Evacuate the Dancefloor (album)
|Evacuate the Dancefloor|
|Studio album by Cascada|
|Released||3 July 2009|
|Singles from Evacuate the Dancefloor|
Evacuate the Dancefloor is the third studio album from German Eurodance group Cascada, consisting of DJ Manian, Natalie Horler, and Yanou, first released on 3 July 2009. Recording sessions for the album took place during 2008 to 2009 at Plazmatek Studio, Yanou Studio 1. The entire album, like their previous albums, was produced by the two disc jockeys from Cascada, Yanou and DJ Manian. The album's genre shifts away from the uptempo Eurodance music the group is well noted for and moves toward a more mainstream electropop sound while drawing influences of urban contemporary and pop music. Musically, the album is composed of dance tracks with thick Euro synths, cymbal crashing beats and Europop lyrics. Lyrically, the album is composed of songs about love, dancing and relationships.
Critical reception of the album overall has been positive, with many critics praising the new sound and lyrics. There was a total of three singles released from the album. "Evacuate the Dancefloor" was the lead single from the album, first released on 29 June 2009. It peaked in the top five in over twelve countries, including The Netherlands and the United Kingdom where they peaked at number one. Fever was released internationally as the second single, and as the third in the United Kingdom. It failed to match the success of its predecessor, barely cracking to top forty in seven countries. "Dangerous" was released on 12 October 2009 as the final single from the album and as the second single in the United Kingdom. It peaked in the top ten in Slovakia and Finland while elsewhere it failed to crack the top fifty.
With the release of their first single, "Evacuate the Dancefloor", people heard their sound change toward modern electropop and contemporary R&B. Cascada's lead singer Natalie Horler explained that "You do evolve and progress and we're very proud of what's come of it." trying to distance themselves from Lady Gaga's electropop sound. Previews of the album began to appear on YouTube on 23 June 2009. The lead single, "Evacuate the Dancefloor", features a variety of synthesizers. Different basslines and new instrument sounds contrast to the traditional style of Cascada of which was the only styling used in previous songs.
"Fever" for instance features a standard dance music beat with electropop synths, also similar to the house genre of Benny Benassi and David Guetta, and is also the only song on the albums that contains profanity. "Ready or Not" is a monumental throbathon that's a throwback to the cheesy floor-fillers of the 1990s Eurodance. "Hold On", "Dangerous" and "Everytime I Hear Your Name" are classy Eurodance anthems with pulsating beats, swirling synths and vocoder effects. "Breathless" mimics Kelly Clarkson's pop-rock sound with pulsating synths and the drum beats of "Evacuate the Dancefloor" and "Hold Your Hands Up" holds similar qualities to Natasha Bedingfield's music.
Evacuate the Dancefloor received generally positive reviews. Billboard Magazine was in favor of the album claiming "it repeats that single's formula: combining Horler's teen-bop vocals with a walloping, turbo-charged kick drum that could fit in a warehouse rave. They favored songs like "Everytime I Hear Your Name", "What About Me", "Ready or Not" and "Fever". Digital Spy found the album altogether bleak stating "Horler shows all the conviction of a session singer trilling her way through a demo while her mind focuses in on the pay cheque". CD Kritik reviews were in favour of the album, saying "It offers no surprises, but impresses with its lush pop production. All of the following numbers are consistently danceable and genuine bad-mood-killer. The producers have done the best job. By listening to [Horler's] desire for perfection, the songs are structured and powerfully made."
David Jeffries of AllMusic favoured the album, saying "Less dreamy and more thumping, the sound here isn't that far from Lady GaGa or Katy Perry's material, but with lyrics that are generally positive and lead singer Natalie Horler remaining effervescent as ever, fans will immediately be able to identify these tracks as the floor-filling act they love." HMV: Although the album comprises different genres of music compared to the previous albums 'Everytime We Touch' and 'Perfect Day' including House and R&B, it does promise fans that the "usual" Cascada anthems undertone is still present in full force. According to Canadian magazine YouThink, the album "captures a whole new audience and captivates the dance nation." They praised 'Fever' and favored 'Everytime I Hear Your Name'.
