15 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
205 Ratings
205 Ratings
drkwlf ,

Music for Life

Above & Beyond create music that is beautiful for every task, adventure, and mode of living. Whether you desire to sleep to the sounds of their ethereal melodies, trancendental vocals, and sweeping emotional stirs, or drive fast to their furiously energetic beats, you will find the answer here and within their creative expressions of perfection. There is an endless swathe of music available but such a small sliver of it remains truly memorable, irreplaceable, and capable of living as a lasting synthesis of triumphant sound. Above & Beyond continues to amaze, inspire, and allow us to listen to life as it is meant to be heard.

Ørja ,

Very good

Has a very chilled, tense aura throughout all the tracks. Favourites would have to be Alchemy, Black Room Boy and Thing Called Love. Can't stop listening to them.

DeeDeewasme ,

Too much experimenting

I tried to like this album. I really did. However, after about 5 plays of every song, I have to say I am disappointed. This album pales in comparison to Tri-State, and even Mirage had better standout tracks than this. Don't get me wrong, this music is good if you want to just chill and not really think about anything, but it doesn't have the emotion of Above & Beyond's previous tracks.
My first problem would be the vocals. In general, I prefer instrumental to to vocal trance, but there are a bunch of great vocal tracks out there. In regard to Above & Beyond, Can't Sleep, Alone Tonight, and On a Good Day get the formula right - a section of vocals that breaks into an instrumental chorus. On this album, Sun & Moon and Thing Called Love are the only ones that get that right. The other tracks seem to be experimenting in a way where the sound centralizes on vocals, and the synths serve to bolster them. The only song I think this ever worked for is Underworld - Born Slippy (NUXX) and that was made 15 years ago. These songs just dont have that instumental melody that defines trance as a genre. I also just hate Zoe Johnston's voice and Richard Bedford gets a little annoying after a while.
Good songs would be Thing Called Love (but I bought that off Anjunabeats Vol. 8), Sun & Moon is a decent 4 star track - has that characteristic trance melody, but is far too simple. Filmic and Eternal are beautiful, and are amazing intro and outro tracks. The rest of the vocal tracks are terrible though, and Prelude and Sun In Your Eyes are too repetitive, even for progressive.
This is good lounge music with a couple really good tracks on it. I would not recommend it as a trance album however, which is the way it is marketed. Experimenting is good, but only on 1 or 2 tracks. Armin tried to do it as well on Mirage, and it was awful, but he had a bunch of amazing tracks that followed the tried-and-true trance formula. If experimenting and progressing the sound of trance is your thing, I would recommend listening to artists like Arty, or even some of Avicii's trance-y tracks like his remix of Drowning.

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