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Swedish House Mafia: Until Now

By Eva Recinos
Swedish House Mafia: Until Now
Swedish House Mafia's Until Now is the group's last albu before its "One Last Tour."
(Credit: Fredrik Skogkvist)

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It’s time to say goodbye. Little by little, electronic dance music fans must say farewell to one of the biggest acts in the EDM revival - Swedish House Mafia.

As another parting gift before their “One Last Tour,” the trio released Until Now, a mix of SHM originals and other important electronic tracks. The album flows seamlessly from one song to another, not even pausing for a bit of silence. It feels like a giant EDM party with the best guests you could ask for: Laidback Luke, Steve Aoki, Miike Snow and more. Sprinkled with snippets from songs by the likes of Usher, Coldplay and Florence and the Machine, the album channels all the fun, emotion and experimentation of electronic music.

The SHM originals serve as reminders of why the group catapulted to fame. “Don’t You Worry Child” serves as the epitome of a therapeutic-yet-danceable EDM song. It matches great lyrics delivered passionately by John Martin with an expertly crafted build-up and a movement-inducing crescendo.

“Antidote” amps the party energy, layering sounds upon sounds that eventually burst into a frenzy of notes meant for shuffling, hip shaking and anything in between. By the end of the 23-track deluxe version, it’s not unlikely you might just want to start the album all over again.

With a mix of tempos and styles, Until Now brings to the forefront the impact of the EDM movement today and the undeniable talent of SHM. It’s a hell of a goodbye present from a fiercely talented group.

Grade: A

Until Now is now available.

Article posted on 10/22/2012
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