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Born in the Echoes

Born in the Echoes is the eighth studio album by English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers, released on 17 July 2015 by Virgin EMI Records in the United Kingdom and Astralwerks in the United States. It was their first studio album since 2010's Further. The album debuted at number 1 on the UK Albums Chart, marking the duo's sixth chart topper and making them the dance act with the most number-one albums ever in the UK.[4]

Born in the Echoes
Born in the Echoes cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released17 July 2015 (2015-07-17)
Genre
Length
  • 52:25 (standard edition)
  • 74:12 (deluxe edition)
Label
ProducerThe Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers chronology
Don't Think
(2012)
Born in the Echoes
(2015)
No Geography
(2019)
Singles from Born in the Echoes
  1. "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted"
    Released: 21 April 2015[1]
  2. "Go"
    Released: 5 May 2015[2]
  3. "Under Neon Lights"
    Released: 6 June 2015[3]

The fourth track on the album, "EML Ritual" featured on the O2 "Priority Tickets - Follow The Rabbit" television commercial released in February 2018.[5]

Promotion and releaseEdit

The album's first single, "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted" with Vocals by Daniel Pearce, was released on 21 April 2015.[6] The second single, "Go", was released on 5 May.[7] "Under Neon Lights" was released as the third single on 23 June 2015, and features St. Vincent, credited by her real name (Annie Clark) on vocals.

The album was released on 17 July 2015.[8]

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic72/100[9]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [10]
Consequence of SoundB[11]
The Daily Telegraph     [12]
The Independent     [13]
Mojo     [14]
NME8/10[15]
Pitchfork7.8/10[16]
Q     [17]
Rolling Stone     [18]
Under the Radar8/10[19]

The performance of "Go" in the charts propelled The Chemical Brothers back into the mainstream,[20] with DJs such as Annie Mac including it on their playlists of the year.[21] However, some critics believe it was "poppy",[22] and not keeping to their roots. Despite this, the remainder of the album was well received, drawing particular attention to the 1990s sound of singles such as "I'll see you there" and "Taste of Honey".[22] Overall, it proved a moderate commercial success whilst maintaining enough of its distinctly "big beat" sound that gave it such success with albums such as "Dig Your Own Hole" and "Exit Planet Dust".

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Sometimes I Feel So Deserted" (Vocals by Daniel Pearce)
  • Tom Rowlands
  • Ed Simons
  • Moise Laporte
  • Kenneth Bobien
5:11
2."Go"
4:20
3."Under Neon Lights"
4:26
4."EML Ritual"
5:20
5."I'll See You There"
4:20
6."Just Bang"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
5:21
7."Reflexion"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
6:29
8."Taste of Honey"
  • Rowlands
  • Simons
2:59
9."Born in the Echoes"
3:26
10."Radiate"
4:39
11."Wide Open"
5:54
Total length:52:25
  • "Sometimes I Feel So Deserted" contains an interpolation of "Brighter Days" (1997) by Big Moses featuring Kenny Bobien, with re-recorded vocals by Daniel Pearce.

Unlike other albums, Born in the Echoes does not feature any segues between tracks. However, tracks 3 to 4 and 4 to 5 have subtle cross-fades.

PersonnelEdit

The Chemical Brothers
  • Tom Rowlands
  • Ed Simons
Guest musicians
  • Beck – vocals on "Wide Open"
  • Cate Le Bon – vocals on "Born in the Echoes"
  • Annie Clark – vocals on "Under Neon Lights"[23]
  • Ali Love – vocals on "EML Ritual"
  • Q-Tip – vocals on "Go"
  • Mark Ralph - bass on "Go"
  • Mark Ryder - electronic drums, additional programming

Charts and certificationsEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ "Go". Qobuz. Archived from the original on 14 June 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2015.
  3. ^ "Under Neon Lights". Qobuz.
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  5. ^ O2 Priority Tickets "Follow The Rabbit" Television Commercial
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