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Attack Decay Sustain Release [Bonus Tracks] [Us Import]

Simian Mobile Disco Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Sep 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope
  • ASIN: B000UZ4G7S
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sleep Deprivation
2. I Got This Down
3. It's The Beat
4. Hustler
5. Tits & Acid
6. I Believe
7. Hotdog
8. Wooden
9. Love
10. Scott
11. Clock
12. System

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BBC Review

Simian Mobile Disco's debut remains faithful to the album format. It is not, as you might anticipate, a recorded version of one of their expansive DJ sets. Each track on Attack Decay Sustain Release is an entity in its own right. The finished product is compelling because every flick of the dial is a different listening experience.

James Ford and Jas Shaw, sought-after remixers and producers, (James produced the Arctic Monkeys' second album Favourite Worst Nightmare and the duo have remixed tracks including 'Cherry Blossom Girl' by Air and the Klaxons' 'Magick') broke away from psych-folk collective Simian in 2005. ADSR sees the duo cut loose in the ghettotech arena, ravaging the indie-dance mould. Genre blurring is key for SMD - once they have their hands on a melodic or rhythmic hook, the indie synth loops take hold and the tech circus begins.

Opener 'Sleep Deprivation' creeps forward as crescendo-ing beats lure the listener into techno club restlessness. One to be played at maximum volume for full effect, the track sets the insomniac tone for the rest of the album. Previous single 'It's The Beat' featuring The Go! Team's Ninja is a Run-D.M.C assault course of a track - all persistent bleeps and commanding bass.

Char Johnson's menacing vocals on 'Hustler' combine with acrobatic beats to form a jarring yet satisfying frequency-twisting whole, while the enveloping melody of 'Love' remains long after the CD has stopped spinning. Stand out track in terms of pop sensibility is 'I Believe' featuring ex-Simian vocalist Simon Lord; his transcendent falsetto vocals teeter above thick bass while a playful syncopated melody darts in and out to impressive effect.

SMD have seized the soaring synth urgency of bands like the Klaxons and found a way to tap into their DJ sound to produce an album where every track is a testament to their unique programming and mixing skills. Advocates of spontaneity, SMD's reverb-fuelled techno never sounds tired or strained. The risk-taking of their live sets is captured masterfully in this edifying, indispensable album. --Gemma Padley

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! 9 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
This was recommended by a friend after I said I wanted to dabble further into dance/electro but not knowing the names of any artists.

I was hooked after 1 listen, and would count this as one of my favourite albums ever. The tunes are well produced, have an immense groove and are equally at home in either the car on a sunny day or a raging houseparty.

I have since recommended it to lots of other people, who have all enjoyed it as much as me.

There's not much else I can say other than "get it, you will not regret it!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing more than a fantastic dance album. 30 Dec 2007
By Paul Carlisle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'll admit, Simian Mobile Disco's "Attack Decay Sustain Release" is by no means an album that has hidden elements about it that you will discover through many listens. All this album does is provide 10 (12 with the two bonus tracks) compulsively danceable cuts that will have you on your feet for over 40 minutes straight.

Simian Mobile Disco consists of two former rockers that decided to get into the Acid House genre, which has been around for quite a while now. Simian definitely follows the belief that newer gear does not necessarily mean better. Along with Daft Punk and Justice, these two producers use analog gear that holds onto the human mistakes that old electronic gear has, and the lo-fi synths definitely gives this album that old school feel. Highlights include their biggest single "It's The Beat" featuring vocals from the lead singer of the Go! Team, "Sleep Deprivation", "Love", "I Believe", and the second bonus track "System". From start to finish, this album will keep you up without pause. SMD by no means break any ground with this release, but they create an irresistible "good-times" album that will have you remembering why music makes us dance. Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars About half great 4 May 2008
By Lethe Gray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
While I was really impressed with about half the tunes on this album, the other half, mainly vocals, were not my type of music. On the whole, it's all very good, well-constructed music. I just wish all of it had been instrumental, instead of being half vocals.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Barrel (Half) Full of Monkeys 19 Aug 2008
By Mark Eremite - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was never a big fan of the original Simian, although I did like a few of their songs (the best of which were often featured on car or soap commercials). Their music had an electro-epileptic tweakiness to it, as if in the search of the perfect minimalist hook, all they could come up with was the aural equivalent of a nervous tic.

Simian Mobile Disco features a longer name but half as many members. Having fewer cooks means the broth has more creative spice to it, but there's still that odd, underformed flavor. The duo of Ford and Shaw are still bravely blazing the techno corridors of pulled-back pop, but that means the album as a whole sounds like a case of trial and error. It's not like I fault the disc for lacking any kind of consistent sound, but I do fault it for its inconsistent quality.

I wish I could say what cripples it most, but there's no pattern to it. The songs that work range from jaw-busting dance ("Sleep Deprivation" and "It's the Beat," which has a cameo by Ninja from The Go! Team) to a sort of floofy, fun house trance ("Clock," which reminds me a lot of the lighter stuff by TFSOL, and "Scott"). I really like how they play with shaved off sound, techno-tinctured tinbeats sparkling along the groove lines of the songs.

But, overall, the album's wings are crippled by a basic lack of borders. Every once in a while you'll catch a track that has a high-sheen vocal track that's so silly and tired that the rather nice electronic backdrop is drowned out ("Love," for my part, being the best -- or worst -- example of this.) And, worse, some of the songs stale quite fast. On my first listen, I kind of liked "I Got This Down," but on my second time around, I wondered how anyone who wasn't drunk could find it enjoyable on any level.

On the whole, I won't say it's a bad album, but it fails to inspire any of the things its genre flopping songs want it to. And if the title is any indication of the record's goals, I'll say, for now, only one of those words is apt.
4.0 out of 5 stars ADSR 5 Feb 2008
By T. Bopp - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I give ADSR for stars because I don't listen to enough of this type of music (electro-clash/dance) to give it a 5-Star review. But, I can say that I do like this album, more than what I thought I would. To be honest with you it sat in my shopping cart (on iTunes) for like a month, but eventually I just bought the damn thing. When it comes to electronic music, I like artists such as Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk, BT, Gorillaz, Oakenfold; groups of that nature and this album is indeed much different from all of them. More dance, more groovey in your face beats then what I was used to, but they sound really great. I had heard "I Believe" on an internet radio station and thought it sounded cool but I wasn't totally sold on it. To my surprise, the entire first half of the album has been very cool, and the other songs might grow on me. Not something I could listen to every day, but ADSR is undoubtedly a sophisticated piece of work with a lot of energy packed into it. Simian Mobile Disco most definitly prove there talent here. Check it out! My favs are the first 7 tracks.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I thought it would be 15 Mar 2008
By Robert Wilcox - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after first hearing the tracks Sleep Deprivation and Scott on Yahoo Lauchcast radio. I was disappointed to find out that most of the tracks suffer from vocals that are not only cheesy, but lame.

Anyway, if you just listen to the non vocal part of the songs, these guys really do have a gift for progessing a song through various sounds and building a song that is interesting to dance to, and even to sit and listen to. But for me, the vocals just ruin the ride.

These guys remind me of Fischer-Spooner, except that the lyrics seem to come from the mind of a young child. Maybe this is what they were after, but for me most of the songs are irritating.

Worth the purchase for Sleep Deprivation and Scott alone, the bonus tracks are good, and I can tolerate a couple of tracks 2-9...
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