Caracal (album)

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Caracal
Disclosure - Caracal.png
Studio album by Disclosure
Released 25 September 2015 (2015-09-25)
Recorded 2015
Genre
Length 52:22
Label
Producer Disclosure
Disclosure chronology
Settle: The Remixes
(2013)
Caracal
(2015)
Moog for Love
(2016)
Singles from Caracal
  1. "Holding On"
    Released: 26 May 2015
  2. "Omen"
    Released: 27 July 2015
  3. "Jaded"
    Released: 1 August 2015
  4. "Magnets"
    Released: 23 September 2015
  5. "Nocturnal"
    Released: 16 February 2016

Caracal is the second studio album by English electronic music duo Disclosure. It was released on 25 September 2015 by PMR Records and Island Records.[1] Five official singles have been released from the album: "Holding On", "Omen", "Jaded", "Magnets" and "Nocturnal", with three promotional singles also being released: "Bang That", "Willing and Able" and "Hourglass".

Singles[edit]

"Holding On" featuring American jazz musician Gregory Porter, was released as the album's lead single on 26 May 2015.[2] The song peaked at number 46 in the UK Singles Chart.[3]

The duo released "Omen" featuring English singer Sam Smith, as the second single on 27 July 2015,[4] which later peaked at number 13 in the UK.[3] Smith has also worked with Disclosure in the past, contributing vocals to duo's hit single "Latch", which peaked at number 11 in the UK[3] and number seven in the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

"Jaded" was released as the third single on 1 August 2015.[6] The song peaked at number 87 in the UK.[3]

"Magnets" featuring New Zealand singer Lorde, was released as the fourth single on 23 September 2015.[7]

"Nocturnal" featuring The Weeknd, was released as the album's fifth single on 16 February 2016.[8]

Promotional singles[edit]

"Bang That" was released as a promotional single on 1 May 2015,[9] however, the song appears on the iTunes deluxe edition of the album instead of the standard edition. On 13 August, "Willing and Able" featuring British singer Kwabs, was released as the second promotional single.[10][11] On 10 September, "Hourglass" featuring American soul duo Lion Babe, was released as the third and final promotional single.[12][13]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.5/10[14]
Metacritic73/100[15]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[16]
The A.V. ClubA–[17]
Billboard3/5 stars[18]
Mixmag8/10[19]
NME4/5 stars[20]
Pitchfork6.6/10[21]
PopMatters7/10[22]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[23]
Slant Magazine3.5/5 stars[24]
Spin7/10[25]

Caracal received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 73, based on 24 reviews.[15] Andy Kellman of AllMusic said, "Although the tracks rarely surprise, frequently falling back on familiar sounds and structures -- loping basslines and synthesizer shadings that escalate at the same tempo always arrive on time, for instance--they're as well-built as those of the debut, and the Lawrences, along with their songwriting partners, cover the ups and downs of falling in and out of love in sharper fashion."[16] Lily Moayeri of The A.V. Club said, "With even more glossy production than Settle, Caracal is high-quality Top 40 material."[17] Sasha Geffen of Consequence of Sound said, "Disclosure has found the perfect center of the Venn diagram of house music and mainstream pop. This is music you can play at the club and play for your mom; it won't take you anywhere you haven't been before, but damn if you won't have fun getting there anyway."[26]

Ralph Moore of Mixmag said, "Big and bold with smart production touches and melodies to match, this is an album destined for stadiums."[19] Colin Fitzgerald of PopMatters said, "Caracal offers the same slick production value and luxury grooves that made Settle a crossover phenomenon, so even if you don't find yourself enamored with the more narrow direction Disclosure have taken their finely crafted sound, you still might find yourself dancing along."[22] Leonie Cooper of NME said, "Caracal is about Disclosure maturing, moving on and showing the listener how to rave respectably. This is dance music for grown-ups."[20] Will Hermes of Rolling Stone said, "When the singers serve the grooves, the Lawrence brothers reassert their standing as the 21st century's great house ambassadors."[23] Eric Henderson of Slant Magazine said, "If Settle was the thunderstorm, Caracal is the unmistakable scent left in the air afterward."[24] Harley Brown of Spin said, "These are heftier tracks that, because of their added weight, move slower; and like any collection of thematically linked subwoofer-challenging, chart-charting songs, some feel a little Skyped-in--or at least tailored a little too much to their guiding spotlights."[25]

Michaelangelo Matos of Billboard said, "Caracal is the kind of effort that diehard fans might convince themselves to appreciate, and then never play again."[18] Lee Adcock of Drowned in Sound said, "The Lawrence bros do pull some new tricks on Caracal. But the album marks the end of Disclosure as a band, and the beginning of Disclosure as a hit-dispensing enterprise that manufactures durable, no-stain, easy-to-clean products to please every audience."[27] Benjamin Boles of Now said, "Caracal is consistently good but also feels manicured and safe."[28] Michael Cragg of The Observer said, "Thankfully the big-name guests step up to the plate, specifically Miguel on the hazy Good Intentions; the Weeknd, who continues his pop trajectory on Nocturnal; and Lorde, who slinks playfully around Magnets’ subtle electro shuffle. Overall, however, Caracal is an early sign a shake-up may be needed."[29] In a mixed review, Meaghan Garvey from Pitchfork said of the album, "the Lawrence brothers too often fade noncommittally into white noise."[21]

Track listing[edit]

Caracal – Standard edition[30]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Nocturnal" (featuring The Weeknd)6:44
2."Omen" (featuring Sam Smith)
  • H. Lawrence
  • G. Lawrence
  • Napier
  • Smith
3:50
3."Holding On" (featuring Gregory Porter)
  • H. Lawrence
  • G. Lawrence
  • Napier
  • Porter
5:15
4."Hourglass" (featuring Lion Babe)
5:24
5."Willing and Able" (featuring Kwabs)
4:52
6."Magnets" (featuring Lorde)
3:19
7."Jaded"
4:33
8."Good Intentions" (featuring Miguel)
4:42
9."Superego" (featuring Nao)
4:33
10."Echoes"
  • H. Lawrence
  • G. Lawrence
  • Napier
5:09
11."Masterpiece" (featuring Jordan Rakei)
  • H. Lawrence
  • G. Lawrence
  • Napier
  • Rakei
4:01
Total length:52:22

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Mexico (AMPROFON)[68] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[69] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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