I always think it's fun when a house/techno artist releases a good album that's written mainly by himself. It shows that great DJs can also make good music themselves, not just spin records. That's much like what Oakenfold did with the music to the movie "Swordfish". It made a real impact on me, since it was a complete album by himself that pretty much followed the same beat all the way.
Not that "Loud" sounds the same. No way! At last, the track "Ubik" is released on a real album, not just on weird singles with busloads of remixes. And this version sounds much better and speedier than the other "original versions" I've heard of it before.
"Help Me", now with vocals, sounds much better. That one was called "Maas Attacks" on an Oakenfold remix on "Ibiza", without lyrics. I've lost control of my 12 inches these days, so I can't recall why. This version is the definitive original version for me from now on!
There are other great, new tracks too. "Old School Vibes" really rocks the house with an extremely strong background beat and an interesting change of pace in the end sequence, at around 2:30 to go. That's something I like! Most of the other stuff is pretty high class too, like "Manga". And let's not forget "How I've been dancing", this time with lyrics by Martin Bettinghaus, same guy with the lyrics on "Ubik".
I could keep this up for all the tracks, but there's no point in boasting every track up into the sky. This is one great album, hear it for yourself and be convinced! Keep this up, Timo!