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For Lack of a Better Name is the fourth studio album by Canadian electronic music producer Deadmau5. It was released on September 22, 2009 in the United States and Canada by Ultra Records and Mau5trap and internationally on 5 October 2009 by Virgin Records. The album features collaborations with MC Flipside ("Hi Friend!") and Rob Swire of Pendulum ("Ghosts 'n' Stuff"). The album also contains the critically acclaimed song "Strobe". It is deadmau5's first album to be released internationally on the Virgin Records label.

For Lack of a Better Name
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 22, 2009
Recorded2004-2009
GenreElectro House , Progressive House
Length65:52
Label
ProducerJoel Zimmerman
Deadmau5 chronology
It Sounds Like
(2009)
For Lack of a Better Name
(2009)
4×4=12
(2010)
Deadmau5 studio album chronology
Random Album Title
(2008)
For Lack of a Better Name
(2009)
4×4=12
(2010)
Singles from For Lack of a Better Name
  1. "Hi Friend!"
    Released: August 18, 2008
  2. "Ghosts 'n' Stuff"
    Released: November 24, 2008
  3. "Word Problems"
    Released: March 2009
  4. "Bot"
    Released: March 2009
  5. "Lack of a Better Name"
    Released: July 28, 2009
  6. "Strobe"
    Released: February 23, 2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars [1]
BBCFavourable [2]
CHARTattack3.5/5 stars [3]
The IndependentUnfavourable [4]
The ObserverFavourable [5]
The Times3/5 stars [6]

Track listingEdit

Continuous mix versionEdit

No.TitleLength
1."FML"6:35
2."Moar Ghosts 'n' Stuff"4:30
3."Ghosts 'n' Stuff" (featuring Rob Swire)3:15
4."Hi Friend!" (featuring MC Flipside)5:15
5."Bot"5:22
6."Word Problems"7:48
7."Soma"6:07
8."Lack of a Better Name"6:58
9."The 16th Hour"9:29
10."Strobe"10:37
Total length:65:52

The Extended MixesEdit

In popular cultureEdit

A music video for "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" was released in August 2009. "Ghosts 'n' Stuff" was also featured on a promo for the Canadian edition of So You Think You Can Dance in 2010. The beginning of the song is also featured in a Chinese opusculum by Song Xiaobao. The songs "FML" and "Hi Friend!" are featured on an episode of Gossip Girl where deadmau5 appeared as himself. "Strobe" as well as the track "Cthulhu Sleeps" from his next album 4×4=12 also went on to appear in an episode of Epic Meal Time, in which deadmau5 also starred.

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2008-09) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[9] 49
Irish Albums (IRMA)[10] 37
Scottish Albums (OCC)[11] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[12] 19
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[13] 1
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[14] 2
US Top Alternative Albums (Billboard)[15] 46
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[16] 11
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[17] 15

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] Silver 60,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[19] Gold 40,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Carino, Paula. "allmusic ((( For Lack of a Better Name – Deadmau5 > Review )))". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  2. ^ Diver, Mike (October 9, 2009). "Review of deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name". British Broadcasting Company. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  3. ^ Villeneuve, Phil (September 24, 2009). "Deadmau5 – For Lack Of A Better Name". Chart. Chart Communication. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  4. ^ Price, Simon (October 4, 2009). "Album: Deadmau5, For Lack of a Better Name (Virgin)". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  5. ^ Empire, Kitty (October 4, 2009). "Deadmau5: For Lack of a Better Name". The Observer. London, England: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  6. ^ Potton, Ed (October 3, 2009). "Deadmau5: For Lack of a Better Name". The Times. Wapping, London. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  7. ^ "For Lack Of A Better Name (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version)". Amazon.com. Retrieved July 20, 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)
  8. ^ "For Lack of a Better Name (Bonus Track Version)". iTunes. Retrieved July 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "Australiancharts.com – deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 41, 2009". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  12. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  15. ^ "deadmau5 Chart History (Top Alternative Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  16. ^ "deadmau5 Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  17. ^ "deadmau5 Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved January 19, 2017.
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name". British Phonographic Industry. July 15, 2011. Retrieved July 20, 2011. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type For Lack of a Better Name in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  19. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Deadmau5 – For Lack of a Better Name". Music Canada. July 15, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2018.

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