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In Our Heads

Hot Chip

2012

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In Our Heads
Album Summary

In Our Heads is the fifth studio album by English electronic music band Hot Chip, released on 6 June 2012. It is the band's first album to be released by Domino. It was recorded in a span of five months at English producer Mark Ralph's Club Ralph studio in London. The promotional single "Flutes", for which a video debuted on 15 March 2012, was made available as a free download when pre-ordering the album through Domino. A limited-edition 12-inch vinyl of the song was eventually released on 2 April 2012. "Night & Day" was released as the album's lead single on 4 June 2012. Prior to that, the Daphni mix of the song was released as a limited-edition 12-inch vinyl on Record Store Day on 21 April 2012."How Do You Do?" and "Don't Deny Your Heart" were released as the album's second and third singles on 10 September and 26 November 2012, respectively.

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3.11

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Electronica

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Sun Mar 12 2023
4

I was excited about this one after reading Apple Music's little write-up for it. I liked it, but didn't love it. At times I really, really liked it, and at other times, I felt like it was ostentatious hipster trash.

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Thu Apr 06 2023
2

It wasn't bad nor good, it was like listening to nothing. No feelings at all. I really have nothing to say about it. Seriously, nothing better for the 2010 decade?

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Thu Apr 06 2023
2

Sounds like savourless rice cereals that you stare at as it gets all soaked in milk on a Monday morning's depression. How is this important in music history?

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Wed May 31 2023
5

This album is actually something I'd add to my playlists. They are considered British Electronic Pop, but there are definitely some chill indie elements to it favorite track: Look at Where We Are (possibly the best song I've found during this project so far)

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Sat Mar 18 2023
4

I found myself enjoying this more than I thought I would (like, way more), so I went back for another listen and it sounds like they're deliberately echoing some rather famous songs to get you to pay attention and then switching up the formula. It's actually kind of clever in a couple of spots. Unfortunately, there are also way too many moments that are just generic dance music, which is a shame, because I started off wanting to hate this album, and then after some time I really wanted to love it, but I couldn't quite get there. I've settled on "I'm glad somebody made me listen to this because I never would have chosen it." Best track: Let Me Be Him

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Mon May 08 2023
5

9/10 any girl born after 1993 can’t cook… all they know is mcdonald’s, charge they phone, twerk, be bisexual, listen to hot chip & lie

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Mon Apr 10 2023
4

BL: this is my first 100% “blind listening” do not know anything about any of the members and after a quick google around I can’t see any obvious links other than they wrote a song for Katy Perry a long time after this album came out - so I will give it a listen. AL: wow. I thought this album was great! Very cool electronic pop album which reminded me a lot of Air, The Postal Service and at some points Daft Punk. The synth hooks and vocal lines were incredibly catchy and offer a lot of Lo-Fi groove similar to some of LCD Soundsystem’s “Sounds of Silver” album. This was very appealing to listen to the whole way through - I absolutely loved tracks 1-7, the last 4 tracks however I felt were slightly weaker than the previous 2/3rds of the album. I highly recommend this overall and would definitely think it’s worth the listen, Favourite tracks: “Motion Sickness”, “Don’t Deny Your Heart”, and “Night and Day” 4/5

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Mon Apr 10 2023
4

Great album, except for the singer’s voice

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Wed Jun 07 2023
4

Love Hot Chip's blend of alt-pop and dance music. They make really interesting tracks and this album is up there.

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Mon May 29 2023
5

Had geen idee wat te verwachten. En dit album bleef nummer na nummer verrassen. Ik werd er zowaar erg vrolijk van. Toffe ontdekking!

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Sat Jul 08 2023
5

Look at where we are is a beautiful song, and it is surrounded by a vast array of energies, each presented in sometimes chaotic, sometimes soothing electronic sounds.

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Thu Jul 13 2023
5

Why have I never heard of Hot Chip before?!

