One Life Stand

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  • Summary: The fourth album for the British electropop rock band aims for a more pop feel.
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  1. Positive: 28 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
  1. The real shift is in their attitude, which allows them to embrace earnestness and write some straightforward love songs. It’s a strategy that could have backfired, but instead it has inspired their strongest and most consistent album so far.
  2. Their ventures paid off supremely, as One Life Stand is an enjoyable and captivating listen on every level.
  3. By narrowing their range and increasing their focus, and by wearing their hearts on their sleeves and not smirks on their faces, they may just have released their first, confidently Hot Chip record. And that turns out to be something rather wonderful.
  4. 80
    A band/sound that could easily have been a flash in the synth-pop revival pan has actually proven itself worthy of revisit , over and over again.
  5. Though this emotional nakedness is an unusual move after Made in the Dark pushed Hot Chip to a new level of attention and acclaim, it also shows they’re in it for the long haul.
  6. So yes, different to "Made In The Dark" but a more cohesive and more heartfelt effort too. One Life Stand sees Hot Chip let us into their hearts as well as their thoughts.
  7. The yawn-inducing LP starts innocently enough with the charming synthpop number, "Thieves in The Night." [Winter 2010, p.68]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. ChrisP
    Feb 16, 2010
    10
    This band gets more sophisticated with each release. it's not as instantaneous as their earlier work, but it's more rewarding.
  2. LeahT
    Feb 9, 2010
    10
    Easily their best album, and a definite grower.
  3. BrandonD.
    Feb 21, 2010
    9
    Possibly my favorite HC record to date. It may not have the club thumpin' hits of their earlier records, but it's their most consistent.
  4. ClifC
    Feb 10, 2010
    8
    Nos as great as "Made In The Dark", there are less standout tracks, but it will still please electronic-lovers brains. Standout tracks: Nos as great as "Made In The Dark", there are less standout tracks, but it will still please electronic-lovers brains. Standout tracks: "Thieves In The Night", "I Feel Better" and "We Have Love". Expand
  5. MattA
    Feb 15, 2010
    8
    This CD is full of very strong, catchy, songs! Many of the songs such as, "Thieves in the Night", "Brothers" and "Alleycats" have excellent This CD is full of very strong, catchy, songs! Many of the songs such as, "Thieves in the Night", "Brothers" and "Alleycats" have excellent builds. Songs such as "Hand me down your love", "I Feel Better" and "We have love" are awesome electro-pop that would be fun at any party. A very solid and strong CD, with a few hindering spots. Some songs fail to pick up speed and end up dragging for an extra 2 or 3 minutes. But overall... great effort by Hot Chip. Expand
  6. TobyH
    Feb 13, 2010
    7
    For once, I agree with NME's rating! I like this album a lot, some very good tracks, especially I Feel Better and the title track. In For once, I agree with NME's rating! I like this album a lot, some very good tracks, especially I Feel Better and the title track. In short, 7 killer, 3 filler (Hand Me Down Your Love, Brothers, Slush). Better than Made In The Dark, not as good as The Warning. Expand
  7. C.R.
    Feb 16, 2010
    3
    With most Hot Chip albums, I find a few songs that I love, and a few that I hate. This album is no exception. There's a few great songs With most Hot Chip albums, I find a few songs that I love, and a few that I hate. This album is no exception. There's a few great songs and mostly poor, forgettable ones. Expand

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