Disclosure - ENERGY
Critic Score
Based on 23 reviews
2020 Ratings: #583 / 691
User Score
Based on 341 ratings
2020 Ratings: #752
Liked by 9 people
August 28, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Island / Label
House, UK Garage / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Observer
Eleven songs and at least seven of them could be hits. A sensational album. Consider your summer saved.
80
Q Magazine

Even when Energy takes a ruminative turn towards the end, there's not an ounce of fat.

80
Slant Magazine
Energy demands your attention with inviting, joyous beats and its vocalists’ direct appeals.
80
DIY

Motivational, sky-reaching anthems that don’t overthink the euphoria at hand.

80
Gigwise

This eclectic project reflects on the wide-range of sounds incorporated into the brothers' music over the past ten years and acts as a bold statement of their musicality.

80
Clash

Whilst previous work has had a tendency to recycle genres and styles, 'ENERGY' sees the duo step out of their comfort zone, engaging with an array of previously unexplored artists, genres and themes.

80
NME

Their shortest album yet, ‘ENERGY’ is a rough-and-ready bender that evokes their house and garage-revival beginnings while sprinkling in some new flavours.

80
musicOMH

Disclosure have always had an attention to detail in their production that gives the songs that much more depth ... And in this respect, as well as songwriting, structure and guest selection, they’re back like they never left.

80
Dork
'Energy' has been a long wait, and at no point does it disappoint. By far the fraternal duo's most eclectic album to date, it's one that truly embodies its namesake in every sense.
75
Beats Per Minute

ENERGY most certainly has more highlights than it does disappointing moments, and it marks a change in sound that the couple are moving towards – albeit slowly.

70
Rolling Stone

With Energy, Disclosure continue the refined, radio-friendly takes on house, U.K. garage, and more that made them stars, but find plenty of room to expand into new territory.

65
Pitchfork

The Lawrence brothers’ third album of glossy yet gritty disco pop suggests that their true lineage is the Y2K chart-house sound once ubiquitous on UK airwaves.

60
Mojo

Occasionally, you yearn for Disclosure to take a rasp to Energy and roughen the edges, but their knack for canny hooks guarantees they won't be retiring back to Surrey any time soon.

60
The Arts Desk

It may not exude that much actual energy, but there’s a chunk of worthwhile fare on board.

60
The Guardian

For now ... Disclosure seem largely content to stick to their lane. It should keep their career ticking over commercially until normal clubland service is resumed, and their lyrics seem less wistful.

60
The Needle Drop

Energy has a handful of career highlights, though a thrown-together quality as well.

60
Under The Radar

Disclosure works best when the duo taps into its inherent feel for the underground dancefloor and has its collaborators follow its lead, which it does on the majority of ENERGY.

60
Loud and Quiet

It’s a solid set of tracks, but five years since their last release, it’s less of a blazing return and more of a practiced workout.

60
The Sydney Morning Herald
Nostalgic callbacks to '90s UK-garage (Lavender, Who Knew) are the cherry on top of an experimental album that isn't perfect, but works.
55
Spectrum Culture

The Lawrence brothers stay true to four-on-the-floor dance beats, still within their usual deep house, two-step and garage roots. There are few surprises, and no superb hooks a la Jimmy Napier either.

50
The Line of Best Fit

Energy is something of a misfire for Disclosure, it is an album that opts to play things safe and the consequence is an unremarkable album that feels at once overthought and simultaneously underdeveloped.

50
FLOOD Magazine

Energy might have been made with vigor, but is a few steps short of possessing any real staying power.

Stankysauce
77
It's crazy how I wanted to dance as hard as I did but also wanted to sleep from boredom on the same album
louisomahoney
23
this....... this is one of the most annoying, repetitive albums so far in 2020.

yeah, i dont even know what to say about this. this is just the same tasteless, dance-pop, house music kind of thing that gets thrown around all the time and was popularized by artists like fat boy slim. this is pretty much a fat boy slim ripoff, but you know fat boy slim has like 2 or 3 good songs on his album and then the rest is trash, well this is that but without the 2 or 3 good songs.
basrdhim
71
I’m not too familiar with house music outside of a couple of hit songs, but I was pretty impressed with this album. I think all of the features were really energetic and animated and I think it’s honorable how Disclosure was able to get people of all different genres, languages, and cultural backgrounds while still having everything come together to sound cohesive and structured as an overall listen. The house production on this album usually sounds really infectious and I think ... read more
MikeOwen
70
The second half gets a bit boring, but that first half put a bigger smile on my face than any other record released this year.
kkbui
84
can't understand the hate
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Track List

  1. Watch Your Step
  2. Lavender
  3. My High
  4. Who Knew?
  5. Douha (Mali Mali)
  6. Fractal
  7. Ce n'est pas
  8. ENERGY
  9. Thinking 'Bout You
  10. Birthday
  11. Reverie
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Added on: May 21, 2020