Temporary Pleasure

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  • Summary: The latest album for the electronic duo includes The Gossip's Beth Ditto, Hot Chip's Alexis Taylor, Super Furry Animals/Neon Neon's Gruff Rhys, Yeasayer's Chris Keating, Telepath, and Jamie Lidell as guest singers.
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  1. Positive: 12 out of 18
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  1. Simian Mobile Disco’s astounding track record as a remix powerhouse is due in no small part to the group’s mastery of mood, and Temporary Pleasure benefits greatly from this.
  2. Dance duo up their game on multi-packed, multi-contributor return.
  3. The songs are better, the guest performers more exciting and enthused, and the production varied enough to highlight the differences between each track (which wasn’t always the case on the previous album).
  4. 70
    Regardless of which indie celeb is on the mic or which recreational drug best suits the beat, each track hints at hedonism without hangovers.
  5. It becomes clear that for a distressingly large chunk of Temporary Pleasures, the duo has forgotten to do much of interest with the backing tracks in favor of roping in a rolodex's worth of singers and rappers and hoping the songs write themselves.
  6. The album has a more sculpted feel--proper songs, but with a subtle disco undercurrent. However, things tail off a bit with the wishy-washy Bad Blood and Turn Up the Dial's hip-hopera, leaving Audacity of Huge--a consumerist dream-turned-nightmare with a massive groove--heading the charge towards the mainstream.
  7. That it isn’t resoundingly terrible (as background music it’s passable, as long as you can’t actually hear it properly) is due to its general beigeness rather than the sparse flashes that illuminate it.

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