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on 19 January 2013
While there is much to criticize (more on that later!), this does/should not diminish the positives. The underlying rhythms are good, and initially the tunes build well. Taken individually most tracks (until the vocals begin) are very likable. There is clearly potential here - more than enough to justify the awarding of that second star.
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'.