I have read a few peoples opinions on this album and some people are of the opinion that this is the best 'state of trance' album so far, and whilst this is a very, very good album i think this assertion is a bit unfounded.
Firstly it is my option that if you love trance complilations then the 'state of trance' series is generally untouchable. I would suggest that, only in the Thrillseekers brilliant 'Nightmusic' series is Armin challenged regularly on quality, ingenuity and up front, cutting edge dance music. So if you are going to compare an Armin album against something, you compare it against another Armin album!
On that basis i think 'A state of trance 09' comes a bit short of it's predessesor 08, which i do personally believe is the best album in the series. Whilst there are some great moments on this album, notably 'Mat zo's'-A fractal universe, and 'Thomas Bronzwaer's'-Look ahead, there arn't quite any tunes that reach the heights of 'DJ Shah and Adrina Thorpe's'-Back to you from the 08 collaboration. I was also really looking forward to track 10, on noticing that it had the 'Live guitar solo from Eller Van buuren', again similar to the 08 album, but was massively dissapointed with this, although it must be said that the benchmark was set so high from the previous albums breathtaking track, that it almost makes comparison very hard and unfair.
Those who have seen Armin live over the last year, and or listened to his radio broadcasts on a regular basis will recognise tunes like the brilliant, 'Dash Berlin'-Man on the run, and of course the mixing/formation of the album is faultless, as you would expect from any quality DJ compilation, not counting anything mixed by Judge Jules! But having listened to the album now a couple of times my felling is one of slight dissapointment,.....but still one of the best trance albums that you'll buy this year!!