I hate to say it, but I'm not digging Daedelus's new sound. When I hear his production work on that Obama video, I attributed it to Taz and his incredibly annoying voice/insipid lyrics ("we hood, we votin', and throwin' it uuuuuup"). Unfortunately, that song is pretty typical of what is on "Love to Make Music to." Most of the tracks sound fairly straightforward with MCing over almost everything.
My reaction to this album is tied into what I liked about Daedelus in the first place. "Invention" was full of wonder and mystery. Sampling is a normal technique now, but Daedelus managed to find a unique approach. The combination of acoustic instruments with slight digital manipulation, layering, and cutting was unlike anything else going on. His other albums seemed to expand on this idea, until "Love to Make Music to." The old 78 acetate samples are mostly gone, in favor of synth stuff that basically any other producer could be doing. There are some Daedelus touches and every now and then you'll hear a scratched-up sample off some strange record, but for the most part, it's synths and drum machines.
This is not the first time Daedelus has used MCs on his albums. I had been unimpressed with the bland, flavorless rapping of MF Doom and Lil' Sci, as it seemed at odds with the music. I still feel this way. At his best, Daedelus evokes a mystifying abstraction of time and music. However, when you tie this down to repetitive loops to accommodate lyrics, it forces the music to become increasingly normal.
I'm very disappointed in this album because most of the elements in early records that appealed to me are gone. Where "Invention" sounded like a record nobody else could have name, "Love to Make Music to" sounds like something countless producers could basically do. There are touches of Daedelus's unique style, but they're minor details.
My recommendation is to stay away. Make sure you have all of his other stuff before you mess with this album. For those new to Daedelus, this is absolutely not the place to start. I'm sure die-hard fans will buy this anyway, and if you do, you'll probably find something you can tap your foot to. Sure - it's a decent album, but Daedelus doesn't make "decent" albums, he makes "great" albums. Lets hope this is just a temporary excursion into convention.