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Since the mid-'90s, Semisonic has been inspiring the overuse of words like "literate," "smart," and "well-written" by reviewers everywhere. All About Chemistry doesn't do anything to change that: It is a suite of 12...well, smart and immaculately crafted songs, all seemingly destined for the charts, yet also possessing enough lyrical muscle to elevate them above the level of guilty pleasure. Chemistry injects a heavy dose of piano into Semisonic's former copybook college rock sound, moving the group a few steps closer to the adult pop bracket. "Sunshine and Chocolate" is full of a sensual shimmer, borne along on a tune that is peppy in the best possible way. "Act Naturally" blends sweetness, prettiness, and heartbreak in perfect proportions. "I Wish" dissolves its thwarted desires in a slow-burning, "Layla"-esque coda. And "One True Love," written with Carole King (who also sings backup and plays piano on the track), is both slightly desolate and wholly lovely -- a dream of a perfect love-to-be that also perhaps contains hints of regret for the seemingly inevitable moment when a dream is all it will turn out to be. Frontman and lyricist Dan Wilson creates interestingly human characters, people frayed by love and tossed about by contradictory impulses, not knowing what they want and wanting it all the same. Drummer Jacob Slichter proves he's no pushover in the writing department with "El Matador," a wispy and impressionistic tune that gently references Joni Mitchell while waving goodbye to the summer: "Lying on the couch defenseless/With blue clouds court and spark." Only one song feels like a dud -- "Get a Grip," a charmless but ingratiating paean to self-love that feels...er, tossed off. That apart, Chemistry is almost perfectly balanced -- sweet but not sugared, clever but not wiseass, crafted but not cold.
© Leslie Mathew /TiVo

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1
Chemistry (Album Version)
00:04:09

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - John Fields, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist - John Munson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Brad Kern, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

2
Bed
00:04:04

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

3
Act Naturally (Album Version)
00:03:42

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

4
She's Got My Number
00:05:02

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Endert, Producer, Co-Producer - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

5
Follow
00:03:44

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

6
Sunshine And Chocolate
00:03:35

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - John Fields, Producer, Co-Producer - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

7
Who's Stopping You?
00:03:06

Dan Wilson, Author - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist - John Munson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

8
I Wish
00:07:48

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - John Fields, Producer - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

9
One True Love
00:03:50

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - Carole King, FeaturedArtist, ComposerLyricist - BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

10
Get A Grip
00:03:33

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

11
Suprise
00:03:47

Dan Wilson, ComposerLyricist - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

12
El Matador
00:05:08

BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jacob Slichter, ComposerLyricist - Semisonic, Producer, MainArtist - Jake Slichter, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2000 Geffen Records

Album Description

Since the mid-'90s, Semisonic has been inspiring the overuse of words like "literate," "smart," and "well-written" by reviewers everywhere. All About Chemistry doesn't do anything to change that: It is a suite of 12...well, smart and immaculately crafted songs, all seemingly destined for the charts, yet also possessing enough lyrical muscle to elevate them above the level of guilty pleasure. Chemistry injects a heavy dose of piano into Semisonic's former copybook college rock sound, moving the group a few steps closer to the adult pop bracket. "Sunshine and Chocolate" is full of a sensual shimmer, borne along on a tune that is peppy in the best possible way. "Act Naturally" blends sweetness, prettiness, and heartbreak in perfect proportions. "I Wish" dissolves its thwarted desires in a slow-burning, "Layla"-esque coda. And "One True Love," written with Carole King (who also sings backup and plays piano on the track), is both slightly desolate and wholly lovely -- a dream of a perfect love-to-be that also perhaps contains hints of regret for the seemingly inevitable moment when a dream is all it will turn out to be. Frontman and lyricist Dan Wilson creates interestingly human characters, people frayed by love and tossed about by contradictory impulses, not knowing what they want and wanting it all the same. Drummer Jacob Slichter proves he's no pushover in the writing department with "El Matador," a wispy and impressionistic tune that gently references Joni Mitchell while waving goodbye to the summer: "Lying on the couch defenseless/With blue clouds court and spark." Only one song feels like a dud -- "Get a Grip," a charmless but ingratiating paean to self-love that feels...er, tossed off. That apart, Chemistry is almost perfectly balanced -- sweet but not sugared, clever but not wiseass, crafted but not cold.
© Leslie Mathew /TiVo

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