Further

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. They may have another breakthrough and forward leap again, but even if they don't, the comfort zone they've found still sounds pretty damn good. [Summer 2010, p.89]
  2. Further may lack a stonecold standout, but fans of their classic work could do worse than reconnect with them here.
  3. 60
    Steadfastly chirping crescendos, whinnying breakbeat stampedes, and the odd evocative vocal.
  4. 60
    Further requires an injection of personality that low-key collaborators Stephanie Dosen and Francis Ten just can't provide. [Jul 2010, p103]
  5. Further manages to be both pretty and hard-grooving.
  6. A few gems, sure, but Further doesn't fly far enough.
  7. Chemical Brothers have remained in the stadium house category for a decade-plus due to their immersive music and vivid light shows, but from the stale beats and lack of new ideas on display here, they'd do better going beatless or hiring a drummer.
  8. Unfortunately, with its endlessly recycled ideas, total lack of thematic unity, and surprisingly distracted sense of melody, Further only lives up to its title in the sense that the duo--despite their best efforts--continue to slowly moving away from what made them so great to begin with.
  9. Further is by definition not the most embarrassing music of their career--merely the most boring.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. May 10, 2015
    8
    This is arguably The Chemical Brothers' best work since their 1999 classic 'Surrender'. It's stock full of the Brothers' signature mix ofThis is arguably The Chemical Brothers' best work since their 1999 classic 'Surrender'. It's stock full of the Brothers' signature mix of playful psychedelia, dreamy hooks and thumping beats - while still retaining their experimental approach to EDM that defined their early works. The 11-minute rave-track 'Escape Velocity' is the only track that, at least for me, feels somewhat uninspired (that's an unpopular opinion though, so take that with a grain of salt!). It will be interesting to see what the future brings for this amazing duo; although I have to admit that judging from their two recent singles 'GO' and 'Sometimes I Feel So Deserted' from their upcoming album, I'm not too pumped for their new material. Oh well, maybe next time! Full Review »
  2. Aug 21, 2015
    9
    'Further' is like The Chemical Brothers' 'Human After All' or '808s & Heartbreak': misunderstood, but afterwards its influence is undeniable.'Further' is like The Chemical Brothers' 'Human After All' or '808s & Heartbreak': misunderstood, but afterwards its influence is undeniable. I must admit, 'Escape Velocity' ruins the whole album; it's a constant anti-climax. However, the rest of the album is as interesting as 'Escape Velocity' isn't. 'Snow' is a song that blows your mind at first listen; and 'Another World', 'Dissolve', 'Horse Power' and 'Swoon' prove that The Chemical Brothers have still as original ideas as they had a decade ago and that EDM can be very emotional and beautiful too. Full Review »