An album accessible to listeners that don't fancy themselves necessarily "electronic music connoisseurs," 'BLACKSTAR holds a lot of appeal for a wide audience that might casually enjoy artists such as the Prodigy, Nine Inch Nails, Skrillex, or even Linkin Park. That's where Celldweller stands to win, as he's already built an incredibly loyal army of followers (126K+ and counting on Facebook alone) through relentless grassroots marketing and touring. Personally, I prefer Celldweller when the guitars are loud and heavy...
WISH UPON A BLACKSTAR is available now on iTunes.
The Rock Father Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Celldweller - WISH UPON A BLACKSTAR (Album Mini-Review)Written by James Zahn
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Through seemingly countless mini-releases and live configurations over the past few years, Klayton - the multi-hyphenate musician/performer best known as CELLDWELLER - has been giving listeners bite-sized tastes of the music that would ultimately become his second full-length studio album. Now, after much waiting and anticipation, that album has been released as WISH UPON A BLACKSTAR. Out this week on FiXT, 'BLACKSTAR is searing hour of electronic music that bridges and blends elements of dance, industrial, dubstep, and more.
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