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  • Audio CD (September 11, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • ASIN: B000UZ4G7S
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The electronic duo is comprised of James Ford and Jas Shaw formally of experimental indie band Simian. The two took to playing DJ sets after Simian gigs and thus the "mobile disco" took on a life all its own. Coming into the spotlight with the ubiquitous dance-floor remix of Justice vs Simian's "We Are Your Friends" SMD found themselves embraced by dance music fans who were looking for more. When crafting original compositions in earnest, James and Jas purposefully chose to exclusively use analog equipment giving their arrangements a distinct, human quality. Those who lent their voice to SMD include Go! Team frontwoman, Ninja and one time Simian band-mate, Simon Lord.

Simian Mobile Disco have an instinctive knowledge for what will work on any dance-floor and now they've used that instinct to create the most invigorating dance album of 2007.

The Simian Mobile Disco is coming to your town: do not even attempt to sleep.

Dance music should be pretty simple. Take one good slice of melody, surround it with atmosphere and attitude, then add layer after layer of gripping, stomping rhythms…, OK, maybe it's not that simple. But James Shaw and James Ford of Simian Mobile Disco make a strong argument for simplicity on their stripped-down debut record. The production duo, who formerly worked together in the psychedelic electronica outfit Simian, have downsized their approach and created a piece of acid house/techno that profits greatly from an uncluttered, direct mindset. From an influence/genre perspective, there's nothing direct about it at all, actually. There are dashes of early Aphex Twin, more than a little Daft Punk, and some 808 State to boot. But it's all mixed up with breezy electro-styled production, which gives the music a sparse and snappy pulse that creates space and complements the duo's songwriting. There are times when it doesn't work, as the boys have cranked the mid-range so high it can sound tinny and hollow; "Tits & Acid" should be a stomper, but somehow never really takes off. Other songs are compromised by the choice to crank the vocals so hot in the mix, like "Hotdog," which can't hide its too-silly central lyric. Still, when it works, it really works. Shaw and Ford understand the need to evolve a song, as tracks like "It's The Beat" and the wonderful, whirligig "Wooden" start here and end up over there. Your love affair with Attack Decay Sustain Release may be more like a one-night stand and you'll probably hate yourself in the morning, but your regret will be tempered by a silly grin that won't fade until lunchtime, at least. --Matthew Cooke

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Carlisle on December 30, 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lethe Gray on May 4, 2008
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.
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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.
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By T. Bopp on February 4, 2008
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.
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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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