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  • Summary: The ninth full-length release for the British electronic duo features only Japanese rapper Nene and Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora.
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  • Record Label: Astralwerks / Virgin EMI
  • Genre(s): Electronic, House, Electronica, Club/Dance, Progressive House
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Got to Keep On
Must keep my composure, Must keep my composure, uh! spank rock and the killers. Moving through the city fill my body with the poison, Head spinning... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Apr 12, 2019
    90
    It’s a bold claim to suggest No Geography with its reasonably brief (for them) 46 minutes is up there with the controlled chaos and warped psychedelia of their earlier work, but it is. With its unifying themes of freedom, unity and attack, channelled via the medium of boom and sirens, it really is. After the best part of 30 years, there’s still no one else like them. Amazing.
  2. Apr 11, 2019
    90
    Three decades after forming, hitting the reset button has unleashed this iconic duo afresh, demonstrating an insatiable ability to forge the perfect dance track, whatever the era. Go get your rave on.
  3. Q Magazine
    Apr 11, 2019
    80
    Simons and Rowlands are making music that has the dizzying plasticity of their best work. [Jun 2019, p.113]
  4. Mojo
    Apr 11, 2019
    80
    No Geography bears testimony to superior crate-digging chops, cut-up skills and disco. [May 2019, p.86]
  5. Apr 15, 2019
    80
    No Geography is a great Chemicals album, for it balances the hedonistic big numbers with sentiments of real substance, fighting its corner with vigour in the face of chaos. ... It ranks as one of the Chemical Brothers’ finest achievements.
  6. Apr 15, 2019
    70
    Save for the wonky sequencing choice of front-loading the two most negligible songs ... No Geography could easily pass for a collection of epic B sides to some of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons’s signature classics.
  7. Apr 11, 2019
    50
    The album’s feel and sound is resiliently explosive, especially on the three-song mini mega-mix of sorts that kicks things off. ... The rest of the album feels a little more perfunctory, never quite being of a piece a la their euphoric 2010 return-to-form Further, or offering uniquely memorable high-points a la Born in the Echoes’ “Tomorrow Never Knows”-tinged face-melter “I’ll See You There.”

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Apr 19, 2019
    10
    Best Chems since Surrender.
    Completely listenable, front to back, not a single skipper.
    Beautiful, dirty, sweet, harsh and creative. Great
    Best Chems since Surrender.
    Completely listenable, front to back, not a single skipper.
    Beautiful, dirty, sweet, harsh and creative. Great vocals, really like Aurora and Nene on this.
    This as a real ALBUM, not a hand full of single tracks. It's got flow. I wish we could get more of this.
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  2. Apr 14, 2019
    9
    I love this album, haven't stopped listening to it. Not gonna either. Those who review it poorly, clearly haven't listened to it.
  3. Apr 12, 2019
    9
    The Chemical Brothers sound more confident and focused than they have in 20 years. The veteran duo are running laps around theirThe Chemical Brothers sound more confident and focused than they have in 20 years. The veteran duo are running laps around their contemporaries and having fun doing it. No Geography is an absolute joy that doesn't seem to falter during its 46 minutes. Aggressive beats, genre-bending tracks, and perfectly matched collaborations. Everything you have come to expect from an exceptional Chemical Brothers record is present here. 9/10 Expand
  4. Apr 16, 2019
    9
    Besides dusting off their old synthesizers, it seems The Chemical Brothers also dusted off their inspiration. This album takes the old 90'sBesides dusting off their old synthesizers, it seems The Chemical Brothers also dusted off their inspiration. This album takes the old 90's breakbeat and acid they were so wonderful at, nicely aged to date. This might be their best album of the last half of their career for me. Expand
  5. Apr 16, 2019
    9
    Should we even consider Rolling Stone's opinion any more? Their rating makes no sense based on the text of their article, it seems likeShould we even consider Rolling Stone's opinion any more? Their rating makes no sense based on the text of their article, it seems like they've had a few and are just slinging out text to meet quotas. There's no passion in it. Oh the album's great btw, just thought I'd throw my 2 cents in on one of the mighty relevant critics. Expand
  6. Apr 16, 2019
    8
    Being faithful to their sound this album is The Chemical Brothers attempt to show the new audiences what made them so popular on the 90's andBeing faithful to their sound this album is The Chemical Brothers attempt to show the new audiences what made them so popular on the 90's and early 2000's. They feel confident about their sound and remaing true to their origins. Fun album. Expand
  7. Apr 12, 2019
    8
    If you're reading reviews from Rolling Stone and taking them seriously, you should stop. No Geography is a great new album from the legendaryIf you're reading reviews from Rolling Stone and taking them seriously, you should stop. No Geography is a great new album from the legendary duo, filled with lots of elements that made the Chems so great to begin with. Headphones or speakers, make sure to check this one out. Turn it up, have fun. Expand