ALBUM PIAS RELEASE: MARCH 19,
2002 REVIEW: MAY 6, 2002
dance DJ and producer steps out of the shadows and into his own spotlight.
Judges shuffle their score cards hesitantly. Do we really need another
one? Isn't this concept a thing of the past?
Let's check the pros and cons.
Facts in favour. Timo Maas hails from the German trance scene, but does
not sound like it. On his production debut "Loud" guest vocalists
such as Kelis and Finley Quaye are used in a vein similar to Leftfield
rather than the typical dance music way with a dominating chorus line.
The sounds are neither experimental nor different. We get funky basslines,
some recycled synth retro stuff and other staples of current techno, but
it's groovy, and the music mixes well with the singers. There are lots
of changes to keep it interesting: between short and long, fast and slow,
vocals and instrumentals. This is what might be called a proper album.
And "Shifter" is a definite hit song.
Facts against. It has been done before. A lousy argument, I admit. But
why change a winning concept? Judgment. It's cool but it doesn't quite
chill my spine.