Loud

  • Record Label: Kinetic
  • Release Date: Mar 19, 2002
Metascore
71

Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Blender
    80
    Maas translates this superclub-oriented sound -- all tectonic bass and whooshing stero-panned effects -- into home-friendly music. [Apr/May 2002, p.115]
  2. 80
    Maas has done what not many others in his class have managed to successfully pull off: making a truly decent, engaging record that is more than just 72 minutes of electronica generica trading on name recognition.
  3. So, in a strange way, Loud is an extremely successful album for Maas: it rids him of the trance tag, has enough vocal dance-pop to win over even more admirers, and is so diverse that everyone will find at least one enjoyable track.
  4. Q Magazine
    80
    Admittedly Maas is hardly reinventing the wheel here, but there's a freshness and pace that's been missing too long. [Mar 2002, p.126]
  5. Maas' huge production style begs for a big-room sound system, but Loud is loaded with artful nuances that elude most producers with even tenuous ties to trance.
  6. Maas' forays into more conventional song structure tend to falter, thanks mainly to weak vocals and corny lyrics that overshadow some interesting instrumental arrangements.... Fortunately, half of Loud is vocal-free, and it's here that Maas' music really shines.
  7. Spin
    60
    There's plenty of that spacey/dirty sound on Loud, even when the tracks don't fit the trance template. [Apr 2002, p.122]
  8. Like his predecessors', the results here are decidedly mixed.
  9. Alternative Press
    60
    Unfortunately, the pretentious spoken-word ramblings, corny hooks and unremarkable trance put Maas, along with Paul Van Dyk and BT, in a less illustrious category: top-notch DJs with second-rate albums under their belts. [May 2002, p.90]
  10. Uncut
    50
    Maas isn't confident enough to strike out in any single direction, and the LP feels too consciously aimed at crossing over to the pop charts. [May 2002, p.98]
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
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    10
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  2. Nikolas
    Aug 3, 2005
    8
    very sexy, eerie electro-funk record
  3. MacM
    Sep 28, 2003
    2
    Two strong singles and a tonne of lacklustre filler. Stick to DJ-ing you ugly Euro!