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Wednesday, May 28, 2014
A Fortunate Bath.
Disclosure honestly was not a group that I had much association with. I found them based on a free song I was given and that a friend and I took as a joke due to how catchy it was. Although it was a joke I secretly enjoyed the song (When a Fire Starts to Burn) and would listen to it when I was on my own. This song led me to the group, the album and eventually to not understanding why this album has the problems it does.
Don't misunderstand me; this album is strong when it does its job. The songs Latch and F For You are both easily memorable. Add When a Fire Starts to Burn to that list and you have an album that walks the thin line between simple beats, catchy lyrics and a simply brilliant mix of them. However, when Disclosure steps off of the line the mixture looses its excellence. The later half of the album seems to lose the spunk of the start, almost as though the later songs were intended to float to another album but inspiration ram dry.
While the negative influence from later on may seem like a lot, I am talking it up more than I'm talking up the good to be found; the songs that are good are great. Latch holds the ambient sounds that resemble the most brilliant moments of video games of the 90's such as Donkey Kong. While that may be an odd comparison it is a terrific backdrop that the song builds on.
Complexity bathed in simplicity is something that few electronic groups make sound so sweetly as Disclosure does here. While the simplicity does often flow through, the blend still shines brightly when it is found.
Score: 7.5 out of 10
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Saturday, April 19, 2014
Hours, blocks and a few mistakes.
It was easy, we quickly gathered wood, moved through the terrain until we found a place we wanted to build a house, turned the wood into planks, the wood into tools, the tools were used to gather stone and then that stone was turned into a mansion, a castle, an underground series of tunnels and a series of other creations. Its a story as old as Minecraft itself; blocks, devotion, imagination, dedication and innovation until imagination is painted throughout the entire world. After TU 15 (Title Update 15) on the Xbox Minecraft still holds its charm and draw but now offers more of all of the things that PC players have access to. With trading and villagers now in the game its not just about the player any more. However, with the good updates came the bad, blocks are strange when you try to mine them, flashing as though they are trying to leave but unable. All in all the changes are a refreshing change to the game, making it so you and up to 7 others have more to do and more blocks to play with.
Score 8 out of 10
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Sunday, March 23, 2014
A Step in no direction.
While listening to the album the first time through excitement was high, the idea that Skrillex was back with another album to change how I thought of bass drops and sound mixing was exciting to say the least. I've listened to Scary Monsters and Bangarang numerous times, enjoying both albums for the blending of sounds while keeping dance alive, however, in Recess, Skrillex's newest musical offering, I found enjoyment harder to find. Let me be clear, this is a good album. Recess is exceptional, F**k that and Stranger are both amazing. That being said, the album doesn't change how I think of Dubstep, Brostep or even Skrillex, it just adds to reasons why I like his music. Aside for the mentioned songs the rest of the album feels almost pointless, coming closer to a "Skrillex's best unused mixes" rather than an album which is disappointing, with some work these all have incredible potential.
In the end I enjoy this album, although it did not captivate me like Scary Monsters, its good to see Skrillex making fresh pieces while still staying true to his sound.
Score: 7 out of 10.
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