Album Review: Disclosure – Settle

UK brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, also known as Disclosure, have just dropped their highly anticipated debut album, and right in time for summer. Settle is one hour of music that you will not be able to sit still and listen to. (I’m not joking. I could not stop dancing the first time I listened to it).  A bevy of talented artists, from Jessie Ware to AlunaGeorge to Ed MacFarlane of Friendly Fires lend their vocals to the pop-house / UK garage tracks that I’ve been waiting for ever since the album’s release was announced.

The album is Disclosure at their very best, demonstrating their knack for catchy, infectious hooks and solid house beats. Disclosure knows how to get a dance party going, and Settle only goes to reaffirm that.

Settle starts off huge with the energetic “When A Fire Starts To Burn.” With this track, the listener is immediately transported to the dance floor, with the crazed intensity that the vocal sample invokes. The album then spans a series of guaranteed dance-floor anthems like “Grab Her!” and “Latch.” However, not every song on the album is as fast paced as the others. Songs like “Second Chance” and “January” slow down the tempo, but are definitely still head shakers. Settle ends with the laid back ballad “Help Me Lose My Mind,” a great way to wind down after dancing to the rest of the album for an hour straight.

Disclosure makes big music, and this album is big. It’s an album that everyone can enjoy, whether you’re a devoted Disclosure fan or you just like fun music to dance to. Play it loud.

Check out our review of their show from when they were in the District this March, and make sure to catch them again when they play the 9:30 Club on October 28th!

[Settle is now available on iTunes, and it will probably be the best $6.99 you spend this year.]

-Lotanna Obodozie

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