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  • Audio CD (5 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Musical Freedom
  • ASIN: B002M6IQA6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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As recipes for knuckle-chewingly ill-advised crossovers go, club megastar Tiësto burgling the worlds of pop and indie-rock on latest artist album Kaleidoscope should dangle just below the prospect of Meat Loaf rapping over a dubstep 12-inch.

Mercifully, the unofficially recognised biggest DJ in the world only notches respectable failure amid volleys of unlikely link-ups, albeit barely able to resist detonating trademark overblown euphoric trance crescendos at any given second.

Subtly hasn’t exactly defined Tiësto, real name Tijs Verwest, during a decade largely spent catering for clubland’s least-demanding sorts. But having warmed up an Olympic opening ceremony and routinely drawing five-figure audiences for fabled marathon DJ sets, it doubtless scarcely worried the Dutchman.

Nevertheless, Kaleidoscope’s title track dispels that stereotype for fully five minutes of an epic opener gently laying out a swirling, understated minimal bed for the dreamy otherworldly hybrid linguistics of Sigur Rós leader Jónsi Birgisson.

Before thoughts formulate that several years of remixing guitar bands may pay off, Tiësto ruins the impact with four subsequent songs off the bat that dehumanise their female leads to the extent they could be mistaken for any no-mark trance diva. It’s what sceptics would expect, admittedly, but a downright disappointment from Kianna Alarid of Nebraskan oddities Tilly and the Wall, who is better than the entirely forgettable You Are My Diamond. Later, Nelly Furtado and Canadian alt-rock figurehead Emily Haines barely escape similar (mis)treatment.

Given Bloc Party’s output circa Intimacy, Kele Okereke’s typically charismatic cameo on It’s Not the Things You Say is the record’s most natural partnership, Tiësto sensibly underplaying his accompaniment. It’s a (low) standard Calvin Harris can’t match; Century possesses approximately 99 per cent less personality than the Scottish rent-a-gob’s chart-topping Dizzee Rascal hook-ups.

The multi-collaborative dance album is hardly a groundbreaking model: for evidence, see past outings from The Chemical Brothers or Simian Mobile Disco’s 2009 set Temporary Pleasure. And at times Kaleidoscope compromises seemingly all involved. Perching on such mightily uncomfortable middle ground, however, without leaving the mental scars this project could have inflicted has to be a backhanded compliment of sorts to Tiësto. --Adam Kennedy

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As a dedicated follower of Tiesto's melodic sound since I was about 14, I cannot tell you how disappointed by this album I was. I know the style had been changing over the last few albums, but it's here that the days of depth, progression and haunting melody, characteristic of the In Search of Sunrise series; Revolution, In My Memory, Nyana, Just be, Magik 1-7 and so forth are well and truly gone. I only hope someone follows that great path that he has set, as he has abandoned it himself. Kaleidoscope has almost nothing going for it. The tracks are cheesy, and fail to be catchy or memorable. They are, largely, tacky and cheap sounding pop-synth trash, with pop artists providing vocals, including Nelly Furtado and Dizzy Rascal. There is no depth here, and it's even quite self-indulgent in places. High points? The track featuring the Cary Brothers wasn't too bad, but the best tracks are probably 'Always Near' and 'Surrounded by Light', which are nice instrumentals, and are very rare melodic respites during an otherwise disappointing listening experience. Sadly, both tracks are very short.

I think the In search of sunrise mix series is the best mix series money can buy, especially the earlier installments. It baffles me that someone who could so patiently assemble the hauntingly beautiful 'In search of sunrise 3' could produce this shallow piece of nothing. I can only assume that he wants to appeal to a bigger audience, having become bigger than the trance genre himself. In doing so, he has abandoned so many of his fans. I'm just glad I went to see him play at the In search of sunrise 5 & 7 parties, before this genre shift occurred.

So, so disappointing.
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This is a really poor trance artist album. Ive been into trance big time for the last 10 years now and needless to say have purchased a number of artist albums over the year and will push the boat out and say this is the worst one i have ever heard. I bought this in the knowledge that i had always preferred Tiesto when seeing him DJ in clubs or when compiling his search of sunrise albums, compared to his own productions, but i spent the tenner and thought id give this a go.

The result - a album of poor, cheesy, non-descript dance music. He has crammed so many songs on here as well and just cherry picked some celebrity vocalists to make the album look more appealing. Non of the tracks are particularly driving, interesting or uplifting and some of the vocals are hideous. The tracks are all really short as well with no build up/intro/outro and certainly no chance to use any for CD mixing/DJ purposes if thats your cup of tea. And i agree that although most songs are not even really trance, they are also not really anything else in particular and wouldnt do well in the charts. "I will be here" the current release is probably the most catchy!

I cant think of much more to say about it really other than dont bother. much better recent artist albums can be found by jon o'callaghan or cosmic gate and although i only thought armins Imagine was average to good, it absolutely wipes the floor with this. I got armins universal religion 4 at the same time as this and that is worth a purchase.
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I have been a huge fan of Tiesto's reocrdings - all I would rate as above average to excellent. However, this was such a disappointment - it isn't trance remotely, and whatever it can be categorised as, is terrible. I understand that Richard Durand has now become the DJ responsible for the In Search of Sunrise albums due to Tiesto's discredited work. Tiesto: what has happened? you have sold out and let us down... :-(
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Having being a tiesto fan for years this album was a definite purchase but this is not the tiesto i have come to know and love. This ends up being more of a pop album as opposed to the more rave and trance albums tiesto has been making for years. However, this album still contains some of the older style tiesto tunes. Louder than boom is a fantastic track as well as i will be here and who wants to be alone which act as a saving grace to the album. Overall i was disappointed with kaleidoscope but thats not too say its a bad album, its just not as good as his previous work. If you are a diehard fan then its worth checking out but otherwise i would check out magikal journey, which is far superior.

Kaleidoscope 5/10
Escape Me 7/10
You Are My Diamond 6/10
I Will Be Here 9/10
I Am Strong 5/10
Here On Earth 6/10
Always Near 6/10
Its Not The Things You Say 4/10
Fresh Fruit 6/10
Century 7/10
Feel It In My Bones 8/10
Who Wants To Be Alone 9/10
LA Ride 7/10
Bend It Like You Dont Care 6/10
Knock You Out 8/10
Louder Than Boom 10/10
Surrounded By Light 4/10
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Tiesto has always been a bit of a pioneer in his field. Always innovating, always adding his own twist to a track. This was expertly shown throughout the first three studio albums (In My Memory, Just Be and Elements Of Life) all of which were better than the last and way ahead of the pack musically.

Kaleidoscope is nothing like this. it sounds dated, derivative and lacks any sort of anthemc feel that you'd expect from Tiesto. It's not terrible. It's just not very good. ALL of his other work is an order of magnitude better than this. It's actually the only album I've bought recently where I'd have wanted a refund on if it were possible.

Een worse is that it doesn't get better if you listen to it a few months down the line. it's still derivative, uninspired and a little dull.

A shame.
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