Album Review The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

The Chemical Brothers - No Geography

Both what you’d want and expect from a Chemical Brothers album, as well as a whole lot more on top.

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There’s always a tendency, with bands that possess back catalogues as stacked as The Chemical Brothers, to exist on festival headline slots and half-baked new material every couple of years. And who could blame them? Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons could be seen as guilty of that themselves over the last decade, but on ‘No Geography’ they punch their way back into the present day with a revelation of a record. The tone - pedal to the metal, hard as fuck, unrelenting - is set within seconds of opener ‘Eve Of Destruction’, a robotic voice menacingly repeating its title.

What follows is something akin to destruction, as promised, and there are more than a few songs here that’ll hold their own in a festival headline set alongside ‘Hey Boy Hey Girl’, ‘Galvanize’ et al. Single ‘MAH’ is an unhinged, acidic ripper, while ‘Got To Keep On’ sounds tailor-made for those uninhibited, intoxicated early hours at Glastonbury. Both what you’d want and expect from a Chemical Brothers album, as well as a whole lot more on top, it pushes the duo firmly back to relevance.