While I do not agree that Cicada sounds like a hybrid of Psytrance and Heavy Metal (it’s not really psychedelic, and it’s more ‘electro-rock’ than metal. Same for Rent Boy), I fail to see where it gets ‘cheesy’.
When is music cheesy? I googled for some definitions and it seems like the general definition for cheesy music is low-quality, easy and cheap music. Well, you might not like Cicada, but you cannot say it’s cheesy in that sense. It’s not like you hear this kind of music every day on your popmusic radio/TV (which I associate with cheesy).. Nor does it have cheesy lyrics or anything. It has unusual synths, excellent drums..
O yea and for the rest I quite agree with everyone about the tracks being alright, and I also think the original basslines could/should have been played more, but maybe I just need to get used to it.
I like the new tracks, especially HiD and Dark Persuasion, but also like Cicada and Rent Boy. But maybe that’s because I also listen to (progressive) rock music and several kinds of metal. The drums are a very pleasant surprise for me on this album.
I think it’s not a great masterpiece, but worth your money. I’d rate it 8-. Downsides are the basslines and the lack of new elements in the tracks we already know. Upsides are the drums, the new tracks and the ‘live’ energy, which gives a different experience than electronic studio energy.
O yea and everyone (but especially some people) don’t forget that music taste is SUBJECTIVE. Even pop music and R&B can make some people happy in some way. And a lot of people will consider this album BORING. I know that’s weird, but it doesn’t say those people are wrong. It’s their taste, their reality. If there was something as objectively good music then the whole world would listen to it while it was being broadcasted through public speakers on top of the lamp posts. And we would have world peace.