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What the **** happened?!
on 6 March 2013
I just have to firstly say how puzzled and amazed I am at the people reviewing this album so positively. Compared to Anjunabeats Vol.8 (the most recent triumph in the series) this is like a Ministry of Sound compilation, full of high pitched repetitive tedious synth melodies reminiscent of 'pop' acts such as Swedish House Mafia and David Guetta - there just isn't any soul.
The last volume (9) was dipping in these waters occasionally and I had hoped this (especially the significance of the 10th volume) would signal a return to form, with the uplifting, transcendent sound that won so many fans. Word of advice A&B, we hear this **** every day in the charts, your fans do not want to hear you evolve into the same genre!
Its not all bad though, the saving grace(s) of the album are Super8&Tab (LA, what a track!), Bart Claesson (Only Totally, very immersive), Genix (Stateside, not a bad track since I don't really rate Genix highly), Bluestone (Sinai, again not bad but not a patch on the previous single Namaste), Arty (Believe In Me, quite a catchy, bouncy tune), and Mike Koglin vs 7Skies (Vision, nice emotion in the breakdown) but even these tracks aren't great. This is strange because some of the more regular players on the Anjunabeats label who you can normally rely on disappoint here (Andrew Bayer, Maor Levi, and even Above & Beyond).
Maybe I am getting left behind with the evolution of the genre I love(d) but for me this just does not hit the right notes, it all sounds a bit too similar to the same cheesy pop/electro sound that is dominating the charts these days and I hope I am not alone in thinking this.
At least we can rely on the consistently superb Anjunadeep series...right?
*UPDATE: JUST TO ADD THAT ANJUNADEEP 05 IS FANTASTIC! THE LABEL HAS BEEN RELEASING CONSISTENTLY EXCELLENT MUSIC SINCE ANJUNADEEP 01 AND NOW STANDS HEAD AND SHOULDERS ABOVE THE ORIGINAL ANJUNABEATS LABEL. THAT SAID, I WILL BE LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT 'ANJUNABEATS WORLDWIDE' BUT IF THAT DISAPPOINTS I CAN'T SEE THE LABEL IMPRESSING ME ANY LONGER.*