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Generally favorable reviews- based on 25 Ratings

  • Summary: The seventh full-length studio release for British indie electronic group features production from Rodaidh McDonald and Philippe Zdar.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Jun 24, 2019
    These nine new songs see the band’s gift for melody and grasp of pop’s dynamics tweaked into transcendent shapes by the late house master Philippe Zdar and xx producer Rodaidh McDonald.
  2. 85
    Their ingenuity and introspection often serves as an antidote to brash, factory-made pop, making them crucial figures within the wider pop landscape. On A Bath Full of Ecstasy, Hot Chip remain as vital as ever.
  3. Jun 18, 2019
    A Bath Full Of Ecstasy might be a somewhat eccentric name, but it ultimately does sum the album up rather well (assuming it means the abstract emotion rather than literal pills stacked up in a bathtub): a lush, adventurous experience, immersive and refreshing.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 17, 2019
    A Bath Full of Ecstasy feels like a glorious concentration of Hot Chip's skills. [Summer 2019, p.111]
  5. Jun 19, 2019
    The band consistently reward close listening with little treasures, like on Echo, where a deceptively barebones instrumental is coloured with keys that decay slightly differently every few seconds, and bass that uses flourishes so understated they’re basically subconscious. That’s to say nothing of the songwriting, which is as catchy and uncool as ever.
  6. Jun 28, 2019
    The sonic backdrop is richer, more luscious and colourful, whilst rhythms that once would twitch are now more confident and loose.
  7. Uncut
    Jun 17, 2019
    Though they're all pushing 40, Hot Chip have seldom sounded as youthful and carefree as they do on seventh studio album A Bath Full Of Ecstasy. [Jul 2019, p.29]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 23, 2019
    Great return to form, a perfect middle ground of the last album and earlier efforts.
  2. Jun 21, 2019
    Great, as usual! I need more time to check details, but feels great as previous works.
  3. Jun 27, 2019
    Really great stuff from Hot Chip as always. This album is even more danceable than their past stuff. At times some songs risk being a littleReally great stuff from Hot Chip as always. This album is even more danceable than their past stuff. At times some songs risk being a little repetitive, but that's never been something these guys shy away from. They do each track justice, giving it all the attention and love it needs, which makes the album feel much more fleshed out than a glance at the tracklist may lead you to believe. "Spell" is my new jam, can't stop listening to it! Expand
  4. Jun 22, 2019
    A surprise to see show up in my news feed, and an even greater joy to my ears.