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A Posteriori [Import]

Enigma Audio CD
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Enigma are an electronic band who incorporate ambient, house and new age themes into their music. The driving force behind Enigma is Michael Cretu who, along with Sandra Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson, set up the project in 1990. Due to the way that Enigma build their tracks, they found themselves in court on more than one occasion in disputes over sampled sounds and music. This ... Read more in Amazon's Enigma Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B000HD1AIG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,606 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Eppur Si Muove
2. Feel Me Heaven
3. Dreaming Of Andromeda
4. Dancing With Mephisto
5. Northern Lights
6. Invisible Love
7. Message From Io
8. Hello And Welcome
9. 20,000 Miles Over The Sea
10. Sitting On The Moon
11. The Alchemist
12. Goodbye Milky Way

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tour de force: a stunning electronic opera 19 Sep 2006
By Amoyan
Format:Audio CD
Michael Cretu, the man who singlehandedly invented an entire genre, is back with the sixth Enigma album: and it's back to basics following the more pop-oriented nature of the previous album, Voyageur, an offering that left fans and critics divided. The shades of europop that tended to overshadow Voyageur have been eschewed and here we have a subtle but powerful odyssey of sound that's almost like a soundtrack to the birth of the universe. Intended as a journey through time and space, Cretu has woven an exquisite musical tapestry. The best way to think of this album is as an electronic symphony. The vocals are only sporadic this time, with the first half almost entirely devoid of lyrics. There's an organic feel to the music, as though the music itself is alive: living and breathing, morphing through different emotions and moods as it grows and expands.

More than any of the Enigma albums since the ground-breaking debut, MCMXC AD, there's a sense of space and minimalism that pervades A Posteriori. This is not a collection of songs: rather it's one long piece of music that seamlessly segues through its different movements. The cohesiveness is offset by the depth of sound and emotion: from the atmospherically down-tempo opening track `Eppur Si Muove' and the beautiful and otherworldly ballad `Sitting on the Moon' to the frenetic `Feel Me Heaven' and the stunning tour de force that is `Dancing with Mephisto'; the moods and emotions are interwoven and juxtaposed with incredible finesse. The production is about as good as it gets: this album HAS to be listened to with headphones...apparently a surround sound audio DVD is being released later in the year: I can only imagine how awesome that will sound.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 7 Jan 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have been a huge fan of enigma for the last 12 years, ever since 'The cross of changes' came out in 1994 and i heard 'return to innocence' at the age of 6, so i was very excited and curious to hear this new album. I must admit that on the first listen it took me by surprise at the change in sound on 'Eppur si muove' and 'feel me heaven'. However, the whole album stuck in my head, i played it again and now i love it as much, if not possibly slightly more than, the other albums. The whole album has an air of being in space, flying past planets,moons and stars - which actually i think makes it sound more dynamic and interesting. Its very cool and definitely worth buying whether you're an enigma virgin or if you're a long time fan (like me). A very accomplished album by MC!! xxx
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enigmatic Music At Its Best ! 14 Mar 2007
By Clinty
Format:Audio CD
Enigma - a 'band' that evolved from monks chanting to red indians whooping to jungle tribes pounding to dolphins screeching. It could all have gone so horribly wrong - if one was to think about the ingredients placed in the meiltng pot one would intellectually cringe and shy away from the 'themes' that are evident in each Enigma Collection.

But each album has been given a touch so feather light, an ambience so spiritual, so jam-packed with meaning and insight that one cannot help but fall in love with each masterpiece - music that strikes a deep resonant chord in the heart, leaving an imprint or echo that calls you back to it time & time again.

And so we come to expect failure with every new creation - because 'how do you improve on perfection?' But Enigma are special - they move on and away from topics they have tried n tested before - they explore new avenues. They do not try and be clever. They do not re-invent themselves. They remain true. Somehow their efforts transcend music itself.

This new album -in my opinion - is their best work yet. Suitable for every mood, it uplifts and warms the soul. It speaks of faith, hope, love and enlightenment - yet also deep yearning, loss and despair. 'Goodbye MilkyWay' is simply a stunning track - its theme allowing you to realise how far Enigma have come since their initial conception.

This is a superb rendition to any music lovers collection. Atmospheric, beautiful, easy listening - yet quite the most 'bouncy' of Enigma's albums yet (Perfect for driving to!). Do buy this - you wont be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Voyageur... 28 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
As a big fan of Enigma right from the very beginning, I felt a little let down with Michael Cretu's last effort as Enigma, "Voyageur" from 2003. It had none of the qualities that I had found from listening to the other 4 albums. I'd often been asked by people in the past what it actually was I liked about Enigma so much: The answer? It was different. Back in 1990, "Sadeness Part 1" came out and I loved it. Still do. Over the years album after album came out and I loved it still. Again, It was different. Like many fans, I lost a bit of faith when "Voyageur" came out, but some of it grew on me although it is not my favourite (that honour goes to "Enigma 2: The Cross Of Changes".

I am pleased to report then that "A Posteriori" is much better and almost a return to form. Out goes the dodgy singing and Britney-type beats and back in come the terrific soundscapes and floaty atmospherics. It's not an easy listen at first (it would have done really well during the Trance boom circa 1999-2002), but trust me, stick with it and you will appreciate it. I have to say that altough the best way to describe the sound is chill-out trance, Michael Cretu does add a certain something that maybe had been missing from a thousand chill out trance records from 3 years or so back.

In short, it's still very Enigma and similar to "Enigma 3: Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!" in mood.

Favourites? "The Alchemist" is a storming number and, for fans of the old style, "Invisible Love" is sure to please. Also, this version of "Hello and Welcome" is much better that the single mix. The singing is also kept to the minimum overall (not always a big hit with me, however thats just my opinion of course). "Goodbye Milky Way" is nice but a bit too Eurovision-a-like for me.

In short, "A Posteriori" has made me feel something "Voyageur" didn't achieve, in that it's made me really look forward to the next one : - )
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Fabulous sounds from enigma, have been a big fan of their music for a long time...this CD is one of their best.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Yet another brilliant album from Enigma , if you like them and dont have A POSTERIORI I'd recommend it , well worth a listen.
Published 9 months ago by PETER WHITE
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I love this band, and bought this cd for a specific track. They have the ability to take you on a journey without you even realising it through their music. Read more
Published 10 months ago by E. Yule
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
What a great cd thought other enigma a bit samey but this 1 blew me away lots of people say r they still around I hope they are will defo go to see them live beautiful sounds some... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Je Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigma at their best!
I chose this as background music for some BDSM fun, to go with several other Enigma discs I already have. It doesnt disappoint.
Published 13 months ago by G. D. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars enigma posteriori
very good love enigma good album to get puts u in the mood to relax and its kinda funky listinin
Published 14 months ago by Dan Pengelly
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