After the Disco

Broken Bells

After the Disco

Second record of dancey, spacey indie rock from Danger Mouse and James Mercer of The Shins

ADM rating[?]

6.6

Label
Columbia
UK Release date
03/02/2014
US Release date
04/02/2014
  1. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    It’s their best effort yet: a textured, kaleidoscopic pop record that crackles with imagination, and hints at the sign of something brilliant to come

  2. 8.0 |   Spin

    After the Disco is the rare, superior sequel
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  3. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Sensibly, this sophomore effort refocuses the spotlight and pushes Danger Mouse’s pristine production into the foreground
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  4. 8.0 |   The 405

    It's euphoric, it's psychedelic, it's atmospheric and it's melancholic. At no point does it feel like Broken Bells are resting on their laurels
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    The songs are better, the hooks are bigger and the choruses are more memorable
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  6. 8.0 |   Q

    Sorrow rarely sparkles this wonderfully. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   Uncut

    They've begun 2014 with a flourish - at the tops of their games, totally in sync with one another. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    This is his second album with James Mercer, frontman of The Shins, and it’s a relationship that deserves to last
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  9. 8.0 |   The Independent

    After the Disco offers welcome confirmation of the vast and varied terrain available to pop and rock when it dares stray away from the mainstream or merely contemporary
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  10. 7.8 |   Paste Magazine

    If you can collect your thoughts amidst all the booming bass and squint your eyes just right past the blinding DJ lights—some damn fine songs
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  11. 7.8 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    After The Disco's cohesive amalgamation of pop, folk, and ambience better increases the duo's possibility to convert the nonbelievers that their prior efforts weren't able to convince
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  12. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    There is a degree of consistency and focus not present on their eponymous debu
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  13. 7.0 |   Clash

    The album’s central appeal is its pop sensibility and the catchiness of its choruses, but it often runs the risk of sounding formulaic
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  14. 7.0 |   All Music

    The duo's second album offers a more stylish and streamlined version of West Coast melancholy.
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  15. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Is it good enough to make the Top 40 in 1978? Maybe. Is it a top candidate for 2014's best song about a distraught prostitute who's probably a misunderstood time traveler? Totally
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  16. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    It’s testament to the quality of the opening trio of songs – rather than to the detriment of the others – that the album never really reaches the same heights again
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  17. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    This time around their final product does seem like the result of a more sophisticated musical palette
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  18. 6.0 |   Time Out

    If this is how a super-producer and a hero of melodic indie-rock feel about life, the universe and everything, it’s also a wee bit depressing
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  19. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Downbeat and decidedly adult pop
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  20. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    After the Disco has some memorable hooks, but it doesn't quite lift this work beyond a studied genre piece
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  21. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Album number two is a step in the right direction, but once again the journey doesn't always feel worth the effort
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  22. 6.0 |   No Ripcord

    After The Disco deserves to be heard and delivers a truly pleasant listening experience, rousing even, when the hooks hit the spot
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  23. 6.0 |   FasterLouder

    After the Disco has a lot going for it, including choice hooks and headphone-friendly details, but it’s not much fun
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  24. 5.8 |   A.V. Club

    After The Disco pushes Mercer to higher peaks of energy, but his voice is stranded in elegantly arranged emptiness
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  25. 5.4 |   Pitchfork

    It's hard to think of why this project needs to exist
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  26. 5.0 |   The Quietus

    After The Disco is an exceptionally successful record filled with the type of uplifting melody we've come to expect from the pair, as well as more direct, clearer lyrics and an overall sharper edge
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  27. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    The thin gruel that is After the Disco isn’t a worthy successor to Broken Bells and is nothing its creators Danger Mouse and James Mercer should be proud of
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  28. 4.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Generic enough to have been produced by anyone, After the Disco is a yawner made by two artists whose impressive discography makes its failure that much more confounding
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  29. 4.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    It is not a bad record – Danger Mouse doesn’t make those – but it does feel safe and predictable rather than fresh and exciting
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  30. 3.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The epitome of tired, lazy songwriting
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