When you have a track record as solid as Los Angeles’s Glitch Mob, among first world problems is the common inability for modern electronic artists to live up to their hype. In a genre where albums are increasingly uncommon and typically filled with, well, filler tracks, the Glitch Mob has just released what can only be called an early candidate for Album of the Year. The Glitch Mob’s 2010 freshman album, Drink the Sea is perhaps the strongest glitch hop album of all-time and their new album Love Death Immortality is a fitting follow-up.
The Glitch Mob teamed up with Apple and their iTunes store to offer a “First Play” of the new album wherein iTunes users are offered full preview of the album a week earlier than its official release. Although skipping tracks is limited in a Pandora-esque fashion, this early and nearly-full access to Love is relatively generous for a group as renown as the Glitch Mob, and as luck would have it you won’t be wanting to use that “skip track” button much anyway. As a dying application it seems that iTunes still has a few tricks up its sleeve.
I first heard about this new album back in November when the Glitch Mob teased the announcement date, followed by the pre-release of the track Can’t Kill Us. Ironically this first track they released from the album is among the album’s weaker tracks (of which there are few). Although the album is somewhat front-loaded there are still excellent tracks in the latter half and the album wraps up nicely with Beauty of the Unhidden Heart.
Creativity and experimentation are often encouraged by electronic music fans, but the old saying “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” seems fitting for Love. Many motifs from the Glitch Mob’s earlier works, especially use of high-pitched & funky sounds, are used heavily and the energy is turned up in a genre that is notorious for its relaxation. It may be early in 2014 still but any artists looking to outdo the Glitch Mob’s new release is going to have their work cut out for them.
Here is a track-by-track breakdown of their new album, with brief notes (in order):
- (4.0 / 5) Mind of a Beast – strong start although similar to other songs on the album
- (3.5 / 5) Our Demons – vocals are alright but don’t add much to the song
- (4.5 / 5) Skullclub – very energetic and hard for glitch hop =D Definitely a standout
- (3.5 / 5) Becoming Harmonious – slower pace, lovely ending =D
- (5 / 5) Can’t Kill Us – 7/10 already released, not up to par for the Glitch Mob
- (3.5 / 5) I need My Memory Back
- (2.5 / 5) Skytoucher – bland and too similar to other songs on album. Energetic beginning although the drop reminds me of Can’t Kill Us
- (3.0 / 5) Only Fly By Night Only – faster paced
- (3.5 / 5) Carry the Sun – more electro house (complextro) sound
- (4.0 / 5) Beauty of the Unhidden Heart – soft start leads to excellent early climax, excellent dubstep. Reminiscent of earlier tracks
I am sufficiently relieved that the Glitch Mob’s Love Death Immortality has given me the opportunity to write my first overwhelmingly positive album review. This aptly-named album earns a 4.5 / 5.0 rating from Rave Is King. Check out the first-play via iTunes today and have that money ready for purchase on February 11th when it officially hits the (digital) shelves.
(4.5 / 5)The Glitch Mob’s Love Death Immortality