"Evacuate the Dancefloor"
- "Evacuate the Dancefloor" was released as the album's first single commercially in Ireland on 15 June 2009 and in the United Kingdom on 29 June 2009 by All Around the World. On 5 July 2009 it debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The song has also peaked at number two in Ireland and New Zealand. The song was released by Cascada's American record label Robbins Entertainment on 21 July 2009.
- "Fever" was the album's second single, released in Germany on 9 October 2009, with further releases in the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The song served as the third single from the album in the United Kingdom (following "Dangerous", which became the second single there). It reached the top-forty in various countries, with a peak of number 31 in Germany, 32 in New Zealand, 24 in the Netherlands and 38 in Austria and entered the top 10 in France.
- "Dangerous" was the third single released in the UK and Ireland on 12 October 2009; it peaked at number 67 in the United Kingdom and number nine on the UK dance charts.
On 28 May 2009, an album launch party was held in London, where Natalie Horler performed the "Evacuate the Dancefloor" and along with "Breathless", "Draw the Line" and "Dangerous". "Dangerous" has the typical hands-up "Cascada style", while "Breathless" has a style more similar to that of Kelly Clarkson, and "Draw the Line" is a ballad. Horler also made appearances in nightclubs across the globe in the following months. During interviews Horler had stated that her favourite tracks from the album include "Draw The Line", "Breathless", "Fever", "Dangerous" and "Why You Had To Leave".
- Yann Peifer and Manuel Reuter co-wrote every song with the exception of track 2. Other writers are listed below.
|1.||"Evacuate the Dancefloor"(featuring Carlprit)"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, Allan Eshuijs||3:27|
|2.||"Hold On"||Mary S. Applegate, Hague Schmitz, Billy Myer||2:56|
|3.||"Everytime I Hear Your Name"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, James Kinnear, Jonathan Kinnear||3:12|
|4.||"Ready or Not"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, Allan Eshuijs||3:01|
|5.||"Fever"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, Andres Ballinas||3:20|
|6.||"Hold Your Hands Up"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, Alistair Griffin, Benjamin Francis Leftwich||3:45|
|7.||"Breathless"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, Alexis White||3:10|
|8.||"Dangerous"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, Tony Cornelissen||2:59|
|9.||"Why You Had to Leave"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, James Kinnear, Jonathan Kinnear, Robert Millender||3:37|
|10.||"What About Me"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, Allan Eshuijs||3:11|
|11.||"Draw the Line (Yanou's Candlelight Mix)"||Manuel Reuter, Yann Peifer, Tony Cornelissen||3:57|
- Frank T. Wartenberg – photography
- Frank Ehrlich – international management
- Joe Yannece – mastering
- King & White – production, arrangement, mixing
- Manuel Reuter – production, arrangement, mixing
- Natalie Horler – vocals
- Rebecca Meek – design
- Yann Peifer – production, arrangement, mixing
- Allan Eshuijs – songwriting
- James Kinnear – songwriting
- Jonathan Kinnear – songwriting
|Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)||15|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)||66|
|Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)||60|
|Canadian Albums Chart||86|
|Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)||69|
|European Top 100 Albums||27|
|French Albums (SNEP)||19|
|German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)||21|
|Irish Albums (IRMA)||15|
|Japanese Albums (Oricon)||
|New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)||28|
|Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)||17|
|Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)||36|
|UK Albums (OCC)||8|
|US Billboard 200||155|
|US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)||7|
|Ireland||3 July 2009||CD, digital download||All Around The World|
|United Kingdom||6 July 2009|
|Germany, Austria, Switzerland||17 July 2009||Zeitgeist, Zooland|
|Russia||20 July 2009||CD||Universal|
|United States||18 August 2009||CD, digital download||Robbins|
|France||7 September 2009||Universal|
|Canada||15 September 2009||Awesome, Robbins|
|Australia||25 September 2009||Universal|
|Netherlands||21 September 2009||Digital download||Cloud 9 Dance|
|28 September 2009||CD||Armada|
|Japan||21 October 2009||CD, digital download||Pony Canyon|
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