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The Chemical Brothers, Push the Button

After the demise of grunge in the mid-nineties, everyone in the media was looking for the next big sound. Along came underground electronic artists like the Prodigy, Fatboy Slim, the Crystal Method, and the Chemical Brothers to fill that void. Now in 2005, most of these artists have faded into the music melting pot, except the Chemical Brothers, also known as Tim Rolands and Ed Simons. The Bros. have thrived by putting out electronic records that are enjoyable for all types of music fans. The duo’s fifth record, Push the Button, opens with the hip-hop-dance fusion “Galvanize,” featuring rapper Q-Tip, formerly of A Tribe Called Quest. Other highlights include the beat heavy pop of “The Boxer,” the tribal “Hold Tight London,” dreamy “Close Your Eyes” and the politically charged “Left Right” featuring Mos Def’s brother Anwar Superstar. While Push the Button’s instrumental tracks don’t offer much, the best of the record is found in their great collaborations. (Virgin Records) Rating: 3 Out Of 5 Stars

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