This album, is, in my opinion, an overall improvement on their 2005 debut. 'Less than human' suffered from a lot of lazy production and therefore, musically, lacked depth and longevity. The production here is a lot more lush and expansive, with more proper songs. It still sounds quite DFA and on first listen made me think that while LCD Soundsystem were on the slide with their second LP, Juan Maclean could be on the rise with theirs, however, given a couple more listens it starts to unravel.
The main reason this album only scores 6/10 with me is that it steals a lot of ideas (wholesale) from elsewhere. 'The simple life' sounds like something i can't name right now but will come to me, 'The Future Will Come' is like a slowed down LCD 'Losing my edge' with Human League style vocals, and Human League pops up again on 'A New Bot' & 'The Station'. The Hacker sound-a-like is 'One Day', but what really got my goat was the 12 minute closer, which, if i'm not mistaken, is a huge (slightly speeded up) rip-off of Dubtribe Soundsystem's 'Do It Now' - which in it's own right was a little irritating after a while. Basically, if you can't be bothered to do a playlist on i-tunes of all the artists i've mentioned then buy this, as it packages all of them together quite well.
My major gripe with almost everything being released at the moment is the lack of originality from the approach taken which makes it all sound off-the-shelf and generic, going over the same ground, with the same sounds - and this is what this album suffers from...in a BIG way.