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Freakout/Release Image

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

  • Summary: The eighth full-length studio release for British electro-pop band Hot Chip was written and recorded at its East London studio.
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 16
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  1. Aug 15, 2022
    They excite, inspire, and energize, but also soothe, amuse, and comfort on this incredibly varied album, leaving practically no time to get bored. So whether Hot Chip continue in this finely-crafted-pop mode or not, it was definitely worth investing in that new recording studio.
  2. 80
    Freakout/Release features many moments of quintessential Hot Chip fun, but explores other exciting avenues as well. What’s clearly still at the centre though is the heart and love for creativity that this band still have, and it’s a testament to their talent that through all the music they create between them they can still turn out interesting hits in new ways.
  3. Aug 19, 2022
    Touching on Hot Chip 's classic themes and sounds as much as it does, Freakout/Release isn't an entirely clean slate, but it does offer some fresh perspectives on their music along with one of their strongest batches of songs in some time.
  4. Aug 15, 2022
    This album is a pleasing, mature release, though a little more freakout wouldn’t have gone amiss.
  5. Aug 18, 2022
    Alexis Taylor’s vocals are always worth experiencing, blessed as he is with one of his generation’s most striking pop instruments, yet ‘Freakout / Release’ doesn’t tug at the heartstrings in the same fashion as ‘Flutes’, say.
  6. Aug 15, 2022
    The decision to front-load the album with singles means that you experience a jarring drop in energy and quality three songs in. After that Freakout/Release settles into songs that, while alright, sound a bit like the product of an AI program that has been made to listen to 100 hours of Hot Chip and then generate its own imitation.
  7. Aug 18, 2022
    Given that the various members of Hot Chip have various side-hustles and secondary creative outlets, it’s a little surprising how much of ‘Freakout / Release’ sounds quite this forced.

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