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The album title Chop Chop is meant to mean that Bell X1 has simplified its sound by "chopping" off pieces deemed extraneous. And with guarded acceptance, you might agree that the Irish trio's sixth album is its most restrained. (Well, the acoustic live album Field Recordings still holds that trophy.) That said, Chop Chop sounds neither malnourished nor particularly reined-in. The parts fit together in the ways a well-toured band learn on the road, and whatever Talking Heads comparisons Bell X1 has earned over the years now sound like lazy reaches by shopworn critics. "Starlings Over Brighton Pier" and "A Thousand Little Downers" gleam with their own romantic pianos and atmosphere, more in line with the milder climes of Coldplay if one were fishing for a comparison. Yet the band is comfortable in its own clothes here, settling in for the sweet melodies that come from the members' hearts, as the descending piano notes of "Careful What You Wish For" and the somber finale "The End Is Nigh" make clear.

Customer Reviews

Best album since Flock

I love Neither Am I, Music in Mouth and Flock. I liked Blue Lights on the Runway. Bloodless Coup is okay. But I could grow to love Chop Chop for sure. Glad to hear a more classic sound again.

Worth every cent

Another great album! Get it, love it, share it!

Best Album

This is there best album to date. Wow.


Formed: 1999 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Second only to U2 as Ireland's most popular rock band, Bell X1 crafts a tight, melodic pop sound that calls to mind pre-electronic Radiohead and the more sedate side of Coldplay. Having recorded albums with the likes of Nick Seymour (Crowded House) and Roger Béchirian (Elvis Costello), the band is best known for its ability to craft infectious, durable, radio-friendly hooks with strong production values. Although officially formed in Celbridge, County Kildare, in 1999, the group's roots stretch back...
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