Love the music, but DRM makes the CD a crippled piece of pla
S. S. Rosenthal | Los Angeles, CA USA | 12/28/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Just to be clear, the music on this album rates 4 stars for me, but issues with the CD (described later in this review) significantly degrade its value. I am not a huge Chemical Brothers fan (I only have 2 of their other albums), but loved their web promotion for "Galvanize" and "The Boxer" (both are excellent songs). So I bought the CD and was not disappointed with any of the tracks. "Awesome," I thought, and I decided to put the album on my Creative MP3 player. Unfortunately, this CD refuses to be ripped! It's encoded with "Copy Control" protection and will launch its own software player when the disk goes in a PC. What's more the CD does not play in my car or Xbox! I have one CD player in the house that can play this disk if I want to hear the album through decent speakers. Fortunately there are ways around the copy protection, but it really is a shame that EMI doesn't want anyone who buys this CD to be able to play the music in a format other than what's on the disk. It's no wonder CD sales are going down the tubes when record companies release defective merchandise like this CD. Buyer beware!"
Kurt W. Wolfgang | 05/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Chemical Brothers fan ever since I heard "The Sunshine Underground" from a friend of mine. Really, that was the only song of theirs I owned and had every listened to until I got curious about the Budweiser Select commercial. After a quick google search, I was floored that the artists who wrote the song on the commercial that I was groovin' to were the Chemical Brothers, which led me to check out the CD and make the purchase as soon as possible. Note: the sample song previews on Amazon do not do the songs justice, the tracks on the CD soar above and beyond what any clip could provide. The Chemical Brothers' effort on this CD pays off with true works of art. They have such thick, lush layers of percussion creating something new to listen to almost every time you listen to a song while still relating everything to the pulsing bass which defines their music. The pieces on this CD are extremely busy in a very good way, and I have kept this CD within easy reach since I bought it half a year ago. These are genre-bending artists, and this CD is a wonderful purchase."
All My People March
Mr. Richard D. Coreno | Berea, Ohio USA | 02/21/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The urgent political message from Anwar Superstar on Left Right is the cornerstone to this ambitious project from The Chemical Brothers.
Galvanize is a classic merging of pop sensibilities with an infectious, signature rhythm. Boxer is pure 1970s funk, but the sonic overload of Come Inside & The Big Jump - the layers of sounds merge into a clubland tour-de-force - demonstrates how an ambitious electronic vision can be accomplished in the studio.
Believe & Hold Tight London pack solid grooves, while Surface To Air would arguably be the top choice on a CD not packed with so many solid cuts.
But it's Left Right that propels Push The Button. If you have any concern at all with the perverse drama of the world stage, the song will make you sit down & think. And that means The Chemical Brothers ultimately did push the right button.