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Caracal

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Caracal

Second album of garage and house inspired dance music from the Surrey brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence

ADM rating[?]

6.5

Label
Universal / Island / Capitol
UK Release date
25/09/2015
US Release date
25/09/2015
  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    With even more glossy production than Settle, Caracal is high-quality Top 40 material
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  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    The Lawrences, along with their songwriting partners, cover the ups and downs of falling in and out of love in sharper fashion
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  3. 8.0 |   The Music

    Pretentious title aside, the English brothers thankfully seem to have stuck to their strengths and challenged themselves to avoid overthinking their approach, simply improving on what Settle lacked
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    ‘Caracal’ is about Disclosure maturing, moving on and showing the listener how to rave respectably. This is dance music for grown-ups
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    It's the songs that really shine. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Nothing less than one of the best pop albums of the year. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   music OMH

    Disclosure become fully paid up members of the rare club that admits dance producers with more than one good album
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  8. 7.5 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Is Caracal as huge and loud and groundbreaking as Settle? No, but Disclosure’s second album was never going to be as huge and loud and groundbreaking as Settle
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  9. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Caracal offers the same slick production value and luxury grooves that made Settle a crossover phenomenon
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  10. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    When the singers serve the grooves, the Lawrence brothers reassert their standing as the 21st century's great house ambassadors
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  11. 7.0 |   Slant Magazine

    As much as they respect the deep-house gods, Caracal sees Disclosure wrestling to resist and thankfully losing
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  12. 7.0 |   Spin

    The Howard brothers remain peerless as producers, and, if anything, their sophomore album’s overtures to pop-friendliness breaks even more walls for them going forward
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  13. 6.7 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It won’t take you anywhere you haven’t been before, but damn if you won’t have fun getting there anyway
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  14. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    Ultimately, Caracal just doesn’t feel much fun, and even its highs are nowhere near Settle’s polished bliss
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  15. 6.5 |   AU Review

    Perhaps they are victims of anticipation so high it’s impossible to meet the expectation, but it feels more like resting on their laurels
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  16. 6.0 |   FasterLouder

    The ambient, neo soul cuts that dotted Settle are everywhere on Caracal – in fact, the entire record is one luxurious dip into slow-burning beats
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  17. 6.0 |   Gig Soup

    If you are a Disclosure fan already then you’ll probably enjoy ‘Caracal,’ but don’t expect it to blow you out of the water in the way that ‘Settle’ did
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  18. 6.0 |   NOW

    Caracal is consistently good but also feels manicured and safe
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  19. 6.0 |   DIY

    The duo are submerged in style and an A-list cast to the point where they forget how to pen pop songs
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  20. 6.0 |   Exclaim

    There's plenty more to come from these young artists, and Caracal gives the sense that Disclosure's masterpiece could be just an album or two away
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  21. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Too often the songs feel either overly familiar (the Sam Smith-assisted Omen, the AlunaGeorge-esque Superego), or strangely undercooked
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  22. 6.0 |   The FT

    New songs shift towards a smoother R&B groove, as though slipping into pop’s VIP area
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  23. 6.0 |   State

    There’s a sense that they are already resting on their laurels, and regardless of how game-changing that first album was, at only two albums in, Disclosure have not deserved that rest yet
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  24. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    In their bid to become suave and seductive, they sacrifice the energy and rapturous pop hooks of their debut
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  25. 6.0 |   The 405

    There's a desire constantly present on Caracal to increase Disclosure's range as a musical act, but as an event, Caracal is underwhelming
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  26. 5.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Caracal feels like a step back
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  27. 5.5 |   Beardfood

    Besides some agreeable songs, this record just doesn't work at all
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  28. 5.2 |   Resident Advisor

    Caracal has the effect of a magician performing a trick twice in a row, rendering once clandestine, miraculous movements suddenly obvious, over-rehearsed and unnatural
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  29. 5.0 |   Clash

    Ultimately, 'Caracal' lacks 'Settle''s exuberance, and plays it safe far too often
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  30. 5.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It lacks the heft, swagger and, crucially, the buoyant personality that defined its predecessor
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  31. 4.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Marks the end of Disclosure as a band, and the beginning of Disclosure as a hit-dispensing enterprise that manufactures durable, no-stain, easy-to-clean products to please every audience
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  32. 4.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Few of the featured singers make an impression, universally overwhelmed by soothing, boring, adult-orientated garage production
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