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Joel Zimmerman doesn’t like being called a DJ. The 28-year-old dance music phenomenon from Toronto, better known as deadmau5, rolls his eyes a the description, which he sees as a hopelessly outdated way of describing what he does. His sets are closer to live performances. He plays mostly his own material, assembling tracks on the fly, using cutting edge computer technology, including ... Read more in Amazon's Deadmau5 Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B002KKCFCE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,374 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. FML
2. Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff
3. Ghosts 'n' Stuff (Radio Edit) (Feat. Rob Swire)
4. Hi Friend! (feat. MC Flipside)
5. Bot
6. Word Problems
7. Soma
8. Lack Of A Better Name
9. The 16th Hour
10. Strobe

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Smash 2009 album! Fearless techno & ecstatic electro-house from the Toronto über-producer. Features Rob Swire from Pendulum!

BBC Review

A true success story of 2009, emerging from the progressive house underground to become a chart contender, deadmau5 – or Toronto-based Joel Zimmerman to his folks – is in a rare position of being both critically feted and able to court serious attention from the mainstream.

This new mix album – his own material, but sequenced so it doesn’t stop for even a second’s silence – features Zimmerman’s popular collaboration with Pendulum’s Rob Swire, Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff. At the time of writing the song has enjoyed a fantastic nine weeks inside the UK top 40, making it one of the biggest dance anthems of the year. But better, and included here, is the Moar-prefixed instrumental take on the hit – it’s like Hammer Horror Justice, or a brain-damaged Daft Punk, and every bit as evilly euphoric as that sounds.

Unlike many single-artist albums of its ilk, For Lack of a Better Name does well to not run out of steam, and keeps its audience guessing by flitting from aggressive beats and synthesizer drones to upbeat, almost samba-styled compositions and soundtracks from the nightmares of hardened 16-bit veterans – SNES rather than Mega Drive, obviously. Bot manages to explore all of these tangents, and more besides, in just five minutes. It’s this album’s fulcrum, its throbbing heart of darkness.

Soma is the one track where the pedal’s lifted, and the incessant pulverising of one’s grey matter ceases for a few minutes. While fairly frantic of microbe-tiny beats, its fidgety core is surrounded on both sides by some pleasantly plaintive piano introspection. The title track ups the cheese factor to nostalgic highs, sounding like it could have been lifted straight from Pacha’s Ibiza dancefloor circa 1996 – it shimmers and shakes like trance classic Age of Love – and opener FML is a flashback to another side of 1990s dance, namely the organic cut-and-paste percussion of DJ Shadow.

A neat introduction to an artist with a wealth of material beneath his belt, this enjoyable compilation of tracks old and new will only further Zimmerman’s already admirable reputation, expanding his audience into whole new areas of approval. Let’s just hope he never spoils everything by taking that brilliantly silly mask off. --Mike Diver

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Mice are, on the whole, annoying, frivolous and unnecessary creatures.
Of little use to man or beast - or Wolf come to that!
An unsatisfyingly meagre meal and notoriously difficult to digest.

Now that the nights are growing colder they arrive in their dozens
seeking warmth and sustenance in our cave. It is mostly a nuisance.
Other than Scatty and Gritz (the cubs) recruiting them as, somewhat
unwilling, playmates, they serve no useful purpose whatsoever.

Not so Deadmau5 (just loving that "5"!) - aka Joel Zimmerman when
in human form; a Canadian DJ, Producer and Composer.

His new album 'For Lack Of A Better Name' delivers some fine tunes.
In fact, there is much that it is possible to dance to here (I have
put this to the test when I thought nobody was watching but am sure
I heard Mrs Wolf giggling in the kitchen on more than one occasion!)

The beats are BIG; the bass subsonically intense; the musical
ideas, though hardly original, are none-the-less intelligent.
None moreso than opening track 'FML' which sets the bar pretty high
and then struggles elsewhere to deliver similar energy or complexity.
It is a demonically raucous percussive composition whose
interlacing sections generate visceral excitement and electricity.
Music for a house party in Hell!

'Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff' and 'Ghosts 'n' Stuff' (the latter featuring a heavily
vocoder'd Mr Swire) are both uplifting stomping and storming highlights.

'Hi Friend' would have been a whole lot better without MC Flipside's vocal
interventions - "All systems go out on the floor-this is what you came here for"
- erm...as I said...a WHOLE LOT better!

'Soma' chugs along happily in its own company.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Toby Staunton on 6 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Who needs an album title when you're music sounds like this? Over the last few months Deadmau5, aka Joel Zimmerman, has been steadily growing in demand as both a DJ and producer. He has written some of the summer's best dance tunes and in recent years has collaborated on awarding winning tracks like `All U Ever Want' with Newton-Davis and `After Hours' with Melleefresh. Last year he released his debut album called `Random Album Title' which was hailed with critical acclaim and was rewarded by a number one in the US Billboard Magazine's Hot Dance Airplay chart. In 2009 he has been heavily in demand as a live DJ performing headline slots at Oxegen, Leeds and Reading as well as Creamfields. This is Deadmau5' year and it's not over yet since he has just released his second album `For Lack of a Better Name'.

The album then starts with a lovely drum roll and echoing bass hits like cannon fire before it cracks into the majesty of `FML'. This is a taste of the dance credentials that will swell throughout the rest of the album. It has a persistent but not unoriginal beat and a nice break half way through the track, as well as moments that break the whole atmosphere down to nicely show off a lead line before building it all back to another break. `Moar Ghosts `N' Stuff' is named as though it should just be a lead in to the storming single of almost the same name. Instead Deadmau5 fills this track with some really nice moments. It is a strong bit of electro/dance in its own right. It has a useful beat and nice hook with some subtle little touches and variations that keep you guessing as to what might happen next. The previously mentioned `Ghosts `N' Stuff' featuring Pendulum's Rob Swire then kicks in and it sounds as glorious in your living room as it does in any club.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Davison on 8 Mar. 2013
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I tend to lean toward the older end of the music timeline nowadays but once in a while I hear some tunes that I think deserve a few more moments of my time. I love to listen to Daft Punk, 80's electronica, some modern dance, even David Guetta has become a regular on my playlist so a friend of mine tipped me a wink toward deadmau5. Having listened I immediately bought two more albums and I can honestly say, have not looked back. Mellow, soulful tunes, some 8 bit type tunes for us indie gamers and some cracking dance tracks. Each album usually has the remixed track containing every track from the album, so you can just fire it up and listen to it as one long track. Perfectly crafted music by the big eared one, again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R England on 13 Jan. 2013
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Truly magnificent album. Just need a better sound system to handle the earth shaking bass!!! Just need to see Deadmau5 live now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T.Dog on 30 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Deadmau5 is just awesome, and anything that he releases is going to be instantly bought by me, but i would have to say that i felt a little dissapointed upon hearing this for the first time. it took me a couple of listens to get into, but once i had, i realised what an album this was! very very different from his first album which in my opinion, is one of my favourite albums ever. FML is a very promising start, which is then followed by Moar ghosts and stuff, and then ghosts and stuff feat. Rob swire. this is a brilliant start to the album, but thats about it for amazing tracks. everything else is good, but just abit "meh", especially after hearing those three tracks. strobe picks it back up at the end but i really think he should have put the first three songs further into the album. overall pretty good album, if your a fan of deadmau5 you should deffinately buy it, but if your not really a fan just stick with random album title or try his new one.
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