Grows on you but the special bonus tracks edition is better,
This review is from: Mirage (MP3 Download)
I agree with the other reviews. However before you read on, I recommend that you get the Special Bonus Tracks Edition which has four brilliant extra trance tracks that are so missing from this normal 16-track version which, despite being a CD that you will listen to again and again, lacks some of Armin's familiar epic trance. Or you can get this, and then buy the extra tracks separately if you can get them.
The first track is a brilliantly haunting choral intro. We then go straight into the title track "Mirage" which is a big build-up sounding much more like Tiesto than Armin. Track 3 "This Light Between Us" is an emotional male vocal track (I much prefer female vocals to tell me something), and there is already a feeling that we are going to depart from trance music and go into pop. Sophie Ellis Bexter's track lightens the mood and, for me, gives the whole cd overall credibility with her unique voice which is so distinctive - a beautiful colloboration. After a surreal start, track 5 is familiar instrumental and vocal trance. Track 5 has its orchestral moments but but is too overtaken by a heavy synth motif which becomes repetitive and loud. Female electronica track 9 is better than similar tracks 7 & 8 put together but is still not trance. "Drowning" has a good club feel and this dance beat thankfully continues into track 11. Track 12 is a trance instrumental...after all this is Armin right?...yes and "These Silent Hearts" builds on this with the epic BT. And Orbion is also much more like the vocal trance we have come to love from Armin. However I don't like Minack which loses momentum completely and slows down like treacle. Youtopia thankfully ends the CD with a very feel-good catchy (male vocal) pop track.
So where has the all trance gone? Luckily you can get it with the Special Bonus Tracks Edition!!!