Angels and Devils

The Bug - Angels and Devils
Critic Score
Based on 21 reviews
2014 Ratings: #66 / 1004
Year End Rank: #27
User Score
Based on 79 ratings
2014 Ratings: #274
Liked by 1 person
August 25, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
UK Bass, Grime / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Angels & Devils contains none of the Acid Ragga material, and neither KMS partner is involved. Even so, there's continuity and gradual evolution that can be traced back several years through Martin's output.

90
Drowned in Sound

Despite the dualistic structure of Angels & Devils, the album’s two halves are never in opposition to one another; its vocalists all equally damned, equally resilient to their fate.

90
The Line of Best Fit

Angels & Devils does such a stellar job of blending the old and the new, and has the stones to shove Martin’s sinuous new ideas to the forefront. It’s that courage and singularity of vision that makes The Bug stand triumphantly apart.

90
Exclaim!

Angels & Devils dwarfs its acclaimed predecessor, as it does almost everything else released in the electronic music genre this year.

90
Resident Advisor

Angels & Devils marks an evolution of the sound that made London Zoo a classic.

80
The Skinny

On Angels & Devils, Kevin Martin pushes farther and harder than ever before – and it's his strangest ideas which beguile the most.

80
musicOMH

The long awaited return by The Bug is certainly a difficult listen but it’s not impenetrable. Instead, it’s the sort of music that demands your attention and you can’t help but become enraptured by it.

78
Sputnikmusic

Angels and Devils is an album inextricable from intense, looming, pounding despair, and no matter how far away Martin manages to pull himself the blackness always comes back.

70
NME

It’s an impressive display, but the contrast between the two sides is so vast they could easily be two different records.

67
Consequence of Sound

Sure, there are a few moments where the record doesn’t maintain the highs it reaches throughout, but it’s still a relatively enjoyable album front to back. Each track makes its presence essential to the record’s narrative, even if it’s not a memorable moment on its own. 

67
Pitchfork

When the tempo and aggression are dialed back, the dynamic turns; Martin’s still a talented sound designer, but the whipping, centrifugal force that binds his tracks together is missing. That force is largely absent for the first six songs of Angels & Devils, and the album is trying as a result.

Doofly
70
only reason people listened was for the death grips feature let's be honest here and it didn't disappoint
Z.Younk
50
Total piece of shit compared to London Zoo.
CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
CxAylward
51
very boring
CaramelCookie
63
This is a difficult one to rate as the songs vary in style and quality. There are a few true bangers here (I really like "Mi Lost") as well as a few regrettable choices ("Fuck a Bitch" is especially trite). The Bug's penchant for bombasm and intricate snares work best, in my opinion, when paired with a collab who can keep up the pace – sorry Inga Copeland.
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Track List

  1. Void (ft. Liz Harris)
  2. Fall (ft. Copeland)
  3. Ascension
  4. Mi Lost (ft. Miss Red)
  5. Pandi
  6. Save Me (ft. Gonjasufi)
  7. The One (ft. Flowdan)
  8. Function (ft. Manga)
  9. Fuck a Bitch (ft. Death Grips)
  10. Fat Mac (ft. Flowdan)
  11. Fuck You (ft. Warrior Queen)
  12. Dirty (ft. Flowdan)
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Added on: June 12, 2014