Hot Chip (EMI)

Alexis Taylor’s contributions to the music may be essential, but his comrades might do well to grab back the mic from their bandmate.

 As with the last album, Made In The Dark, Taylor’s emaciated vocals are easily the worst thing about One Life Stand, drilling a hole in the pulsating likes of Thieves In The Night, and rendering such slowies as Slush almost unlistenable.

The frustrating thing is almost everything else about One Life Stand is perfect.

Nearly a great record.