Chop Chop - Bell X1
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Jul 17, 2013
    80
    Hypnotic and punchy by turns, it's a riveting album that finds Bell X1 pushing its established aesthetics in admirably new directions. [No. 100, p.52]
  2. Jul 11, 2013
    80
    Recorded, mixed and mastered in just two weeks, Chop Chop oozes zest and focus. [Aug 2013, p. 89]
  3. 70
    As the album title hints, the songs were recorded in quick, live takes and condensed rather than stretched unnecessarily. This all works to the greater good and marks Chop Chop as a triumph of substance over sophistication.
  4. Jul 11, 2013
    70
    While these certainly aren't pop songs designed to grab you in the immediate sense, they are gorgeous and poetic recordings that stick with you long after the songs have ended.
  5. Jul 11, 2013
    60
    Their seventh studio album removes some of the widescreen electronica and replaces it with a more, stripped back, acoustic vibe that rather suits them. [Aug 2013, p.67]
  6. Jul 11, 2013
    60
    The more you ignore Bell X1, it seems, the better they get. [Aug 2013, p.94]
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. BKM
    Jul 15, 2013
    8
    Bell X1 may not get a lot of attention from critics, fans or mainstream radio, but that hasn't stopped them from crafting yet another exquisitely plaintive and beautiful set of pop songs that swim around in your head for days. Chop Chop is an underrated gem from an overlooked group that seems to get better with each album. Full Review »