Whether they planned to release it in the wake of the Daft Punk hurricane that just happened or not, Guy and Howard Lawrence of the electro UK duo Disclosure can’t help but find themselves in the same sentence with the French robots as critics take on examining their debut LP, Settle. Fortunately, it seems like the underdog story is working in their favor. The second part of that same sentence has generally been packed with fluffy praise. That, and labored stretches to better categorize them...
“With admirable confidence, Disclosure recently compared their debut album ‘Settle’ to the work of global superstars Daft Punk. But really, Guy and Howard Lawrence have much more in common with a different dance duo: UK garage veterans Artful Dodger.” — NME
“It's easy and short-sighted to compare Disclosure's debut album Settle to Daft Punk's Random Access Memories … But the massively impressive Settle … is much more closely related to the best work of Basement Jaxx and Hercules and Love Affair — artists that have toed the line between dance and pop by tinkering with white-hot beats and handing the melody to guesting vocalists.” — Billboard
“Disclosure's swinging, skipping grooves may pay homage to artists like MJ Cole and Artful Dodger.” — SPIN
The album, arriving from PMR and Island Records, showcases the talents of the brothers—a pair whose collective age is only 39. Led by singles “Latch,” “White Noise” and “You & Me,” a programmed output of cherub-beats ensues. Features appear on a majority of the tracks, including contributions from British artists Sam Smith, Eliza Doolittle and Jessie Ware.
Overall, the response has been one of pleasant surprise for the 14-cut release. Settle settles in at a proper 8.3 on our scale.
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