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Cascada - Evacuate The Dancefloor

Cascada, Evacuate The Dancefloor

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 1 out of 5

IT’S both a blessing and a hardship that we’ve only been given a five-track album sampler of Cascada’s return, Evacuate The Dancefloor. A blessing because it’s refreshingly short. A hardship because we’ve only heard five of 11 tracks, so can’t really judge the whole thing.

If the five tracks assembled here are, however, the best the LP has to offer, then it’s a relief that we didn’t have to sit through the rest.

While being hailed as a development of the Cascada sound, which brings R&B, slinky soul and rap to the group’s armour, the reality is just more bland Ibiza-style tracks that demand nothing more from listeners other than “arms in the air” style dancing.

Album opener, title track and monster smash hit single Evacuate The Dancefloor sets the standard and the LP – rather, sampler – doesn’t recover. It’s a cheesy super-club party starter that calls on people to “evacuate the dancefloor” as “this beat is killing me”.

In conception it tries to emulate the likes of Madonna, Destiny’s Child and the super DJs of the Ibiza club scene, whilst belatedly dropping in a tacky Eminem style rap that hammers the final nail into its musical coffin.

Every song – or almost every song – is geared towards the euphoria of dancing into the night and partying hard. Fever boasts lyrics such as “I just can’t get enough when I’m with you because your fever makes me feel so good”, while Dangerous opts for a mid-tempo mix of pianos, spliced vocals and synths that quickly get overtaken by a pounding beat.

The Dario G-inspired pianos on Everytime I Hear Your Name also career into more generic Ibiza grooves for another yawn-inducer, before the one slow ballad, Draw The Line, showcases the sentimental side to the singer. But even then the result is a drippy, manipulative ballad that grates.

Nothing about Cascada is worth recommending. Quite how brain-numbingly bland all 11 tracks would be is anyone’s guess. It’ll be huge, of course. But then there’s no accounting for taste.

Track listing:

  1. Evacuate The Dancefloor
  2. Hold On
  3. Everytime I Hear Your Name
  4. Ready Or Not
  5. Fever
  6. Hold Your Hands Up
  7. Breathless
  8. Dangerous
  9. Why You Had To Leave
  10. What About Me
  11. Draw The Line