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|Paul Van Dyk|
Seven Ways (+ Bonus Remix Disc)
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop
Revered remixer for the likes of New Order, Tori Amos and Curve, German techno producer Paul van Dyk finally gets a chance to exhibit some of his own work outside of his native country. Steeped in the early-'90s acid-house... more »
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Revered remixer for the likes of New Order, Tori Amos and Curve, German techno producer Paul van Dyk finally gets a chance to exhibit some of his own work outside of his native country. Steeped in the early-'90s acid-house tradition, his second album, 1996's Seven Ways, gushes with the kind of propulsive rhythms and sweeping synthesizers that make ravers go mad on the dance floor. His signature club hit, "Words," is the initial attention grabber, but other selections, such as "Forbidden Fruit" and the title cut, also stand out for their trippy adventurism. It's a shame it took American audiences so long to discover him. Limited editions of this release come with a bonus disc of essential remixes and remakes. --Aidin Vaziri
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A great trance album.
Flint Ironstag | Milwaukee, WI USA | 03/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The thing that really impressed me about this album is the fact that Paul Van Dyk manages to make Trance interesting. When I got it in 1999, trance had become fairly mainstream and had degenerated to simplistic synth melodies with the now standard *boom-tss-boom-tss* beat pattern. It was truly refreshing to hear this album. Don't misunderstand, it has the aformentioned qualities, but somehow, Paul Van Dyk makes you forget that and lose yourself in the music. The album is extremely cohesive, all mixed together and seeming to follow a natural progression that makes it sound as if you are listening to one long, interconnected piece as opposed to 11 seperate songs. It's not really something to skip around in, you want to listen to it all in one sitting. Add to the spectacular first cd a second remix cd, and this is really a great set to get for burning a couple of hours at a time."
A Solid Album
Bob Lin | NYCity | 02/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I read the previous online reviews and drew three common threads. First, many people felt that van Dyk sounded better live. I've never heard him live, so I wouldn't know, but my guess is that it's probably true. I hear great potential in these tracks, and would daresay that van Dyk would be banging live. Secondly, many people believed this album to be something truly magical and better-than-caffeine. I disagree on this point. I sat through this album... not once getting the urge to get up and dance. I wouldn't go so far as to call it a chillout album, but the beats just weren't infectious enough to get me up and moving. I guess I've just been listening to so much of this stuff (techno, rave, & trance) that it's just sort of numbing. I still thinks it's good, though. The last thing I read was that his beat is extremely repetitive. This may be true, but I didn't pick up on this at all while I listened to the album. It works very well and shows how skilled van Dyk is at what he does. All in all, I really liked this album."
My Favorite Tecnho-Rave album
Bob Lin | 07/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first stumbled upon Paul van Dyk in a Playboy article, and decided to give the CD a try. I was amazed! PVD's talent for mixing rich melodious techno sound is unmatched. My personal favorites are "Beautiful Place" and "Forbidden Fruit". This album will remain my favorite for a long time. If you buy this CD, be sure to get the edition with the bonus disc. PVD's other albums "45-RPM" and "Vorsprung Dyk Technik" are also awesome and will introduce you to techno at a level you've never heard before."