So anyway, this is indeed the band's disco album, and for largely this reason I've noticed over the years that, at least in critical circles where I pay some attention, the reputation of this album has largely been tied to how people have felt about disco overall. Personally, when I was younger, I would have kept this one at a bit of a distance in relation to the albums around it, which seemed "classier" to me for various reasons, but as I have aged and have settled into an unironic position of "Actually Disco Was A Good Thing," I've come to see this as essential in much the same way the band's other albums are essential. It wouldn't be quite right to say that the band's firm critical trashing in the US for so many years was entirely because of the general public's hard rejection of disco, but it wasn't entirely unrelated either, and I can't help but sense that this one, by virtue of being "the disco album" from the band, got a lot of vitriol in particular. Fortunately, at least as of 2021, things have improved on this front, and the disco aspects that once might have seemed shocking in a bad way now sound fairly normal.
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