UK boys Hot Chip are back, with another album full of bass, synth and booty-shaking beats for us to get down to.
First song on In Our Heads "Motion Sickness" is a great choice for an opening track. A mysterious intro builds into a driving melody and each instrument is layered in gradually. The intensity remains during the verses but the chorus, simply made up of some long 'Ooohs', is a bit of a let down. The synth melody and drum beat stays strong and carries the chorus until the end.
"How Do You Do?" is a dance-floor anthem if I've ever heard one. Try sitting completely still while listening to this song - I guarantee you will fail. The funky bass line mixed with the repetitive melody gives it life and makes it one of the standout tracks.
"Don't Deny Your Heart" is another fun dance song - that's three in a row to start with. Anyone who aches for a bit of contrast will be pleased, "Look At Where We Are" is a lot slower. Hot Chip's strength is creating dance beats but when it comes to lyric writing, they can be plain. The bridge for "Look At Where We Are" simply features some more 'Ohs' and the word 'are' repeated.
As soon as "Night and Day" starts it's so pleasingly obvious a choice to be the first single. With its edgy bass riff and Hot Chip signature synth melody, it's impossible to sit still during this one too. I can see this being a huge track in their live show.
The rest of the album is similar, they do the funk/pop/dance thing so well, but lose momentum with some of their slower tracks. Last song "Always Been Your Love" could have been left off, or placed in the order earlier, the 7:38 track "Let Me Be Him" would have worked much better as a closing track.
In Our Heads is a great and fun effort from Hot Chip and I think they've put together a solid set of songs that will work fantastically live.
It's an album you can listen to repeatedly and still find something new on the fifth listen, having danced through most of it.
Review Score: 7.6/10