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Album Review

Trance magnates Schiller (individually Mirko von Schlieffen and Christopher von Deylen) put together a string of dancehall hits in Europe throughout the first decade of the 2000s, collaborating with a series of artists for a mix of trance instrumental tracks and recited poetry. 2008's Desire is little different in some respects. It holds to the basic tenets of trance music, using progressive buildups and slowdowns of compositional structure, and a strong focus on synths as the main melodic vehicle. Along with that musical core, though, Desire includes slightly filtered female vocals as well, adding a fairly ethereal element to the proceedings. Pieces such as "Black" (with Jette von Roth adding her vocals) can get a bit ethnic with their instrumentation. Pieces like the title track, however, hold up a bit more of Schiller's classic style with the eclectic Xavier Naidoo providing a partially spoken, partially chanted vocal accompaniment to a brooding instrumental track. Desire does all of the things a good trance album should do — it provides moments of sheer danceable joy, and it provides moments of darker, tighter pensiveness. Primarily, though, it provides a long buffet of ambient sounds, stripped from the realm of the relaxed club. Not quite chill-out, not quite dance, but a casual groove.

Biography

Born: 15 October 1970 in Visselhövede, Lower Saxony, Germa

Genre: Pop

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

Named after the German poet Friedrich Schiller, the production duo of Schiller originally consisted of Mirko von Schlieffen and Christopher von Deylen. The two layered trance beats and spoken poetry, which resulted in a couple of trance chart-toppers in Europe in the late '90s and early 2000. Aside from the Schiller project, both von Schlieffen and von Deylen have worked on outside projects. Zeitgeist marked the band's debut in 1999 (the album was not released in the United States until 2001). The...
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  • 95,00 kr
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Dance, Trance, Rock
  • Released: 01 January 2008

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