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Rave Age Dif­fer­ent ★★ The big­gest thing in dance mu­sic in 2012 was the State­side rise (and rise) of elec­tronic. It has brought a new lease on life – and in­creased bank bal­ances – for Euro­peans such as David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia. So per­haps that’s what Pas­cal Ar­bez had in mind when he de­cided to join the band­wagon on his new al­bum. Rave Age is su­per­sized max­i­mal-house with one boom­ing, full-on bar­rage af­ter an­other, and there’s lit­tle to dif­fer­en­ti­ate one of the French­man’s big over-the-top clat­ters from the next. The al­bum is also squarely retro in scope, tak­ing point­ers from the rave era, but with­out any em­pa­thy for that scene’s touch­ing, gauche naivety. It’s telling that Fade Away, the one track which bursts through the clut­ter, works be­cause the pro­ducer adds some ten­der sweet­ness and light to the mix. JIM CAR­ROLL

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