Loud (Timo Maas album)
|Studio album by Timo Maas|
|Released||March 19, 2002|
|Genre||Electronica, house, breakbeat, alternative dance|
|Timo Maas chronology|
|The A.V. Club||very favourable|
Allmusic's John Bush gives the album four out of five stars but other reviews were more mixed. Lunar Magazine's Sean Meddel writes that Maas "gets it mostly right" but Entertainment.ie complains that, except for "Help Me", the album contains "far more perspiration than inspiration" and that the "result is a confusing mix of electronic genres that throws up a few exciting moments but largely fails to set the pulse racing".
In the United Kingdom, the album hit #41 on the UK Albums Chart on 16 March 2002 and three singles from the album hit the UK Singles Chart that same year: "To Get Down" (#14), "Shifter" (#38), and "Help Me" (#65). In the United States, the album hit #47 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart and #7 on the Top Electronic Albums chart. Two songs from the album, "To Get Down" and "Shifter", hit the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.
Several reviewers have noted a distinctive 1980s feel to the music on Loud. The first track, "Help Me", "a '50s sci-fi soundtrack with theremin and horns", features vocals by Kelis and also contains a sample of the title music from The Day the Earth Stood Still, composed by Bernard Hermann. Other guest performers on the album include MC Chickaboo, Martin Bettinghaus, and Finley Quaye.
- All tracks written by Maas/Buttrich, except where noted.
- "Help Me" (Feat. Kelis) (Maas/Buttrich/Rogers/Hermann)
- "Hash Driven"
- "Shifter" (Feat. MC Chickaboo) (Maas/Buttrich/Green)
- "Hard Life"
- "That's How I've Been Dancin'" (Feat. Martin Bettinghaus) (Maas/Buttrich/Bettinghaus)
- "We Are Nothing" (Maas/Buttrich/Alexander)
- "Old School Vibes"
- "To Get Down" (Maas/Buttrich/Hagemeister/Barnes)
- "Ubik: The Breakz" (Feat. Martin Bettinghaus) (Maas/Buttrich/Bolleshon/Bettinghaus)
- "Like Love"
- "Caravan" (Feat. Finley Quaye) (Maas/Buttrich/Quaye)
- "Bad Days"
- Admittedly Maas is hardly reinventing the wheel here, but there's a freshness and pace that's been missing too long. [Mar 2002, p.126]
- Maas translates this superclub-oriented sound -- all tectonic bass and whooshing stero-panned effects -- into home-friendly music. [Apr/May 2002, p.115]
- Timo Maas - Loud at Allmusic.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- Sean Meddel. Review of Timo Maas - Loud. Lunar Magazine. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- Review of Timo Maas - Loud Entertainment.ie 14 March 2002. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- Timo Maas page at Official Charts Company website. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
- Timo Maas - Loud: Awards at Allmusic.com. Retrieved 15 August 2012.