Disclosure - Settle
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Based on 35 reviews
2013 Ratings: #251 / 1057
Year End Rank: #10
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Based on 715 ratings
2013 Ratings: #62
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Considering all the shrewd alliances and its polished attack, Settle seems like it was designed to be 2013's acceptable dance album. That said, any purist who denies its pleasures is a crank.


The Surrey duo have not only made 2013's best dance record so far-- they've also concocted one of the most assured, confident debuts from any genre in recent memory. 


We don’t always need the best dance record of the year to push the genre forward into unseen territory; it’s hard to see anyone besting Settle for the title in 2013

Consequence of Sound

Slinky enough for the club, down-tempo enough for a rooftop soiree, Settle traverses boundaries and expectations. 


They're still more interested in presenting exhilarating dance music than trying to analyze its power.

Beats Per Minute

Settle is nearly impossible not to like. It nonchalantly surpasses expectations at nearly every turn. 

Pretty Much Amazing

Settle is the aural fruits of Disclosure’s mission to reinvigorate dance and pop by annexing and consolidating their favourite sounds from the sonic side-streets of house music’s sprawling musical past.


Guy and Howard make few slip-ups, ensuring the fire burns, and will continue to do so until this house revival is less a sudden resurrection, more a fad of the past. 


Fortunately, Settle doesn't settle; each new track finds them testing their own formulas. 

Resident Advisor

Though their brand of dance music is indeed a squeaky clean one, Settle doesn't feel like it's trying to be an underground dance music record.

The Fly

It’s not perfect ... but it’s a consistently thrilling debut.


It's the fact that Disclosure make bookish, aurally factual electronica sound so carefree that makes Settle such an artistic success.


It’s on tracks like ‘Latch’ that we see exactly why Disclosure have crept to the top of the charts, yet remain on the setlists of top selectors – it’s their ability to solder emotion and soul onto hyperactive dance riddims.

Loud and Quiet

In a period where we’ve reached EDM saturation and electronic music regularly argued, and threatened to eat itself, Disclosure’s retro deference strikes a joyous crisp balance that plays out in the club, in the chart, and in headphones.

Alternative Press

Settle is a rare animal: an EDM album that actually flows like an album should.

The Line of Best Fit

Settle is a soulful, accomplished and versatile record. 


Throughout, ‘Settle’ will blind you with so much sheen you’ll want to tile your bathroom in it.


If anything prevents it from being an instant classic, it’s that it’s simply not risky enough to be a game changer.

FACT Magazine

Disclosure are still young, and in terms of its aims – combining house music and pop for a young British audience currently captivated with the idea of the former but reliant on the hooks of the latter – Settle succeeds.

No Ripcord

Disclosure have found an erratic blend of deep house and pop that, while not entirely original, has moments of greatness. 


Settle is by no means a terrible record, but it is far from a great one ... in terms of both quality and innovation it has become painfully obvious they’ve lost their way.

The 405

Settle ends up being a wonderful compilation of other famous voices. There's the occasional flicker of real promise outside of the star power, but aside from that, it's a record carried by other people. 

Production is utterly gorgeous. It feels equivalent to that of a subterranean cavern filled with precious gems. And while the features and overall melodies aren’t anything too spectacular, the way they’re crafted is just absolute perfection.

Standout: White Noise
Favs: F For you, You & Me, Help me lose my mind, Defeated no More, When a fire starts to burn

Least fav: Second Chance
In terms of modern edm this is definitely the cream of the crop. Extraordinarily slick, funky, and most importantly of all danceable, there’s a lot here for both pop and electronic fans alike. Now I’m not gonna claim that this is “deep” or “profound” or “revolutionary” but honestly for what they’re trying to do here disclosure sorta nail it. Highly recommend.
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For some reason, I decided to come back to this album last week, and I can definetely say that I don’t regret it. A very good house record. BANGER
This is the kind of dance album that I will play all year long, with friends of all different genre persuasions, and they will all probably enjoy it in some capacity. The poptimists, philosophical listeners, and casual listeners are likely to smile and listen along without much complaint. It's a pretty brilliant album, especially "White Noise", which has amassed 46 plays on my iTunes since I first downloaded it. If that doesn't say something, what does?
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Track List

  1. Intro
  2. When a Fire Starts to Burn
  3. Latch [ft. Sam Smith]
  4. F for You 
  5. White Noise [ft. AlunaGeorge]
  6. Defeated No More [ft. Ed Mac]
  7. Stimulation 
  8. Voices [ft. Sasha Keable]
  9. Second Chance
  10. Grab Her
  11. You & Me [ft. Eliza Doolittle]
  12. January [ft. Jamie Woon]
  13. Confess to Me [ft. Jessie Ware] 
  14. Help Me Lose My Mind [ft. London Grammar]
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Added on: April 16, 2013