Madeon
Adventure


3.5
great

Review

by SPRFanOf5H USER (93 Reviews)
March 28th, 2015 | 22 replies


Release Date: 03/30/2015 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Can summer come any sooner than this?

I'll be honest, I didn't think the day would come when French producer Madeon would release an album. One of the youngest producers in EDM (just knocked at 19), his 2012 single "The City" was the catalyst that propelled him to being one of EDM's bubbling artists - one who could break out and be like a David Guetta or the numerous producers in the genre who've broken out. After his breakout single, Madeon wasn't doing much despite a couple singles in the last few years and touring across the globe. Those singles did pretty good themselves, setting off the question - when will he release an album" Little did we know that Madeon was working on his debut studio album in these last couple years while in his touring endeavors and otherwise, and now that day has finally come.

The French producer's debut, titled Adventure, is an album that fits the title with unquestionable certainty - it is indeed an adventure worth partaking. You definitely don't see most of the time a debut album from an EDM artist where its solid, despite the fact that they've been around for sometime (with Madeon being around since 2010) and are well into their 'domination' of the genre. Guys like Skrillex and Avicii (the most obvious of them all) have had their debuts taken to task, receiving poor recognition by fans alike. Getting the obvious out of the way, this isn't the case at all here. In fact, it is the complete polar opposite.

Madeon delivers a debut album bombarded with the warm and inviting sounds of summer, and he does a damn good job at it. Songs like the groovy "Pay No Mind" reinforce that, with its plethora of glossy synths and funky guitar in the backdrop. It definitely gives it that feeling of warmth and also anticipation for the upcoming summer, with its early spring release setting it up for the warmer season ahead. Daft Punk fans may cry foul for its similarity to "Lose Yourself To Dance", which is justified but its more mechanical than the latter. Other tracks, like the electric house track "Icarus", send the album flying at unparalleled speeds with its more up-tempo premise and the significant reduction of acoustic instruments, leaving it all up to the use of glowing synthesizer and the roars of deep bass occuring very evidently in the record.

Only a select few were invited vocally to join in on the road trip in Adventure, and Madeon succeeds here with his choices. Guys like Passion Pit, who appears solely in this specific track, give the sun-bathed sound on this record the boost of resonance and fun that the music is trying to convey. Others like indie artist Vancouver Sleep Clinic and Bastille's Dan Smith follow it up with otherwise pleasing vocal performances in their respective songs. Even Charli XCX lends a hand in "OK", despite her vocals being uncredited in the track. The best vocal performance seen in Adventure has to be on the dreamy yet bustling "The City", with Zak Waters delivering a stellar performance and conveying the invitation of the urban metropolis in which the track wants you to join in.

In terms of where Madeon's debut sees some needed improvements, it has to be the lyrics. Fortunately, the bulk of the record where it sees vocalists take the stage - the lyrics are actually pretty decent. In some spots however, like in the Passion Pit-featured "Pay No Mind" - some of the lyrics can come off as silly and corny, and can be a bit annoying as a result. It isn't new to see this issue in place, with the majority of EDM artists delivering similar, if not worse lyrical matter. The good thing to note here is that it isn't prominent in the debut, and that's a great thing considering that hardly is the case with other artists in the genre. Also some of the songs featured here have been released before, giving that feeling of being there as 'album filler' but fortunately they're a bonus on the deluxe. Other than that, not much can be said about this album in terms of criticism.

What Madeon delivers in his debut Adventure is one that leaves it all on the table. It is certainly a much better EDM debut for an album than we've seen in the past, shooting one enjoyable hit after another. All of these songs have the potential of breaking into the EDM stratosphere and becoming a hit, a trend in which has been common for the young French producer. It all sets up for another fantastic summer in music, one where the sweaters and sweatpants are traded for shorts and tank tops - to be once again immersed in the always-exciting atmosphere of summer concerts and festivals. This is certainly an album that needs to be in your upcoming summer playlist. Can the sun come out already"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SPRFanOf5H
March 28th 2015


830 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album's streaming on iTunes First Play, and also on Spotify so check it out.



