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 : - )