TRI STATE CD
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Above And Beyond - Tri-State - Cd
Like it or not trance is still popular. Very popular. Week in week out clubs around the world are rammed to the rafters with party goers stacking boxes in time to the doof-doof-dikker-der of the genre that refuses to grow up. Even a cursory glance at the annual DJ polls reveals that the top jocks all peddle a mix of arena filling bosh voted for by clubbers in their droves.
However, trance has yet to be graced by THE artist album; the record that defines and does justice to the mass popularity of the sound. Many have tried and failed. Tiesto, Paul van Dyk, Ferry Corsten and Armin van Buuren have all made the effort but none has managed to bridge the gap in a way that say, Faithless, Orbital and Underworld have.
Now it is the turn of UK outfit Above & Beyond. Housing the club bangers "Air For Life" and "Alone Tonight" Tri State is a sterling effort yet, unfortunately, it does little to deviate or expand on the brief. Whilst it's tightly produced, the boys haven't really managed to ascend beyond homage.
Having set their own bar so high with their amazing 2004 Essential Mix, Above & Beyond have backed themselves into a corner. The referencing of bygone classics combined with the spoken word element made the Radio 1 showa finely crafted, colourful master piece which is up there with Oakenfold's 194 Goa Mix. "Hope" stands out as a future single but little else raises itself from the sweeping lazer fodder.
Brilliant DJs though they are and required listening Anjuna Beats may be, Tri State is little more than a passable debut. Still, better to be bosh than tosh. --Andy Puleston
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Top Customer Reviews
So there we are - another pointless review that didn't really tell you anything about the album but I hope that this or one of the other proper reviews stands out and encourages you to give this a listen so you can see what we're all on about!
Does anybody at the BBC even listen to Trance music anymore???? By the sounds that come out of Radio 1 on a Friday evening, obviously not!!
Like it or lump it, ALOT of people still listen to Trance, Uplifting Trance to be more specific, and make no mistake this album is right near the very top of the genre.
From the quite spell-binding opening track of "Tri-State" ( Also Check out the Robert Nickson mix of this) the boys from Anjunabeats take you on a musical journey of what can only be described as pure genius.
For me, along with Anjunabeats Volume 4+5 ( Anjunabeats Volume 4 Anjunabeats Vol. 5 )this is what made Above & Beyond great. The vocals by Richard Bedford (Alone Tonight, Stealing Time, For All I Care) and Zoe Johnston (Good For Me + Cant Sleep) are just perfect in every way. Trance supremo Andy Moor also lends a hand with the class (Air For Life) which yet again hammers home just how class this album actually is.
Above & Beyonds finest hour???? Along with the for-mentioned Anjunabeats compilations, without a doubt.Read more ›
Don't expect full on uplifting Trance here.
There are a few Trance tunes and they are great albeit slow going but this is what A&B are delivering here in styles of Trance for Tri State. Good For Me is a brilliant dance tune and Hope has a beautiful melodic slow Trance sound. But for me there is too much chillout and to make it worse they go on for too long. Remember those awful ibiza chillout albums from 99 2000 era...
I really was hoping for a full blown Trance album here but in saying that this is still a beautiful album which won't be collecting dust.
Much prefer Anjunabeats!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Judging by the samples I have played through, this album is Above & Beyond's most accomplished effort and I enjoy itPublished 6 months ago by L. D.
Oh my goodness - one of the finest albums I have heard of this genre. Brilliant, brilliant trance, anthemic dance music. If you're a fan of trance dance, then you must buy this.Published 11 months ago by Mr. Neil Appleby
If ou like A&B then you'll love this! But think Group Therapy is one notch up!Published 20 months ago by J. Gardiner
Pure magic obviously it's above and beyond lol also disc and case is perfectPublished 20 months ago by sanchez83