I must admit, when Canadian electro-house artist deadmau5 first came on the scene, I brushed him off as some guy trying to steal the onstage style of DJ Danger Mouse. Throughout the years he has gained quite a bit of popularity and even performed at last year’s Grammy Awards. Past efforts by this artist had failed to really stand out to me, but > album title goes here < is different. It is one of the most accessible albums of this genre I have ever heard.
We start out with a bass-laden track called “Superliminal.” The first half of the song has a steady build that led me to expect the inevitable drop that so often comes with songs like this. But it never happens as the song remains an airy, atmospheric tune and a fine intro to the album.
Second track “Channel 42” is the electro-house you expect from deadmau5 and is definitely one of his better works. Fans of this be warned: this is not the tone that the rest of the album will have. Many of the songs have a much more chill vibe, and some even drift into trance territory. The next track, “The Veldt,” slows things down while subsequent tracks like “Fn Pig” take their time in bringing the momentum back.
The following tracks are a bit of a hodgepodge. “Professional Griefers” features the vocals of none other than Gerard Way. The only way to describe it is that it’s a track you’ve heard before and is the low point of the album. The next few offerings are pure electro, longer tracks that take their time in building up and setting the groove.
The biggest surprises of this album are “Closer” and “Failbait.” If you have ever seen the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, you will instantly recognize the first few notes. He takes them and uses this iconic rhythm throughout the track in a variety of interesting ways. “Failbait” also offers up something interesting because it features Cypress Hill. While it may not be the best thing you’ve heard from these guys, it’s still fun to hear them rapping over some electronica.
The rest of the album is a mix of genres. You’ve got more electro-house as well as the most ambient track on the album – and my personal favourite – “Telemiscommunications.” Last but not least, it just wouldn’t be an elctronica album without a few live tracks and remixes as bonus tracks. There is a lot to listen to with a run-time of over an hour-and-a-half (if you have the bonus tracks) and with an average song length of over six minutes, you will be getting a lot of music for your money.
As I mentioned before, > album title goes here < is very accessible. I would recommend this for anyone looking to dip their feet into this genre. You may find yourself checking out a whole slew of other artists after a few listens to this. It truly offers something for everyone in terms of track variety. Longtime fans should find this to their liking and for people who may not have liked deadmau5 before, myself included, this album could be the one to convert you. Check it out.