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Hot Chip: The Warning [Astralwerks, 2006]
"There's nothing in a world where the melody is broken/There's always some way to make a silence be spoken," they promise sweetly toward the end of a title track where they also threaten to break your legs and snap off your head--with their tricky two-step beats, mind the gap. Just before comes the notably sane and sincere love plea "Look After Me," reciprocity guaranteed. Mild and modest, sometimes too mild and modest, they humanize das Kraftwerk and tenderize ye olde re-rewind. A-