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We Are Alive [CD 1]
We Are Alive [CD 1]
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst Paul Van Dyk production, 10 Jun. 2005
This review is from: We Are Alive [CD 1] (Audio CD)
I hate to be negative when discussing PVD as i have a lot of respect for the guy both as a DJ and as a producer. I have enjoyed some superb nights in clubs where he was DJ-ing and i have some serious classic tunes of his in my collection... Forbidden Fruit, Perfect Day, How Much Can You Take, Avenue etc.
I don't wish to offend anyone who likes this tune but it is simply rubbish. The vocal is cheesy but the tune itself is very poor also. The Out There and Back album was disappointing compared to Seven Ways but still contained some great moments ( The Love from Above, Avenue, Travelling, Another Way, The Riddle) but i can't fathom what PVD with his underground roots was thinking when he produced this. A blemish on the cv of a normally exceptional artist

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Progressive Trance, 8 Oct. 2003
This review is from: Nyana (Audio CD)
Nyana consists of two cds, each of which showcase a different side of Tiesto's live sets. The first cd is generally quite driving and intense while the second demonstrates a more relaxed,uplifting sound. Before i get down to brass tacks, i have to say that this cd is far too long. Trying to keep a listener's attention over 27 tracks is a tall order, even for Tiesto. Ok, i appreciate that the compilation is meant to reflect his live sets but, all the same,some of the tunes on this cd are just making up the numbers.Around 10 tunes per cd would have been ideal and would have improved the quality control in a big way.
Cd 1 starts off slowly with a sort of progressive house style and, for a few tracks, appears promising as the rhythm picks up nicely. It gets a bit mediocre around the middle, though, and only gets going again with a decent effort in "Tears from the Moon" featuring the vocals of Sinead O Connor. Disc 1 then finishes strongly with some solid trance numbers including the excellent "Urban Shakedown" from Solar Factor, aka Mr Push himself, M.I.K.E.
The second cd is in a different vein altogether, focusing as it does on the less intense, more uplifting stuff which is no bad thing.The musical quality on the second disc is better overall than the first one and most of the tracks are quite uplifting and melodic. Standout tunes include the excellent "Nothing" from Holden & Thompson as well as the final three tracks which are top notch.
A word, though, about some of the vocal tracks. I always feel that adding vocals to dance tunes is somewhat of a fine art and doesn't always succeed. Examples of good vocal tunes would be "Remember" by BT or, in a more muted style,"Nothing But You" by Paul Van Dyk. The vocals on this cd aren't great and definitely detract from some otherwise good tunes such as The Roc Project track which has a good melody but a dire vocal by 1980s songstress Tina Arena! Sort it out Tiesto,please!!
The exception to the above would be the Sinead O Connor tune which, in fairness, is decent enough.
To sum up, Nyana is a decent enough effort but is as frustrating to listen to as it is enjoyable. This is unfortunate as Tiesto is capable of a lot better. The excessive amount of tunes lost the album points as far as i'm concerned as this could have been excellent.
Worth a listen but not outstanding.

Revolution - Uplifting Progressive Trance
Revolution - Uplifting Progressive Trance
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Tiesto, 11 Sept. 2003
Revolution is the Tiesto compilation to buy if you're new to his sound or if you just want some great trancey tunes.Less mellow than his "In Search of Sunrise" series without going into overdrive,this is a solid selection of prime trance cuts.
We have CD 1-Darkside,and then the second,Brightside.These titles are a little misleading as the tracks on the first cd aren't all deep,dark and progressive and vice versa.There is an overlap of styles on both discs which is great,though,as it keeps things interesting.
Mixingwise the album is solid apart from a really bad mix out of Agnelli & Nelson's 'Vegas' where he mixes beats over the break-the best part of the track.This is very poorly done for a DJ of this calibre.
That apart,however,the other mixes are fluent and the strong tune selection makes up for any technical flaws.
Highlights for me included "People want to be needed","Golden Desert Part 2" and "Riva-Stringer".
This cd does exactly what it says on the tin and if you like uplifting progressive music,you'll definitely find it here.
Excellent stuff.

Nothing But You [CD 1]
Nothing But You [CD 1]
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Innovative Release, 22 Aug. 2003
This review is from: Nothing But You [CD 1] (Audio CD)
Pvd is an innovator,which is probably why he continues to be successful and certainly one of the reasons why i'm a fan.Nothing But You is a simple track but is no less effective for that.Paul Van Dyk opened his set with this one at Lush,Portrush earlier this year and blew the crowd away.I was pretty sure i'd heard it in Ibiza the previous summer but i couldn't quite place the artist or title.
It was only when i obtained a tracklisting of one of Paul's sets at Amnesia 2002 that i finally realised that this was a tune by the man himself;no mean feat considering i own most of his releases and have been a fan from the start.
The tune has a nice uplifting vocal and the usual solid Van Dyk beat.It's perhaps a little understated compared to some of his previous releases but is nonetheless a strong club track.
Having extracted himself from the legal wrangles which stifled his last album release,i think we can expect a return to form for Herr Van Dyk in 2003 and beyond.
Possibly the biggest compliment i can pay PVD is that he continues to change his style but never fails to produce quality music.In a world where many contemporary DJs are content to ruin the scene with cheese,this man continues to do his thing;quietly,unassumedly,but always on the money

In Search Of Sunrise 2
In Search Of Sunrise 2
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy and melodic, 9 May 2003
This review is from: In Search Of Sunrise 2 (Audio CD)
I won't say too much about this one on the basis that it's good but not brilliant.It starts off with some strong tracks,builds steadily but then peters off a bit towards the end.
There's some nice melodic stuff here,not too hard and not too boring which is good to see.I felt,though, that the last three or four tracks didn't do justice to the rest of the cd,which was a pity.In Search of Sunrise 2 is better than its successor but possibly not as good as the first instalment.Worth hearing but not Tiesto at his best.If you're new to the Tiesto sound i would recommend his "Revolution" cd.
Keep on trancing,folks!

X-Mix Vol.1: Mfs Trip
X-Mix Vol.1: Mfs Trip

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Trance Sound, 9 May 2003
This review is from: X-Mix Vol.1: Mfs Trip (Audio CD)
I'm in agreement with most of the reviews on this one.This mix compilation represents the burgeoning trance sound of 1993 onwards and maybe it might sound a bit strange to those who got into trance in 1999 a la Gatecrasher.Nothing wrong with that but this album is nonetheless a classic.As one of the original Paul van Dyk/Visions of Shiva fans i wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who likes that sound.Quality atmospheric music features here,nicely blended by Paul van Dyk- showcasing the sound of Berlin's MFS label on this,the first of the X-Mix series.It does build slowly but ends on a high and is a good example of how to structure a mix album unlike some contemporary cds which are banging from start to finish or (more usually) dull and boring throughout and lacking any real melody.
To summarise,buy this album if you like good trance in the spacey,euphoric style.If not,you don't know what you're missing!
*French music lovers can also check out my review of this cd on

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