Prospero - Folie a Deux (The Elements and the Madness)

Wade’s influences are everywhere and the name of the game is variety. I hear the hammering EBM beat on “The World That I See,” and I remember Wade on the dancefloor, at Savage Garden, jumping around to Grendel. I hear his smashing cover of Malhavoc’s classic track “Discipline” complete with vocals by Jennifer Parkin of Ayria and think could anything possibly be more Toronto? Malhavoc, Ayria, Prospero… makes an ex-pat Torontonian teary eyed! The album opens with “The Elements” suite, four tracks of tribal, rhythmic, experimental music, and that, too, is 100% Wade. It’s also 100% great music, a perfect opening to an album from one of Toronto’s great musicians. Following this is “The Madness,” the second half of the album and a change in musical direction that shows the dance-floor side of Prospero. There’s the techno glitch of “Techno Zombies” and the fire-breathing collaboration with Battery Cage and Terrorfakt on “Let the Planet Burn” that will have you hitting repeat on your iPod. The album closes with another Toronto act: a collaboration with It-Clings that leaves you raging against political brutality.

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