Nu-Ravers Hadouken! return with their difficult second album.
Hadouken! – For The Masses
Cool name and a cool sound will only get you so far. Good thing then that Hadouken! As one of the leaders of the Nu-Rave pack return with a surprisingly enjoyable album. There are plenty of social commentary witticisms, funky dance floor fillers, rapping and electro/rock crossovers to get even the dullest party started. Album highlight Turn The Lights Out is laced with youthful badditude and disco genius.
Once it has your full attention, For The Masses doesn’t do enough to keep it. Variations on their self defined theme ultimately lead to repetitions of the same ideas and sounds, making it a struggle to get through in one sitting. Unless of course it’s Friday night, you have your best clobber on, readying for a night on the tiles with a living room dance party. Sadly on a dull Friday afternoon in Central London, this album is best savoured in bite size chunks.
Mr Flowers Says:
Hadouken’s dance/Grime combo will always carry a lot of energy, bite and floor-bouncing potential no matter how they tweak it, but the increased use of irk-some Linkin Park-style singing interludes starts to dilute their sound, and the numerous wayward songs (and REALLY wayward songs; I’m looking at you especially, Lost…) towards the back-end of the album go some way to ruin a once seemingly foolproof musical formula.
DoesItRock Overall Score: 6
Listen to Hadouken – For The Masses now on Spotify!