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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 (1 Jan. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002U6E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. The Eyes Of Truth 7:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Return To Innocence 4:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Love You...I'll Kill You 8:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Silent Warrior 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Dream Of The Dolphin 2:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Age Of Loneliness (Carly's Song) 5:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Out From The Deep 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Cross Of Changes. 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

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ENIGMA The Cross Of Changes (1994 Taiwanese 9-track CD the 2nd album by the musical project featuring the singles Return To Innocence Age Of Loneliness The Eyes Of Truth and Out From The Deep picture sleeve plus obi-strip)

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Haunting, evocative, mysterious, and magnificent, Enigma's Cross of Changes offers nine musical explorations of sound and sensation that dazzle and amaze. The songs unfold in rolling waves, each more complex and richly layered than the last, yet each fully capable of standing alone as a musically satisfying experience. The standout track on this disc is "Return to Innocence", which combines Native American chanting, Celtic harmonies, and a deceptively simple lyric to devastating effect. At once esoteric and elemental, Cross of Changes is a fine example of the best the genre has to offer. --L.A. Smith

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I originally bought this album when I was a first year university student. I remember playing it over and over with my new found friends thinking I was soooo cool! Well, it's some 10 years later now, and I no longer worry about looking cool, however, I do worry about ever losing my copy of this CD, because even 10 years later it sounds as fresh and inventive as it did all that time ago. Whenever I feel down in the dumps this is the best CD in the world to put on and just forget about everything else! truly a masterpiece that will be around for many more years to come I hope.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By andyriley1982@lycos.co.uk on 6 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is an album that, from the sample clips, you may not think is for you. However if you listen to the album proper, you realise that this is quite wrong. Cross of changes is an outstanding, brilliant piece of work that encompases a style of music rarely heared and thus warmly welcome. It is a change from anything really, although individual songs borrow styles from others, especially Return to innocence, which borrows from the Sacred Spirit style of Native American chants with relaxed, spiritual music and lyrics. This album is a must for anyone, it is perfect for any mood, it will uplift you, relax, calm you whatever. The highlights are 'i love you, i'll kill you' and the outstanding and beautiful 'return to innocence', which featured in an advert for peugeot and will stay with you forever; you'll never forget or tire of that song. This is a perfect album and should feature in anyones album collection
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Tim.T on 23 Jan. 2001
Format: Audio CD
I personally am sick of the trashy, contrived formulaeic music in today's charts. That's why I love this CD, it's SO different. This I think will still be my favourite of the lot, even if/when I complete the set.
The intro (Second Chapter), which is nothing short of absolutely mind-blowing, will take your breath away, leading you into a sublime, continuous journey through your very soul, with musical style you quite simply have not heard ANYWHERE before. It aint just a relaxation CD (an insult, in my view) - it's MUCH more than that, and at the same time indescribable. It's truly awesome and will make the hairs stand on end, trust me. Just put the volume up full, and let your spirit rise. Simply breath-taking. Michael Cretu and gang don't get nearly as much credit or publicity as they deserve.
Buy it, especially if you want to defy convention.
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By Grant Howard on 4 May 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If I remember, there was quite a long gap between this CD and it's predecessor, MCMXCa.d and most people including myself were of the belief that Enigma may be one of those unique one hit single, album wonders and stopped expecting a follow-up. I have now discovered that "The Cross of Changes" was released quite a few months in the rest of Europe before coming out in the UK. Don't know why this was, as the first releases did very well here. However, a friend had an import copy from Germany and I was able to listen to it about 3 months before it hit the shops here. It was preceded by the single "Return to Innocence", which was huge here and all over Europe, so the UK public hadn't forgotten Enigma.
There's some strong material on Enigma 2, the obvious being the aforementioned single, which suffers slightly here as it's only in it's short form - the "Long and Alive" version on the CD single being a much better choice for the album with it's extra soaring verse and chorus, which gives the song a much more of a "Whole" feel. Seeing as the album is pretty short, the long version would have made a difference. That aside the rest of the album is up there with some of the greatest "World-Dance" fusion stuff that was popular at the time, especially, the huge opening track after the intro, "The Eyes of Truth", which really sigfnified that Enigma were back doing what they do best. I remember being impressed how the album opened ("Second Chapter"), where it's predecessor's last track ended, giving the sense that as we now know in hindsight, occurs with all their albums, making them just like chapters in a book: the next beginning where the last finished, giving Enigma the status of one long continuous story as we've now reached the 7th in that style.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By toneyg@lineone.net on 11 Oct. 2000
Format: Audio CD
This album that I have recently purchased, has all the makings of what I think is Enigma's best album! It is one of the few CD's that I have bought, which I can listen to all the tracks on the album without getting bored! One of the many good songs that stands out is "Return to Innocense". It is an all time classic song that stays in your mind for the rest of the day! All in all I recommend this CD to anyone wishing to be fully relaxed and hoping to hear something different from the POP music that dominates the market today.
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I can't say much about this album that hasn't already been said to be honest. This is music for the musically mature minded, don't expect 'pop' when you put this album on.
Cross of changes takes you on a journey with its spiritually sounding tracks, with native american chants and haunting melodies it really does take you to another place.

Play this CD whilst driving through an area of natural beauty and I guarantee it will enhance your experience.

A wonderful album for those wanting something truly original.
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