Album: Deadmau5, For Lack of a Better Name (Virgin)

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Dark as oil and just as shiny, the latest album from Canada's insanely prolific "self-confessed techno geek" Joel Zimmerman (his seventh in four years, depending on what you count) begins in vibrant form, gleefully turning every filter-house and vocoder electro cliché inside out.

Halfway through, it all goes wrong. Tracks five to 10 are dense, complex but deeply monotonous "intelligent techno", reminiscent of the moment in a club night when you realise the DJ's only bothered about entertaining himself.