Recess by Skrillex Album Review

All Is Fair In Love and Brostep: This song starts off with a track of a man talking about rockets and space stations, a beat joining it as it replays and skips over and over again. Then you have the vocals – which gives it that unique almost reggae sounding feel while at the same time constantly reminding you that it is in fact another genre entirely. The groove is very nice, constant throughout, building up in all the right parts and dropping exactly where it needs to. It does the job of a first track very nicely by gaining your attention, drawing you in, and setting the tone for the album.

Recess: The beginning of the song instantly made me think of kids on the playground – the little kid like tracks adding to it. The beat takes a little bit to get the feel for, but other than that it had me moving in my seat. However, it didn’t come as easily with the previous song, and seemed like a sort of rough follow up to the first track. It seemed a lot longer than 4 minutes, and it’s not the sort of song that you’d want to hear in a club. It does paint a very interesting mental picture of elementary school kids at a club, though.

Stranger: This is a very interesting song. It came across as a more poppy sounding song, but it managed to keep my attention never the less. The beginning grabbed my attention, but it rarely kept it. It just sort of seems like that lower key song that DJs put on the radio or in the club to get the crowd to loosen up, and it had some very interesting beats and mixes to it. Overall, it was a very nice song that I think would definitely do well on the pop charts if released as a single or possibly remix.

Try It Out: Aahh, Stranger had a very nice flow right into Try It Out – which, when listening to an electronic/dubstep mix, is exactly the sort of thing you want. If you go to a club that plays this kind of music, you’ll notice that a good DJ won’t let you notice when one song ends and where another begins. This song, on its own, is more high energy than the last one. It’s not quite “thrashing and jumping on the dance floor till you slip in your own sweat” though. This isn’t to say it’s not a good song. It’s still a very nice song and something that I could groove lightly too with my partner on a crowded dance floor. I may have not stopped grooving in my chair since it came on, actually.

Coast is Clear: Oooh this one got my attention right away, with a sort of soft song and voice that just slowly draws you in, like the warmth of a warm bath. Then the beat picks up and I found that I was grooving and dancing a little bit. Not a whole lot, and oddly enough with not as much ease as “Try It Out.” I’m thoroughly impressed though. It has a lot of different elements that just mesh together so well – the voice, the clapping song, the… almost organ, trumpet sound? I don’t know if I’d want to hear this at a club, but I’d definitely be up to grooving to it any day.

Dirty Vibe: This managed to catch my attention right off the bat, and is significantly faster pace than the last two songs were. It’s got this very bouncy feel to it that’s not overwhelming, but definitely noticeable. Oddly enough, it meshes and flows beautifully with the last two songs. It makes you want to get up, dance, and bounce around, without being so much of a heavy dance beat that you can’t stand it. A little bit later on, the fast paced beat that’s similar to the heart rate of a small mouse is leveled out by a feminine smooth voice that has a bit of an edge to it, and then a more masculine voice different than the one that’s been singing occasionally through the song. The only thing I don’t like? It slows down the song, and then never drops the bass again. Which leaves you feeling a bit unsatisfied.

Ragga Bomb: With this we get back into the heavy beat and it’s more than enough to fill the slight void left by ending a song on a cliff hanger. In fact, the flow’s so perfect, you barely notice it! The reggae sounding feel is brought back with the vocal sounds that were in the first song, and the beat is more than enough to get you bouncing. More importantly is that the beat was easy to jump into, and literally at any time I could jump into it and dance without feeling like I missed an important step of the song.

Doompy Poomp: Starting off with some slightly off putting vocal and a sound that sounds like skipping through stations on an old radio while managing to keep a slow rhythm, I’d be lying if I said that this song didn’t get my attention. Slowly more elements are added to the beat, eventually building up into this sort of song that… well, really, you can’t do more than bop your head and tap your foot to. What I have noticed is that usually there’s something in the title to hint to the theme/message of a dubstep tone, so there’s quite possibly a lot more to it that I’m missing.

Fuck That: Now what you expect when you see a title like this one, is something a bit more… thrashing and upbeat. Something you could just take all of your energy and leave it on the dance floor. However, initially, it’s not that kind of song at all. Definitely something you can dance to, but not something that takes all of your energy. Never the less, it has a very nice groove and beat and something that just kind of warms you up and gets you excited for whatever comes next. My only complaint? It feels a lot longer than four minutes.

Ease My Mind: A very nice song that lures you in with a very beautiful feminine sounding voice, with a very overall sweet message about needing the DJ to ease her mind (get it?) Then the bass drops, and you’re given this… very unique beat to dance to, again with that hint of reggae vibrations but a hint of something else. I almost want to say a skilled belly dancer could totally rock this song, and it can really be taken either way – you dance smooth or melodic or you dance to the edges of the beat. Over all I love it and it’s definitely something that I’d listen to again.

Fire Away: The last track of the album is possibly more important than the first, because it’s the one that leaves an impression and helps the listener sum up the album – and the artist. This song starts out very soft, soothing, with lyrics that probably could touch a lot of people in all of the right spots. A beat starts that’s slow, smooth, and has this overall calming effect. Like the one a DJ would play at the end of the night – which is very appropriate since this is the last song on the album. However, quite simply, six minutes for a song like this isn’t what I’d want to hear outside of meditation. It’s still a very beautiful song though, and managed to seal the theme of the album.

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