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49 of 55 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2012
Skrillex blew me away with Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites; this time, he gives us a follow-up that feels more direct and less layered. The hooks aren't as mindblowing as Scary Monsters, but there's enough on here to satisfy. While there was less vocal layering than I would like, this album deserved every penny I paid for it. Let's take it a track at a time.
01. Right In: Definitely feeling the drop at around 0:59 (sounds like S-S-SONNNYY). Whenever Skrillex layers vocals and instruments into a melody, it's creates a very powerful effect. While the other distorted, "transformers-sounding" drops are more forgettable, this beginning track sets off the album right, with an absolute club shaker coming in afterward - reminding me of why I love Skrillex.
02. Bangarang: The drop hits HARD. Sirah was NOT needed, however; I am not feeling this sudden mix of house music with rap (David Guetta, recent tracks by Deadmau5 with Sofi); this may be an opinion of only mine, because it keeps happening, but I digress. This is definitely one of my favorite drops by Skrillex, though, hands down.
03. Breakn' a Sweat: The centerpiece of the album comes in at full force, with one of the most ADDICTING hooks I've ever heard in a song. This collaboration with the Doors showcases Ray Manzarek's awesome keyboarding abilities that I'm sure we're all well aware of; Skrillex takes hold of the buildup and never lets it down, repeating a chorus that is more than well-deserved to be repeated, although one bridge too many. A nice quote from Jim Morrison from back in the day accurately predicts how the song it is featured in has been made; very interesting.
04. The Devil's Den (feat. Wolfgang Gartner): This is definitely a different style for Skrillex, for all of those people saying that he is mostly rehashing his old presets on his Massive VST. Wolfgang Gartner gives this track not only a different BPM, but a different feel overall - becoming the closest thing we can get to at the moment of what a collab with the Mau5 would sound like.
05. Right on Time: This is two different songs, with the 2nd starting at 1:39, and then going back to the first at 2:50. Personally, my least favorite song. A discord synth that reminds me of the most generic house music you can think of, with an extremely repetitive "RIGHT-ON-TIME" sample playing throughout the whole time. I had to skip this one, although I listened to the whole album straight through. I know that Skrillex is trying to venture into other genres, and he definitely has. But this is just a mistake.
06. Kyoto: The hook is pure quality. One of his best; so good, to the point where Sirah actually fitted in here. The guitar hook, the rolling hip-hop snares, everything about this track shows Skrillex getting into a more hip-hop/rock/crunk feel, but still sticking to what he's known for best: distorted dubstep & electro. But honestly, I'm only using genres for comparison; I still am at a loss for words in terms of a genre to put Sonny Moore in. And it shows - with his wide variety of musical styles, apparent with the transition from this to the next track.
07. Summit: The "With You, Friends" of Bangarang. Very light, but in contrast to "With You", keeps it's tempo and beat all throughout (besides a few well-fitted breakdowns). The "chill" track of the album, it sends us off with a feeling of uncertainty, as if there might be a second part to an album that was already a sequel.
In short, this album is worth buying. Is it a complete work? In a sense, yes. Does it feel that way? Unfortunately, no - but if you like catchy electronic music that you can dance to, and has a recognizable well-crafted hook, then you will easily enjoy Skrillex's newest work. You can always be a critic, but don't let that stop you from enjoying this - ignore the fact that Skrillex has put something out similar to this, and instead let your instinct allow you to decide.