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  • Original Release Date: 3 Dec. 2010
  • Release Date: 6 Dec. 2010
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2010 Mau5trap Recordings under exclusive licence to EMI Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 2010 EMI Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 2:25:48
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  • ASIN: B00IGMXW22
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,996 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I'm addicted! Two listens and I want to run through it
all over again. Deadmau5 has turned in a cracking set
with '4 x 4 = 12'. Joel Zimmerman is creating some of
the most intelligent and exciting dance music you will
find anywhere on the planet right now. 2009's 'For Lack
Of A Better Name' got me in a bit of a lather too but
this new collection has moved things on a bit. It is as
thought all the best elements of Mr Mau5's output so-far
have been distilled into these eleven exemplary tracks.
The big, bad dark beats; the zooming sub-sonic basslines;
the clever management of rhythmic and melodic shifts;
the judicious use of repetitive vocal motifs.

In essence the elements may be simple but the edgy energy
generated by these beautifully crafted pieces is palpable.

The icy subterranean intro to opening track 'Some Chords'
picks up a four-square beat which, when it bursts out of
the frame in its full glory , hoists you up by the elbows
and hurls you around the room like a fairground waltzer.
It's a dizzy ride which burps and bumps and grinds its way
into our dance genes with ecstatically cocky confidence!

Next up, SOFI lends a hand with the words on the marvellously
tight but squelchy 'Sofi Needs A Ladder'. It's a bit of a brute!
A cracking slice of hypnotic, bone-shaking, turbulent mayhem.

Trust me here, it's all good. Very, very good!
The more measured pace and reflective groove of 'Raise Your
Weapon' is, however, better than good. It is the essential
beating heart of this fine project. Greta Svabo Bech delivers
a splendid vocal performance of the composition's strangely
moving melody and evocative narrative.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bakehouse78 on 12 July 2011
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This album is belting, bought it after hearing a few other Deadmau5 bits & was blown away. The tunes melt into a fantastic mash up of big beats & electronic madness that doesn't really relent throughout.

Starting off with the brilliant 'some chords' it powers on through the next few tracks, highlights being 'a city in florida', 'animal rights' & 'i said', before slowing the pace with a couple of dubstep style tunes which although quite good do grate slightly with what has gone before. It picks up again with the awesome finale of 'everything before'.

I am yet to play this to anyone who hasn't loved it, most have gone out & bought it, with this album soundtracking many a good night. If you just want some quality dance music, & don't worry about maths, you should give it a listen. The 2 previous albums, 'for lack of a better name' & 'random album title' are also great but this one is definitely my favourite.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Jun. 2014
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Before Toronto producer Joel Thomas Zimmerman, the man underneath the giant mouse head, I was very "vanilla" when it came to dance/house music. Yes, I would dance to it in a club, but would never imagine having it blasting at home while I work on my various projects. Well, Deadmau5 did not only help to propel dance music back into mainstream, it made dance music thrilling and electrifying and listenable (and all this alongside the fact that my feet literally drum the beat and go to dance all on their own while his creations are playing!).

Anyway, Deadmau5, very driven, opinionated and very talented. Have you seen him playing live? I had, a few times, and it's just euphoric, with amazing video projections and elaborate but so organic sets. The expectations for this follow up to his "For Lack of Better Name" were enormous. And he did not disappoint. He just reinvented himself a bit. Yet again. By reinvention I mean the close collaboration with LA-based singer SOFI, the Greek-German singer who accompanied him live on the tour to promote "4x4=12". And you thought it's just computer generated sound! Mixed as a continuous arrangement, the album is a selection of wonderful compositions, from techno epic to trance pieces, and of course, there is almost mesmerising drumming going on. The album is also quite harsh (there is no "Auguru"), some songs feel quite is a fierce and violent (think almost brutal "One Trick Pony"). And there are no mesmerising trance epics, fit for meditating, such as [I think my all time favourite] finest progressive house "Strobe".

This is a truly dance record, for a fun night out.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By GrantT on 8 Dec. 2010
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There has been eager anticipation for the new Deadmau5 `4x4=12' album. The astronomical rise of Joel Zimmerman aka Deadmau5 throughout 2010 has been hard to ignore. His Facebook page has attracted over 1 and a half million followers and most of his official YouTube videos push out an average of 1 million views. The release of the new album is a prelude to another hard grind of touring beginning in the UK on the 8th December in Bournemouth (his last tour only a mere 6 months ago).

Zimmerman is not afraid of experimenting with new sounds and delving into different genres. Anybody who has seen pictures of his studio set up will appreciate that he has taken a journey into the production of sound itself. Respectably, he is not signing up with the biggest names in the music biz and bashing out chart toppers (eg. Guetta, Tiesto). For this reason it will not be enjoyed by everyone especially the first time listener. But this is what gives `4x4=12' a distinct sound and a great sound it is too. Unless you are a die hard house (or mau5 as some have called it) fan you may find the production techniques slightly off putting. The opening song `Some Chords' lulls the listener into a false sense of security; we are treated to a few glimpses of what to expect (a dubstep wobble here or there). Then, a siren like sound warns of what is to come. `Sofi Needs a Ladder' slams a deep bass with Sofia Toufa or 'Sofi' providing (almost whiney) lyrics. `Cthulhu Sleeps' has an unmistakable rhythm and a riff that almost sounds like a lumberjack cutting down a tall oak. These songs are polar opposite to any previous song like `I Remember' or `Move for me'. Similarly, `One Trick Pony' is a brutal dubstep onslaught of overdriven synth bass and aggressive lyrical delivery from (a less whiney) Sofi.
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