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The more popular that Deadmau5 became (MTV picked him to DJ its 2010 VMAs shortly after this album's release), the more intense and refined his sound got. Following on the heels of Random Album Title, which contained the indelible Kaskade collaboration "I Remember," For Lack of a Better Name continued the Toronto producer's ascension to EDM's highest ranks. Featuring vocals from Rob Swift, "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" remains one of Deadmau5's most ominous tracks, its processed organs a staple of his live sets. "Hi Friend" shows off his playful side, but the bangers "Soma" and "Strobe" are the highlights here: the former is fathoms-deep tech-house, while the latter features the kind of ping-ponging arpeggio wizardry that makes this guy the champ.

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While most of the songs are ones that were pre-released, the few that are brand new "FML" "Bot" "Soma" and "The 16th Hour" are all songs that vary from the typical RAT Deadmau5 norm. FML features some heavy real-sounding snare, Bot is vaguely reminiscent of 8bit, while Soma and The 16th Hour take on a much more chill and deeper melody. Strobe however, I have chosen to omit because iTunes refuses to recognize that I've bought more than half of these songs already, and since Strobe is album only (yet the Nero Remix of Ghosts n Stuff is not, even though it was released not 3 weeks ago on the Ghosts n Stuff album) I refuse to pay 10 dollars to buy one song. The album however, is as varied and original as Get Scraped and is worth buying, hands down.

The Mau5 is back with a new, yet familiar sound.

The Mau5 returns with a follow-up to his previous Random Album Title, bringing more phat beats and signature sounds you'll be hearing in his tour and on the dance floor, soon.

The aggressive "FML" starts us off with a marching snare pumping out triplets slowly building then dropping the HUGE "pewpewpew" bass on us. Probably the most bouncy Deadmau5 track, yet. This transitions into the next track "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff", featuring the "Hard Intro" which samples dialogue from the 1957 sci-fi 'The Brain from Planet Arous'. This track acts as a sister to the single off this album "Ghosts 'n' Stuff," teasing and taunting us with the iconic organ riff, swifty being brought back into a chipper, and more upbeat riff that carries on but seamlessly transistions into the main single. This has become one of the Mau5's signature tracks, but as of recently has been fitted with the auto-tuned and harmonized voice talent of Rob Swire, from the drum and bass group Pendulum.
As this ends, we're greeted with an older track "Hi Friend", and into a deeper tracks "Bot" (Which if I'm not mistaken, stands for "Best of Toronto"), and the accompanying "Word Problems". The rest of the album takes a charming minimal, deep, electro-house approach with bouncy yet subtle riffs, and a meloncholy piano break in "Soma".
Things take a turn once the beat is dropped, and we're emersed in "Strobe." This starts off with a beautiful and almost film-esque composition, presenting with a very slow build of bell-synths, piano, and orchestral strings. Then just in time slowly introducing the held back arpy riff that invites a beat back in and takes us on a ride of echoing melodies, pulling back, and dropping the full beat and melody with a bang. This song is most certainly on my top 3 now for any Deadmau5 track.

Overall I think this album has a great balance of big tracks and melow tunes, as well as a variety of different sounds and moods. Listening to this, I often forget that Deadmau5 is still a somwhat new name in the EDM world, which only excites me more to what else he has in store for us.


This Album is sooo good, ive seen him live 3 times and he played alot of these songs live and it was mrzmerizing, Strobe is my favorite followed by 16th hour. Its a must buy masterpieace


Born: January 5, 1981 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Canadian electronic music producer and Mau5trap label head Deadmau5 was one of the most prominent fixtures in the dance scene of the 2010s, instantly recognizable with his signature oversized mouse helmet. Born Joel Zimmerman in Niagara Falls, the Toronto-based DJ rose to prominence in 2008 when his track "Faxing Berlin" found its way onto the playlist of legendary DJ/producer Pete Tong's radio show. Deadmau5 soon became an important figure in the world of progressive house music. He released his...
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