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Wed Jul 26 2023
5

This is incredible, so original and funky

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

Love it! Where has this been? How did I not know about this? I can't stop listening! Night and Day. <3

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Tue Oct 17 2023
5

So stoked this is on the list. One of the greatest albums of the 21st century. Fond memories of waking Mit around Norman Park on Friday arvo with a beer in hand and this on the iPod. Start to finish perfection.

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Thu Oct 26 2023
5

Never heard of this guys, love the album, I'm now a fan

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Mon Oct 30 2023
5

Unexpectedly loved it. Maybe because I was getting soaked by rain on my bike while listening and it somehow made me less grumpy about it

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Thu Nov 09 2023
5

I've listened to Hot Chip a little ("Ready For the Floor"'s cool video was on my iPod video back in the day), but never dove super deep in. It has always amazed me these five, accountant-looking British guys can make legitimately great dance music. I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this album; it sounds like a killer remix album for an already-killer pop album. I think it stumbles once or twice ("Now There Is Nothing", and how do you not use "Let Me Be Him" as the closer?), so I'd call this a 4.5. I'm rounding up due to the fact I threw it back on once I had finished, which hasn't happened frequently on this list. Favorite tracks: "These Chains", "Night And Day", "Flutes", "How Do You Do?"

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Tue Nov 21 2023
5

This totally surprised me. It is so unabashedly upbeat and happy that it at first it put me off, then after a song or two I was all in. I’m going to be checking out more from this group, because god knows I could always use some extra smiles. TERRIFIC!

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Thu Dec 28 2023
5

Boppy, hot chip is great for a bit of funky, chill listening with great beat, fun vocals. Each track is pretty great with no real weak ones.

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Wed Jan 03 2024
5

The hipster band it's ok to like.

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Wed Jan 03 2024
5

Solid follow up from Hot Chip

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

A classic 2010s album. Some real bangers on this one.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

Excellent album! Forgot how much I like these guys. Every song was great. I’ve been skipping over them on shuffle lately but they’re an awesome band

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Mon Feb 05 2024
5

One of the best of the decade.

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Tue Feb 13 2024
5

Ambient, funky, poppy, whimsical, sad lyrics

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Wed Mar 15 2023
4

очень напомнило джойвейв

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Wed Mar 15 2023
4

The first half of this is a perfect stretch of songs

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Fri Mar 17 2023
4

They’re good Hot Chip, I should listen to them more.

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Wed Mar 22 2023
4

I really enjoyed this, I’m not that into electronica but this was great I kinda feel it’s a genre I can slowly woo myself into going from any old rock band to something like the killers to MGMT to this is slowly moving my tastes into that indie electronica direction. Maybe one day I’ll find enjoyment in one of those mostly instrumental ones but not for now. 4/5

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Mon Apr 03 2023
4

Good, upbeat synth pop music with "novelty" guitar song! Gets under your skin and is pretty infectious.

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Sat Apr 08 2023
4

This is one banging record! 4 Goddamn "Flutes" is fucking fire

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Fri Apr 14 2023
4

Loved it - superb album which I will get on vinyl.

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Sat Apr 15 2023
4

Я, когда только ознакомился с жанрами альбома, и увидел год, не ожидал если честно от него ничего хорошего, но я был очень удивлён, когда его начал слушать. Этот альбом создан в таком жанре, как индитроника, и он мне очень понравился. Идеальная околодиско/синтипоповая электронника с современными прибамбасами. Слушается очень легко, и полно хороших мелодий.

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Sun Apr 23 2023
4

It was really refreshing to get a chill and relaxed electronica album for once. Not big beats and harsh sounds, just some good vibes that would be nice to listen to as you’re hanging out with a small group or something. Flutes was my fav.

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Mon Apr 24 2023
4

Hyvää elektronista poppia ja monen tyyppistä. These Chains tai joku hyvä uk carage viba ja flutes kova

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Mon Apr 24 2023
4

this was kinda sick actually

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Mon May 01 2023
4

Feels like the lovechild of Two Door Cinemas Club, Chemical Brothers, the synths of CVRCHES, and dance of Flight Facilities. Overall good, and one of the first albums from this list that I really did enjoy.

