Random Album Title

Random Album Title is the third studio album by Canadian electronic music producer Deadmau5, released by Ultra Records and Mau5trap on September 2, 2008. It is deadmau5's breakthrough album as well as his first to utilize titles using the now-familiar Arial Black font. The album includes the singles "Faxing Berlin", "Not Exactly" and "I Remember" (with Kaskade). Following the success of "I Remember" in the UK, Random Album Title later entered the UK Albums Chart at number 31 in May 2009.[2]

Random Album Title
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 2, 2008
Recorded2006–2008
Genre
Length83:10 (unmixed version)
72:33 (mixed version)
Label
ProducerJoel Zimmerman
Deadmau5 chronology
Project 56
(2006)
Random Album Title
(2008)
It Sounds Like
(2009)
Deadmau5 studio album chronology
Vexillology
(2006)
Random Album Title
(2008)
For Lack of a Better Name
(2009)
Alternate cover
Cover art for UK physical release
Cover art for UK physical release
Singles from Random Album Title
  1. "Faxing Berlin"
    Released: October 25, 2006
  2. "Not Exactly"
    Released: August 27, 2007
  3. "Arguru"
    Released: December 13, 2007
  4. "Alone with You"
    Released: April 7, 2008
  5. "I Remember"
    Released: September 15, 2008
  6. "Slip"
    Released: December 8, 2008
  7. "Brazil (2nd Edit)"
    Released: April 9, 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

SongsEdit

The track "Slip" is named after its hook, which intentionally falls out of time with the beat and melody of the song.[3]

The original mix of "Faxing Berlin" is 8:37 compared to the mixed album version's length, which is only 2:36. Combined with its preceding acoustic piano intro on the continuous mix version it is 4:15. On the unmixed version, both these tracks are replaced by the original mix.

The track "Arguru" was written in memory of Juan Antonio Arguelles Rius (nicknamed Arguru), an audio software developer and musician.[4] The composition of the 2010 song "I Said" by deadmau5 and Chris Lake (who also co-wrote "Arguru") would later be similar to the song.[5]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Joel Zimmerman, except where noted.

Mixed version[6]
No.TitleLength
1."Sometimes Things Get, Whatever"7:15
2."Complications"5:31
3."Slip"6:44
4."Some Kind of Blue"6:19
5."Brazil (2nd Edit)"5:33
6."Alone with You"7:30
7."I Remember" (with Kaskade; vocals by Haley Gibby; co-written by Ryan Raddon and Finn Bjarnson)9:07
8."Faxing Berlin (Piano Acoustic Version)"1:39
9."Faxing Berlin"2:36
10."Not Exactly"8:00
11."Arguru" (co-written by Chris Lake)5:30
12."So There I Was"6:49
Total length:72:33
Unmixed version[7]
No.TitleLength
1."Sometimes Things Get, Whatever"8:20
2."Complications"9:52
3."Slip"7:43
4."Some Kind of Blue"7:59
5."Brazil (2nd Edit)"6:37
6."Alone with You"8:11
7."I Remember (Vocal Mix)" (with Kaskade; vocals by Haley Gibby; co-written by Ryan Raddon and Finn Bjarnson)9:53
8."Faxing Berlin"8:41
9."Not Exactly"9:15
10."So There I Was"6:45
Total length:83:16

In popular cultureEdit

The track "Brazil (2nd Edit)" has been used numerous times by other artists. Kylie Minogue sampled the song in the sessions for her album Aphrodite in an unreleased song named "Change Your Mind". Alexis Jordan also used the song on her single, "Happiness". It has also been used by Taio Cruz in his song "Touch the Sky". It was used as part of a remixed mash-up of it and Haley Gibby's 2010 song "Falling in Love" as "Falling in Love With Brazil." The first edit of "Brazil" has seen no official release but can be found online on sites such as YouTube.

ChartsEdit

Chart (2008–09) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[8] 55
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 31
UK Dance Albums (OCC)[10] 3
UK Digital Albums (OCC)[11] 9
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[12] 13

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[13] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Silver 60,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "DEADMAU5 – Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  3. ^ "8 lesser-known facts about deadmau5's 'Random Album Title' on its 8-year anniversary". Dancing Astronaut. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  4. ^ "Argu". Image-line.com. Retrieved March 6, 2012.
  5. ^ "Deadmau5 – Random Album Title". Discogs.
  6. ^ "Deadmau5 – Random Album Title". Discogs. Retrieved April 2, 2017.
  7. ^ "Deadmau5 – Random Album Title (Unmixed Extended Versions) (2008, 320 kbps, File". Discogs. Retrieved November 23, 2019.
  8. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  9. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  10. ^ "Official Dance Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  11. ^ "Official Album Downloads Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  12. ^ "Deadmau5 Chart History (Top Dance/Electronic Albums)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Deadmau5 – Random Album Title". Music Canada. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Deadmau5 – Random Album Title". British Phonographic Industry.Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Random Album Title in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.