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Generally favorable reviews- based on 6 Ratings

  • Artist(s): Jas Shaw, James Ford
  • Summary: The fourth full-length studio release form the British electronic duo was written over three days and recorded at a show near the Joshua Tree National Park.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Mojo
    Sep 12, 2014
    A more elemental approach to dance music. [Oct 2014, p.93]
  2. Sep 5, 2014
    On their fifth release, Simian Mobile Disco's dedication to challenging their tried-and-true formula has found them coming off looser and more resourceful than ever.
  3. Magnet
    Nov 5, 2014
    This is a fresh, auspicious strike into new territory. [No. 114, p.61]
  4. Sep 12, 2014
    A record that finds SMD operating at half-speed when the accelerator is pedal is close within their reach.
  5. Q Magazine
    Oct 3, 2014
    Like untidy Casiopeia, it;s not all so absorbing, but the fact Ford and Shaw achieved this much in such reduced circumstances means the experiment must be considered a success. [Nov 2014, p.117]
  6. Sep 24, 2014
    It's SMD's overstated attempt to take the listener on a journey that is the album's drawback. In the end Whorl feels overlong, and the excitement and variation of the first two thirds of the album eventually dissipates into a somnolent slog.
  7. Sep 5, 2014
    Ultimately this is a record that fades into the background for almost its entire running time. [Sep/Oct 2014, p.81]

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