Disclosure – Caracal Review

Disclosure Caracal Cover

Release Date: September 25, 2015

Track Listing

  1. Nocturnal (feat. The Weeknd)
  2. Omen (feat. Sam Smith)
  3. Holding On (feat. Gregory Porter)
  4. Hourglass (feat. Lion Babe)
  5. Willing and Able (feat. Kwabs)
  6. Magnets (feat. Lorde)
  7. Jaded
  8. Good Intentions (feat. Miguel)
  9. Superego (feat. Nao)
  10. Echoes
  11. Masterpiece (feat. Jordan Rakei)

Review

Caracal is the second studio album from British DJ duo Disclosure. It features the singles Holding On, Omen and Jaded and the promotional songs Bang That, Willing and Able, Hourglass and Magnets.

Following up on their debut album, Settle, Caracal is another grouping of collaborations with various artists who bring their flavour to Disclosure’s brand of dance music.

The songs on here run through a gambit of genres, including House, U.K. Garage, Synth Pop and R&B. Of course, the singles mentioned above are the go-to tracks as they are the most radio-friendly tunes on the album. Of that batch, Omen (feat. Sam Smith) and Magnets (feat. Lorde) are the ones that grab your attention immediately.

Omen, in particular, is a very nice slice of mid-tempo Funk/R&B that should please many who are fond of Sam Smith and/or that particular style of music.

Of the album cuts, the opening track Nocturnal (feat. The Weeknd) is one of the many standouts. Nocturnal is a perfect blend of the Weeknd’s Neo-Soul and Disclosure’s take on dance pop.

Along the same path is Superego (feat. Nao), which has a U.K. Soul type of groove. For those who like the Garage (or Garridge, as the Brits say), there are the track Echoes. MJ Cole or Wookie fans may find this to their liking.

The result of Caracal is a collection of soulful tracks catering to the more mature listener who wants a little more substance in their dance music beyond the typical, overhyped pounding that the genre can produce.

If that fits your tastes, this album is certainly for you. If not, I would still highly recommend giving it a spin.

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