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Sat May 06 2023
4

4.0 - Reminds me of Brooklyn house parties in the 2010’s. Indie dance music. Dip a baby carrot in some hummus. Crack a beer you brought and put the rest in the fridge. Take a hit off this joint sitting in the ashtray. Find a seat by the open window and admire the sunny view.

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Wed May 10 2023
4

Helt bra, mot förmodan! Svag fyra

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Wed May 10 2023
4

Groovy. Indie electronic dance done right

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Thu May 11 2023
4

I love this album. Great grooves, great singing. Not sure why I haven't fallen in love previous, but this album has really grown on me.

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Fri May 12 2023
4

This album sounded like some shit that would've been on my 2012 Pandora radio, but a hell of a lot catchier.

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Tue May 30 2023
4

I haven't listened to a great deal of Hot Chip and, yeah, this was pretty good - "Motion Sickness" sounds like slavish New Order worship, but they mixed things up enough as the album went on to hold my interest. Fave track - "Flutes" - it's got a prog house thing going on - reminded me a lot of Nathan Fake's "The Sky Was Pink" which is one of my all time faves!

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Tue May 30 2023
4

Don't mind myself a bit of Hot Chip. Fave tracks are Don't Deny Your Heart, Night and Day, and Let Me Be Him.

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Tue May 30 2023
4

I don’t know what to make of this album but I guess… do I like it? Yes. Is it a great album? No. Do I want to listen to it again in the future? Yes. I liked the prior hot chip album a lot and this one feels like a polished evolution. It’s not an obvious easy album but maybe that is what makes it feel a little special.

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Wed May 31 2023
4

Groovy and upbeat. Fun listen!

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Fri Jun 02 2023
4

This music is great to put on in the background. It's inoffensive, not very loud or hectic and pleasant. But not what I'd actively listen to in my spare time.

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Wed Jun 14 2023
4

I thought this had a lot more going on than most of its genre ilk, particularly in sound variety and vocals. The songs never drag on to wear out their welcome as so often happens in the dance/Electronica spectrum.

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Wed Jun 28 2023
4

I honestly didn't expect to like this very much, but then found it really nice, easy listening during work. Relaxed but fun - nothing challenging, but good vibes.

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Sun Jul 09 2023
4

Trippy and weird but in a good way.might revisit it.Cool sounding “rock”?i guess

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Mon Jul 24 2023
4

21st July 2023 Listened across the weekend, Jen’s parents come to stay Friday and dad’s party Saturday. I love Hot Chip, I think they manage to create a sound which spans electro, house and northern soul. Instantly recognisable.

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Mon Jul 24 2023
4

I thought this was an excellent synth-pop album with some wonderfully groovy and funky tracks. It's just a good indie electronica listen. I wouldn't say this is my favourite electronic album by any means; while there were no bad tracks it didn't always draw me in like some albums have, but I think I will come back to this, and I feel it may grow on me with subsequent listens. Favourite: Flutes

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Fri Jul 28 2023
4

I am surprised by the inclusion of this Hot Chip album as I feel other records they have made worked suit this list better. The album itself is really enjoyable. Dancy, vibey, groovy at times. Good work, scratches a low FOUR

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Sat Jul 29 2023
4

Some enjoyable dance stuff! I'm not always a big fan of the genre if it gets too repetitive and reliant on samples, but this is nicely written

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Thu Aug 03 2023
4

Bizarre party, I want to be with you.

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Mon Aug 07 2023
4

It grew on me, initially neglecting as a hipster indie record. Beautiful innovative synth pop with a retro vibe, definitely evokes a lot of 80s post-disco. "Don't Deny Your Heart" could definitely be an early Madonna song. Meanwhile, some tracks like "Look at Where We Are" slow it down as part of the contemporary chillwave movement. His vocals are pretty versatile, taking on different genres from track to track, whether soft, hard, or weird. Either way, to dance to or pay attention, the synths are lush with cool production effects that make it a chill and fun listen from start to finish. There are weak tracks, like "These Chains", but the synth effects are still entertaining and fit appropriately.

