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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the Canadian electronic group now comprised of Dibani Azari, Alphonse Alixander Lanza III, Starving Yet Full, and Fritz Helder.
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  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
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  1. Aug 5, 2011
    90
    The result is louche and intoxicating.
  2. Aug 30, 2011
    80
    All told, Azari & III is a solid work with plenty to offer newcomers and devoted fans alike.
  3. We would have liked to have heard more lead vocal from the uniquely talented Cedric, but this is a small quibble when we're talking about the soundtrack to dancing like your life depends on it in 2011.
  4. Feb 22, 2012
    80
    Opener Into the Night sets the tine with its robotic glitterball soul music, while Undecided fantastically tweaks the Roland 303 to Olympian levels of ecstasy. [Mar 2012, p.111]
  5. All diva froideur and drum machine snap, it nevertheless transcends pastiche via a pervasive air of murky ambiguity.
  6. Oct 30, 2012
    70
    Azari & III is a pretty not bad approximation of what dance music must have sounded like 30 years ago to an audience who might not have had access to riffling the records that build the foundation of sound displayed here. Still, it's when the group follows the maxim "Shut Up and Dance" that they are probably at their most successful and artistic.
  7. Aug 2, 2011
    60
    Both are pleasingly redolent of Caribou's Swim--if only Azari & III always aimed that high.

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