Live - Simian Mobile Disco
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  • Band members: James Ford, James Shaw
  • Summary: The unedited second live release for the electronic duo was recorded at a 2012 show in Philadelphia.
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  1. Apr 17, 2013
    100
    Once you delve in you’re taken on a guided tour through the duo’s illustrious back catalogue in a quite majestic way.
  2. Apr 17, 2013
    75
    Perhaps realizing that it's divisive and reductive to only dabble in one or the other, SMD opts for a satisfactory middle ground in its live sets, rearranging the pair's accessible pop moments as skeletal reincarnations of themselves.
  3. Apr 18, 2013
    75
    It’s all about context with Live: each moment is a build to and release from the next.
  4. Apr 17, 2013
    70
    Live uses Simian Mobile Disco’s past to signpost their future--resulting in a record which is occasionally frustrating and even underwhelming, but one which is also a demonstration of confident execution, and a promising forecast of mature dance music to come.
  5. Apr 22, 2013
    70
    The only thing lacking is a greater presence of the crowd on the record that seems to be have mixed down, but it is the audible ecstasy of audience participation that truly makes a live album, though here the delicate simplicity and precise execution of the music more than makes up for it.
  6. Apr 17, 2013
    70
    In the end, it's still just a live album, but this sideline release is a must for fans, recommended for the casual techno head, and worth checking if a pumping, hypnotic, and otherworldly journey sounds attractive.
  7. Apr 17, 2013
    60
    Although Simian Mobile Disco have the ability to give each track its own distinct personality, Live is a mere curiosity for even the most refined technocrats.
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