While I am sure there are many music enthusiasts out there who believe that electronic dance music is nothing more than just a cheesy confection of sorts, to clubheads and DJs around the world, genres like trance, house, and techno are beacons of light that propel us into a musical wonderland of delight. Even some of us evolve and become inspired by this cheesy music which tempts and lures us in, like a mouse. It seems one mouse has taken the bait and is making a huge name for himself this year. Deadmau5 is a Canadian producer of progressive and electro-house who has catapulted to fame with hits like "Arguru," "Not Exactly," and his collaboration with Kaskade on the hit "I Remember" which stayed in the Top 40 for eight weeks last spring. During his career he has been featured on the extremely successful A State of Trance radio show and on compilations like "In Search of Sunrise 6: Ibiza." It was this past year that we also saw the release of his debut album "Random Album Title" to much fanfare, showcasing new and previously released tracks. Now we find the talented Deadmau5 coming into his element again with the release of his newest album "For Lack of a Better Name."
"For Lack of a Better Name" would seem to suggest that originality and creativity is lacking within this new album, but that is so not the case. "For Lack of a Better Name" equals the talents and quality of "Random Album Title," while exploring new territory that elevates the listening experience to an even higher level. On this compilation album, not only does Deadmau5 pay homage to old school-style techno but delves even deeper in music that creates sonic flair and epic fun. The album is a continuous mix of original tracks that are filled with glistening synths and throbbing basslines that build into chaotic bliss. The best track on the album happens to be "Ghosts 'n' Stuff," featuring vocals by Pendulum's Rob Swire, embracing late night sci-fi film motifs and providing for an addictive and ghoulish listen that is primed for the dance floor.
Other tracks like "Moar Ghosts 'n Stuff" and "Hi Friend" showcase Zimmerman's trademark sound that features amazing beats and skillful production which translate well to the dance floor crowd. While these three tracks are filled with the usual trademark Deadmau5 sound, the rest of the album represents what may very well be a new direction of sorts. Track five, "Bot," features a grungy synth that literally enshrouds the whole track, paving the way for the album's groovier, more melodic second half. The tracks "Word Problems," "Soma," and "The 16th Hour" showcase Deadmau5's new style, a deeper, more mysterious brand of house music constructed primarily of low rumbling bass lines. The closing track "Strobe" is an experience in itself that builds into an epic club anthem.
Overall, "For Lack of a Better Name" is an amazing album full of
exceptional tracks which blend harmoniously well into one ambitious,
massive mix. Deadmau5 definitely allows his talents to shine on this
album and definitely carves out his own niche in the music scene,
proving himself worthy of the buzz he is receiving. His latest
offering never fails to deliver and provides for a unique listening
experience that elevates music to a higher level. I definitely suggest
anyone who enjoys true creative and enigmatic music to pick up this
album and see what Deadmau5 fans are buzzing about.
Released September 2009 on Ultra Records.
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