- Audio CD (22 Oct. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Virgin Music
- ASIN: B0094WK9GU
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,761 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA Until Now (2012 UK 22-track CD the second album from the Swedish electronic dance music supergroup consisting of disc jockeys & producers Axwell Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso including the singles Save The World Antidote Greyhound and the smash hit Dont You Worry Child; picture sleeve)
House music's power is in communal experience, from the warehouse parties of the early adopters, through the cult of the DJ with every clubber worshipping at the altar of the 1s and 2s, to the colossal arena gig where thousands can hit that high at once. It comes into its own when you can look around you and see everyone moved by the same pull and thrust of the music, not vogueing alone in your bedroom.
So far so obvious, but Swedish House Mafia live by this tenet, relentlessly working the dynamics of the dancefloor. Their records may make for pretty wearing listening, but the live performance is designed to bulldoze critical doubts.
Catch them while you can. Our favourite progressive house supergroup – comprising Swedish DJs Sebastian Ingrosso, Steve Angello and Axwell – announced their split earlier this year and are now off on an extended farewell tour, with Until Now as the official soundtrack. The assumption then is that this collection of new tracks and remixes, by the three of them together and apart, makes sense under the lasers. It's certainly tough going in any other setting.
Over a punishing hour and a quarter, the trio demonstrates their mastery of the ecstasy rush. And how. There's barely a track in this loosely mixed set that doesn't wheel out the intensifying beats and rising acid synths of the big hands-in-the-air crescendo, from the jacking Greyhound to the bassy madness of Knife Party collaboration Antidote. Angello's Lights rarely descends from its cheap highs.
It's exhausting, and somehow impatient. Swedish House Mafia don't earn their big moments, they throw them in whenever the ideas pot runs dry – and it's telling that the imaginative interventions come with snatches of Coldplay and Florence + The Machine, remixes of more expansive tunes.
These superstar DJs understand the mechanics of club euphoria, but they just don't have the tools to do anything great with them. Until Now is best experienced with your critical faculties compromised.
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Top Customer Reviews
All of SHM's singles are on here including the superb Greyhound and the number hit Don't You Worry Child along with the other 20 tracks on here I can't find fault here you MUST by this album and as it is mixed it's perfect for any party. I don't like a lot of DJ's Above and Beyond being the best but SHM have blown me away...shame they're splitting up after the One Last Tour...Good stuff and essential dance album!!
The biggest flaw in the album is the astounding lack of variation. Not merely in the sense of similarity between melodies, instruments (synths?) and beats used. Tracks religiously follow a set formula. In every single track, without exception, the beat will slow, the volume will lower before the beat picks up once more to the accompanying sound of a washing machine on spin-cycle. The lack of ambition is quite staggering.
The vocals are generally quite poor (even though a number of the singers are capable of much, much better). Typically the vocals follow a fairly monotone tune (which at least allows the backing music to shine through), and are encumbered with some horribly trite lyrics (google a few songs - you won't be surprised, but it is hard not to be disappointed). I don't think that lyrics are everything; a good melody can certainly compensate for the odd duff line. Sadly, as noted before, the melodies are not up to much. It is worth mentioning that the album contains a number of remixes where the original melodies are intact.
Far from the worst album out there. Indeed, taken on an individual basis (and preferably cut off before the vocals kick in) many of the tracks are quite good. However, for an album that has been so successful (and recieved many positive reviews on Amazon), it is extremely underwhelming. Swedish House Mafia have hit on a formula that sells and refuse to deviate from it. If I had to review the album in just one word it would be 'lazy'.
Considering it is their last album they definately left us something to remember them by. This album features all of the SHM singles in their full lengths plus some new unreleased songs such as "Euphoria" - Usher & SHM. The "Continuous mix" is the soundtrack to their 'One Last Tour' and is awesome to listen to. Then the remixes and other artists on the album tie it up brilliantly. I don't know why but i love the sound of the hook in "Atom".
Another 5/5 effort from the Swedish House Mafia!!
However I'm not here to agree with the man but to counter point his opinion, until now is great whether you're track skipping and getting ready to go out, listening to the entire journey whilst taking a walk and daydreaming or experiencing the full wealth it has to offer to you on a dance floor in some random club with a group of like minded party junkies. The idea of this genre of music is not to stimulate philosophical musings although some would argue dance in all it's forms has a theological leaning, but to have a great anthem to loose a night to. So when any of this mix is poured onto your dance floor don't ask if it makes sense just shut up and dance.