Recommend if you like: Justice, dramatic film scores, Porter Robinson

Expectation: Danger, aka Franck Rivoire, is a French producer known for his dramatic, cinematic approach to electronic music. 太鼓 (pronounced “Taiko”, Japanese for “Percussion”) is his first full-length album, following a decade of well-received EP’s and remixes.

TRACK-BY-TRACK

  • 1789 Records – “Explain this album to me in 24 seconds”
  • 7:17 – A slow, synthy introduction to Danger’s signature style.
  • 11:02 – The drum sounds are perfect, the chord progression carries a huge weight, and the wall of sound is explosive every time.
  • 11:03 – A slower track, but with plenty of dramatic tension bubbling just beneath the surface and a few interesting ideas in the middle section.
  • 22:41 – While less memorable than other tracks, still a polished composition.
  • 19:00 – Danger’s sound seems all wrong for a rap feature, but he and Tasha the Amazon display a surprising level of chemistry on this track, while also breaking away from the slow-fast-slow-fast pattern the album came dangerously close to settling into.
  • 9:00 – If you’ve ever heard the Inception “BWAAAAAA” and thought “I wish there was a song like that”, then look no further. This thing is monstrous.
  • 6:42 – My favorite of the lowkey tracks, with a softer, more sentimental melody than Danger’s standard.
  • 10:00 – Often feels like 11:02 but without the immense energy; however, the vocal elements are a nice touch.
  • 0:59 – A nice track that doesn’t really go anywhere because it doesn’t need to; some grooves are enough on their own.
  • 11:50 – Lil Brain doesn’t detract from the track, but it doesn’t add much either, and I can’t shake the feeling that Danger could have taken the track to another level if he hadn’t left room for the vocals.
  • 21:10 – Likely the most danceable track on the album, adhering more to Danger’s house influences than his cinematic tendencies.
  • 19:19 – Full of interesting sounds and ideas, but lacking in Danger’s typical polish. The last minute is amazing though.
  • 8:10 – Another middle-of-the-road Danger song, checking all the boxes for a solid track without delivering anything memorable.
  • 3:00 – Danger wanders just a bit out of his comfort zone to play with vocal chops and 808’s, and he’s unsurprisingly great at it.

Overall: After a decade of warm-up, Danger finally delivers the project his potential always hinted towards. Percussion is a solid hour of suspense; Danger’s production is layered and complex without ever sounding cluttered or abrasive.

Score: 7/10

 

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