Album Review : SETTLE

Artist                  :       DISCLOSURE

Genre                 :       EDM / DANCE / POP

Date of Released     :               2013

The record begins with a declaration that while everything can be spontaneous there is always change.  It can be interpreted that this album might be game changing album in terms of EDM.  However, the moment “When The Fire Starts To Burn,” you begin to ask where is that rule changing element?  Then, you begin to wonder if Disclosure really intended to be original when “Latch” has notes borrowed from “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell.  It helps though that Sam Smith provided the vocals in this ambient like music.

By the time you reach “F For You” you feel that you heard all the elements especially when you compare this music with electronica music during late nineties and early 2000s.  “White Noise” proves that Disclosure just polish the elements of basic EDM music and hopefully turn it into something new.  However, just like with other songs in the album, at some point anywhere in each of the songs, there is a tendency indeed to sound generic.

In the song “Defeated No More,” you might be expecting a fierce song that is full of declaration about moving on or rising up.  Yes, it delivers in terms of lyrical content, however, the musical background is not so much.  It is rather sleepy and trippy.  “Simulation” begins with a knock sound intro and launches into repetitive vocals just like many Cascada songs or fast ambient music that were popular during electronica days decades ago.  In “Voices,” you finally hear a song that you can say that it leads to their own style; just good beats and good vocalist.

“Second Chance” has an intro that reminds you of “Erotica” by Madonna; hearing the spindle needle on the vinyl record.  The song is quite experimental not your typical EDM songs.  It is more of lounge music that you find in Ibiza collection.  “Grab Her” is the usual dance music that you will shake your body in dance halls.  “You and Me and Boiling” are nice records and showed that Disclosure is good at creating ambient music that incorporates good vocals from guest singers; they just know how to do this kind of thing.

“January” features Jimmy Woon and definitely this is one album entry that will make listeners swoon and play it again.  “Confess To Me” feels just like a remix record; no good hooks, very linear in terms of musical structure.  “Help Me Lose My Mind” features London Grammar and the collaboration works as both performers deviated from usual EDM structure and created very pop music in here.

This record is probably intended for easy listening moment not to tempt you to dance and shake your groove thing.  With this idea, the record works in some ways.  I rate this record 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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