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Album Review

This fifth studio album from the "King of Trance" is the follow-up to 2010's Mirage. Embracing more genres than he has ever done before, from classical to rock, and incorporating them into his high-energy, melodic trance sound, he has created a fun, emotion-packed roller coaster ride of a record. Featuring the singles "Waiting for the Night" and "This Is What It Feels Like," the album features contributions from a number of guest vocalists, as well as classical violinist Miri Ben-Ari and the rock band of van Buuren's brother Eller., Rovi

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Intense - This Is Now, Armin Has Moved Forward

Armin is at his best with this album he's never had the equipment, tailor made studio, level of expertise as before and his magic, which is still very much alive. Plus there is no doubting the fact that this is also his most genre-bending album, crossing over from progressive and trance to classic, even rock.

Featuring collaborations with Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari, Australian duo NERVO and singers by the likes of Trevor Guthrie, Emma Hewitt, Laura Jansen, Fiora, as well as live orchestras and his brother Eller van Buuren's Rock Band.

The result of the 2 years of producing this album has formed the intricate and mind-blowing cadenza that is the album title's song 'Intense' to the feel-good lead single of the album 'This Is What It Feels Like' and 'Turn This Love Around'. From the quieting beat-ballad of 'Sound of The Drums' to Armin's dedication to the harder shades of his beloved trance, 'Who's Afraid of 138?!'.

Very dissappointed :(

Whilst there are a few tracks here that are very good, overall I'm dissapointed. Trance is a genre, as the name suggests, designed to put you into a hypnotic state. There's not a single track here that comes close to doing that. These tracks aren't uplifting and they're certainly not beautiful trance tracks either. At a nightclub, sure, but listening to under the stars or at sunset...nah!

To people who enjoy this, that's fine, but I'd encourage you to expand your horizons. Check out radio shows such as the Future Sound of Egypt, Solaris International, Tytanium Podcast, Vocal Trance - TranceIsLife even possibly Global DJ Broadcast or A State of Trance.

If you're interested, I'm currently to Johann Dee - Blue Circle (Original Mix). It's a nice, semi-uplifting track (8/10 for me), but it's certainly not the only good trance track (if you like this kind of thing). It's probably in the top 100 released of the last month though.


So, as I said, these tracks would be ok for a party, but (particularly for non-electronic fans), don't shut yourself off from the world of music out there. There is SO much trance being released (50+ a day through official record labels) that you'd be missing out on much better music (imo).


Although the album isn't officially avaliable yet, i still cannot stop listening to Armin, no1 DJ!


Born: 25 December 1976 in Leiden, The Netherlands

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A progressive trance DJ and producer whose cinematic sound is influenced by synth pioneers like Klaus Schulze and Jean Michel Jarre, Armin van Buuren enjoys worldwide recognition and a frantic schedule that takes him all over the globe. Born on December 25, 1976 in Leiden, Holland, Armin became interested in music at an early age (his father was an avid record buyer). A close friend introduced him to the world of dance music, and the Dutch DJ and remixer Ben Liebrand quickly became his main inspiration....
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Intense, Armin van Buuren
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  • £10.99
  • Genres: Dance, Music, Electronic, Trance, Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2013

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