The Fifth Chapter
H. P. Baxxter's voice has really been the cherry on top of this bands great sound but if their sound gets stale will Baxxter's voice be able to carry this band on it's own? Thankfully I don't think we are their yet but this new album has me a little worried the future of Scooter.
T5C is still a good album and I have yet to skip any song while listening to the album. Each song feels different but in the same breath each song on the album reminds me of another dance song i've heard before. The album feels like a mash a music that has been given the Scooter treatment but not always in a bad way. Scooter has kept my interest from start to finish. Their last album had more of the Scooter feel then this one but I still think I like this album more.
This groups of guys always seems to have fun going what ever they are doing, and for being at it for 20 years I can say they probably got a few more albums in them. H. P. Baxxter being the only original member left and currently at the age of 50 I am not sure how many more albums he can belt out. I do know one thing, and that is once Baxxter leaves I think Scooter would be hard pressed to continue.
Two of the stronger songs "Today" and "Radiate" feature Vassy, an Australian born vocalist who has been featured in a number of songs including David Guetta and Showtek's Bad. She has done a great job in all songs I've heard here featured in, and her own stuff is alright.
This album starts of great with "Who's That Rave?". It works you into the album and gives you an idea of what to expect from this album.
This is nicely followed up by "Today" which should hook almost anyone who likes modern dance music and will probably the highest rated song because of it's style along with the one you would most likely hear on the radio.
"We Got the Sound" might have strange lyrics from Baxxter but the more I hear this song the more I seem to enjoy it.
I do like "Radiate" more then "Today" and I wish this would be the big song they promoted, Vassy's voice sounded better and Baxxter had some better lyrics which are all mixed together with solid beats. "Today" is a very close performer but I think I liked the vocals in "Radiate" better while the beat in "Today" is just a little better.
"999 (Call the Police)" feels like it was ripped off an older album which is nice addition to the album but the when the song slows down with the female vocals I think it interrupts things a little too much. If only done once it probably would have been ok but I think just the fact it was done twice makes to song feel like a lull in the album.
In saying that "King of the Land" does an amazing job of picking that pace back up and getting you right back into beat.
"Bigroom Blitz" is a song that I get stuck in my head and I do enjoy but Wiz Khalifa does not feel like he belongs in a scooter song. I think this is the best way they could have included him but I think I might have enjoyed this song more if they made it without Wiz Khalifa. I am not saying Wiz is a bad musician, actually I enjoy his voice a lot but this song feels like it missed out on what could have been this albums centrepiece.
"Chopstick (Mado Kara Mieru)" feels like it is a step in the right direction for Scooter wanting to modernize but still keep some of it's style. The fact that I can say this and Baxxter doesn't have any lyrics I feel is a very good sign of what the future might hold.
"Home Again", "Fuck Forever", and "Jaguare" are all solid songs, with probably "Jaguare" being the weakest out of the three but I think they are solid Scooter songs.
"T.O.O" is probably my least favorite song and while I have not skipped a sone yet while I listen to the album I think at some point this will be the one song I skip. This feels like a song they wanted to test out on the public to see if this is a possible direction for the band but the vocals and the dubstep like beats feel very out of place in this album. it isn't a horrible song, but not something I find in my Scooter experience. "We Got the Sound" had some dubstep like beats in it but they were able to work an amazing song in with it while "T.O.O" didn't feel as well put together.
"Listen" feels a little too much like a generic dance song I would hear on my local radio station and like "T.O.O" I don't see being a part of my future Scooter experience.
"Can't Stop The Hardcore" is an amazingly fun little piece that ends up being three and a half minutes long goof fest. I just wish they put this in the middle of the album and it would have felt like a nice little intermission.
I feel like "Fallin'" is "999 (Call the Police)" done right. It has some small lulls in the song but when I listen to the song they don't feel like they bring the energy down like "999 (Call the Police)" did.
"I Need You" feels very out of place at the end of the album. It makes me feel like the album is not finished. Actually if they ended with "Fallin'" and took out "I Need You" all together I think I would have enjoyed this album more.