||Haunted (feat. LO-FI Sugar)||Paul van Dyk||5:40||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||White Lies (feat. Jessica Sutta)||Paul van Dyk||4:36||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Sabotage||Paul van Dyk||3:41||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Comlicated (feat. Ashley Tomberlin)||Paul van Dyk||7:58||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Get Back (feat. Ashley Tomberlin)||Paul van Dyk||5:23||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Far Away||Paul van Dyk||3:32||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Another Sunday||Paul van Dyk||6:32||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Talk In Grey (feat. Ryan Merchant)||Paul van Dyk||3:22||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||In Circles||Paul van Dyk||4:30||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||In Between||Paul van Dyk||3:23||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Stormy Skies (feat. Wayne Jackson)||Paul van Dyk||4:24||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||DÈtournement||Paul van Dyk||2:20||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||New Fork Ciry (feat. Ashley Tomberlin)||Paul van Dyk||5:25||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Castaway (feat. LO-FI Sugar)||Paul van Dyk||3:26||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||La Dolce Vita||Paul van Dyk||2:50||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Let Go (feat. Rea Garvey)||Paul van Dyk||6:17||$1.69||View in iTunes|
||Fall With Me (feat. David Byrne)||Paul van Dyk||4:30||$1.69||View in iTunes|
In Between, Paul van Dyk's first studio album in four years, and only his second in seven, was certainly a long time coming. In fact, it was questionable whether another studio album would come at all. A lot changed over that span of time in terms of musical trends — the rise (and descent) of Microhouse, for instance — but thankfully van Dyk sticks with what he does best on In Between rather than experiment with an assortment of styles like he did on his previous album, Reflections (2003). Like his earlier albums — 45 RPM (1994), Seven Ways (1996), and Out There and Back (2000) — this one is a seamless trance excursion, with each track segueing into the next, sometimes so subtly one must rely on the track numbers to distinguish the songs from one another. However, the trance sound of In Between is far removed from that of van Dyk's earlier work. It's a much more nuanced, multi-layered sound that is practically soothing relative to the exhilarating ups and downs of Seven Ways, to look back a decade for a point of comparison. Part of what makes In Between such a soothing listen is vocalist/songwriter Ashley Tomberlin, who is credited on three songs, and the other, primarily female vocalists who pop up every now and then over the course of the album. These pretty and generally soft voices bring some life to music that is otherwise drifting and casual, driven by a steady beat that never hits too hard. The highlights of this long, 17-track album generally arrive early, beginning with "Haunted" (featuring Lo-Fi Sugar) and "White Lies" (featuring one of the Pussycat Dolls, Jessica Sutta). The latter of these two songs is clearly the album's crossover single, and while it's catchy and memorable, it might well be too dumbed-down for its own good (not to mention for the good of the album). While these are the initial highlights, intended to draw in listeners with short attention spans, the run of songs that begins with "Complicated"/"Get Back" (both featuring Tomberlin) and peaks with "Another Sunday" (which — keeping with the vocal emphasis — features a memorable sample) is more satisfying and arguably the heart of the album. There are many tracks that follow, of course, including the forceful "New York City" (featuring no less than five songwriters, three producers, and four vocalists — at least according to the credits), but as the album meanders from point to point, never departing too far from its home base in terms of sounds or beats, it's easy to lose focus and let the music recede into the background. It's clear In Between is no return to form for van Dyk, as there's evidently no returning to the heady days of the late-'90s trance boom. Still, it's good to hear the veteran DJ/producer back in the studio after all these years, even if he is assisted by a long list of up-and-coming co-writers, co-producers, and vocalists who no doubt give the album much of its character and sense of purpose.
The best album since "Out There & Back"
This album is in a different flavour to his album in 2000, but still has the old PvD signature pasted all over. The last album went a little too experimental, it did not flow, and the songs in general were not that great. Only a small handful from "Reflections" made it to my heart. "In Between" for me is in between his 2000 & 2003 albums if you get my drift. It features the latest electro-house styles while giving us the PvD sound we have grown to love for over a decade. This LP starts us in Electro-House and then gradually migrates us to PvD trance. This appears to be a concept album the way it flows, but it only seems that way. "Out There & Back" is an absolute masterpiece, and so is "In Between". This is a MUST HAVE!!! Key songs are "Complicated", "Far Away", "Another Sunday", "Talk In Grey", "In Circles", "Castaway", "La Dolce Vita" & "Let Go".
Born: 16 December 1971 in Eisenhüttenstadt, East Germany
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s