After Dark, Vol. 2 - Various Artists
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  • Summary: The sequel to the 2007 compilation of songs by artists affiliated with the electronic label Italians Do It Better was produced by Chromatics' Johnny Jewel.
  • Record Label: Italians Do It Better
  • Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Electronic, Alternative Dance
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  1. 91
    After Dark 2 is a confirmation of his prowess and vision. It is proof and testament that the reignited flame of Italo-disco can endure through the tempests of shifting tastes.
  2. Jun 26, 2013
    85
    Mostly, the music works together more than it works to distinguish itself, always pushing movement and progression into the forefront in a sort of peaceful acceptance of chaos and uncertainty.
  3. Jun 26, 2013
    83
    It updates the IDIB sound without losing its buzzy neon charm, which remains a hugely attractive mode.
  4. Jun 26, 2013
    80
    The interchangeability of the songs and artists is one of the best parts of the hypnotic, detached, and ultimately insular sound.
  5. Jun 27, 2013
    80
    Despite these minor blips and the fact that being a ‘compilation’ it perhaps lacks the cohesive, emotional narrative arc of Kill for Love, AD2 is still an atomic display of IDIB’s firepower.
  6. Jun 26, 2013
    75
    The things setting After Dark 2 below its older brother is that it's not quite as fun—the darker tracks dominate this one—and that it doesn't flow together as well, which is an issue here primarily because many listeners will be hearing it in the form of a single, 78-minute MP3 file. But that's nitpicking.
  7. Jun 28, 2013
    70
    Like blues, the disco formula works--it’s both beautiful and timeless (well, timeless since the late 70s). But it doesn’t always feel as fresh as it once did--paradoxically, given the heavy-lidded sensibility the music embodies.

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