Review : Faderhead – ‘The World of Faderhead’

By on 2 April 2012

‘The World of Faderhead’
L-Tracks Recordings

The 5th album from Faderhead continues pretty much where it’s predecessor, ‘Black Friday’ left off.  Musically, as well as conceptually.

‘Black Friday’ was a concept album based all around a Friday night gone wrong, from the leaving of work to the chaos and aftermath in the clubs. ‘The World of Faderhead’ is a wider picture of the life and times of a touring club star.

Faderhead are very good at aggressive club tracks and ‘Fistful of Fuck You’ can be added to that collection. It throws punches, rather than shapes, on the dancefloor whilst waving a middle finger in the background. Grinding electro-rhythms and slamming beats, with a simple chorus. It’ll have them singing along in no time.

Of course, while Faderhead is probably best known for his club anthems, albums are usually strongly structured with ballads, stories and the like.

‘Older Now’ contains dubstep influences (seemingly compulsory for all 2012 industrial releases) and is a reflective look at lessons learnt.   It’s like that moment you step into the chill out lounge and watch the club go by noticing the mistakes others are making and thinking “yeah, I was young and foolish once”.  Although…he probably can’t be that old.

‘Join Us’ is a taunt back to the party.  Gradually building momentum with gritty beats and deep rhythms, ‘Inside of Me’ then goes back to the slow sub-reflection.

‘Swedish Models and Cocaine’ takes us on a day-on-the-life-of beginning with getting on a plane to play a show and ends with, well, Swedish models and cocaine… the verses trickle along to allow the auto-tuned vocals tell the story, before the chorus becomes a scream of “all I want is Swedish models and cocaine!”.

It borders between fun and jolly verses and angry ‘just gimme the Goddamn drugs’ like schizophrenic programming cubase.

‘Not a Robot’ is deliberately plodding with a simple win some/lose some message, whilst Sami takes on some Dave Mustaine-esque vocals on ‘Sick City’.  Well, he is a Megadeth fan.

‘Nothing For Nothing’ is ambient and minimal, like the long walk home in the dark after a heavy drinking session.

Daniel Myer guests on ‘Watching over You’ – a laid back track about sleeping, or stalking, “You know that I’ll be here, watching over you…” it is almost a switch off before bed, if not for the occasional shouting vocals.

There’s been an absence of real club moments, but ‘I Got My Bass Back’ helps fill up that void.  Featuring Shaolyn, it packs a pulsing beat and taunting whispers and groans of “give me your bass boy…” before triumphant mocks of victory, “I got my bass back!” Quirky samples and whooshing synths help wrap up this track – and grab the attention back after a string of softer tracks.

Finale ‘Ballad of the Weak’ is a piano driven gush of emotions.  “No this is not my pain… I’m just crying for someone else” – it’s a smart wind down to the album.

Although a strong album, perhaps there are a lot of similarities to the previous album.  How you judge this is subjective.  Some bands are criticised for changing.  Some for staying the same.  However, this doesn’t take away from the fact it is another strong album from Sami and Faderhead.


Kevin Morris

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