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while (1<2)

EDM star delivers hard electro grooves and ambient melodies.

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Positive messages

The album is entirely instrumental, with the exception of two remixes at the end, including the dark and twisted Nine Inch Nails song "Survivalism."

Positive role models

Joel Zimmerman, the mastermind behind deadmau5, continues his reign as king of the nerds, playing festivals all over the world, talking to his fans in online videos, and spending hours programming drum patterns.


The Nine Inch Nail remix "Survivalism" has lyrics about surviving in a harsh and violent world, which includes imagery such as "the cocking of rifles," "all bruised and broken, bleeding," and "I got my fist, I got my plan, I got survivalism."


The NIN remix includes the graphic metaphor "she gave us all she had, we went and took some more / can't seem to shut her legs, our Mother Nature is a whore."


Although the album is mostly instrumental, the NIN remix includes one use of the word "whore" and "My Pet Coelacanth" includes a sample with the word "f--k."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while (1<2) is an instrumental electronic album from EDM mega-star deadmau5 (Joel Zimmerman), one of the most popular producers in the world. Though most of the tracks that fill out this double album are either intense electro grooves or ambient pianos and guitars, there are a couple of remixes at the end, one of which is a Nine Inch Nails song with some bad language and violent themes, and the sample used in the song "My Pet Coelacanth" includes the word "f--k."

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What's the story?

WHILE (1<2) is Canadian producer/DJ deadmau5's seventh studio release. The double album features hard-hitting, four-on-the-floor house and techno beats ("Infra Turbo Pigcart Racer," "Terrors in My Head," "Phantoms in My Head," and more than a dozen others) contrasted with ambient piano loops ("Invidia," "Superbia," "Ira"). Though there are no collaborations or vocalists on the record, there are two remixes: How to Destroy Angels' "Ice Age" and Nine Inch Nails' "Survivalism."

Is it any good?


Fans of deadmau5 know what to expect from his albums: deep heavy grooves, technical expertise in the production of his electronic compositions, repetitive and robotic soundscapes, and some oddball ambient anomalies. Many EDM fans believe acts such as deadmau5 are best enjoyed in a live festival setting, where dancing and crowd energy play such an integral role, but the soothing melodies and droning drums make the album just as enjoyable when listened to through headphones or played softly in the background as it does blasted out live through speakers at a club. Longtime electronic music fans and newcomers alike have been intrigued by the cult of personality that seems to follow deadmau5, but it's the creative genius of his music that's really able to shine on this expansive collection. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the improbable rise to super-stardom and celebrity of computer whizzes and techno aficionados such as deadmau5 and Martin Garrix. How has "geek" culture and identity changed as computers have taken on ever-growing significance in our daily lives?

  • Do you see any similarities between the hard techno style of deadmau5 and the alternative/industrial rock of groups such as Nine Inch Nails? Why do you think Zimmerman chose to remix a NIN track? Do you think there's a crossover in fan bases?

Music details

Release date:June 17, 2014
Label:Virgin EMI
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Teen, 13 years old Written bySwirecest September 23, 2014


I've been a fan of Deadmau5 or the last 5 or 6 years now. It was him who started my love for EDM, and without him I wouldn't have given different DJs a chance. When I first bought this album, I was starting to have a few doubts. However when I put it in my CD player, I was really shocked. I swear this has to be his best album. The songs are amazing and beautiful , with some deep and interesting meanings behind them. I really recommend it to anyone who likes EDM or Deadmau5.
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Teen, 17 years old Written byCloudIsC00L723 August 8, 2014

Stunning but overlong EDM album isn't Deadmau5's best work.

I love Deadmau5 and have been a fan of his work since 4x4=12. But this is one of the only albums he's made that I've been skeptical about. For one thing, it's insanely long! 2 discs adding up to over 2 and a half hours long! And while I admit, I love the haunting and atmospheric nature of these tracks, much of the second disc is pretty forgettable and there are only a few tracks that would make great singles. Even if you took the time to find those standouts, Deadmau5 has made much more memorable singles from hard-hitting tracks like "Raise Your Weapon," "Sofi Needs A Ladder," "Ghosts 'n' Stuff," and "Professional Griefers," to truly beautiful ones like "The Veldt" and "I Remember." Also, there's more language than CSM pointed out. The track "My Pet Coelacanth" has multiple uses (both whispers and shouts) of "F--k" and got the album a Parental Advisory label. However, the majority of the album is instumental. Overall, if you enjoy double albums and are a huge fan of Deadmau5, there's something to like about this album. Just don't expect anything too groundbreaking.
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Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byMovieBro September 1, 2014

Great album!

The song "My Pet Coelacanth" says "F*ck" a lot (don't know how common sense didn't notice that) and Survivalism says w**re" but otherwise fine really. Great album, its one of Joel's best work :)
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Too much swearing