No More Idols


No More Idols
No More Idols
Studio album by Chase & Status
Released 28 January 2011
Recorded 2009–2010
Genre Breakbeat, Dubstep, Drum and bass, Breakcore, Grime
Length 59:26
Label Vertigo, Mercury
Producer Will Kennard, Saul Milton, Ben Drew
Chase & Status chronology
More Than Alot
(2008)
No More Idols
(2011)
Singles from No More Idols
  1. "End Credits"
    Released: 29 October 2009
  2. "Let You Go"
    Released: 15 August 2010
  3. "Hypest Hype"
    Released: 4 October 2010
  4. "Blind Faith"
    Released: 21 January 2011
  5. "Time"
    Released: 29 April 2011
  6. "Hitz"
    Released: 15 July 2011
  7. "Flashing Lights"
    Released: 21 November 2011

No More Idols is the second album by British production duo Chase & Status, released on 28 January 2011. No More Idols marks the first major full-length release by Chase & Status since their debut album More Than Alot three years prior; a period in which the group signed a major management deal with Jay-Z's Roc Nation and focused more on producing for other artists including Rihanna's 2009 album Rated R.

Produced entirely by the group, No More Idols features vocal contributions from primarily UK talent including Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, Clare Maguire, Tempa T, White Lies and long-time collaborator Plan B amongst others. Upon its release the album met with generally positive reviews, receiving comparisons to similar acts such as Pendulum and The Prodigy. The genre-bending production style employed on the album was noted as a stand-out feature.[1] The album was preceded by three singles which attained UK chart success.

Contents

Singles

  • "End Credits" was released on 29 October 2009 as the first single from their album No More Idols, the song features guest vocals from UK rapper/singer Plan B. The single managed to peak at 9 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Let You Go" was the second single to be released from the album on 15 August 2010, the single featured vocals from singer Mali. The single peaked at number 11 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Hypest Hype" featuring Tempa T received radio support after the release of "Let You Go" (reaching BBC Radio 1's A-List) implying it would be the third single, but it was never released. However, it did chart at #70 on the UK Singles Chart after the release of the album.
  • "Blind Faith" was released on 21 January 2011 as the third single from their album. The song features guest vocals from British musician Liam Bailey. The single peaked at 5 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Time" was released on 29 April 2011 as the fourth single from the album. The single features guest vocals from singer Delilah and has thus far reached number 6 on the UK Dance Chart and 21 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • "Hitz" was released on 15 July 2011 as the fifth single from the album. The single features guest vocals from British rapper Tinie Tempah and has so far reached number 11 on the UK Dance Chart and 39 on the UK Singles Chart. The official video for the single was released 10 June 2011 on Chase and Status Vevo page.[2]
  • "Flashing Lights" will be released as the sixth single from the album on 21 November 2011. [3]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
BBC (favourable)[1]
Clash 6/10 stars[5]
Financial Times 3/5 stars[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
Gigwise.com 4/5 stars[8]
The Independent 4/5 stars[9]
Metro 3/5 stars[10]
NME 1/10 stars[11]
Daily Telegraph 3/5 stars[12]

The album received a generally positive response on its release. Mike Haydock of the BBC gave the album a positive review stating: "No More Idols is a whirlwind of an album, one that smashes together a hundred genres, from trance to grime, hip hop to indie rock, always keeping the listener on their toes. Songs shift between moods in a heartbeat, pulling the carpet out from under you. And the list of collaborations is both smart and prescient: they’ve teamed up with old pal Plan B, Tinie Tempah, Dizzee Rascal, White Lies, Clare Maguire and Cee-Lo Green – artists that can pull in a vast audience in their own right."[1] Andy Gill of The Independent gave it a four out of five rating,[9] as did Jon Bye of Gigwise.com, who described it as "an early contender for one of the albums of the year".[8] Allmusic's Jon O'Brien also gave it four stars, describing it as "a consistently impressive and intriguing listen that has the potential to be the drum'n'bass genre's defining studio album".[4] The Observer's Kitty Empire described it as sounding "more like a compilation".[13] Metro gave it three out of five, commenting on "increasingly polished songwriting",[10] and the Daily Telegraph also gave it three out of five, describing it as "an effectively youthful update on the Prodigy’s formula".[12] The album received similarly lukewarm reviews from Clash (Matt Oliver stating "It’s alright and will shift units"),[5] The Guardian,[7] and the Financial Times.[6] The album received a one out of ten review in NME, with reviewer Ash Dosanjh calling it "soulless nonsense".[11]

