Having remained one of the most essential and eclectic electronic acts the UK has had since the 1990s, The Chemical Brothers have obviously gone through some changes over the years. While originally adopting a multifaceted and diverse approach to their ideas at the start of their career, the last few albums have seen them take on a more club-orientated aesthetic. Rather than deliver a string of engaging but totally disjointed singles, their last couple of LPs have had this more fluid appeal, blending each track into the next one in order to create more of a live DJ set direction. Which is exactly what they have shared on their ninth full-length 'No Geography', and boy are they sounding good.
While promoting this new album, the duo released the tracks 'Free Yourself' and 'MAH', two of their most intense and eardrum-shattering releases in years. Yet these two occupy the latter half of the record, creating a thunderous crescendo to the record's overall direction, which is far more energetic and enticing to get into. After just a few cuts into this new collection, it is clear that they have looked to create this more progressive intention, starting off with a string of catchy and sometimes psychedelic individuals that slowly build into an almighty racket, giving the record an extremely focused and anthemic pace.
The main thing to take away from this new LP is just how likeable it is. While their last few albums have taken a couple of listens to really begin to appreciate, 'No Geography' catches your attention right from the start and plugs you in for a fantastic and wild ride. The Chemical Brothers have not only done it again, but look to be getting even better with age.