Louden Up Now - !!! [Chik Chik Chik]

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. One of the most assured, unashamedly danceable albums that we’ve heard for quite a while.
  2. Louden Up Now is easily the best record to come out of the [new wave dance punk revival] movement; its ten tracks are filled with fervor, hooks, passion and power.
  3. This is the smartest fun music (and the most fun smart music) I've heard this year.
  4. An album that nails both the balance and the imbalance promised by any true fusion of rock and dance music.
  5. Old loves Liquid Liquid, ESG and A Certain Ratio haven’t been abandoned and their percussionist still works overtime, but the spirits of Prince, Kraftwerk (both on the wryly self-referential "Dear Can"), Chic and even ABC (on the politicised "Shit Scheisse Merde Pt 1") make cameo appearances.
  6. What's so exhilarating about this record, despite all its precise playing, is the casual way in which it shifts rhythmically, never seeming to follow a specific course, yet never losing its way. [#7]
  7. 80
    Eighties punk-funk meets '60s idealism and reefer-toking? Make way for the hipster hippies. [#27, p.134]
  8. 80
    Sound[s] like the most genuine "no wave" tribute album yet. [Jun 2004, p.83]
  9. !!! has put together an end-to-end burner here, full of songs that will move your ass and stick in your ear for weeks.
  10. Music that makes you 10 percent sleazier than you were--now where's that dancefloor? [Jul 2004, p.110]
  11. If bastard of ceremonies Nic Offer would shut his piehole, Louden Up Now! would improve 50 percent. [Aug 2004, p.106]
  12. The caveat is that this is primarily dance music, and doesn't make for a super-compelling listen on a full attention basis.
  13. A funkdafied smart-bomb that's one part Brooklyn, one part Madchester, guitar-meets-echo-chamber, a little Kompakt but still a little sprawling.
  14. 80
    Make no mistake: You will dance. [#64, p.80]
  15. 76
    Sounds like the house mix for a Marxist disco. [#11, p.92]
  16. Some of the cuts get lost in a stagnant loop. [25 Jun 2004, p.166]
  17. Sounds like a funky offshoot of the Stone Roses, mining blissed-out acid grooves, hypnotic rhythms and the kind of distant, detached vocals that don't sound like vocals at all.
  18. For their righteous dance moves alone, these guys are for keeps. [5 Jun 2004, p.56]
  19. So the production is great, the songbook is varied, and the band is tighter and more ambitious than ever-- the only problem with Louden Up Now is the unfortunate paucity of ideas within the songs themselves.
  20. The only real downside to Louden Up Now is the surprising amount of filler surrounding the meaner cuts.
  21. There probably isn't a track here you won't be hearing in some club, park or block party throughout the summer, so you might as well start now. [#245, p.51]
  22. Nimble as they are, !!! are definitely a little too certain of their own funkiness.
  23. 70
    Resolutely bottom-heavy and abstract. [#7, p.73]
  24. They write some good tunes, and they have some appropriately strident abuse for lyrics. But there’s not enough for an album.
  25. The music is still missing one crucial element—hooks. There really aren’t any of which to speak, and no amount of production skill and instrumental finesse is able to mask that.
  26. A decent album, then. But one containing an EP that would've had us going "!!!!!".
  27. 60
    It's exuberant dorkiness, as well as fluidity of playing, that makes !!! stand out. [Jul 2004, p.106]
  28. Their dark disco punk is as close to a New York sound as anything these days.
  29. If you take away the 9 minutes of their already-released big single, you could probably squeeze a tight EP out of Louden Up Now, but as a full-length [it] starts with a bang and ends with sort of a whimper. Fun to filler in 53 minutes.
  30. 58
    Unfortunately, the elements that clicked so well on "Giuliani" prove an awkward fit on !!!'s sophomore full-length. [Jul 2004, p.111]
  31. Now, this wouldn't seem so bad, or filler-friendly, if !!! offered an advancement on "Giuliani." Alas, no.
  32. While the album certainly has cuts worth hearing, it's just not a satisfying listen.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. inesc
    Jul 25, 2007
    if this is even possible, they're even better live.
  2. HollyP
    May 19, 2006
    a great great one. really good dancing ice bass
  3. karlat
    Dec 29, 2005
    definately on my top ten albums this year. There are no bad songs. Glad I came across it. Good band to see in concert too.