Kaskade appeared on my Amazon recommendation list any number of times plus I've heard him on my XM car radio BPM Channel. I didn't think much about it until I read several accounts of him being associated with deadmau5, one of my favorite electronic composers. That did it. I ordered the "Fire and Ice" album.
Fire and ice comes as two CDs, one titled Fire and the other Ice. Makes sense. Sorta. In any case, It's good quality electronica music. I'd regard it as kinda backgroundish. That is, I have trouble sitting down and listening to a whole CD, let alone two, but I enjoy having it on as I'm doing other things. It's interesting and enjoyable music. To me, it's somewhat too popish and has far to much emphasis on vocals, but that's just a personal thing. I seldom pay much attention to vocals. The vocals are quite good, I might add, it's just that I more enjoy the electronic gymnastics. Perhaps I should indicate that the "instrumental" background for the vocals is quite good, but the vocals tend to diminish the background. Alas, Matthew Dear has gone the same way I'm sorry to say. I have a slight preference for the Fire CD over the Ice CD and I'm at a loss to explain why. I guess Fire just hits me a little closer to where I'm at, and the next listener might feel just the opposite. Go figure.
I'm hard pressed to rate this CD. It's good, no question. The question is how good? Is it compelling listening? Well, no. Would I rank it as high as my other favorite electronic acts, such as deadmau5 or Daft Punk. No, but that's setting the bar pretty high. I could see giving the Kaskade CD set a 4.5, but I have no way to do that. I'll list it as a 4 with a little apology.
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Ultra Records, LLC
- Copyright: (P) 2011 Ultra Records, Inc.
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- Total Length: 1:28:39
- ASIN: B00F2J2BF6
- Customer Reviews: 47 customer ratings
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
#66,353 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)
- #3995 in Dance & Electronic (Albums)