Those of you who enjoy listening to trance and have an eye for excellent DJs will know all about Armin Van Buuren. Some of this songs have been purely genius and extremely uplifting; I refer to the like of Shivers and Burned With Desire. The latter is found on this album, but Shivers is not, and I cannot believe that Armin would choose to celebrate his 10 Years of mainstream existance without including it. The remix does appear, and is a fascinating addition to the album however.
Rather than 10 Years offering an ultimate best of Armin's past, it explores all corners of his music creating career. We have the hardest trance, like Intruder with the hard trance master M.I.K.E, to his more subdued and chilled summer evening numbers, for example Touch Me. Listening to all of the songs, and admittedly not owning too many of them prior to purchasing this album, I was amazed at the amount of variation. It allows you form opinions, and mine is this: I feel Armin's best efforts arise from a mix of wonderous keyboard sounds that he mixes so successfully, and some sparkling vocals, mainly provided by Justine Suissa. Burned With Desire is one such example. Whilst the harder, and often none vocal songs are unique in their own right, I don't feel that they portray Armin's skills as a music creator quite as well. It is unusual for me to drift away from the music whilst listening to it rather than towards it, which is what a few of these do. Intruder, incidentally, was a real let down.
But the latter example is in the minority. Armin has such an eye for craft, and even if some of the songs don't match your taste, every single one has to be admired for it's complexity and skillful balance.