Push the Button

Brothers in rhythm Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons surely know their way around big beats. As the Chemical Brothers, they have been providing dancefloors and modern rock radio with some of the biggest arou

Brothers in rhythm Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons surely know their way around big beats. As the Chemical Brothers, they have been providing dancefloors and modern rock radio with some of the biggest around since the early '90s. Unfortunately, fifth studio album "Push the Button" finds the duo, well, pushing too many of the same buttons. In other words, what sounded fresh when electronic dance music was hailed as the next big thing by the mainstream media a few years back now sounds a tad dated. That said, lead track and lead single "Galvanize," featuring Q-Tip, does find the twosome stretching out musically. Also rising above the pack is the punky, acid house-laced "Believe," which spotlights the deliciously off-kilter vocals of Bloc Party's Kele Okereke. "The Big Jump," which owes a bit to the Neptunes, begins on the right foot but then trips over its own monotony. The New Order-shaded closing track, "Surface to Air," is a dancefloor anthem in waiting. Additional moments like this would have made "Push the Button" a more memorable and enjoyable ride.—MP