For someone who spends a lot of time on Twitter trolling his peers, Deadmau5 should have made damn sure that his latest album “W:/2016ALBUM/” was on point. Instead, he failed miserably.
I guess the only saving grace is that Deadmau5, though super critical of just about anyone and anything, is even more critical of himself. In typical Deadmau5 fashion, he took to Twitter to go on a rant about the album, saying he doesn’t even like it and that it was “so fucking rushed and slapped together.” Well, then why did you even put it out? He even announced that he’s putting out a 20-track compilation in early 2017, meaning he really wants to distract us from it.
All in all, there are a few good songs and a few okay ones, but it feels like Deadmau5 was trying his hand in way too many styles of music and this album sounds like an unsuccessful hodgepodge of EDM. Ah — the irony of it all.
The first song off the album is promising. It’s simple, true to his core and I’m feeling it. It has everything I love about the “Strobe” era of Deadmau5 – soft builds, staccato beats, gradual addition of new sounds as the song progresses. Overall, it’s a great start to the album, but it is by no means a good indicator of what is yet to come. Be warned.
This is a pretty new sound territory for Deadmau5. He’s giving us some major Daft Punk 90s vibes, which is not a bad thing. It starts off well and then, just like that, it turns into the most annoying track penetrating your eardrums. You’ll know exactly what transition I’m talking about at the 2:00 mark. Aliens have invaded. I don’t know where Deadmau5 went, but he’s no longer here. Or wait – maybe this is what he’s become? Where’s Skrillex at? I’d love to hear his thoughts on this one.
“Three Pound Chicken Wing”
So, he has completely lost me here. It seems like he has decided to experiment with a harder, darker drum and bass sound, but since when has Deadmau5 ever expressed interest in this genre? Then all of a sudden, at around the 2:40 mark, he drops the melody to “Beneath With Me” – a track he released in October with Kaskade. This makes no sense whatsoever, but okay? Again, he’s proving the total randomness that is this album.
This is like background music for a video game that has been left open on the same screen for too long. All of his songs are starting to sound like “in between” music during a set instead of stand alone tracks. They also all have the same glitchy sound, which works for Knife Party and other artists who embrace it, but it’s not working for Deadmau5.
“Let Go” – feat. Grabbitz
This song is probably the best thing to come out of this pile of mess. Grabbitz has a lot to do with why I like this song, but I’ll give credit where credit is due. Deadmau5 knows how to incorporate vocals into a song and elevate it with his sound. As much as he probably hates to admit it, his songs that include vocals are some of his most popular ones (“I Remember,” “Raise Your Weapons,” “Ghosts N Stuff,” etc.) – not because of the singer, but because of his talents as a producer and composer. He should stick with this sound indefinitely.
Now that you’ve had a glimpse of the album, you can decide whether the rest is worth listening to. My guess is you won’t bother. But who knows, maybe now he will stop shitting on other artists since he swiftly managed to destroy his right to brag in one album. Who am I kidding, though? It’s Deadmau5.