Review Summary: Has Pendulum's "Immersion" changed the landscape of electronic music forever?
Well... no. But hey, it was a nice try.
Fun and accessible for the most part, "Immersion" is perfect for the casual electronic listener. Its catchy beats and pulsating rhythms give one the feel of, for lack of a better description, being in a European techno club. Fans of stadium pump-up tunes such as "Sandstorm" or "Kernkraft 400" should be amply satisfied and come back for multiple listens.
On the flipside, connoisseurs of critically acclaimed electronic acts such as Flying Lotus, LCD Soundsystem, or The Glitch Mob may find this album bland and somewhat unappealing. Indeed, I found that for many songs on the album, while they may have had a catchy intro and interesting riffs, the song would never deviate from that initial riff, leaving me wanting more but, unfortunately, never satisfied.
However, interesting tracks weren't nonexistent. Pendulum managed to deliver on songs such as the two part "The Island", the enjoyable "Crush", and the post-hardcore track (not a typo) "Self vs. Self (feat. In Flames)".
If you want to listen to some fun electronic music without having to dig in the catacombs of the more unaccessible, less mainstream acts, look no further than "Immersion". However, for one who is looking for a more "artistic" album, "Immersion"s monotonous song structure and repetitive tunes would be a major turn-off, and I wouldn't give the thought of buying this album too much consideration.