It can't be easy to be Burial: whatever you do will be praised, whatever its quality, you can not stray too far away from your past sounds without alienating a big part of your audience, and yet you are supposed to defend your position as an innovator. This might explain that coming up with such a slightly disappointing record could probably not be avoided. The tracks on "Rival Dealer" are long and complex, Burial was obviously ambitious with them. On the other hand, while his underlining of the dancefloor on the title track and its not-so-subtle nod to noisier acts can work, the much milder and mainstream-leaning declination of his past material on the other two don't prove very satisfactory. At time when Burial throws a lot at the wall here, some parts stick. But when he switches on the autopilot, one is entitled to question the necessity of such a release.