And it's an awful lot of noise
Stephen Kohoutek | Plymouth, MN United States | 12/07/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Back to the Heavyweight Jam" remains the best. This is right up there, though. If you've ever heard Scooter, and liked what you heard, that's all you need to know. Buy it.For the sake of the (temporarily) less enlightened, though, a bit more elaboration. If you need to get up early in the morning and you want to wake up in a hurry, this disc will fit the bill. From the first bass beat in "Posse," this sucker doesn't let up a bit until the cymbal fades out at the end of "Devil Drums."In the interim, Scooter prove once again that their brand of techno is unrivaled. "Acid Bomb" has a thump that will make you wish you had a better stereo and glad if you do, "We Bring the Noise!" recalls Coolest-Song-Ever "Faster Harder Scooter" from Back to the..., and "R U :)?" burbles along on a huge beat and some great synths. "So Whatcha Want?" mellows the tone a little bit, and "Burn the House" is a years-later sonic sequel to "We Are the Greatest" from "No Time to Chill." "Chinese Whispers" has a little bit of trance to it, and "I Shot the DJ," while inferior to the blow-your-doors-off single version, is a pretty good track. "Transcendental" is the best track on the album. At first it sounds like the frat-party, me-too, cookie-cutter techno that makes so many people despise the genre, but then The Melody comes in. The song shifts into a whole new gear, and by the end you're left wide eyed and wishing you could write a song that good. This is techno as only Scooter can do it."Remedy" doesn't really do it for me, but "Devil Drums" rocks and ends the album on a very good note. If you like Scooter, you should already own this. If you like techno and have never heard of Scooter, you should buy this, "Back to the Heavyweight Jam," and "Push the Beat For This Jam," don't argue with me. If you don't think you like techno, you should reconsider, because if you haven't heard Scooter, you haven't really heard techno."