AOTY 2019

Caracal

Disclosure - Caracal
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2015 Ratings: #623 / 772
User Score
Based on 260 ratings
2015 Ratings: #497
September 25, 2015 / Release Date
LP / Format
PMR, Island. / Label
UK Bass, House / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

91
A.V. Club

With even more glossy production than Settle, Caracal is high-quality Top 40 material.

80
NME

‘Caracal’ is about Disclosure maturing, moving on and showing the listener how to rave respectably. This is dance music for grown-ups.

80
AllMusic

Although the tracks rarely surprise, frequently falling back on familiar sounds and structures ... they're as well-built as those of the debut.

80
musicOMH

What Disclosure have done really well here is kept with the style that has rightly made them huge, honing their songwriting skills further in conjunction with a group of very well chosen collaborators.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

Though Caracal tackles relatively new opposition, some serious on-record wins make it a fun, vibrant outing.

70
Spin

The Howard brothers remain peerless as producers, and, if anything, their sophomore album’s overtures to pop-friendliness breaks even more walls for them going forward.

70
Slant Magazine

As much as they respect the deep-house gods, Caracal sees Disclosure wrestling to resist and thankfully losing.

70
Rolling Stone

The follow up to Disclosure's 2013 debut, Settle ... flexes a fantastically upscaled vocal roster befitting the duo's arena-level success.

70
PopMatters

Its seductive, late night R&B slant keeps Disclosure safely locked into the pop sphere while simultaneously diminishing their once-solid indie cred and slightly distancing themselves from their more electronic-attuned fanbase.

67
Consequence of Sound

Disclosure has found the perfect center of the Venn diagram of house music and mainstream pop.

66
Pitchfork
As they’ve edged away from giddy neo-nostalgia toward a sound with less identifiable anchor points, they’ve begun to blend into the background.
60
Billboard

Caracal is the kind of effort that diehard fans might convince themselves to appreciate, and then never play again.

60
The 405

There's a desire constantly present on Caracal to increase Disclosure's range as a musical act, but as an event, Caracal is underwhelming.

60
The Guardian

In their bid to become suave and seductive, they sacrifice the energy and rapturous pop hooks of their debut: apart from the heady live favourite Bang That, there are no surprises, no risks.

60
DIY

By chasing the notion of being separate from an everyday crowd, the duo end up in lost territory, submerged in style and an A-list cast to the point where they forget how to pen pop songs.

60
Exclaim!

At its best, Caracal is incredible, but between its lengthy runtime and the sheer number of guests here, it lacks the cohesive balance that Disclosure managed to achieve on Settle

60
FasterLouder

There is no stepping outside of the box on Caracal that, for all its individual brilliance, is ultimately monochrome.

60
NOW Magazine

Caracal is consistently good but also feels manicured and safe. Taking a few more chances and resisting the urge to polish everything so much could have made for a much more exciting record.

52
Resident Advisor

Caracal has the effect of a magician performing a trick twice in a row, rendering once clandestine, miraculous movements suddenly obvious, over-rehearsed and unnatural.

50
Loud and Quiet

It lacks the heft, swagger and, crucially, the buoyant personality that defined its predecessor, and in its place are not previously unexplored sonic seductions but just watered-down iterations that bend awkwardly to their guests’ aesthetics.

50
Clash

Even an all-star cast can't save 'Caracal' from its restrained atmosphere and overly polished production.

40
Drowned in Sound

The album marks the end of Disclosure as a band, and the beginning of Disclosure as a hit-dispensing enterprise that manufactures durable, no-stain, easy-to-clean products to please every audience. 

snarekickblues
55
About as formulaic as y=x
afridgetofar
68
BASIC
Gresh854
56
Some cool instrumentals, but extremely vanilla and mainstream.
ewertonmartiny1
74
Média Das Músicas: 67 // Nota Do Álbum: 80 // Nota Geral: 74
luisdelrey2016
57
Caracal privates itself to blow up on territories Disclosure have not explored yet, so it just envisions a bittersweet progression on almost every arrangement executed. Hence why it is desired to include more interesting effects on the catalog duo.
FAVS: Hourglass, Magnets, Jaded
LEAST FAV: Echoes
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Track List

  1. Nocturnal (feat. The Weeknd)
  2. Omen (feat. Sam Smith)
  3. Holding On (feat. Gregory Porter)
  4. Hourglass (feat. LION BABE)
  5. Willing & Able (feat. Kwabs)
  6. Magnets (feat. Lorde)
  7. Jaded
  8. Good Intentions (feat. Miguel)
  9. Superego (feat. Nao)
  10. Echoes
  11. Masterpiece (feat. Jordan Rakei)
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