The Chem­i­cal Brothers Das Spiegel (2007)

What Hi-Fi (UK) - - Test Your Speakers -

To test at­tack and de­cay

A more stop/start, trun­cated and ab­bre­vi­ated col­lec­tion of elec­tron­i­cally de­rived sounds you’re un­likely to find – so Das Spiegel is a splen­did test of your speak­ers’ dis­ci­pline. Aside from strummed rhythm gui­tar and blown melod­ica, ev­ery sound here seem­ingly ap­pears from nowhere and ends just as abruptly. From the four-square boom-bap of the non-dum­ber drum pat­tern to the squeals, hisses and squeaks in the back­ground as the tune builds, con­trol needs to be mar­tial. And the thrum­ming, al­most un­bro­ken bass sounds only add to the test.

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