After the Disco

Broken Bells - After the Disco
Critic Score
Based on 33 reviews
2014 Ratings: #718 / 957
User Score
Based on 133 ratings
2014 Ratings: #420
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February 4, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Columbia / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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The Skinny

Coupled with Mercer’s strongest set of tunes in years, After The Disco justifies flipping the adage: if it’s broke, fix it.

The 405

After The Disco is an unashamedly brilliant pop album that might just be the right kind of stuff to get you through the remains of winter.


The album’s success hinges on the most obvious things imaginable: the songs are better, the hooks are bigger and the choruses are more memorable.

Pretty Much Amazing

Taken solely as part of the Broken Bells discography it’s their best effort yet: a textured, kaleidoscopic pop record that crackles with imagination, and hints at the sign of something brilliant to come.

The Line of Best Fit

This time around their final product does seem like the result of a more sophisticated musical palette.


It’s testament to the quality of the opening trio of songs – rather than to the detriment of the others – that the album never really reaches the same heights again. 


As a whole, After the Disco finds Broken Bells no longer feeling like a side project. There is a degree of consistency and focus not present on their eponymous debut. 

Under The Radar

This time, there's a definite shift towards the dance floor—as you'd expect from a project titled After the Disco—and Danger Mouse's influence seeps out more prominently through his tight production and spacious beats.

Consequence of Sound

The songs, sonically and structurally, don’t sound contemporary at all. At best, they sound like disco by way of these two artists, both of whom have been making similar songs for five, maybe ten years.

Much better than the first album in my opinion.
Broken Bells are nowhere close to breaking...

This... is... a... NOSTALGIA REVIEW!!!

My relationship with this album goes back to 2016, two years after its initial release. I wasn't stunned on first listen when the album first dropped, but one day my senior year I found myself feeling kinda hopeless and weary. My heart had been broken twice that year and I was lucky enough to have my tight group of friends with me during that time. However, friends don't live with you, nor be with you 24/7. ... read more
I'd rather hear a new Shins album.
--OK.....I've really come around on this album. I think the beats have begun to forge in my brain, which lead me to listen more to the lyrics.
Tem um par de músicas incríveis mas o resto é extremamente sonolento.
I've been reluctant to share my opinion on this Broken Bells 'After The Disco' release due to the heavy criticism and less than flattering reception the CD received upon review. However, with a bit of time adding comfortable distance between then and now I am happy to share that I find real enjoyment in this fine, Indie Pop recording. Yes, it comes off as one might associate with Mercer & Burton in terms of lyrical and musical phrasing. To that I simply say, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Perfect World
  2. After the Disco
  3. Holding On for Life
  4. Leave It Alone
  5. The Changing Lights
  6. Control
  7. Lazy Wonderland
  8. Medicine
  9. No Matter What You're Told
  10. The Angel and the Fool
  11. The Remains of Rock and Roll 
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Added on: December 13, 2013