2013 Grammy Nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album
Does the word 'electronica' make anyone else giggle a little? Hehe.
Anywhos, checking over the wiki notes on this album - were there seriously 11 singles to come off of here? There are only 13 tracks! There was also an entire remix album released, but we'll maybe get to that when we don't have a huge list of Grammy nominations to still work through.
Did you know this was his debut album? Gotta love when new artists get recognized by the academy right out of the gate. Did you also know that this was released digitally 5 days before the CD release? Wild. Never thought I'd see that when I was growing up and loving my CD collection building.
"Earthquakey People" (w/Rivers Cuomo) kicks it off in definite party mode. Man, there's no escaping this beat, and who gives a damn if calling dancers by this title is totally word and silly? It's about time we had some fun going on in here.
"Dangerous" (w/ Zuper Blahq) is more computerized than the rest have been, which takes a little more patience on my part to be all right with. At least the main differences have been in the vocals, which at least gives you something to be pro or con about. The music itself is really well done and cleanly mixed.
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Alrighty, moving on here. See, my issue is that I just got the first book in the Sookie Stackhouse series, and am also behind on a ton of TV and… I know, music is FAR more important. Anywhos, "Come With Me [Deadmeat] - feat. Polina Goudieva" pumps is up next. Kind of an E.T. (as in Katy Perry's version) thing going on, at least thematically. Digging the outer space feel, just not adoring the hard bass in the backing.
Oh lord. They're back. "Livin' My Love - feat. LMFAO & NERVO." And we not only get something pumping from a computer, we get downright gaming sounds. Like, old school Nintendo sounds. Oh and look at them - even mentioning Party Rocking, like every dang song on their own album.
"Control Freak - fet. Blaqstarr & Kay" is, well, okay. Man, dance music is not my strong suit first thing in the morning. I mean, there's this kind of great beat in it with a funk guitar/bass playing that gives the whole thing a little something extra and cool. Is that enough info for this time of day? Man I need to get my ass going earlier.
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You know, these Daft Punk ads that keep popping up on Spotify are probably skewing my opinions of Steve. "Steve Jobs - feat. Angger Dimas" … wait, really, that's the name of the song? Oh, there's the old computer beeps carrying the melody. Great, there it goes revving up and loosing all sense of complete sound. For the record, not as much against that as I am the buzzing that happens afterwords that just sounds like a drill boring into my skull. Ah, computer beep again, yay!
Alright, this has possibilities if we're judging on guest artists alone. "Cudi the Kid - feat. Kid Cudi & Travis Barker." Blink foreva. Anywhos, pretty loud and deep as far as dance songs go. You have to focus in a minute or so to hear Travis' part in this, but you can find that kick ass drummer in there for sure. Lyrically, meh. The rest of it, I mean, it's okay. But I'll always admire than man's ability on the drums.
"Ooh - feat. Rob Roy" is great till the vocals come in (15 seconds in). I mean, strip those away and it's pretty damn classic as far as a mixed song. It's incredibly in your face with every beat, and is full of obvious influences. Then this guy that sounds like Slim Shady Eminem is rapping over it not nearly as well. Man, I never usually enjoy non-lyriced song over worded ones, but this just doesn't feel right.
"Earthquakey People" (w/ Rivers Cuomo) rounds things out for the ending. Yup, bookended album. Anywhos, I assume this is a different mix. Just as enjoyable, though second time around and at the end of the album, I'm just a little worn down. Oh well, sit back and enjoy this double-lengthed version of the song as it goes on and on and on…
Added to My Playlist:
- "Earthquakey People" (w/Rivers Cuomo)
- "Heartbreaker - feat. Lovefoxx"
Well, let's see. Time for the final paragraph. I can't deny that this album is a pretty damn good time. It's got elements from all areas of music, tied together by a guy who knows how to control a beat. He does is all in one of the weirdest ways possibly and I gotta say, I don't hate it.