Feedback and criticism is much appreciated y'all. Hope this is a much better piece than my last outing, which garnered a ton of disagreement which did help for this review.

MrSirLordGentleman
March 28th 2015


11016 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't like electronic music yet Madeon's excellent. Finale is like the best song ever

Let
March 28th 2015


1598 Comments


^ breh

SharkTooth
March 28th 2015


13794 Comments


"one who could break out and be like a David Guetta or the numerous producers in the genre who've broken out."

Can you clarify on what this is saying?

"You definitely don't see most of the time a debut album from an EDM artist where its solid"

Change the "its" to "it's"

"Getting the obvious out of the way, this isn't the case at all here. In fact, it is the complete polar opposite."

Kinda redundant since you already said it was obvious, you could reword it like

Here, however, this isn't the case, in fact, it's the complete polar opposite


That's all I got, nice write up



Let
March 28th 2015


1598 Comments


Good review dude, he makes some catchy stuff, and Icarus is a lot of fun. posd


silentstar
March 28th 2015


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

summary game on point 11/10

actually jamming this right now - very accessible and fun

silentstar
March 28th 2015


2506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

also madeon has a really good voice - he sings on beings/zephyr/home

ScuroFantasma
Contributing Reviewer
March 28th 2015


10935 Comments


Good review mate, pos'd.

Digging: Evilfeast - Elegies of the Stellar Wind

danielito19
March 29th 2015


11930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

/r/edmproduction loves this guy

SPRFanOf5H
March 31st 2015


830 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

omg finally a feature, this is just too dope wow. Took me awhile to get to this point, find this really encouraging for me as a aspiring music journalist.

klap
Staff Reviewer
March 31st 2015


11776 Comments


gotta peep this

Digging: Violents and Monica Martin - Awake and Pretty Much Sober

danielito19
March 31st 2015


11930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is okay but too long and too homogenous. after about track three the tracks are pretty much indistinguishable.

CameronLaD
March 31st 2015


194 Comments


Good review. Bout to check it.

henryChinaski
April 1st 2015


3895 Comments


Saw this on Spotify the other day. Will check out. Nice write-up!

Digging: Blood Cultures - Happy Birthday

Pangea
April 1st 2015


2712 Comments


I didn't really care for Pay No Mind, even though I love passion pit. This still sounds interesting though.

Great review pos'd

cookiedivine
April 1st 2015


35 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What danielito said (with the exception of Imperium, possibly the only one that stands out)



Thing is, Madeon's always been a little cheesy, but he always had the fun, disco drops that made the corny chord sequences and skippable intros totally worth the wait.

The guy's clearly an extremely talented producer. I spent a large portion of my teens trying to create a kick drum that sounded as razor sharp as the one from Technicolour/The City, to no avail of course.

But Adventure is non-stop cheese, with banal vocals to boot. He's effectively taken the fun main sections out of Icarus, Shuriken, Technicolour and his deadmau5 remix, and extended the boring ass intros to full length tracks. Predictable, cringe-inducing and generic, from a producer that has the potential to be so much more.

danielito19
April 1st 2015


11930 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

yeah the production value on this is insane. but musically it's fairly bland. and it almost feels like he took ten synths and a drum machine, saved it in his daw as a template, and used the exact same instruments for every single track. that sidechained pad thing happens in damn near every track as well.

DamnVanne
April 1st 2015


2314 Comments


Wow! I saw this mufugga on the Sasquatch lineup and based on the picture I was gonna check it out. Thanks to you using those 3 vile letters I can cross that off my to-do list

MattTD
April 1st 2015


678 Comments


One of these days I'll check out something you reviewed 5H. One day.

Winsomniac
April 1st 2015


8482 Comments


Summer Jam for sure



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