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A Bath Full of Ecstasy

Hot Chip

A Bath Full of Ecstasy

Seventh album from the indie dance synthpop outfit and their third for Domino

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  1. 10.0 |   The Independent

    For all its glimmering synths and the robotic pathos of Taylor’s idiosyncratic vocals, this is a record with both heart and soul
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  2. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    It's extremely grown up pop music with a real kick, first on an instant level and then again once it's got under your skin
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  3. 10.0 |   The Observer

    These nine new songs see the band’s gift for melody and grasp of pop’s dynamics tweaked into transcendent shapes by house master Philippe Zdar and xx producer Rodaidh McDonald
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  4. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    On A Bath Full of Ecstasy, Hot Chip remain as vital as ever
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  5. 8.0 |   Clash

    Their lushest sounding project yet
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  6. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A lush, adventurous experience, immersive and refreshing
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  7. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Melody of Love is both moving and preposterous. Spell, Positive and Echo are blissed-out bubbles of delight
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  8. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    Provides hope within strife, encourages repeated listens as much for their danceability as the quality of the writing
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  9. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A giddy, nerdy and camp appreciation of all sides of dance music
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  10. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    They have been put on this planet to create beautiful, awe-inspiring packages of synth pop and alternative dance, a charge that A Bath Full of Ecstasy more than delivers on
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  11. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    The band’s seventh is hedonistic and philosophical at the same time
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  12. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Electropop's Hot Chip prove once again with A Bathfull of Ecstasy that they one of the most consistently excellent working bands
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  13. 8.0 |   DIY

    Infectious escapism at its finest
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  14. 8.0 |   NME

    Their strongest offering in years, where dance is an act of defiance
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  15. 8.0 |   The FT

    n their follow-up to ‘Why Make Sense?’, the British band’s seventh studio album is a measured and thoughtful success
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  16. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    They might be concerned with mortality now, but A Bath Full of Ecstasy shows a group pulsating with life, colour and ideas
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  17. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Remain ruthlessly consistent and relentlessly reliable. Print edition only

  18. 8.0 |   Q

    Feels like a glorious concentration of Hot Chip's skills. Print edition only

  19. 7.9 |   Gig Soup

    Seven albums down the line, the London outfit prove their worth as the most consistent pop group in Britain. They've returned with a tight collection of dreamy songs, cheekily inviting you to get carried away with them
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  20. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The band’s seventh album is compulsively listenable, oddly moving, and stranger than it first appears
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  21. 7.2 |   Resident Advisor

    A Bath Full Of Ecstasy doesn't often deal in subterfuge. It shines brightly and earnestly throughout, and it's willing to come to you
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  22. 7.2 |   Earbuddy

    An album that's melodic and thoughtful
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  23. 7.0 |   Uncut

    Though they're all pushing 40, Hot Chip have seldom sounded as youthful and carefree as they do on seventh studio album. Print edition only

  24. 7.0 |   Crack

    The whole LP is a melancholic ode to existential dread: a dedication to dancing when you’re too old to stay out past 2am, or the bliss of waking up on a Sunday not regretting the night before
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  25. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    It’s near impossible to see Hot Chip as stuck in neutral when their lyrics reflect such earnest hopefulness
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  26. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Peel back some of the glowing layers of glossy coating, though, and you’ll find a beating heart; one that is ageing, resistant, religiously steady; a recipe for inertia. It’s just all a shade too familiar
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  27. 7.0 |   Northern Transmission

    Although Hot Chip have moved past the patchwork-electronics style that vitalized their earlier work, there are still enough semblances of the Hot Chip of old, be it their “wisdom,” “humour,” or existential angst, to satisfy most of their fans
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  28. 7.0 |   All Music

    Immersive, joyous, but sometimes insubstantial, A Bath Full of Ecstasy lives up to its name in more ways than one. Even if it's not as consistent as some of Hot Chip's other albums, it's still a welcome, well-intended, and timely respite from the world at its worst
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  29. 7.0 |   The Music

    A delightful way in which to dance yourself clean
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