For Lack of a Better Name

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For Lack of a Better Name
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Studio album by deadmau5
Released 22 September 2009
Recorded 2004-09
Genre Progressive house, electro-house, ambient
Label
Producer Joel Zimmerman
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Singles from For Lack of a Better Name
  1. "Hi Friend!"
    Released: 18 August 2008
  2. "Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
    Released: 24 November 2008
  3. "Word Problems"
    Released: March 2009
  4. "Bot"
    Released: March 2009
  5. "Lack of a Better Name"
    Released: 28 July 2009
  6. "Strobe"
    Released: 23 February 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
BBC Favourable [2]
CHARTattack 3.5/5 stars [3]
The Independent Unfavourable [4]
The Observer Favourable [5]
The Times 3/5 stars [6]

For Lack of a Better Name is the fourth studio album and major label debut by the Canadian record producer and DJ deadmau5, released on 22 September 2009 in the United States and Canada by Ultra Records and mau5trap and internationally on 5 October 2009 by Virgin Records. The album features collaborations with MC Flipside ("Hi Friend!") and Rob Swire of Pendulum ("Ghosts 'n' Stuff"). The album also contains the critically acclaimed song "Strobe". It is deadmau5's first album to be released internationally on the Virgin Records label.

Track listing[edit]

Continuous mix version[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "FML" 6:35
2. "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff (Hard Intro Version)" 4:30
3. "Ghosts 'n' Stuff (Radio Edit)" (featuring Rob Swire) 3:15
4. "Hi Friend!" (featuring MC Flipside) 5:15
5. "Bot" 5:22
6. "Word Problems" 7:48
7. "Soma" 6:07
8. "Lack of a Better Name" 6:58
9. "The 16th Hour" 9:29
10. "Strobe" 10:37
Total length: 1:05:52

Unmixed version[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "FML" 7:00
2. "Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff" 4:57
3. "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" (featuring Rob Swire) 5:28
4. "Hi Friend!" (featuring MC Flipside) 6:32
5. "Bot" 6:33
6. "Word Problems" 8:29
7. "Soma" 7:53
8. "Lack of a Better Name" 8:14
9. "The 16th Hour" 9:52
10. "Strobe" 10:33

In popular culture[edit]

A music video for "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" was released in August 2009. "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" was also featured on a promo for the Canadian edition of So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. The songs "FML" and "Hi Friend!" are featured on an episode of Gossip Girl where deadmau5 appeared as himself. "Strobe" as well as the track "Cthulhu Sleeps" from his next album 4×4=12 also went on to appear in an episode of Epic Meal Time, in which deadmau5 also starred.

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2008-09) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 49
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 37
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 19
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[13] 1
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[14] 2
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[15] 46
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[16] 11
US Top Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[17] 15

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 60,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carino, Paula. "allmusic ((( For Lack of a Better Name – Deadmau5 > Review )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  2. ^ Diver, Mike (2009-10-09). "Review of deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name". British Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  3. ^ Villeneuve, Phil (2009-09-24). "Deadmau5 – For Lack Of A Better Name". Chart. Chart Communication. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  4. ^ Price, Simon (2009-10-04). "Album: Deadmau5, For Lack of a Better Name (Virgin)". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  5. ^ Empire, Kitty (2009-10-04). "Deadmau5: For Lack of a Better Name". The Observer. London, England: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  6. ^ Potton, Ed (2009-10-03). "Deadmau5: For Lack of a Better Name". The Times. Wapping, London. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  7. ^ "For Lack Of A Better Name (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 20, 2011. 
  8. ^ "For Lack of a Better Name (Bonus Track Version)". iTunes. Retrieved 2011-07-20. 
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 41, 2009". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  15. ^ "deadmau5 – Chart history" Billboard Top Alternative Albums for deadmau5. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "deadmau5 – Chart history" Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums for deadmau5. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  17. ^ "deadmau5 – Chart history" Billboard Top Heatseekers Albums for deadmau5. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name". British Phonographic Industry. July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011.  Enter For Lack of a Better Name in the search field and then press Enter.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Yeah Ghost by Zero 7
UK Dance Albums Chart number-one album
11 October 2009 – 24 October 2009
Succeeded by
One Love by David Guetta
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
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Juno Award for Dance Recording of the Year
2010
Succeeded by
"Sofi Needs a Ladder" by Deadmau5