A State Of Trance 2013 - Mi Double CD
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Music is more than a second nature to Armin van Buuren. For the past 15 years, heÉs been living to the rhythm of his own success, at a high pace. Nothing else fascinates the Dutch DJ and producer more than the phenomenon of sound. An important part of his musical journey is the annual A State of Trance compilation series, highly anticipated by his fans, the music lovers and dance addicts. And here it is, its ninth edition, A State of Trance 2013. Mixed and compiled by no one other than Armin van Buuren. Bursting with exclusive tracks and remixes, seamlessly mixed by the world's number one DJ, Armin proudly presents A State of Trance 2013. From new found gems of renowned names to the latest discoveries of EDM's league of rising talents. This is the sound of 2013, defined by Armin van Buuren.
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I can't criticise an album purely for this, but unfortunately in my opinion it has many other faults. I'm really surprised at the positivity around this album; maybe it's my fault for comparing it to previous ASoT's, especially 2005 and 2006 which were stunning. The majority of tracks on this album are much rougher and harsher than those on previous albums, and many of them, especially CD2, sounds broadly the same. They have those rough synth sounds and layers that resemble some sort of crazy classical song. The smooth blending synths and complex, fascinating and catchy keys simply don't exist on this album compared to previous efforts, in my opinion. I had to listen to most of CD2 with the volume really low.
Who am I to judge Armin VB? He must know what people are enjoying listening to at the moment, surely? I must just prefer the older stuff, but to me, it's so much better. This is a lot harsher and more difficult to appreciate for me.
I suppose one positive is that, unlike many trance albums that aren't trance these days, this IS trance... it's just not as good as the older stuff, far from it. And it's not as if all of 'new trance' songs sound like this, there are still some quality albums with what I call 'proper,' 'thoughtful' or 'smooth' trance out there - the more melodic stuff I suppose (but not cheesy).
There are a few good tracks on here. CD1 is better than 2 in my opinion, and I particularly like Lullaby Lonely and Eterna, and there are a couple of others that are half decent too.
But for those of you - perhaps the minority? - who prefer less severe trance music, try the new Solarstone stuff and give 'Moments in the Sun Volume 1' by the Unearthed label a try. The latter isn't perfect but certainly more my style.
I suppose, as I've said before, Armin is only offering the 'State' that he sees trance to be in for each year. But if this is anything to go by, it's not in a very good state at the moment.
In my opinion.
*Always buy the CD, the collection looks good on the shelf once you've ripped it to iTunes.
I just whizzed through this on Spotify Free (rather than Spotify Fee) - 2 hours in 10 minutes - and it's looking pretty good for mainstream(isn) melodic trance now that AABeyond have as good as left the genre.
Lots of decent melodies aka tunes, lots of quiet bits followed by euphoric bits, lots of synths, and quite a lot of lady-vocals - the best kind, apart from the lady singing 5 keys too high for her. So I wouldn't hesitate too much if you're an AVB fan anyway and thinking of buying it, or just a quality melodic trance enthusiast. There are quite a few dirty bass bits, too, for those addicted-to-bass, er, addicts. Hope that helps until some more thorough reviews arrive. I'll try to remember to add to this when I've heard it in more detail.
CD 2 Track 1 Alexander Popov Lost Language nice riff and melody run through out the song. Track 5 Alex Morph New York City good to see him bounce back with a belter of a tune. Track 6 Ayda Caesar another nice sound. Track 9 Rank 1 vs M.I.K.E (Push) Elements Of Nature. Good track by these people. Track 10 Andrew Rayel Musa operatic sound through out this track.
Pretty hard not to smile when listening to this CD turn it up !!!
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