Album Review: Madeon - Good Faith

Madeon triumphs with his new album 'Good Faith.'
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The Madeon story is one of an artist turning a viral moment into a sustained career. He paved the way in a niche of crunchy and melodic electro-house that wasn’t being done by other contemporaries. He would go on to release singles like “Icarus” and “The City” that were quite popular online. He would work with Lady Gaga on the album she doesn’t remember anymore ARTPOP and cemented his place as a producer who can easily glide between pop and electronic music. His album Adventure honed in on the connection between electronic and pop with big pop hooks, collaborations with major stars at the time like Dan Smith of Bastille, while finding his broader electronic sound. His bromance with Porter Robinson hit its peak in 2016 with the release of their single “Shelter” and the subsequent global tour. If you need any indication of their friendship, read Porter’s thread on the album. Two years on, he has invited fans back into his world with a new album Good Faith.

The album opener sets the tone for this album right from the start with a choir singing before transitioning into a soaring distorted lead and some funky synths. “All my Friends” adds something different with a blend of delightful electro funk “Be Fine” starts with “Shelter” era synths and then drops into heavily distorted fx.

“Nirvana” captures the large and epic feeling of this album. Big drums match soaring synths and Madeon adds skittering snares as the song progresses.

Madeon has generally allowed other artists to sing on his records, but with Good Faith he takes the reigns. There are moments with choirs who add a heavenly feeling to the album, but it is the Frenchman who looks to put his words on the album. He often uses autotune to give his vocals a little bite and blend with the processed synths he uses.

The album shows more twists and turns by the end. “Heavy With Hoping” has a neo-soul start as Madeon laments the ability to have another chance with a lover who left him, before getting into boisterous electronic elements.

The album blends together easily, flipping from one song to the next without trying to do too much. Each song has their own theme, but fit into the overall vision of his album. There are some similarities between Good Faith and Adventure, but this new album is a step in a new direction that feels more organic and authentic to Madeon. Good Faith is his best work yet and what a way to cap off a decade that has seen him grow from a teenager working out of his parents' home in Nantes to a festival headliner and universally loved dance act.

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