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Feels like a throw back to WaxTrax Circa 1989

I first stumbled upon Paul at Coachella in 2001. The winds were fierce and the curtain behind him on the main stage was being tossed around violently as he mixed and spun in the warm dusk and desert wind. The sun went down and his music came up. It was inspirational and moving. After that performance I sought out every mix he had done and found some great hour long "essential mixes" he had done in 99. I then saw Paul again at Coachella this year (2006) and was nearly moved and inspired as I was in 01, but not quite as much. His performance was good, but it lacked emotion and soul. The same could be said for this album. It isn't bad mind you, but it is a departure from the normalcy that is trance/house/hour long mixes that are thought provoking and emotional. This album feels like some the offspring of Wax Trax bands from the late 80's early 90's mixed with a bit of Front 242 and The Judgment Night Soundtrack (mixing electronic beats with rap and pop). It's not bad, it's not classic Oakenfold, which is what I was hoping it would be. This feels commercial and feels cheaper in the sense that it has very little emotional investment from Paul as an artist. Just a gut feeling.


iTunes, please make zero stars an option... another personification of talent gone bad. i think that oakenfold would have been better off sticking to DJing the more talented people's production. if you are into bland cookie cutter weekend mainstream electronic blah, then this abundance of mediocrity will give you a stiffy. if you enjoy the cutting edge of underground techno, this album will sound like a commercial for tampax. sorry paul, you are officially off the relevant artist roster.


I bought this album not knowing what to expect, and not being a 'hard-core' trance fanatic myself, but just knowing oakenfold usually only does quality stuff. I was right! He blends rock w/ trance in a way I haven't heard before and I love the guest vocalists! Brittany Murphy is amazing (shock surprise) and great in the video. Ryan Tedder, I don't know where i've heard him before, but stellar voice, hope to hear more from him. I think it's a well rounded album, only the 2nd 'dance' album i've ever bought, i'm certainly glad i did. I will say this: if you're a trance/techno/dance snob, then u might not like this album like some of the other reviewers. i don't understand '1' star. that's ridiculous. or it's just paul's competitors.


Born: August 30, 1963 in London, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Paul Oakenfold is the DJ, remixer, and producer who did more than anyone else to break house music in Britain during the late '80s. During 1987-1988, Oakenfold hosted a series of crucial club nights that introduced thousands of Brits to house music. Just a few years later, he helped push the new dance crossover into the charts by masterminding hit productions by Happy Mondays (among others) and forming one of the most successful dance labels of the 1990s, Perfecto Records. Even well over a decade...
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