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  • Summary: Q-Tip and Tim Burgess (The Charlatans) guest on the UK dance duo's fifth full-length.
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. They turn in their best album since 1996 even though some schmuck from the Charlatans ruins track two.
  2. 83
    It's the album on which the Chems relax into a comfortable maturity, secure in their status as elder statesmen. [Feb 2005, p.87]
  3. The new material sounds more unified and danceable. [#8, p.106]
  4. While there aren't as many heart-stopping productions as on 2002's unjustly neglected Come With Us, Push the Button proves the Chemical Brothers have retained the innate curiosity necessary to keep them blazing trails for years to come.
  5. An album full of beat-wise psychedelia. [27 Jan 2005, p.61]
  6. Other than a few impressive moments... Push the Button proves less than inspiring.
  7. An album that not only fudges golden opportunities, but finds this band's whole modus operandi laid embarrassingly bare. [15 Jan 2005, p.42]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 1 out of 24
  1. Apr 2, 2012
    10
    Best money ever invested in my life, ive listened to it thousands of times and still enjoy it, still find new sounds. All the album is great.Best money ever invested in my life, ive listened to it thousands of times and still enjoy it, still find new sounds. All the album is great. Listening to Marvo Ging and then Surface to Air is happiness. Expand
  2. MarcL
    Feb 10, 2005
    10
    I haven't been a great fan of Chemical Brothers earlier works, but this album truly won me over. They have travelled far since their I haven't been a great fan of Chemical Brothers earlier works, but this album truly won me over. They have travelled far since their "Block Rockin Beats". They have arrived in a sound that is truly emotional and intelligent. The album is Electronic music, but they have made a stand point and they are striving more towards experimental arrangements and I like it! They do keep the old Big Beat vibe, but I believe they are incorporating more 80's kind of sounds. What is amazing about the Chems are that they appeal to such a broad audience, an Indie kid and a hardcore Trance DJ could enjoy this album. My favorite tracks are Believe and Hold On Tight London. Awesome song writing and instrumentation! I truly hope they will come to the US for some live shows! Expand
  3. Decepticon_Pom
    Mar 2, 2005
    9
    Their best yet - and Surface To Air is a blinder of a closer.
  4. Joseph
    Jan 28, 2005
    8
    This is great stuff. I usually don't care for this kind of music (repetitive, beeps and whines) but the chemical brothers never seem to This is great stuff. I usually don't care for this kind of music (repetitive, beeps and whines) but the chemical brothers never seem to disappoint. It oddly has some soul. Expand
  5. JanJ
    Sep 4, 2005
    8
    Nothing short of a near miss of a successfull album.
  6. JackBlueberry
    Mar 24, 2005
    7
    Brothers have produced a decent album, to put the review in few wordz. I belong to those who expected something big from this one, however Brothers have produced a decent album, to put the review in few wordz. I belong to those who expected something big from this one, however end up in a little dis. Where's the experimental atmosphere these guys used create in the past albums? Still it's a pretty good plate and there are few tracks that will nicely do the leg swinger in clubs. Expand
  7. jsd
    Apr 15, 2005
    2
    The only track with any merit whatsoever is "Galvanise". The rest is incredibly bland by-the-numbers dance/rock or rock/dance depending on The only track with any merit whatsoever is "Galvanise". The rest is incredibly bland by-the-numbers dance/rock or rock/dance depending on who the guest star is. The Chems have totally lost the plot, I'm afraid to say. Expand

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