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Good Progressive Trance
on 8 October 2003
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.