there doing!Just amazing! Buy this album, right now!
  3. LollyD
    Feb 24, 2006
    One of the greatest albums ever made. FACT Hot Chip-break your legs!
  4. EduardoO
    Apr 1, 2007
    One of my favorite albums of 2005. This is smart people making music and I appreciate that, do you? If so, get it, you'll love it.
  5. MackyO
    Feb 18, 2006
    Good and certainly not for everyone. It's minimal, yet warm. Tongue-in-cheek, but observant. This one is definitely for fans of Ween who prefer their Pure Guava-era work. Expand
  6. AC
    Feb 18, 2007
    A pretty good debut by Hot Chip. Even though, it isn't quite as good as there second LP "The Warning" when you compare the two. Other than that, the album still has some pretty solid tracks to listen to (Keep Fallin', Playboy, Crap Kraft Dinner, Down With Prince, Shinning Escalade & Take Care). Overall, good album. Expand
  7. JustinW
    Feb 21, 2006
    Takes at least 3 listens to fully appreciate. This album does take some chances, has some quirky vocals, and comes off as unique and novel in a time when those qualities are rare. I can't say it blows my mind, but it's an adventerous debut that has me hooked for now. No telling if it will stand the test of time. Expand

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