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  • Summary: The eight full-length release for the British electronic dance duo features guest appearances from Beck, Annie Clark, Cate Le Bon, Ali Love, and Q-Tip.
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Can't think, can't sleep, can't breathe Can't think, can't... Everything gettin' harder to find Everybody jumpin' out of they mind Everybody going... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. Magnet
    Aug 12, 2015
    80
    The Chems remain committed to their singular vision, still plying those swooning synths, continuing to breathe new life from the echoes. [No. 123, p.55]
  2. As so often before, the duo’s choice of vocal collaborators is timely and transformative, bringing fresh, unexpected angles to their pieces.
  3. Jul 20, 2015
    80
    The Chemical Brothers continue to buck any notions of a creative burn-out with their strongest release in a decade.
  4. 70
    Born In The Echoes continues their fusing of psychedelic head music with the dancefloor, and while it doesn’t break new ground, it’s a timely smack on the nose to the pretenders to their throne.
  5. Aug 3, 2015
    70
    Born In The Echoes does not reveal anything startlingly new about The Chemical Brothers, but it is more than them simply ticking over, and clearly they have an eye on the future.
  6. Jul 17, 2015
    60
    The latest from the U.K. duo hits harder and lower than their last album, 2010's Further, with guest-vocal turns from artists as varied as Q-Tip and St. Vincent over tracks that could've torched an outdoor rave in 1995.
  7. Jul 23, 2015
    40
    The dance duo extend the decade-long dilution of their canon with their new record, which is as technically accomplished as ever, but creatively exhausted.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jul 19, 2015
    10
    I've been a big fan of the chemical brother for a long time and i was just waiting for them to come out with a new cd. This one has a lot ofI've been a big fan of the chemical brother for a long time and i was just waiting for them to come out with a new cd. This one has a lot of catchy tracks. I don't know if they'll ever reach the same level of catchiness as block rocking beats or setting sun, but this one has some memorable tunes. Definitely worth downloading. Expand
  2. Jul 17, 2015
    9
    I love this record. It feels smarter and more restrained than previous Chemical Brothers albums. Sort of like they stopped trying so hard withI love this record. It feels smarter and more restrained than previous Chemical Brothers albums. Sort of like they stopped trying so hard with technical the gimmicks and wizardry, and gave way to a more confident, minimal sound. Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2015
    8
    Another wicked electronic album that could be played in entire at a late night club, dancing with all your friends, letting go. Very creativeAnother wicked electronic album that could be played in entire at a late night club, dancing with all your friends, letting go. Very creative music and great guest appearances by St. Vincent, Beck and Q-Tip. What could be better?! Expand
  4. Dec 29, 2015
    6
    --press play--
    1. Sometimes I feel so Deserted: Good intro, good groove. I start to feel I will like this album. It certainly does not sound
    --press play--
    1. Sometimes I feel so Deserted: Good intro, good groove. I start to feel I will like this album. It certainly does not sound like the previous Further (2010), which I loved, but is not bad at all.
    2. Go: What could go wrong? One of the singles, old style ChemBros. all the way, both music and video. I got the feeling this could be one of their best albums. I wonder who "Q-tip" is...
    3. Under Neon Lights: Not bad, not as good as the two previous songs. Not a fan of how she sings.
    4. EML Ritual: Don't like where this is going. Annoying ship noises, idiotic repetition of the 'chorus'.
    5. I'll See You There: "let forever be"-style beats. 303-ish synths. Not my tempo.
    6. Just Bang: Ok, this starts to sound more and more like old, very old Bros. But not the good ones, like the not-so-good tracks of the first albums.
    7. Reflexion: Average. However, I am sure they have used the exact same sounds (and loops) on another song (can't remember which one).
    8. Taste of Honey: The Bros. have never been famous for their lyric quality, but "If you don't have no money, You won't get no honey, It just keeps on growin', The money is flowin'" COME ON!! Very, very bad.
    --already want to play stop, but continue...--
    9. Born in the Echoes: Another mediocre song, not good enough to give the name to the album.
    10. Radiate: A robot voice slowly saying Ra-di-ate! Not the best tribute to Kraftwerk.
    11. Wide Open: Think of a closing song similar to "the pills won't help you now", but not nearly as good.
    --finished--
    Conclusion: Is not a bad album, but I did not enjoy it as much as I was expecting. It may be because I like so much the direction they went with Further (2010) and they definitely did not follow on this one.
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  5. Jul 17, 2015
    6
    Born In The Echoes is another example of Rowlands and Simons' magic way of making machines sing. A+

    Born In the Echoes is better than
    Born In The Echoes is another example of Rowlands and Simons' magic way of making machines sing. A+

    Born In the Echoes is better than Random Access Memories (Daft Punk 2013)
    It deserves a Grammy :)
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  6. Aug 17, 2015
    0
    I tried to listen to the album twice in order to give it a fair rating, but both times I quit after the first 4 tracks and the silenceI tried to listen to the album twice in order to give it a fair rating, but both times I quit after the first 4 tracks and the silence afterwards is so comforting. So in my opinion this work is nothing but annoying. I can't imagine a single event or occasion to listen to this. Expand

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