• Record Label: Domino
  • Release Date: May 19, 2015
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 31 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
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  1. Magnet
    Jun 8, 2015
    85
    More than enough to make this probably the finest dance-party record this summer will have to offer. [No. 121, p.55]
  2. May 19, 2015
    85
    It’s goofy, yet sexy, accessible and experimental, and often all at once.
  3. 85
    Unlike previous Hot Chip records there is arguably no definitive “single”, but a coherent collection of ten songs that burst at the seams with ideas and hooks, and provides some of Hot Chip’s most gorgeous pop songs to date.
  4. May 19, 2015
    83
    Six albums in, Hot Chip doesn’t really have much to offer in the way of surprises, but with such strong songwriting and a languidly sexy mood tying it all together, it doesn’t need to.
  5. Jun 24, 2015
    80
    Why Make Sense revels in ‘80s dance, R&B, hip hop and pop throughout straddles between sheer musical delight and melancholy as the upbeat music balances earnest lyrics.
  6. May 26, 2015
    80
    Why Make Sense? is another branch of the band’s tree, an album of infectious pop riddled with bigger questions and dilemmas that ripple well beyond the dance floor.
  7. Mojo
    May 20, 2015
    80
    The logical progression for a band who know exactly what they are doing. [Jun 2015, p.87]
  8. May 20, 2015
    80
    Six albums in, Hot Chip are still making stunning pop records filled with a barrage of dancefloor wonders that are packed with heart and soul. That's enough to show why we still need Hot Chip in our lives.
  9. May 18, 2015
    80
    Despite all the allusions, the songs aren’t trapped in revivalism. Part of Hot Chip’s charm has been its combination of intelligence and ingenuity with a self-conscious reserve.
  10. May 18, 2015
    80
    Their message is most vibrant on the most danceable songs, such as "Dark Night" and "Easy to Get." It all adds up to a potent reminder that when it comes to life and music, you can't have a future without a past; on Why Make Sense?, Hot Chip explore both in confident and exciting ways.
  11. May 18, 2015
    80
    Why Make Sense? is a stripped back affair, an album of emotionally intelligent, lithe, pared back R&B.
  12. May 18, 2015
    80
    In revealing some of their insecurities, Hot Chip have reminded both themselves and us of their importance and relevance, and have made a record of both sense and sensibility.
  13. May 18, 2015
    80
    Why Make Sense? finds the London indie house outfit more or less as they always have been, with only minor aesthetic variations disrupting the dulcet flow of their electronic pop. Those variations, though, are beguiling.
  14. May 15, 2015
    80
    Why Make Sense? is a consistently engaging album by a band that has successfully reinvigorated their sound.
  15. May 14, 2015
    80
    Banger-free, perhaps, but gloriously avant garde and fiercely inventive.
  16. May 14, 2015
    80
    Focused, domestic, deep in thought. It's as anti-complacent as pop music gets.
  17. Stripped back to basics and muttering against the machines, they've never come on so strong.
  18. Q Magazine
    Apr 29, 2015
    80
    Why Make Sense? is a meaty electro-grooving celebration of love, hope, dancing. [Jun 2015, p.101]
  19. Uncut
    Apr 29, 2015
    80
    Open-hearted vulnerability is what sets them apart--the desire to be cool dissipates with age, leaving them to restore funk, the album's major underpinning, to its maximalist glory following years of sublimation from bedroom musicians. [Jun 2015, p.76]
  20. Apr 27, 2015
    80
    With total belief in their worth, they re-introduce stylings seldom seen on contemporary dance albums, where mood and atmosphere too often trump melody and songcraft.
  21. Apr 27, 2015
    80
    Why Make Sense? is a record painted in broad strokes. There are optimistic bangers – that lead single has a scintillating build, taking the listener ever upwards, with Alexis Taylor’s falsetto laced over it; even for Hot Chip, it immediately sounds like a floor-filler. But there are also slow jams.
  22. 75
    This is the first Hot Chip album that channels the appeal of their live show. There’s no need to go out. They’ll bring the club to you.
  23. Apr 27, 2015
    75
    Why Makes Sense? is as sloppy as it is polished, with conflicting ideas pushed up against each other, with a design that brings the picture as a whole into focus. [Apr-May 2015, p.83]
  24. May 20, 2015
    73
    Why Make Sense? is probably the fourth-best Hot Chip album. But that’s not necessarily a knock, because their fourth-best album is still a very good album.
  25. Jul 8, 2015
    70
    Why Make Sense? smooths out Alexis Taylor and Joe Goddard’s longstanding, ever-evolving musical partnership and collective existential quandaries into an album as polished as Larry Levan’s disco ball, and their most cohesive as well.
  26. Jun 16, 2015
    70
    This is dance music, handmade.
  27. May 18, 2015
    70
    Why Make Sense? executes one of the band’s strongest selling points: their ability to marry the physicality of a rock gig with the colorful sonic palette of electronic music.... Yet as it often happens when a group refines a well-established sound, there are many cases on Why Make Sense? where things feel a bit too comfortable for their own good.
  28. May 13, 2015
    70
    Not only is there too much going on in each song to think of them as simple pop numbers, but Why Make Sense? touches upon a huge range of styles.
  29. May 11, 2015
    70
    Why Make Sense? is the electronic fivesome's characteristically polished, generously tuneful tribute to wearing your heart on your sleeve.
  30. Jun 4, 2015
    66
    Stylistically, it's more of a grab-bag than ever before, occasionally tipping the scales from charming to bombastic.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 51 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 51
  2. Negative: 2 out of 51
  1. Jun 7, 2015
    8
    This is certainly not their best, but still a great album. They have some of their best tracks to date (Huarache Lights for example) but theThis is certainly not their best, but still a great album. They have some of their best tracks to date (Huarache Lights for example) but the weaker songs are just too weak and boring to carry the album to the end. It lacks a bit of dynamics and doesn't take enough risks which makes the whole album sound less interesting and enjoyable. Still, the heavenly clever & catchy electronic tunes are just enough to make it nothing less (or more) than a good album. Full Review »
  2. May 20, 2015
    4
    This is clearly not the same band that created Made In The Dark. I'm all for a group evolving and shifting sounds, but when it sounds asThis is clearly not the same band that created Made In The Dark. I'm all for a group evolving and shifting sounds, but when it sounds as melodically abysmal as this, then you really need to take a step back and look in the mirror. I mean, maybe the chord progressions on these tracks just don't fit with my DNA, but there's barely one song on this record that I would consider noteworthy. And when you compare that to Made In The Dark, a record that is a near-masterpiece, I have to wonder what in the world happened to these guys since then? Full Review »