After my first listen I was disappointed too, but after a few more I'm quite pleased with this. I was obsessed with Lies but their later singles didn't really strike chords with me when they came out (which I guess maybe helps explain why I'm not disappointed, since I didn't play them out). Anyway, they make a lot more sense in the context of the album for me, and the tracks I hadn't heard are worthy complements too. Whether they're slowing it down a bit or just getting a bit darker than the singles, it helps keep it from all getting to be a bit too sweet. Even the male-led tracks don't stick out badly.
One of my favourite pop releases of the year, comparable to True Romance for now. Lots of growing or wearing yet to go though.
I'm surprised at all the negative comments, I think it's a very effective, sparkly, pop album. They play it a lot safer than I expected them to, it almost reminds me of Hands by Little Boots, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in my book.
I think it's a disappointment overall. The band kind of shot themselves in the foot by starting out with tracks that held such powerful, blinding promise. It kind of set expectations too high for their album. The album is just "okay" which I think is the reason people are disappointed. I, like many of you expected a stunning, pristine electro-pop record and their debut is not that. "Night Sky" is great. "Now Is Not The Time" is great. The previously released singles are great.
The rest? A sonic letdown. I'm hoping their future releases are better.
Don't listen to naysayers. The album is exceptional. "Tether", "Night Sky", and "You Caught the Light" are the best tracks they've put out and I'm actually really glad they saved them for the album. Science / Visions is a rush of energy as well.
Just saw them last night here, in Seattle, and the tracks translated much better live than on the album. "Tether" and its synth explosion gives me goosebumps everytime! The crowd also went crazy for "Under The Tide," which is one of my favorites from the album. They also did a cover of a song but I had a hard time distinguishing who/what song was performed but it was good! I also can't believe they didn't add "Now Is Not The Time" on either the standard or deluxe editions of the album either...