4 x 4 = 12 - Deadmau5
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  • Summary: The Canadian DJ who is known for his mouse-head costume releases his third full-length album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Feb 2, 2011
    80
    The title's maths may not add up, but he's onto a winning formula. [Feb. 2011, p. 115]
  2. 80
    He's not relying on anybody else out there to make something unique for him to sample; he's making them all himself. Joel Zimmerman only has to rely on deadmau5, and the party won't ever stop. And the mouse is far from dead.
  3. Dec 21, 2010
    73
    Still, his range is admirable and 4 × 4 appropriates just enough familiar tone to act as a mainstream dance sampler for the under-initiated.
  4. Dec 7, 2010
    60
    4x4=12 is audacious, mixing generic house grooves with eclectic fare like "Bad Selection," a kinetic jam with dog-whistle synth builds.
  5. Dec 16, 2010
    60
    Those who go to genuine underground parties every weekend will find it a bit lame, but considering the work of his fellow chart-topping populists, you could do a lot worse.
  6. Dec 10, 2010
    60
    It's a colourful grab-bag, but Zimmerman's ear for stock clubland dynamics means that while 4x4=12 barely breaks sweat whomping the listener into submission, it also stops way short of revealing the man behind the mask.
  7. Dec 7, 2010
    50
    As dedicated, efficient, and resourceful as deadmau5 is, he's ultimately unable to escape the severe limitations of his craft, and therefore can't elevate 4X4=12 beyond standard club fare.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. Apr 21, 2014
    10
    For shame that a masterpiece like this is graded so critically low! The first electronic album I heard and the album that indroduced and opened me up to such an amazing genre! Expand
  2. Jul 21, 2011
    10
    Deadmau5 is a great electronic artist, #1 on my list of top 5 electronic artists, tied with Daft Punk. The songs on this should be iconic, but sadly aren't. Thankfully, there are a lot of deadmau5 fans who love and respect his music, me being one of them. However, I still want his (as Leadmeister called it) "artist album" to come out soon, so I can listen the hell out of it. Expand
  3. Dec 11, 2013
    10
    What a powerhouse album! I love it! Favorites include Some Chords, Cthulhu Sleeps, Everything Before, A City in Florida, and Bad Selection. Basically the whole album rocks! Expand
  4. Mar 5, 2012
    8
    Although not as good as 'For Lack of a Better Name' or 'Random Album Title' , in its own right this album is still outstanding.Deadmau5 shows some more of his flair. Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2014
    8
    This album sounds a little bit more agressive than the previous one. I think it is ok, but in overall this album is monotonusly in some short parts. Of course we can find great tracks (for example: Some Chords, A city in Florida or Cthulhu Sleeps) but Joel sometimes turned into **** dubstep. It is still good album but i hope deadmau5 will not go wrong path.

    Sry for mistakes, im not english master...
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  6. Jul 22, 2013
    8
    I will say this. You have to appreciate electronic music and more specifically, electro-house before you can be impressed by this album. This isn't one you just hop into having no prior history in electronic music. But for those of you who do appreciate the 4/4 and 3/4 time signatures, lengthy loops, and heavy bass, 4 x 4 12 is one you should add to your collection. Why?

    I'll tell you why. Its a strong album that has an excellent prevailing theme in sound of the tracks while simultaneously giving each a distinguished flavor of its own. Deadmau5 nails each track with creative samples, innovative effects, and some rather humorous naming trends while also progressing in directions that were yet unexplored when the album was released. I really have to to give the guy credit for his dubstep inspirations while not making some half-assed imitation of the genre. Some Chords, City in Florida, Animal Rights, Cthulu Sleeps, and Everything before were especially good tracks which managed incorporate elements of dubstep while also maintaining Deadmau5's signature style and devotion to electro-house.

    Okay, what I said before about how Deadmau5 was inspired by dubstep rather than an imitator of it. Well that wasn't wholly true and that's why I am rating the album down a little. One Trick Pony, Raise Your Weapon, and Sofi Needs a Ladder are some unfortunate examples bad dubstep made by a guy who was not cut out to be a dubstep producer. If you are looking for dubstep, this is not your album and those are certainly not your songs. Besides, he has said in interview that he hates the sound of dubstep anyway which makes me ask "Why?" Why write (bad) songs for a genre you despise? Deadmau5 should have left dubstep to more dedicated producers.
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  7. Dec 17, 2012
    6
    Like his previous material, 4x4=12 is of the EDM genre (specifically progressive house music) and to be honest, it's more of the same. For some, that's a pros; tracks such as "Raise Your Weapon" and "One Trick Pony" cleverly combine catchy progressive house with dubstep influenced beats. For others, it's a cons; the majority of 4x4=12 is limited when it comes to listeners, and can get repetitive. "Sofi Needs a Ladder" is the most accessible track when it comes to listeners outside of the EDM fan base, if you can withstand the tedious opening. Overall, 4x4=12 isn't a great album, but for his fans, it should be pleasing. Expand

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