Last year, the Chemical Brothers previewed their new album with the techno-infused tribal jam "It Began in Afrika." By year's end, the track had topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

Last year, the Chemical Brothers previewed their new album with the techno-infused tribal jam "It Began in Afrika." By year's end, the track had topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. In this issue, the album's second single, the glorious "Star Guitar," complete with filtered rhythms and sun-bleached guitars, climbs six notches to No. 7 on the Club Play chart. All of which bodes well for the continued crossover success of the U.K. duo—Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons—in the U.S. Fortunately, Come With Us, the Grammy Award-winning act's fourth studio album, is filled with such potency. Wonderfully diverse and accomplished, Come With Us deftly delivers the goods—and then some. A truly shining moment occurs on the chilled-out "The State We're In," which finds the Brothers, once again, collaborating with singer/songwriter Beth Orton. Nearly as perfect is the psychedelic, big beat-spackled closing track, "The Test," featuring former Verve frontman Richard Ashcroft carrying on as if his life depended on it.—MP

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