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
    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.
  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
    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.
  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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