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "No Problem"   Will Kennard, Saul Milton, Takura Tendayi 4:10
2. "Fire in Your Eyes" (featuring Maverick Sabre) Kennard, Milton, Michael Stafford 4:15
3. "Let You Go" (featuring Mali) Kennard, Milton, Ben Drew 3:54
4. "Blind Faith" (featuring Liam Bailey) Kennard, Milton, Liam Bailey, Dan Hartman 3:53
5. "Fool Yourself" (featuring Plan B & Rage) Kennard, Milton, Drew 4:34
6. "Hypest Hype" (feat. Tempa T) Kennard, Milton, Nicholas Dei, Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore 3:29
7. "Hitz" (featuring Tinie Tempah) Kennard, Milton, Patrick Okogwu 3:08
8. "Heavy" (vs. Dizzee Rascal) Kennard, Milton, Dylan Mills 3:33
9. "Brixton Briefcase" (featuring Cee-Lo Green) Kennard, Milton, Cee Lo Green, Rick Nowels 3:58
10. "Hocus Pocus"   Kennard, Milton 3:59
11. "Flashing Lights" (featuring Sub Focus & Takura) Kennard, Milton, Tendayi 4:11
12. "Embrace" (featuring White Lies) Kennard, Milton, Harry McVeigh, Charles Cave 4:58
13. "Time" (featuring Delilah) Kennard, Milton, Drew, Paloma Ayana 4:20
14. "Midnight Caller" (featuring Clare Maguire) Kennard, Milton, Claire Maguire 3:45
15. "End Credits" (featuring Plan B) Kennard, Milton, Drew 3:20
Total length:
59:26

Personnel

Chase & Status[14]
  • Will Kennard – producer, mixing
  • Saul Milton – producer, mixing
Production[14]
  • Ben Drew – producer, additional producer
  • Graham Marsh – engineer
  • Dean Reid – engineer
Additional musicians[14]
Other personnel[14]
  • John Oakely – executive producer, photography
  • Traffic – art direction, design
  • Bob Torrez – cover photo
  • Carsten – photography
  • Ian Hunter – photography
  • Sam Neill – photography
  • Søren Solkær Starbird – photography

Sample credits

Chart performance

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 36
Danish Albums Chart 34
Irish Albums Chart[15] 50
New Zealand Albums Chart[16] 29
UK Albums Chart[17] 2
UK Dance Album Chart[18] 1

Certifications

Country Provider Sales Certification
United Kingdom[19] BPI 300,000+ Platinum

Release history

Region Date Label Format
United Kingdom 28 January 2011 Mercury Records Digital download[20]
31 January 2011 CD[21]

References

  1. ^ a b c Mike Haydock. "Chase & Status No More Idols Review". BBC. www.bbc.co.uk. http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/bqfd. 
  2. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4jh-xcKazSk
  3. ^ http://www.purplerevolver.com/music/on-the-road/121949-chase-%26-status-release-flashing-lights-and-sell-out-uk-tour.html
  4. ^ a b O'Brien, Jon (2011) "No More idols Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2011-02-06
  5. ^ a b Oliver, Matt (2011) "Chase and Status - No More idols", Clash, 31 January 2011, retrieved 2011-02-06
  6. ^ a b Hunter-Tilney, Ludovic (2011) "Chase and Status: No More Idols", Financial Times, 29 January 2011, retrieved 2011-02-06
  7. ^ a b Petridis, Alex (2011) "Chase and Status: No More Idols – review", The Guardian, 27 January 2011, retrieved 2011-02-06
  8. ^ a b Bye, Jon (2011) "Chase And Status - 'No More Idols' (Mercury) Released: 31/01/11", Gigwise.com, 28 January 2011, retrieved 2011-02-06
  9. ^ a b Gill, Andy (2011) "Album: Chase and Status, No More Idols (Vertigo)", The Independent, 28 January 2011, retrieved 2011-02-06
  10. ^ a b Haider, Arwa (2011) "No More Idols is Chase And Status's slice of bombastic pop", Metro, 30 January 2011, retrieved 2011-02-06
  11. ^ a b Dosanjh, Ash (2011) "Chase And Status – No More idols: Soulless dross from London duo", NME, 29 January 2011 issue, p. 39, retrieved 2011-02-06
  12. ^ a b Green, Thomas H. (2011) "Chase and Status: No More Idols, CD review", Daily Telegraph, 28 January 2011, retrieved 2011-02-06
  13. ^ Empire, Kitty (2011) "Chase & Status: No More Idols – review", The Observer, 30 January 2011, retrieved 2011-02-06
  14. ^ a b c d No More Idols – Chase & Status
  15. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Albums Chart. GfK. http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p/musicvideo/music/archive/index_test.jsp&ct=240002&arch=t&lyr=2011&year=2011&week=5. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  16. ^ Chase & Status – charts.org.nz
  17. ^ Archive Chart
  18. ^ [1]
  19. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/Search.aspx
  20. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/no-more-idols/id409124259
  21. ^ No More Idols: Chase & Status: Amazon.co.uk

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