- Audio CD (5 Oct. 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Musical Freedom
- ASIN: B002M6IQA6
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- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 78,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1st album I've bought by tiesto - was expecting something more mixed and trance but like it nonetheless.Published on 27 Sept. 2010 by R. Wesley
I am a huge Tiesto fan but this latest offering has been a disappointment. There are still moments of Tiesto's "style" and innovation but this in general is a more commercial CD... Read morePublished on 8 April 2010 by Paulie Waulie
never received item. waited over three weeks to be told it had been sent out but lost in the post. wish i had read reviews before i purchased it as someone said they had exactly... Read morePublished on 3 April 2010 by Ms. Lisa Huuter
Loved this album! Good to have an album that you can play right through and enjoy every track! Few of my favourites are 'here on this earth', 'escape me' and his collaborations... Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2010 by Susie Chick
People are complaining that its no the usual 'Tiesto' sound and they are right. But if you actually payed attention to the artists you will find that he has specifically made a... Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2010 by Spiky k