- Summary: The debut release for the British electronic duo of Guy and Howard Lawrence features guest appearances from AlunaGeorge, Eliza Doolittle, Sasha Keable, London Grammar, Ed Macfarlane, Sam Smith, Jesse Ware, and Jamie Woon.
- Record Label: Island
- Genre(s): Electronic, House, Garage, Club/Dance, 2-Step/British Garage
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Jun 4, 2013One of the most ground-breaking achievements of 2013. These British musicians infuse multiple genres, and hand-pick vocals so potent, they will make anyone jump out of their seat and start dancing. Every track brings something new, yet uses the remnants of previous tracks (much like the Australian group The Avalanches). A very awesome album indeed.… Expand
Feb 21, 2014Dear Brits: please don't stop what you're doing. Young British brother duo Disclosure knock the music world off its socks with their groundbreaking garage debut album "Settle," proving to the world that it's the Brits, not the Swedes, who will elevate the electronic dance genre to the artistic potential it's meant to reach. "Settle" is sexy, slick, stylish, and impeccably produced – imagine the robot from the Svedka advertisements got a degree in music theory and teamed up with early 2000s Daft Punk to create the hottest album of 2013. The beats are never laid too thick. On the contrary, they act as pulsating beds for the powerful vocals that carry each track. Disclosure establish a remarkably minimalist yet complex sound that dominates the album but never overwhelms any individual track. You won't find any other album like it, and if "Settle" is any decent indication of the future of EDM, then I am all ears for 2014. As for the future of Disclosure – well let's face it, with a debut this commanding, they're set.
FINAL SCORE: 100 (perfect)… Expand
Mar 5, 2014I totally hated this album when i first heard it. I didn't understand what the fuss is all about. Then it received many accolades from numerous music critics, so i decided to give it a second chance.
I started discovering a track here and a track there that were really amazing. "Latch" and "Defeated No More" made me really wanna get up and dance.
Then i took notice of "Help Me Lose My Mind", and i fell in love with it. And finally i re listened to the entire album, and was totally captivated by it, particularly by "F For You", "Second Chance", "You & Me", and "Boiling".
I love how the album was like a journey to me. I'm really excited for Disclosure and can't wait for their new work.… Expand
Jun 5, 2013A dance album that you can actually enjoy in its entirety. No reason to cherry pick tracks here. Disclosure have created a thoughtful and surprisingly sure-handed debut that will be on a few Top 10s at the end of the year. From track to track there is nothing here that hasn't been done before, but they is rarely a miss. I look forward to the band's future projects and would love to see them progress from here. It wouldn't hurt to see other groups or electronic producers take note and consider making albums with this much kinetic synergy.… Expand
Sep 10, 2013http://osianlewis.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/disclosure-settle-album-review.html
'Despite its issues, this is a very enjoyable album which is brilliantly produced and delivered. It has plenty of pop hits but also hypnotic rave worthy tracks. A good debut that I hope to hear pumping in clubs for months to come. 7/10.'… Expand
Jun 25, 2013Absolute garbage. There is nothing original here. Stay far far away. Overhyped junk, masquerading as, I don't even know. This sounds like something a high school kid put together on a mac in 1997, mixed with some sappy R&B vocals. If you dance to this you are a terrible dancer.… Expand
Published: December 4, 2013Throughout the coming weeks, we'll be collecting year-end top 10 album lists from dozens of music critics, publications, record stores, and other sources. Find individual lists and this year's cumulative rankings inside.
|Sound System [Box Set] - The Clash|
|Lucinda Williams [Reissue] - Lucinda Williams|
|American Radical Patriot [Box Set] - Woody Guthrie|
|The Satanist - Behemoth|
|Live at the Academy of Music 1971 - The Band|
|The Island Years [Box Set] - John Martyn|
|The Finer Things - The State Champs|
|In Utero [20th Anniversary Edition] - Nirvana|
|St. Vincent - St. Vincent|
|Spaces - Nils Frahm|
|No Depression [Legacy Edition] - Uncle Tupelo|
|High Land, Hard Rain [30th Anniversary Edition] - Aztec Camera|
|Moondance [Deluxe Edition] - Van Morrison|
|Bottle Rockets/The Brooklyn Side [Reissue] - The Bottle Rockets|
|12 Stories - Brandy Clark|
|There's a Dream I've Been Saving: 1966-1971 - Lee Hazlewood|
|Memorial - Russian Circles|
|Haiti Direct: Big Band, Mini Jazz & Twoubadou Sounds, 1960-1978 - Various Artists|
|The River & the Thread - Rosanne Cash|
|Virgins - Tim Hecker|