Angels and Devils

The Bug - Angels and Devils
Critic Score
Based on 20 reviews
2014 Ratings: #61 / 956
Year End Rank: #26
User Score
Based on 64 ratings
2014 Ratings: #358
August 25, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
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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.

CheapandLethal
65
Better stuff out there
CxAylward
51
very boring
PDaniel
79
This album is split in two halves - the first more downtempo and ethereal and the second more brash and hype. The sounds and track names appear to quite literally reflect the title, with the first half representing "Angels" and the second half "Demons". Unfortunately I think a lot of listeners will give up after the first few Angels tracks because they were expecting some dub and dancehall fire like on London Zoo. Have patience, you'll get there eventually. The first few ... read more
notanalt
60
Bap Bap Bap Bap Bap Bap
peachtime
75
This is quite an interesting album indeed. There's a healthy amount of solid tracks in here with great vocals, instrumentals, and production quality. But when I saw the tagging on AOTY, I was assuming it would be dubstep, eletronic, and UK Bass. There are elements of these sprinkled around through different songs but it seems more experimental than its contemporaries. This isn't to say that the album is bad at all. It's really good.

The production of the album is solid as far as I can tell. ... read more
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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