Settle - Disclosure
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Universal acclaim- based on 114 Ratings

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  • 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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
  1. Jun 3, 2013
    100
    An album that perfectly epitomises the new wave of house music--and may even be its peak.
  2. Jun 10, 2013
    90
    Nothing on Settle is left wanting. Disclosure’s debut full-length, after a series of tight and well-curated EPs, has high points as high as any record this year.
  3. It’s one of the most gleeful and replayable debuts of 2013.
  4. May 31, 2013
    80
    There’s nothing very new about the sound, but there’s a freshness and intelligence in the Lawrence brothers’ discovery of it.
  5. Jun 3, 2013
    80
    It's the fact that Disclosure make bookish, aurally factual electronica sound so carefree that makes Settle such an artistic success.
  6. 75
    It’s hard to imagine a more inviting dance record being released in 2013.
  7. 20
    Now, it appears to have been reduced to simply a checklist of familiar sounds and effects, harnessed to the dullest beats imaginable, and dependent on outside collaborators for interest.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jun 21, 2013
    10
    I have only listened to this album and i have decided that it is a great album that has some fantastic sounds and riffs to it. Really fresh and different, with some of the collaborations are the best tracks Expand
  2. Apr 14, 2014
    10
    Yes.
    Perfect.

    Best Tracks: Confess to Me, January, White Noise, When a Fire Starts to Burn, Help Me Lose My Mind
    Worst Tracks: ...


    Honestly, however, this is an album to be appreciated in its entirety, rather than in specially-picked songs..
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  3. Mar 5, 2014
    10
    I 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.
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  4. Oct 23, 2013
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Disclosure are a UK electronic duo of brothers with a knack for smooth grooves and catchy passages. They maintain good musical flow throughout their debut album, "Settle," by incorporating innovative vocal tracks and very intelligent synth parts. Every single song on this project is worthy of fervent head-bopping, making it an insanely FUN listen. Tracks like "Defeated No More" have very ethereal and introspective keys layered on driving and galloping drum sounds. Now, these are the kinds of jams where I can easily imagine a catwalk replete with glitter-laden models strutting seriously, and the crowd in completely engrossed in the spectacle on the stage. And bangers like "Stimulation" make the listener feel as if they are witnessing an assembly line for dancing robots, fueled by the power of funk. The duo nearly perfectly balance atmospheric integrity and appreciation with danceability. As the familiarity of electronic music becomes familiar to the normal listener, the guest singers add a new depth into the already surreal atmosphere and dimension of the songs, really complementing the album, giving it a unique trademark and style. It's a project that retains the familiarity of popular electronic music as well as the unpredictability of adept song composition skills.

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  5. Mar 23, 2014
    8
    Settle is probably the electronica/dance album that I have returned to most this year. I came into the album after hearing "When a Fire Starts to Burn," but "Latch" and "White Noise" kept me hooked in. The softer sound and R&B vocals give the record a nostalgic feel (not that I'm old enough to actually understand what that means). The album works great when played from start to finish, but its 18 tracks do start falling into each other. Expand
  6. Jun 4, 2013
    7
    Soft synths and smooth-voiced collaborations fill this album with brilliant dance tracks. Its beats flow well and, while there are some not-impressive-at-all tracks and a chance of boring you by its repetitive dullness, the album gets more solid with every listen. Some of the highlights here, "Latch" and "Help Me Lose My Mind", may be the right way to start this album. If you find yourself willing for more after hearing these two tracks, then you should go ahead and get this album. It's worth the money. Expand
  7. Jun 25, 2013
    0
    Absolute 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

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