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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