Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
A passionate musical journey!
Mntarheel | Mankato, MN, USA | 06/17/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm fairly new to trance music, but think Perfect World must be one of the top two or three "must have" trance albums of the past fifteen years, alongside OceanLab's Sirens Of The Sea Remixed. Perfect World is a stunning emotional journey, featuring guest vocalists (all excellent), including Gavin Rossdale (from Bush), Alexta, Maria Willson, Andrea Britton, Nicolai Prowse and acclaimed West African (Guinean) singer Mory Kante. This album features moderate dance tempos, over which are vocals and electronic sounds that are far more dreamy and ethereal than harsh and clangy, especially on Disc 1. The female singers are superb throughout. Disc One is the album mixes, which fade out and in, while Disc 2 is remixes "club mixed" together for an uninterrupted dance beat and somewhat more of an active, "high energy" feel than the sonic waves of dreaminess often found on Disc 1. The "dreamy" feel is especially pronounced on Disc 1 tracks, especially Hold Me Till The End, Succumb To The Night, Reflections and Winter, all with pronounced buildups and breakdowns with shimmering waves of keyboards that wash over the listener in a tidal wave of emotion. Winter is perhaps the most stunning track on the album, with lyrics about the winter season that chill you to your bone marrow, spine-tingling vocals by Andrea Britton, and descending keyboard riffs that suggest falling snowflakes. This is THE song to listen to for walking or other outside activities in any place and time where there is deep snow cover on the ground, especially on a sunny day. Hold Me Till The End is a similar style to Winter. Another standout Disc 1 track with a notably different feel is Narama, which has a distinctively "world music" sound (with a West African influence, thanks to Mory Kante), over an understated but strikingly energetic beat.
Disc 2 contains club versions, mixed together into one continuous dance marathon. Tempos are faster, and electronic sounds tend to be somewhat more aggressive - perhaps fitting for a club setting, but still not overly harsh. I find the standout track on Disc 2 to be Destination (Above and Beyond remix), with beautiful female vocals, great breakdowns and buildups and a strong bass line that comes in off the beat for a very driving, rhythmic sonic effect. Each disc is nearly 80 minutes of music. If you can only buy one trance album this year, THIS is the one to get!"