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  • Audio CD (17 Jan. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B00003W7ZM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
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ENIGMA The Screen Behind The Mirror (2000 UK limited edition 11-track CD album including the singles Push The Limits and Gravity Of Love housed in a fold-out digipak picture sleeve with glossy insert)

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Enigma, the Romanian musician, Michael Cretu and friends will never win any prizes for invention. The music of his fourth album adheres firmly to the blueprint of his other releases: mini-pop symphonies. This is a small-screen scrawl that takes in classical musical samples in the style of Gregorian chants and Wagner-style pomp and circumstance and MOR vocals which recall Celine Dion and Phil Collins, provided by Ruth Ann Boyle of Olive, Cretu's wife, Sandra and Andru Donalds. Bedded down to ambient's lack of beats and coloured by pop's sense of fun, there are no obvious hits on the very smooth and moody, The Screen Behind the Mirror. However there is a certain guilty pleasure in kicking back after dinner and floating down stream to the almost funky "Push out the Limits" and the bombastic slab of Euro-pop that is "Traces(Light and Weight)". --Olivia Ferenczi

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I was suprised at the reviewer who stated that Enigma will never win any prizes for invention. That's funny ... as Enigma is probably the most unique music to have ever been heard on the radio and it is impossible for any band to be 100% original. Everything ultimately comes from somewhere else. Obviously, Enigma must possess something strikingly different about them to have gained such a cult following of fans that have so far, lasted an entire decade. That certainly won't happen for Britney or Backstreet Boys ... and it certainly didn't happen for the now forgotten Spice Girls! ; )
The elements Enigma uses to create it's sound are all derived from various sources, but when blended together they created a unique formula that has yet to be duplicated by anyone else, despite the number of try-hard immitators.
Although "The Screen Behind the Mirror" basis it's theme on the piece "O fortuna" by Carl Orff, the song is heard in an entirely different way than one may think giving the music a unique twist. This cd is still my #1 most played album in my cd player. I listen to it on end and love every track on this cd! It's sensual, diverse, moody yet dance-driven, and the song "Push the Limits" is sure to become a club favorite since it's recent single release in some countries!
Most highley reccommended for those with eclectic taste in music who are looking for something meaningful and unique to listen to!
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The Screen Behind The Mirror is definitely the best Enigma yet ! I dont understand how people can say that this album is rushed, contrived or unoriginal. When I first listened to it i wanted it to last forever, i enjoyed it that much. It strikes a perfect balance between the first album and the third, with enough strong dance beats and etheral voices to win over even the most anti - enigma person. The songs which most stand out to me are push the Limits, Gravity of Love, The Screen Behind the Mirror, and Camera Obscura.
Its just brilliant !
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Having bought Enigma's first hit single 'Sadeness' back in 1990, I was very disappointed at the first listening of the album it came from - MCMXC a.D. But it wasn't too long before I found that it's power stealthily crept upon me, and I found myself swept away, enraptured by this perfection. And I have experienced the same initial disappointment, followed by later enrapture with each subsequent Enigma release.

They say 'start as you mean to go on', and it has always been clear that Michael Cretu has clung to that little nugget. With 'The Screen Behind The Mirror', it again appears that he has done the same. But in the strongest defense of his possible genius, what others call 'more of the same' and 're-hash', I call an artistic, musical and spiritual quest to express ONENESS.

It is clear that all of Enigma's albums are connected in a way that I think has never been done before, making them collectively ONE great big album that only serves to prolong the ecstasy they induce. For this reason, I cannot pick out any one track for analysis, believing as I do, that this album must be considered as part of it's collective. And from this point of view, this latest release really does deserve 5 stars.

All you who have complained about this release know that ultimately you will come to love it as much as the other albums, just as you already see their unity. We buy the latest remix or re-interpretation of any particular recording, precicely because we want to extend the pleasure it already gives us.
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I have loved every single one of Cretu's albums but I think that Screen Behind the Mirror is perhaps the best. Yes, there are common themes that "Screen" borrows from its predecessors but that is the identifying signature of Engima, which gives it a certain familiarity, but there is so much more to give the sense of a completely different journey. Although some might accuse Cretu of dabbling in cliche with the inclusion of Carl Orff's O Fortuna I think that his ambient styles and mastery of his art give this rousing piece of classical work an even higher definition. My spine tingles every time I hear it.
The introduction (borrowing heavily from Vangelis' Albedo 0.39) opens the album well and I adore the female vocals voicing Cretu's message ("basic instinct, social life. Paradoxes side by side") whilst accompanied by his trademark tribal chanting. Gravity of Love is without doubt one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard (ideal for intimate evenings in with a girlfriend!) and affirms my opinion that good music is the best head-trip there is. Endless Quest and Between Mind & Heart are also wonderful pieces which deserve top volume.
Overall, Screen Behind the Mirror is essential listening to Enigma fans and is a beautiful piece to anyone who likes music for the mind. After after each Enigma outing I often wondered how better a next album might be and thought of it with some trepidation. Screen Behind the Mirror confirms my belief that Micheal Cretu is perhaps one of the most gifted musicians in the world today.
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I think Michael Cretu has done it again. He very occasionally gets chart hits, but personally I think he releases the wrong singles from his album on to the singles chart!
Enigma 4 is a brilliant addition to the series that have been produced every 3 years over the past decade. It has all the qualities of the previous albums and more - If u don't have the first 3, I recommend you buy the Triology CD pack to compliment. A "must listen" - Top Ratings!!
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