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Tue Aug 08 2023
4

A nice blend of synths, hooks, decent songwriting and singing, and of course, great voice sampling, which I've always had a soft spot for. The songs up to and including "Flutes" are great and that one is a cracker. You could argue that their earlier material was more ground-breaking as Spotify listeners seem to confirm, but this is still good and maybe a more balanced LP.

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Wed Aug 09 2023
4

J'ai aimé p^lus cela queje pensais. Je n'aurais jamais écouté cela dans ma vie donc je remercie la liste. Il y plein de funk et d'electro melangé c'est vraiment cool et c'est un bon vibe pour courrir. J'ai bien choisit. 4.25

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Wed Aug 16 2023
4

Breezy, relaxed, fun, cool indie disco music. The sound of a chilled summer's evening on Primrose Hill / the sort of music that they like in that London. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Motion Sickness Date listened: 15/08/23

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Thu Aug 24 2023
4

I like them, plus i met them personally so

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Wed Sep 06 2023
4

3.5. I thought this started out strong but wasn’t as great in the second half. I did really enjoy a good chunk of this album though!

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Fri Sep 08 2023
4

I fucking LOVED this! Never heard of Hot Chip nor did I too much reading about them. I'll be doing more listening and learning in the days to come.

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Thu Sep 28 2023
4

Floor filling, blood pumping electronica, energetic, enthusiastic and unabashed, creating a big, clean and enjoyable sound. Probably the best synthpop band working today. Give in and let the fun wash over you.

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Fri Sep 29 2023
4

Electro dance, dat duidelijk zijn inspiratie haalt uit de foute 80s en (italo)disco periode. De zanger(s) zingen continu vals met een gek hoog stemmetje, dat misschien past bij de muziek, maar het is eigenlijk geen gehoor. Muzikaal zit het wel aardig in elkaar, het doet me een beetje denken aan sommige nummers van Daft Punk, zoals Touch op Random Access Memories, met Paul Williams, bekend van the Love Boat. Bij dit soort muziek (en clips) vraag ik me vooral af: nemen ze zichzelf heel erg serieus of juist totaal niet? Als het grappig bedoeld is en als een soort parodie op of ode aan de foute 80s, dan zie ik er de grap ergens wel van in. Maar als het serieus bedoeld is, dan is het eigenlijk ultiem treurig. En ondanks alles klinkt het stiekem best lekker, er zitten fijne beatjes in, je luistert makkelijk een uurtje weg. En het belangrijkste: je wordt er vrolijk van. 3,5 ster, die we voor de grap afronden naar 4.

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Fri Sep 29 2023
4

Mijn eerste gedachte is. Waarom staat dit nou in de 1001? Hoe onderscheidt dit zich? Maar al snel kom ik er lekker in. Het is een kruising tussen pop en breakbeat, met soms een knipoog naar het begin van de '90's. Komt bijvoorbeeld dicht in de buurt bij rustige nummers met zang van de Chemical Brothers. Ik kom nu niet op een meer nauwkeurige vergelijking, terwijl het behoorlijk toegankelijk is. Dus toch goed 1001-materiaal.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
4

Solid Daft Punk/Nile Rodgers like jams and maybe a tad darker. 'Now There is Nothing' has an interesting Paul McCartney feel and 'Let Me Be Him' sounds like something Chris Martin may have stolen.

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Wed Oct 18 2023
4

7/10. All girls do is listen to hot chip and lie

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Thu Oct 19 2023
4

Nice sound. I liked the aesthetic of the sound. Definitely brings you back to simpler times

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Mon Oct 23 2023
4

Never heard of them but enjoyed the album all the way through. Solid cover art matching the mood of the music. Two thumbs up. Does it belong on this list? Weak maybe.

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Mon Nov 06 2023
4

Great dance beats but something about its hint of NPC-ness makes it fall short of 5 stars

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Sun Nov 12 2023
4

This is how you do electronic music, way better than most on this list. Was ready to give a 4.5 but the last four songs don't hit the same as the rest.

