Attack Decay Sustain Release - Simian Mobile Disco
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  • Summary: Two members from the electro-rock group Simian reform and release their own debut album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Simian Mobile Disco's debut is a dance record that shows a surprising amount of subtlety and flair.
  2. It's difficult to detect any flaws in Attack Decay Sustain Release. Simian Mobile Disco have created a seamless electronica album that can carry the torch for the New Rave movement, and prove there's a great deal of substance beneath the fad to be found.
  3. Attack Decay Sustain Release defies such trite categorization and, ultimately, what it is or isn’t doesn't really matter. All you need to know is this is quality.
  4. No, this is not the full-fledged underground dance-revolution many were expecting. However, it remains one of the most guaranteed party starters this side of Girl Talk.
  5. The album does have enough variety to prevent it from becoming redundant dance exercise. [Fall 2007, p.84]
  6. Not a bad record by a long stretch but a disappointment nonetheless.
  7. There are hooks aplenty, but they’re mushed into a production job that’s so caustically lacking in detail and depth, so over-inflated and etch-a-sketched in timbre, that it’s almost unlistenable on anything but the most rudimentary of laptop speakers.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Nov 7, 2011
    Amazing piece of dance - electronic music. I so love this album, I could listen to this album all day long, especially Sleep Deprivation and I Got This Down. And of course, Hustler. Recommended. Expand
  2. StephanM.
    Sep 18, 2007
    Excellent ! This LP is a seminal release for all the guys who like me used to listen to electro-techno stuff for a very long time (the earlie 90's). Ok it's easy for people to dislike those "silly" rave anthems sound, i just like them cause they remind me a lot of things !!! And there's a huge positive feeling listening to that LP !! Expand
  3. AndrewH.
    Sep 15, 2007
    One of the professional reviews had it right: The best party-starter this side of Girl Talk. Not incredibly deep music, but it's very energizing. Expand
  4. mikes.
    Sep 17, 2007
    By far one of the freshes if not the freshest electronic album of 2007. It ranks right up there with digitalism debut. I would go as far as to say there are more standout tracks on this album over digitalism. The only flaw of this record is that the last half is a mess. In particular its not worth listening to anything past track 7. Still a great debut that like daft punk and digitalism, they choose to use vintage gear over laptops, which in this day and age is more unique and creative than any ambient or idm out this year. Expand
  5. [Anonymous]
    Sep 16, 2007
    utterly contemptible. The most bloated, cynical attempt to climb onto the "wow look @ us were kool" nu-rave bandwagon yet. It doesn't even attempt to disguise how unbelievably derivative and poor it is, it just recycles simple melodies and cynical "i liek, go out an punch ppl for fun coz i am hard" lyrics with a production style that can only be described as ugly. I urge anyone who is a fan of real electronic music, god electronic music, to ignore this utter pile of shit. Still better than Kate Nash though. Expand