Armin van Buuren - Mirage

2010-12-21 11:04
One would be forgiven for having very high expectations of Dutch trance DJ and producer, Armin van Buuren’s, latest studio album, Mirage.

Voted Top DJ on DJ Magazine’s Top 100 list four years in a row would do that. So would the knowledge that Mirage is the biggest collaborative effort Armin's EVER produced and it's something he’s been working on for two years.

All the hype sets the stage for either something spectacular, or an enormous FAIL. Thankfully, Mirage is NOT the latter. Not even nearly.

With his fourth artist album, AvB's taken a huge risk and revealed a side his fans haven't heard before. There’s a very definite sense that his sound has matured and the surprising new collaborations make for an absolute triumph. Artists like Sophie-Ellis Bextor, Nadia Ali, Ferry Corsten, BT and Adam Young of Owl City fill the album with really surprisingly fresh new interpretations.

Mirage carries a very strong vocal focus that old school Armin fans won't be used to, but there's enough instrumental genius to keep even the most rigid fan happy, least of which is the title track that is an orchestral masterpiece.

Mirage is filled with musical fusions that'll keep you listening to every single track 'til it's done, and then start from the beginning again. Stand-out tracks include the Sophie-Ellis Bextor collaboration, "Not Giving Up on Love" and the uplifting "Coming Home", sporting his brother Eller van Buuren's really juicy electric guitar work to deliver a dance-floor-smashing track.

One of the best things that Mirage has going for it, is that from the dark, Enya-sounding opening track "Desiderium", to the final "Youtopia", it flows as one epic journey rather than 16 separate party starters.

All in all, Armin really has found a happy balance between his newer commercial trance sound and solid old style tracks that'll keep his fans stomping!

A very strong vocal focus that old school Armin fans won't be used to.

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