Album: > album title goes here <
Release Date: September 21, 2012
buzz factor: 3/5
As a modern EDM trailblazer, deadmau5 has proven his notable sound (progressive house mixed with melodic trance) can inspire awe from groups of strobe light-loving, hypnotic head bobbing, glow stick-gripping fans. But his music is no longer limited to this crowd. Since the success of his collaboration with Kaskade on “Move for Me” in 2008, the mickey-mouse look-alike began to graze the surface of more mainstream avenues. His fifth studio album, 4×4=12, was nominated for a Grammy award both for the album and for the fifth single off the album, “Raise Your Weapon.” Given all that Joel Zimmerman has accomplished in such a short amount of time, I had greater expectations for his newest album, > album title goes here <.
Beginning with an electro classic like “Subliminal,” deadmau5 remains true to his style but lacks creativity. Perhaps he has become complacent, or it’s simply better live (I can attest to the fact that his set in 2011 at Lollapalooza was extremely impressive), but either way deadmau5 could definitely have opted for a fresher sound. However, that’s not to say that all off the tracks on the album are in need of more epic builds and drops. “Channel 42” is a bona fide party anthem, guaranteed to satisfy fans and newcomers alike. Zimmerman’s collaboration with Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance on “Professional Griefers” has already been featured in the game FIFA 13, proving the pounding beats and beastly vocals have a certain appeal to them.
Zimmerman also collaborated with Cypress Hill, Chris James, and Imogen Heap. On “Telemiscommunications,” his track that features vocals from Heap, he slows down the BPMs and strays away from his usual genre. While it’s unexpected, Heap’s delicate vocals instill authenticity into the track. While some of the other tracks appear disjointed from one another and underwhelming at times, with 57,000 copies sold in its first week, it’s clear that deadmau5 has a fan base that will continue to support his every effort, regardless of how much (or little) it pushes the envelope. > album title goes here < is evidence that deadmau5 will not be going anywhere anytime soon.