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Vinyl, March 19, 2013
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"4 x 4 = 12" is the debut artist album from dance music A-lister deadmau5, with 11 brand-new tracks. It's no exaggeration to say that he's the most exciting name in clubland right now, with a GRAMMY nomination, a JUNO award for Dance Recording of the Year for his CD collection "For Lack of a Better Name", a performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics and MTV booked him as the house act for their 2010 Video Music Awards. Over the last years he's released a string of club and radio friendly chart-toppers, and this album promises to produce an equal plethora of hits
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For long time electronic music fans, this will not really excite you. Beats are relatively repetitive and ordinary, production is unremarkable, and there is nothing new or groundbreaking here. BUT... the fact that electronic music is breaking into the mainstream is a good thing (and that is why it got a grade of three stars). Maybe the success of this will open some minds and allow some of the better electronic music to come into the mainstream (but i am not holding my breath).
1. Some Chords - 5/5 - Some Chords is one of the reasons I bought this album. It's awesome to listen to LOUD
2. Sofi Needs A Ladder - 4/5 - I REALLY don't like deadmau5's collab with Sofi on this album. Her lyrics are pretty terrible, and it doesn't sound good either. But deadmau5's sound on this track is AMAZING, so it has to be 4/5.
3. A City In Florida - 5/5 - A great party-pumpin song. I also noticed it's one of the most popular songs on this album. Huh.
4. Bad Selection - 5/5 - Great bass and sound on this song.
5. Animal Rights (feat. Wolfgang Gartner) - 5/5 - Great song, very addicting also.
6. I Said (Michael Woods Remix [featuring Chris Lake]) - 3/5 - This song's okay. It's very....creepy. especially when you're listening to it at 1 AM. Not a very good song on the album.
7. Cthulhu Sleeps - 5/5 - MAN, this song's good! I love it, it's great to listen to, especially since it's over 10 minutes.
8. Right This Second - 5/5 - My second favorite song on the album. Love the chase type kind of music in the beginning, and then it just turns all epic on you after that. Must have.
9. Raise Your Weapon - 5/5 - Now these are vocals. You should learn, Sofi. Anyway, THIS is my favorite song on the album. Why? Beautiful vocals, great style, and of course, the DUBSTEP. But everyone seems to hate the dubstep, and I'm still wondering why...Let the guy experiment for once! MUST HAVE!!!
10. One Trick Pony - 2/5 - Bad. I don't like it. NOT GOOD. STAY AWAY! I would like it, but SOFI HAS TO COME AND RUIN IT! Instrumental is good. That would be 5/5 without vocals. Just terrible! The lyrics suck.
11. Everything Before - 5/5 - Recommended. This is a great ending to this album. Very haunting.
Well, there you have it. I HIGHLY recommend buying the whole album, it is a masterpiece (well, except for some tracks.). Thanks.
The new Deadmau5 CD gets off to a good start with the beat heavy "Some Chords." A problem is, however, that the next six tracks sound very much the same. Same beat at an almost identical pace. The other instruments and a few voices set a few of the songs apart, of course, but the first seven tracks are monotonously similar. Don't get me wrong, I like the songs and they're well done. Well, for one thing my woofers and powered subwoofer certainly got a good workout and I was expecting my neighbor to be knocking at the door to discuss the matter. For whatever reason, I like listening to Deadmau5 and other electronic music at dance-hall volume.
After the relentless attack of the first seven tracks, the music takes a turn and from "Right This Second" (track 8) to the end of the CD presents a bit of variety and a bit more of interest. The songs are all well done. The sound is well engineered and is a delight to listen to on a good stereo system.
ADDED NOTE of 8/5/12: When I first reviewed this CD I gave it a four-star rating. However, as I listened to it again and again, my impression rose. Perhaps I was too hasty and I'm now raising the rating to five stars. I really enjoy this album. Joel injects a lot of musical humor into his compositions. You have to listen very intently, but when you do it makes his music fun.
Since I have all three Deadmau5 albums, the question might come up as to which I might prefer. Well, "Random Album Title" was a stunning album and an excellent CD. In my opinion, "For Lack of a Better Name" was even better and was almost symphonic in nature. I can certainly understand it getting awards. Just give it a listen and you'll see what I mean. In my opinion,"4x4=12" is a very good CD and I'd now regard it as on a par with his other two major offerings. Sorry for that four-star rating on my initial review.
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groove like the rest of Deadmau5 music.