• Record Label: Ultra
  • Release Date: Dec 7, 2010
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
Buy On
  1. Q Magazine
    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
    70
    With the illuminated big head and all, Canadian producer Joel Zimmerman's Deadmau5 alias is a blast to see live, but you can also bring quite a bit of that tech-house-meets-slammin'-electro excitement home with 4 x 4 = 12.
  5. 67
    If the 'mau5 longs for a Moby-style breakthrough, his riffs 'n' blips will have to add up to something more.
  6. 63
    The result may surprise some just looking to get lost in Glowstick Land: sure, there are plenty of K-hole zone-outs, but just as often Zimmerman puts songcraft and danceability ahead of the usual sci-fi-filter tricks.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 105 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 91 out of 105
  2. Negative: 6 out of 105
  1. Dec 8, 2010
    8
    Obviously the reviewers did no research on the album before reviewing it, with many of them citing how the 'album' is just a collection ofObviously the reviewers did no research on the album before reviewing it, with many of them citing how the 'album' is just a collection of singles that have been released. As stated before, this is not his proposed 'artist album', it is an EP, just like Random Album Title and For Lack of A Better Name. The artist album will come later in 2011, with deadmau5 setting up in his studio for months after the Uk tour. 4x4=12 listens like his live set, with many of the songs in the same order, with the exception of One Trick Pony and Everything Before. Maybe the reviewers should rewrite their reviews on the album, not on how well it sounds along with the LED head and rubix cube. Full Review »
  2. 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.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! Full Review »
  3. Feb 4, 2012
    9
    First off, let me say that I am a HUGE deadmau5 fan. I've been listening to his music since his first album came out. So obviously, I wasFirst off, let me say that I am a HUGE deadmau5 fan. I've been listening to his music since his first album came out. So obviously, I was looking forward to this album. Now 4x4=12 is something new. Mainly cause it has beats that I don't expect on a deadmau5 album. So it's something new for deadmau5, and I love it. The best album on this album, was City in Florida. Reminds me of dubstep (I love dubstep!). The worst is Everything Before, it's a good song, but it's not really something I would listen to everyday. So if your a new to deadmau5's music, it's a good start, and old fans like me will love where he's going with his music. I recommend playing this at a birthday party or something like that. Great music, great artist and definitely not a "Bad Selection" ;) 9/10 Full Review »