After the Disco

Broken Bells - After the Disco
Critic Score
Based on 28 reviews
2014 Ratings: #623 / 845
User Score
Based on 115 ratings
2014 Ratings: #335
February 4, 2014 / Release Date
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Columbia / Label
Indie Pop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
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.

80
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.

80
NME

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.

75
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.

70
The Line of Best Fit

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

70
musicOMH

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. 

70
PopMatters

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. 

82
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.
daFigz
80
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
74
A solid album. With hints of brilliance. However just when you'll be lost, enjoying the music, they'll spoil it for you with something over-produced or a song that just tries too hard.
tha138
62
Alternative pop, with lots of ambition in its spine which is not the bassline but the synths pattern.
Unfortunately it raises more expectations that it can really fulfill.
snarekickblues
44
Best Track: Perfect World, Control, or Lazy Wonderland
Worst Track: Holding On For Life
Most Overrated Track: The Remains Of Rock And Roll
Most Underrated Track: The Changing Lights
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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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