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Disclosure - Settle
Critic Score
Based on 36 reviews
2013 Ratings: #237 / 1080
Year End Rank: #10
User Score
Based on 757 ratings
2013 Ratings: #61
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

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.

91
Pitchfork

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. 

90
PopMatters

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

90
Consequence of Sound

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

90
Billboard

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

87
Beats Per Minute

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

83
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.

80
DIY

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. 

80
Spin

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

80
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.

80
The Fly

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

80
Exclaim!

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

80
Clash

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.

80
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.

80
Alternative Press

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

75
The Line of Best Fit

Settle is a soulful, accomplished and versatile record. 

70
NME

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

70
musicOMH

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

60
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.

60
No Ripcord

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

60
FasterLouder

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.

50
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. 

elitimesfour
90
This group could make an album of fartcore and I’d still call them one of the best electronic acts to ever hit the mainstream
heavenlyxbn
70
7/10

Disclosure throughout the years in their musical career have had quite a few great hits which has led to quite a wide recognition. Their debut album is good, some real songs that make you want to be in a disco, however when the second part of this begins it falls slightly, causing my enjoyment to have diminished a bit, but at the end of the day I do not think it is a bad album.

Favorite tracks: When A Fire Starts To Burn, Latch, F For You, Defeated No More, Voices, January, Confess To ... read more
Houdanny
71
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
charlie17
82
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.
POPDESIGN
65
Disclosure's debut album was praised by the public and critics, and was an important album that solidified their position as future garage artists. The album starts with great interest until White Noise, but their sounds become dull and repetitive with self-replication tracks.
they tried to overcome this monotony by adding more guest vocals, but they couldn't shake off the lack of something.

Highlights : When a Fire Starts to Burn, Latch, White Noise
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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