Push the Button (The Chemical Brothers album)

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Push the Button
The Chemical Brothers - Push the Button album cover.png
Studio album by The Chemical Brothers
Released January 24, 2005 (2005-01-24)
Studio
Genre Electronica[1]
Length 60:20
Label
Producer The Chemical Brothers
The Chemical Brothers chronology
Singles 93–03
(2003)
Push the Button
(2005)
We Are the Night
(2007)
Singles from Push the Button
  1. "Galvanize"
    Released: November 22, 2004 (2004-11-22)
  2. "Believe"
    Released: May 2, 2005 (2005-05-02)
  3. "The Boxer"
    Released: July 11, 2005 (2005-07-11)

Push the Button is the fifth studio album by English electronic music duo The Chemical Brothers, first released in January 2005.

The album received mostly positive reviews from music critics.

It won the Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album in January 2006. It was certified gold by the BPI on 28 January 2005.

Developement[edit]

The making of the album started in mid-2003. Most of the album was finished in a last couple months.

Singles[edit]

"Galvanize" was the first single from the album, released in November 2004. 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]

Live 05 was released as a digital EP promoting the album on 29 November 2005. It was recorded live from their 2005 tour.[2]

Usage in media[edit]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau A− [4]
Spin B+[5]
Stylus Magazine B−[6]
Entertainment Weekly B−[7]
Pitchfork Media 7.0/10[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[10]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[11]
Uncut 4/5 stars[12]
PopMatters 8/10 stars[13]
Under the Radar 8/10 stars[14]

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.[15]" 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".

Complex called it a "remotely forgettable project."[16]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written 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

As with all other albums by The Chemical Brothers, some of the tracks segue into the next. These are 2 into 3, 3 into 4, 5 into 6, 6 into 7, 7 into 8, 9 into 10, and finally 10 into 11.


Release[edit]

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Japan January 13, 2005 CD
United Kingdom January 24, 2005
Australia
United States January 25, 2005 Astralwerks

Personnel[edit]

The Chemical Brothers[edit]

  • Tom Rowlands - keyboards, synths, samples, programming
  • Ed Simons - keyboards, bass, guitar, engineering
  • Damon Reece - drums, percussion

Vocalists & rappers[edit]

Technical crew[edit]

  • Steve Dub – engineer
  • Ben Thackery - assisting engineer
  • Kam Tang - artwork
  • Mike Marsh - mastering

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Bush. "Push the Button - The Chemical Brothers". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  2. ^ http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/dec11/articles/chem-bros.htm#para3
  3. ^ http://www.metacritic.com/music/push-the-button/critic-reviews
  4. ^ Robert Christgau. "The Chemical Brothers". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  5. ^ Matos, Michaelangelo (February 2005). "The Chemical Brothers - Push the Button review" (Google Books). Spin. SpinMedia. 21 (2): 87. ISSN 0886-3032. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 
  6. ^ http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/the-chemical-brothers/push-the-button.htm
  7. ^ Dombal, Ryan (28 January 2005). "Review for "Push the Button"". Entertainment Weekly: 84. Retrieved 26 May 2012. 
  8. ^ Scott Plagenhoef (4 February 2005). "The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Petridis, Alexis (29 July 2005). "CD: The Chemical Brothers, Push the Button". The Guardian. 
  11. ^ 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]
  12. ^ Cleaner and crisper... their first [album] for half a decade where great noises... outshine august guest vocalists. [Feb 2005, p.73]
  13. ^ Tim O'Neil (28 January 2005). "The Chemical Brothers: Push the Button". PopMatters. Retrieved 4 October 2011. 
  14. ^ The new material sounds more unified and danceable. [#8, p.106]
  15. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/4r63
  16. ^ [1]