Album Review: Deadmau5, 'Album Title Goes Here'
DEADMAU5 › Album Title Goes Here ‹
Release Date Sept. 25
He recently wrote on Tumblr that he plans to "unplug for a wee bit" as a result of being "pretty miserable right now." But before he does, Deadmau5 is unleashing a new studio release, "› Album Title Goes Here ‹", that feels like an attempt to hold onto some of the interest he's attracted during the last year with a high-profile Foo Fighters collaboration and a widely discussed feud with Madonna.
In lead single "Professional Griefers" the Canadian DJ/producer (born Joel Zimmerman) recruits My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way for a stomping disco-punk jam, while "Failbait" features radio-ready rhymes from Cypress Hill. Elsewhere, Imogen Heap threads "Telemiscommunications" with a delicate vocal melody sure to appeal to fans of her own "Hide and Seek."
That's not to suggest that "› Album Title Goes Here ‹" might alienate committed EDM types: "Channel 42," a vocal-free co-production with Wolfgang Gartner, thumps as hard as any Electric Daisy ticketholder could hope. (And "The Veldt" and "Fn Pig" both stretch beyond the eight-minute mark.) But not much here makes Deadmau5 seem like a guy wary of increased renown.