After the Disco

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  • Summary: The second full-length album for the duo of James Mercer and Brian Burton follows the release of a short film with Kate Mara as an astronaut and Anton Yelchin as her lover, Oliver.
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Holding on for Life
Girl take a seat, rest your weary bones Your secrets safe in my hands Tell me about the years and Let me buy an hour Maybe help me to understand Ooh... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 38
  2. Negative: 1 out of 38
  1. Magnet
    Feb 21, 2014
    80
    Broken Bells' initial salvos may have set their parameters, but After The Disco expands, transcends and redefines them. [No. 106, p.52]
  2. Q Magazine
    Jan 28, 2014
    80
    The panoramic melancholy may lack variety for some, but sorrow rarely sparkles this wonderfully. [Feb 2014, p.112]
  3. Feb 5, 2014
    80
    After the Disco is the rare, superior sequel--think Toy Story 2--to Mercer and Burton's seemingly one-off self-titled 2010 debut as Broken Bells.
  4. Feb 3, 2014
    70
    As a whole, After the Disco finds Broken Bells no longer feeling like a side project. There is a degree of consistency and focus not present on their eponymous debut.
  5. Feb 4, 2014
    60
    After The Disco deserves to be heard and delivers a truly pleasant listening experience, rousing even, when the hooks hit the spot. But--and perhaps this is what the duo insightfully intended when they gave the album its title--don’t expect a party.
  6. 33
    The songs, sonically and structurally, don’t sound contemporary at all. At best, they sound like disco by way of these two artists, both of whom have been making similar songs for five, maybe ten years.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Feb 8, 2014
    10
    I had the opportunity to interview and I can definitely recommend it. Many hours of listening pleasure. http://goo.gl/OSQxrlI had the opportunity to interview and I can definitely recommend it. Many hours of listening pleasure. http://goo.gl/OSQxrl http://goo.gl/OSQxrl http://goo.gl/OSQxrl Expand
  2. Feb 9, 2014
    9
    The album flows together really well and that makes it very solid and perfect to listen to all the way through. It also just gets better andThe album flows together really well and that makes it very solid and perfect to listen to all the way through. It also just gets better and better the more you listen to it. The only flaw is that the music is not as varied as it was on the first album. Expand
  3. May 1, 2014
    9
    Amazing piece of work. Even better than their first album.
    "Leave it Alone" is haunting me, I can't get it out of my head.
    Just saw them
    Amazing piece of work. Even better than their first album.
    "Leave it Alone" is haunting me, I can't get it out of my head.
    Just saw them live and they sound just as good live as they do in the studio.
    A rare band these days.
    Highly recommended
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  4. Feb 5, 2014
    8
    What we have here in "After the Disco" is a pleasant combination of classic 2010s indie alternative structure and instrumentation, coruscatingWhat we have here in "After the Disco" is a pleasant combination of classic 2010s indie alternative structure and instrumentation, coruscating space-age synths, evocative melodies, and at times, swooping ballads. In tracks like "After the Disco," "The Changing Lights," and "Leave It Alone," Broken Bells have precisely translated their thought processes into delightfully pungent music. In other tracks ("Medicine," "The Angel and the Fool"), not so much. The album ultimately boils down to a potpourri of ingenious ideas and rhythmical atmospheres that often, but not always, adhere to the thin backbone of the album.

    FINAL SCORE: 75 (pretty good ----------o---------- great)
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  5. Feb 23, 2014
    8
    I honestly think this is better than the debut. James & Brian really honed the distinct brand of tight, multi-layered & catchy indie rockI honestly think this is better than the debut. James & Brian really honed the distinct brand of tight, multi-layered & catchy indie rock they've been doing with this project. The chemistry between the 2 is great & the occasionally wide diverse production really adds to how engaging each track is in terms of songwriting.

    (For my full review, look up "Spin It Reviews" on YouTube. I'd appreciate it.)
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  6. Mar 18, 2014
    7
    Listening to this album is a very different experience from their first. On 'Broken Bells' the songs had little to no cohesion, and whileListening to this album is a very different experience from their first. On 'Broken Bells' the songs had little to no cohesion, and while perhaps better written overall, each song could stand entirely alone. This time, the songs compliment and lean on each other, sometimes a little too much. To me, 'Holding on for Life' doesn't really fit in with the rest, and 'Medicine' and 'No Matter What You're Told' sort of blend together too much (which may have been intentional?). Furthermore the songs don't hit as many emotional highs as you would expect from anything James Mercer puts his voice to, certainly not to the level that the first album did.

    That aside, it is still a great listen. To me the standouts are the title song "After the Disco', the opener 'Perfect World' and 'The Remains of Rock and Roll'. The one that I will still be listening to years from now is 'Lazy Wonderland', I see it as the 'October' from this album, and a song that could have easily come off of a Shins album.
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  7. Feb 4, 2014
    5
    Mouse and the guy from The Shins are just wasting their time doing this. But we all know what they are capable of. There's nothing new,Mouse and the guy from The Shins are just wasting their time doing this. But we all know what they are capable of. There's nothing new, nothing interesting, yet boring as hell. Perfect supermarket music. Expand

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