Maybe Disclosure's third time will be lucky

By Lucy Chirstie
By Lucy Chirstie |

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The problem with something awesome is that when people realise it's good, everyone wants to be a part of it, and then it isn't special anymore. That's what's happened with Disclosure's latest album, Caracal.

A few years ago, Disclosure were relatively unknown. Then their hit Latch launched the two brothers (and Sam Smith) to fame in 2013. Their house and dance music redefined the charts, but was so popular that it opened the floodgates for a host of other acts, like Duke Dumont and Rudimental, to jump on the bandwagon.

Sadly this means that Caracal doesn't really stand out. It's not bad, per se, and the beats still have that distinctive Disclosure sound, but we've heard it all before.

To try and liven up the album, Disclosure feature high-profile vocalists including Smith, The Wknd and Lorde, but if anything, these should-be-awesome collaborations are disappointing. Nocturnal, featuring The Wknd, lacks the punchiness that the band is known for, and it just feels flat.

One exception is Superego (feat. Nao), the best track here. The pulsing EDM vibe is sure to be a hit across the world.

Considering how they revolutionised the music industry, it's a shame their innovation has come to a standstill here.