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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the British indie funk band formed by Tom McFarland and Joshua Lloyd-Watson.
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Jul 11, 2014
    90
    On their debut, Jungle show that you don't have to reinvent the wheel as long as it's travelling down brand new, unexplored avenues.
  2. 80
    West London synth duo Jungle claim to “bring the heat” on their debut album, but it’s more the languid haze of a holiday beach than the intensity of a dancefloor.
  3. Jul 3, 2014
    80
    There are times when the album feels like it starts to tread the same ground, but there is also sign that Jungle have it in them to do things that are different.
  4. Jul 24, 2014
    80
    Jungle’s core members, childhood best friends Josh and Tom, make well-balanced dance tunes--lush, but with plenty of breathing space between slow builds and feverish climaxes.
  5. Jul 3, 2014
    70
    When you see Jungle live, it takes very little provocation for them to extend their songs into euphoric, funk-laden, instrumental prang-outs that mesmerise your mind’s eye. Unfortunately, the album lacks a little of that psychedelic deviation, and instead chooses to quite politely proffer 11 great and concise songs, with a whistling instrumental mid-point.
  6. Jul 14, 2014
    62
    As it stands, remaining at that upper register with every word and line, the album’s 39 minutes feel much longer, leaving one high and dry.
  7. 33
    Jungle is a polished debut, but there’s no sense that J and T (or whoever is actually singing here) feel any sort of commitment to their lyrics, their arrangements, or anything beyond producing neatly packaged songs that slide them into festival slots.

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  1. Nov 1, 2014
    9
    This album is a must for anyone who has a soul. This album instantly buts a smile on my face. Just a great, laid back album to enjoy after aThis album is a must for anyone who has a soul. This album instantly buts a smile on my face. Just a great, laid back album to enjoy after a long days work. I cannot wait for their new material...for a first album, Jungle is an extremely promising sound to watch in the coming years... Expand