Music Review: >Album Title Goes Here< by Deadmau5

By Vanessa Butler

Deadmau5, the poster boy of EDM releases his latest album Album Title Goes Here.

There’s nothing quite like listening to electronic dance music at 10 o’clock in the morning, minutes after taking that first sip of coffee. We’re not sure if we’d recommend listening to the latest studio album from Deadmau5, entitled >Album Title Goes Here<, like this, since these albums are usually kept for drunken dance parties or pumping yourself up to clean your house, but we can’t deny it gives a different kind of jolt to your morning routine. Oh, and before you start scrolling to the bottom of the page to leave us a message that we forgot to input the proper title, forget it — that’s what the album is called.

The third single, “Professional Griefers,” featuring the vocal stylings of My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way (didn’t he become a priest or something?), is probably the most accessible song Joel Zimmerman’s ever produced, which can generally be said about the entire album as well. Zimmerman mixed in his lengthy instrumental electro pieces perfectly with tracks featuring vocals by Imogen Heap, Chris James and Cypress Hill, which bodes well for fans of the producer and listeners who are new to this Canadian electro superstar.

Surprisingly enough, it wasn’t “Superliminal,” one of the best intro songs of the year; the super-retro Deadmau5 tune “Maths”; or “Telemiscommunications,” which ended the album with Imogen Heap, that impressed us, it was the song “Closer,” which made us realize that even if a song starts out as a two-minute Close Encounters of The Third Kind homage, this guy can make it sound incredible.

Over the past few years Deadmau5 has stepped up to become the spokesperson for all things EDM. Whether it is to scold Madonna for talking about drugs during her DJ set or to rip Paris Hilton a new one after she attempted to break into the DJ scene, Deadmau5 has done one heck of a good job keeping all of the faux DJs at bay. And with this latest album, it’s clear that it takes more than just twiddling a few knobs to master the art form of electro music.


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