AOTY 2018
Disclosure - Settle
Critic Score
Based on 29 reviews
2013 Ratings: #196 / 953
Year End Rank: #10
User Score
Based on 505 ratings
2013 Ratings: #75
June 3, 2013 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

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
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.

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. 

FinalLifeline
91
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?
Fabi
80
clean, safe and catchy. one of the best deep-house albums of the decade.
Gupla
NR
Tan mainstream, pero a pesar de eso me gusta mucho.
SirBarxAL0T
83
This is a really cool and dancy album. First listen had me hooked and grooving; the sole purpose of this album. Not only that, but it offers a great atmosphere for dance. Sure, you can tell that some songs use the exact same formula, but it is still a fun listen. I very much enjoy how they use their synthetic instruments. There is a signature sound to the duo. Now that they know what is pleasing to listeners, they must elaborate their music more and create new and original formulas for every ... read more
Z.Younk
85
A super-clean sounding deep house album very reliant on hooks and pounding pop attention getters which geared to (and accomplished) selling big in the college and club scenes. The album is simply too bright for some, who'd rather not have to wear their shades indoors and would prefer a darker approach.
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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