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No Geography

The Chemical Brothers

No Geography

Album number nine from the British electronic duo features Japanese rapper Nene and Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora

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  1. 9.0 |   Clash

    Three decades after forming, hitting the reset button has unleashed this iconic duo afresh, demonstrating an insatiable ability to forge the perfect dance track, whatever the era. Go get your rave on
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  2. 9.0 |   The Quietus

    With its unifying themes of freedom, unity and attack, channelled via the medium of boom and sirens, it really is. After the best part of 30 years, there’s still no one else like them. Amazing
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  3. 9.0 |   DIY

    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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  4. 8.5 |   Under The Radar

    A seamless mix that throws in everything plus the kitchen sink. Rave music doesn't have to be a fad or in the stream of the main—it just has to feel good—and who is going to do it better than The Chemical Brothers?
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  5. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The Big Beat innovators deliver mercurial, sprawling, and thrilling rave music
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  6. 8.0 |   The 405

    For many decades the duo’s music has dwelled but thrived within the public consciousness, and even though No Geography looks backward at their heyday, it simultaneously looks forward further than most electronic artists today
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  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It ranks as one of the Chemical Brothers’ finest achievements
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  8. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Blending psychedelic sensory overload with riotous club bangers, the shape-shifting electronic duo’s ninth album is their most entertaining in years
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  9. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    A willingness to experiment has added an un-predictable edge to their epic electronica
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  10. 8.0 |   The FT

    The electronic duo scale down on the collaborations and tap into the darker reaches of rave
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    The futuristic Manchester duo return with another spell-binding and forward-thinking collection of festival smashers, still light years ahead of their peers
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  12. 8.0 |   The Independent

    A successful splicing of past and present
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  13. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Revitalised back-to-skool anthems
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  14. 8.0 |   Mojo

    No Geography bears testimony to superior crate-digging chops, cut-up skills and disco. Print edition only

  15. 8.0 |   Q

    Simons and Rowlands are making music that has the dizzying plasticity of their best work. Print edition only

  16. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A welcome fusion of past glory with 21st century arena-rocking attitude. Print edition only

  17. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It’s their best album in a while, maybe since the Nineties
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  18. 8.0 |   A.V. Club

    A solid dance album of pure escapism
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  19. 8.0 |   XS Noize

    Still sounding admirably fresh and doing the world of electronic music proud in 2019
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  20. 7.0 |   All Music

    While not a low in their catalog by any means, No Geography is also not their strongest or most memorable work to date. It's best not to call it a comeback, just another ample addition to their decades-long discography
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  21. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    If less praise can be heaped on the latter half of No Geography, its contours will at least be sweetly familiar to longtime fans
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  22. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    The album displays elements of all stages of the duo’s career yet retains the same playful inspiration found in their best work
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  23. 6.8 |   Resident Advisor

    No Geography pushes right up to the line but doesn't cross it
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  24. 6.0 |   The Observer

    In choosing lower-key collaborators Rowlands and Simons seem to want these more-banging-than-average tunes to speak for themselves
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  25. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    It’s not quite their most memorable work, but there’s just enough here to sate fans and entice the apathetic on to the dancefloor
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  26. 5.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Their ninth LP clears out the guest stars to go in a ravier, heavier direction, while also suggesting a stock-taking introspect and angst worthy of their august status and our precarious times
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