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  • Summary: This is the third album for the English electro-indie rock band.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Made in the Dark is a great album, varied and surprisingly heartfelt.
  2. 86
    Dark isn't a huge departure from the previous record, and it doesn't mark some major step in Hot Chip's evolution either. But there's something to be said for holding your liquor, keeping momentum, and showing the world that this whole ride is as wicked-fun as you thought it would be. [Winter 2008, p.92]
  3. For the most part, Made In The Dark pulses with an unusual intelligence and creative bravery. [Mar 2008, p.101]
  4. 'Wrestlers' epitomizes what makes this quintet the sharpest dance rockers this side of their pals LCD Soundsystem: catchy tunes, monster grooves, and lyrics resolving the heartfelt and the smartass.
  5. Hot Chip sound like such a broad swath of pop music on this album that you can’t quite call them out for biting any single obnoxious influence too much, even when they do get so hyperactive it’s annoying.
  6. Whilst this isn't the album many may have expected, it should match their hopes in a different and, ultimately, fulfilling way.
  7. There is nothing here but a band very awkwardly trying to have a good time, and that’s the kind of party you always leave early.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. NeilL
    Mar 16, 2009
    10
    It is interesting to me that one reviewer below calls "Wrestlers" the weakest, most self-conscious song on the album while the very next It is interesting to me that one reviewer below calls "Wrestlers" the weakest, most self-conscious song on the album while the very next review proclaims that it is one of the best on the album. Just goes to show that one should mainly ignore critics, or find one who has views close to one's own, and thus articulate one's own reasons for liking or disliking an album or artist. Expand
  2. JonM
    Feb 7, 2008
    8
    A good album with some very good tracks on. If you are electronically inclined when it comes to music, or simply fancy a change of pace, then A good album with some very good tracks on. If you are electronically inclined when it comes to music, or simply fancy a change of pace, then you could do worse than invest £10 in this album (no downloading!). Expand
  3. OliverC.
    Feb 5, 2008
    8
    Really gave it a 7.5 but rounded up because they deserve it. Hot Chip has lost their narcissistic charm in "Made in the dark" and instead Really gave it a 7.5 but rounded up because they deserve it. Hot Chip has lost their narcissistic charm in "Made in the dark" and instead opted to create some tame dance pop. Their brilliance shines through in tracks like "One Pure thought" and "Ready for the Floor," but overall this album is worse than either Coming or Warning because the songs lack momentum. Still worth buying for a few good tracks but I have to admit I am a little disappointed. Expand
  4. JasonW
    Apr 19, 2008
    8
    While this record is not as good as Warning, there is still plenty to be pleased about. Songs like Wrestlers for example, the lyrics could While this record is not as good as Warning, there is still plenty to be pleased about. Songs like Wrestlers for example, the lyrics could have been written by a 10 year old wrestling fanatic but at the same time it fits and when the piano comes in it changes everything. It's a perfect mesh of beauty and adolescence. Of course there are stand out tracks that hit you right away like ready for the floor, shake a fist, wrestlers, and looking for alot of love but then there are others that grow on you the more you listen like hold on, dont dance, and one pure thought. Made in the Dark is no Warning but then again Hot Chip may never top that. If your are a fan of Hot Chip and there style you will have no problem with this album. Expand
  5. HC
    Feb 20, 2008
    7
    'Out At The Pictures' and 'Ready For The Floor' are clear standouts. The rest is kinda more or less.
  6. KGFReeze
    Mar 17, 2008
    7
    Not even close to The Warning. Good, some effects/vocals/songs are a little grating. Not as immediately rewarding. Still alright, just not Not even close to The Warning. Good, some effects/vocals/songs are a little grating. Not as immediately rewarding. Still alright, just not the extremo follow-up some of the critics are making it out to be. Expand
  7. IbanL
    Feb 6, 2008
    1
    This album is utterly bad. Some beats and effects are extremely disgusting, and the mellow tracks like the title track are embarrasingly This album is utterly bad. Some beats and effects are extremely disgusting, and the mellow tracks like the title track are embarrasingly boring. I'm surprised that the critics are so good. Expand

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