The Warning

Metascore
79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. Alternative Press
    100
    Hot Chip strip down their influences, reworking scores of sound into new, distinctly original machinations. [Aug 2006, p.222]
  2. The fact that Hot Chip can take all these conflicting moods, string them together, and make of them a satisfying whole is testament to their understanding of the classic rubric of the pop album—an identifiable, unique sound that has enough room to allow for variety and enough consistency to keep the listener's attention.
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    83
    The quintet's refined funk tweaks the genre-busting dance rock of classic Prince and New Order with a modern, synth-happy sheen. [16 Jun 2006, p.77]
  4. As far as improvements go, The Warning isn't so much a triumph as it is a reach in the right direction.
  5. Their second album continues in a similarly delicious vein, melding wonky electronics, pillow-soft soul and lyrics that manage to weave strange violence into gorgeous soul songs.
  6. In terms of wide-ranging savvy, fizzing enthusiasm and the sheer brilliance of its dance-pop tunes, "The Warning" is shaping-up to be the "Demon Days" of 2006.
  7. 'The Warning' will claim your souls and break your hearts.
  8. Not once does a song sound ripped off or unoriginal. What Hot Chip have done is to create a new landscape of electronica.
  9. It's far too early to say whether they will reach the same lofty heights, but there's something of New Order in Hot Chip. There's the same mix of art school-meets-working man demeanour, an unabashed acknowledgement of the debt popular music owes to clubland and a wry lyrical conceit.
  10. They are very good at making sleepy, hapless trip-pop sprayed with whimsy.
  11. 'The Warning' is a splendid combination of braindance and footdance.
  12. The Warning shows us a Hot Chip both familiar and unexpectedly progressive.
  13. [A] fantastic collection of nu-dance.
  14. Uncut
    80
    With The Warning, they've willed themselves beyond bathos by sincerely embracing their English art-pop sensibilities. [Jun 2006, p.103]
  15. Urb
    80
    Splendid. [Jun 2006, p.111]
  16. Imagine the Postal Service, but far more danceable and quirkily experimental.
  17. A highly entertaining album, and perfect for blasting during hot summer days.
  18. Spin
    80
    Here, [Hot Chip] beefs up the rhythms and tones down the indie-geek shtick. [Jul 2006, p.84]
  19. With The Warning, the band again forces listeners to drop the safety of labeling and comparisons with other bands.
  20. In the end, Hot Chip leave us frustrated, which makes sense since this is an album about frustration.
  21. Under The Radar
    70
    The band has a uniquely emotional sound within their electric labyrinth playground. [#14]
  22. It's like listening to early New Order records for the first time, waiting for the next one with a little bit of excited anticipation to see what's going to happen next with every new song.
  23. Paste Magazine
    70
    Hot Chip is that rare band able to seamlessly meld its disparate elements. [Sep 2006, p.82]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Jan 16, 2012
    8
    The first half of the record is excellent, very strong tracks. Kind of fades off a bit towards the end but overall a very good record from aThe first half of the record is excellent, very strong tracks. Kind of fades off a bit towards the end but overall a very good record from a very strong band. Full Review »
  2. Will
    Sep 25, 2007
    10
    Cooler than LCD Soundsystem will ever be. The track 'Over and Over' must be one of the tracks of the decade! This is inventive Cooler than LCD Soundsystem will ever be. The track 'Over and Over' must be one of the tracks of the decade! This is inventive music at its best, one of the most refreshing listens in recent memory. Full Review »
  3. LouiseS.
    Aug 25, 2007
    9
    Really catchy songs and solid production.