The Brothers’ new sound for 2002 was introduced to the public with the first two singles from Come With Us. The hard-edged tribal tech of It Began In Afrika and the dazed anti-breaks layering of the latest Star Guitar divert from the relatively obvious hooks that thrust the outfit to prominence through their 1995 ground-breaker Surrender. The singles were near polar opposites in sound and at first listen seemed to carry little of the pop sensibility of the outfit’s earlier work, translating to lukewarm reactions from the music press and ultimately, limited chart success.

Whether The Chemical Brothers had lost their edge became the burning question in the lead-up to the release of Come With Us. Now the answer has arrived: not by a very long shot. The album is a startlingly accomplished trek through a range of genres, from soaring breaks and terrorising, techy samples (title track), through downbeat old school hip-hop (Hoops) and epic hard house (Pioneer Skies). The Chemical Brothers apply an awe-inspiring level of detail to absolutely every track on Come With Us. The outcome is an album that could cautiously be described as a crossover masterpiece and a benchmark for progressive music across the board in 2002. Key tracks : My Elastic Eye, Come With Us and The Test.

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