Louden Up Now - !!! [Chik Chik Chik]
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  • Summary: This is the second full-length for the dance-oriented Sacramento/New York seven-piece (down from eight), who share several members with the band Out Hud.
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  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. !!! has put together an end-to-end burner here, full of songs that will move your ass and stick in your ear for weeks.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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]
  6. 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.
  7. While the album certainly has cuts worth hearing, it's just not a satisfying listen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17