Push the Button (The Chemical Brothers album)

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Push the Button
Studio album by The Chemical Brothers
Released 24 January 2005
Recorded 2004
Genre Big beat, electronica
Length 60:20
Label Virgin, Freestyle Dust, EMI, Ultra
Producer The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers chronology
Singles 93–03
Push the Button
We Are the Night
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau A− [3]
Spin B+ [4]
Stylus Magazine B− [5]
Entertainment Weekly B− [6]
Pitchfork Media 7.0/10 [7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [8]
The Guardian 4/5 stars [9]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[12]
Under the Radar 8/10 stars[13]

Push the Button is the fifth studio album by English big beat band The Chemical Brothers, first released in January 2005. It won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album in January 2006. It was certified gold by the BPI on 28 January 2005.[citation needed]

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

Live 05 was released as a digital EP promoting the album on 29 November 2005. It was recorded live from their 2005 tour.


BBC Music said of the album "The Chemical Brothers return with their rebel rockin' fifth studio album that blows all stylistic boundaries down in the process.[14]" Lead single "Galvanize", with Q-Tip on lead vocals, peaked at #3 in the UK Singles Chart. "The Boxer" also charted in the UK singles charts, in addition to "Believe".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Galvanize" (featuring Q-Tip) 6:33
2. "The Boxer" (featuring Tim Burgess) 4:08
3. "Believe" (featuring Kele Okereke) 7:01
4. "Hold Tight London" (featuring Anna-Lynne Williams) 6:00
5. "Come Inside"   4:47
6. "The Big Jump"   4:43
7. "Left Right" (featuring Anwar Superstar) 4:14
8. "Close Your Eyes" (featuring The Magic Numbers) 6:13
9. "Shake Break Bounce"   3:44
10. "Marvo Ging"   5:28
11. "Surface to Air"   7:23


"Galvanize" was the first single from the album, released a week before the album was released. It peaked at number 3 spot in UK Singles Chart.[citation needed] "Believe" was the second single from the album, released in May 2005. It peaked at number 18.[citation needed] "The Boxer" was the third single from the album, released in early July 2005. It peaked at number 41.[citation needed]

In other media[edit]


The album was released in various countries in January 2005.

Country Date Label Catalog Format
Japan 13 January 2005 Toshiba-EMI VJCP 68715 CD
United Kingdom 24 January 2005 Virgin XDUSTCD7 CD
Australia 24 January 2005 Virgin 5633032 CD
United States 25 January 2005 Astralwerks ASW 63282 CD


  1. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/push-the-button/critic-reviews
  2. ^ John Bush. "Push the Button - The Chemical Brothers". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Robert Christgau. "The Chemical Brothers". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  4. ^ It's the album on which the Chems relax into a comfortable maturity, secure in their status as elder statesmen. [Feb 2005, p.87]
  5. ^ http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/the-chemical-brothers/push-the-button.htm
  6. ^ Dombal, Ryan (28 January 2005). "Review for "Push the Button"". Entertainment Weekly. p. 84. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Scott Plagenhoef (4 February 2005). "The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  8. ^ Werde, Bill (27 January 2005). "The Chemical Brothers: Push The Button : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 24 November 2007. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Petridis, Alexis (29 July 2005). "CD: The Chemical Brothers, Push the Button". The Guardian. 
  10. ^ An evolution in big beat and sweet dance-pop loyalty as hard-hitting as their mid-'90s works "Exit Planet Dust" or "Dig Your Own Hole." [23 Jan 2005]
  11. ^ Cleaner and crisper... their first [album] for half a decade where great noises... outshine august guest vocalists. [Feb 2005, p.73]
  12. ^ Tim O'Neil (28 January 2005). "The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button". PopMatters. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  13. ^ The new material sounds more unified and danceable. [#8, p.106]
  14. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/4r63
Preceded by
Hot Fuss by The Killers
UK number one album
6 February 2005 – 12 February 2005
Succeeded by
Tourist by Athlete