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Hercules & Love Affair

The Feast of the Broken Heart

Big Beat

Jun 19, 2014 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Hercules and Love Affair‘s self-titled 2008 debut was exciting, in large part, because of the way it exemplified, not to mention totally refreshed, modern disco-house music. It’s hard to imagine newer, bigger albums in the same genre (including Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories and this year’s Todd Terje debut) existing without this predecessor. So it’s a shame, then, that the group’s third album, The Feast of the Broken Heart, sounds so static. It plays like an attempt to reach the heights of Disclosure’s smash Settle but with less time spent on the actual songs. Sure, appearances by resident clever sad boy John Grant and Belgian singer Gustaph stir the pot a little (particularly on the catchy lead single “Do You Feel the Same?”) but ultimately the final package ends up fading into rhythmic background music. (www.herculesandloveaffair.com)

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