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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Out Today: Hot Chip

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 8:30 AM

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Hot Chip
One Life Stand
(Astralwerks)

If listening to Nickelback is like dating the captain of the football team, listening to Hot Chip is like getting with the president of the marching band. Both can provide a thrill, but the sweet, geeky Hot Chip are gonna treat you better in the long run. On their fourth album, they bring that long-term commitment to fans, exclaiming, “I only wanna be your one life stand/Tell me, do you stand by your man?” amid house beats and digitized funk. Alexis Taylor says influences came from all over: Madonna, Arthur Russell and — ready for the floor? — Susan Boyle. The Brits left out some of the goofiness and quirks of 2008’s Made in the Dark, crafting a cohesive album of melancholy electro ballads and Auto-Tune dance-floor hits. “Thieves in the Night” washes electric guitar growls atop pulsating synth blasts and pepper-shaker drums, while the slow, gooey harmonies on “Slush” recall old-school doo-wop. Though the album lacks some of Hot Chip’s much-welcomed spontaneity, One Life Stand will still be a standby for DJs and partygoers alike. It may not be for the commitment-phobic, but it’s definitely for the danceaholic. —Danielle Sills

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