DJ Snake - Carte Blanche
When you have listened to a lot of EDM it takes a hell of a lot to surprise you, even more to truly move you. A lot of DJs can land on the same old sounds and expect some kind of different outcome. That is where this DJ Snake album lands, it just feels out of ideas. You've heard each one of the tracks before, probably about 10 years ago. Tropical House, Build Drop, Dub-Step, it's all here in some of the most generic ways possible. It all sounds fine if you pump it through some massive club with big lasers, but on it's own it just feels boring. With over an hour of music you would expect something to explode off of the album and make you take notice but that just never happens. With the feature list it just seems like Snake went after any and every pop star He could find. He doesn't find a happy medium with these artists and instead tries to fit them into his box of influence. It makes for a confusing and overwhelming experience. There is just too much of everything without any sense of subtly. We've also heard many of these songs before like "Taki Taki" the Selena Gomez headed push for the Latin market. That is what this album really feels like in the end, marketing. How can we produce something that is going to make us a hell of a lot of money. "Try Me" sounds eerily like a DJDS track from their most recent album, making you raise your eyebrows just a little more.
It's sad because "Try Me" is the one time Snake gives his music some space to grow and change. Everything else is dialed in to such a level that it doesn't feel like you can find any kind of creativity. I understand the push for the middle from a financial position, but musically it just makes DJ Snake look a bit silly. If you are looking for a little bit of everything you can absolutely find it here, but if you are looking for something that will make you understand who DJ Snake is, it just ain't here. The album just sort of ends like sounding like as many noises as he could possibly slam together, including Reggae ("No Option"). If you like music whatsoever I'm sure there is a track here that lines up with your taste, but that's the whole problem. Trying to satisfy everyone usually leads you to letting everyone down. This album does just that.
4.0 out of 10