To all you naysayers who will inevitably listen to "One Life Stand" with a critical eye, pointing fingers at slower songs like "Brothers" and "Slush," I ask you to listen to the album again. And again.
Following the disco-influenced tunes of "Made in the Dark" with calmer, more cohesive tracks, "One Life Stand" is a treasure trove of sophisticated songwriting. I'm a sucker for well-written lyrics, and I'm thrilled that the songs on this album have the same thematic pulse.
Hot Chip exchanges lighter dance hits like "Shake a Fist" (Made in the Dark, 2008) for more well-rounded disco beats like the title track "One Life Stand" and "We Have Love." I'm also partial to the auto-tune rifts on "I Feel Better," although some reviewers have called the song "a regrettable fusion of Cher and the dregs of mid-'90s dance pop" (Paste Magazine).
At first, I was split on the 6:31 minute piano ballad "Slush"...but you know what? I think it works. In fact, I think the whole album foreshadows the kind of music we'll be seeing more of in the weeks and months to come. Hot Chip has set a high standard, but there's always room for contenders.