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Wed Nov 15 2023
4

4/5 Good album Best track: Look at Where We Are

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

I had never heard of this and had zero expectations going in. Reading synth-pop and indietronica did begin to worry me a little bit, but I was so pleasantly surprised by this album. Really good chill listen.

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Tue Nov 21 2023
4

While most songs were just "all right," a couple were "ALL RIGHT!" More good than bad on balance though and I'm glad to have heard it.

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Tue Nov 21 2023
4

I think that if I had stopped at one listen, then I may have been able to convince myself that this was a 5. But on a second listen of highlights, I realized that I didn’t really love this album.

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Tue Nov 21 2023
4

Going from an actual '80s electronic dance album to a 2012 '80s-inspired electronic dance album the next day was somewhat interesting and fun to compare. I enjoyed this today.

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Thu Nov 30 2023
4

I was familiar with the band but had never listened to this album. I enjoyed it.

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Fri Dec 01 2023
4

Fun album, poppy electonica. Seems like it's trying to be more serious than thier previous albums. This is a fun album, easy 4. Repeats:motion sickness, night and day, flutes Skips:now there is nothing

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Sat Dec 02 2023
4

Extremely catchy - there's something almost drug-like about these songs, how irrisistable they are. And as good as the synth pop instrumentation is, much of its distinctiveness comes from the lead singer's voice - truly a unique sound. I had been introduced to this band's music early in their career, but had not returned to it much if at all, and I'm happy to listen again and find that they sound fantastic. And a very cohesive and engaging album at that.

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Sun Dec 03 2023
4

I don't think this is as good as One Life Stand, which for my money is the best Hot Chip album, but I suppose I'm happy that they're included in this list at all! It's still groovy as hell, I just don't think it has the infectiously compulsive "sing along" feeling of One Life Stand.

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Sun Dec 03 2023
4

Pretty fun and not like other stuff in this list

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Mon Dec 04 2023
4

I liked the Hot Chip's The Warning a lot but hadn't listened to this one. Really great first half, pretty good second half. Interesting synthy sounds and production throughout. Will be adding to the rotation. 4 - Will definitely listen again

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Fri Dec 15 2023
4

Rimelig nice, elektronisk indie pop, lidt op og ned

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Fri Dec 15 2023
4

Well, I think this might be the biggest surprise out of any album I've listened to so far. First of all, I was surprised to even get a relatively modern album. Sometimes it feels like this list is just 90s and earlier, so getting something from 2012 felt pretty nice (even if that was 11 years ago). What really surprised me with In Our Heads by Hot Chip is just how much I liked this album. I was really worried that I wouldn't be a fan of this album. I don't know why, but I just wasn't that excited. After listening to the album? This is pretty great! I had to make sure that I was in the right mentality for this album, as I had heard that it wasn't anything super mindblowing or complex. I just had to expect a pretty fun album with decent music. With that in mind, this album managed to exceed my expectations. The singing and writing are admittedly not the most special, but they're not actively bad either. The album is also a bit long. The sound of the album is where my praise really comes in. My favorite thing about this album is just how different each song is. They're all clearly the same genre, but each song stands out from each other in a way that a lot of albums just don't. This is a very good album that serves as a nice fun listen for someone looking for some good electronic music. Strong 4/5.

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Thu Dec 21 2023
4

A few seconds in, I can tell I'm going to enjoy this. I enjoy their more upbeat tracks, not a fan of the slower tracks like Look at Where We Are. I was really hyped for this, thinking it would be at least 4*, but it didn't hold strong. 3*. About half to a third of songs I like. Enjoyed: Ends of the earth, let me be him, motion sickness, don't deny your heart I like How do you do, but the religious lyrics irk me. Ok, on second listen I'm more inclined to give this 4*. There's a lot of really cool moments in this album. Night and day has a cool funky start.

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Sun Dec 24 2023
4

A real surprise. Caught out attention from the get-go and maintained it. Will be listening to this again.

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