Skrillex
Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites


4.5
superb

Review

by Max Paradise USER (18 Reviews)
December 8th, 2010 | 1067 replies | 111,851 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Skrillex drops an impressive, powerful, and fun album that proves he's more than just a novelty act left over from his impressive days with From First To Last.

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After Sonny Moore left From First To Last, it was hard to know what would happen to either party. From First To Last floundered without their commanding frontman, and Sonny went on to record and release some decent but awkward pop. And then he started DJing. When his first EP under the Skrillex moniker came out, a few eyebrows were raised as to the possibilities of what this new post-hardcore-turned-electro producer could do, and when he followed up with Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites, it was awfully hard to ignore the young producer's talent.

Busting right out of the gates with a fun dance beat and some tasteful vocal samples, Skrillex leads in with a lighthearted track about rock and roll and simply enjoying music. But all of a sudden, the music takes a sharp left turn with the jaw-dropping title track. Starting off with an absolutely gorgeous synth melody, Skrillex brings in his trademark aching chopped up vocal samples (a la his remix of La Roux's 'In For The Kill'), before suddenly hitting listeners over the head with one of the heaviest dubstep drops this side of Borgore. But Skrillex manages to work so much melody and throbbing beauty into his dubstep, it's hard to think of his work on the same plane as his peers.

He continues the rest of the album in a similar fashion to the first two tracks, masterfully switching between the fun electro of 'Kill Everybody' and the oh-my-god insanely heavy dubstep of 'Scatta' with the pop sensibilities of 'All I Ask Of You' and the impossible to ignore beauty of 'With You, Friends (Long Drive).'

Now, this last track deserves a special mention of its own. Following up the darkness of 'Kill Everybody' and the ridiculous heaviness of 'Scatta,' 'With You, Friends (Long Drive)' is an absolutely magical track. Beginning with over three minutes of trademark Skrillex choppy vocal samples and simple, ambient keys, he works in a beauty unseen in any of his peers. The song is simply one long, gorgeous slow build, and even once the beat finally does kick in, it's pretty straight-up awe inspiring the amount of emotional weight Skrillex manages to give to electronic music.

The EP is finally closed out with two enjoyable remixes of the title track (with Zedd's version being particularly notable), and a fantastic remix of 'Kill Everybody,' which greatly expands on the original's dark party music to lend a bit more emotional power to the track.

So all in all, do yourself a favor--pick up a download of this EP. Even if you aren't a fan of electronic music or dubstep, this is a truly special release, and is not to be missed.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2010



31058 Comments


Dance, oh my god

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

Realm
December 8th 2010



2074 Comments


this rules

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2010



10307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

yes suh

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tombits
December 8th 2010



3470 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

review is very fanboy-y

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2010



31058 Comments


I question the authenticity of your last name Mr. Paradise

CrimsonChin
December 8th 2010



116 Comments


Good review. Love the album.

FromDaHood
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2010



9033 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not liking this at all

SCREAM!
December 8th 2010



10025 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review, great album

"before suddenly hitting listeners over the head with one of the heaviest dubstep drops this side of Borgore."

this made me lol

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

LiquidVelvet
December 8th 2010



629 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Last name is very authentic.
I didn't really know how to review this album, I've never written for this style of music before, but I feel pretty alright about the review. Thanks guys.

pizzamachine
December 8th 2010



12571 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nifty review for a fun album.

Comatorium.
December 8th 2010



4103 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

After that fucking terrible EP he released i wasnt looking forward to this but its bad fucking ass.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2010



31058 Comments


There's nothing wrong with the My Name Is Skrillex ep

Realm
December 8th 2010



2074 Comments


talking about gypsyhook

captaincrunch11
December 8th 2010



1198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This site needs more dubstep

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2010



31058 Comments


This site has dubstep

klap
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2010



10307 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

i can haz dubst3p?

captaincrunch11
December 8th 2010



1198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

im saying it needs MORE :DDDDDD

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2010



31058 Comments


http://www.sputnikmusic.com/list.php?memberid=426967&listid=58888

That enough for you?

captaincrunch11
December 8th 2010



1198 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe

Schnob93
December 13th 2010



20 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Is this actually similar to Dubstep? I've been trying to get into the genre, but I don't really know what to look for. I am digging this though.



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