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Album Review

Another prodigy discovered by Finland's wonder boy Jaakko Salovaara (also known as JS16), Darude (born Ville Virtanen) slowly started to conquer the dance world with two hit singles, "Sandstorm" and "Feel the Beat." Those songs might be very attractive and rhythmic, but unfortunately Darude's debut full-length doesn't succeed quite as well. First of all, the main problem of Before the Storm is its monotony. Its entire content can be easily described by the two hit singles. The rest of album is mostly just a variation of that theme, and it just doesn't work if you're not on a dancefloor. This may be due to Jaakko Salovaara's presence — JS16's house is also monotonous; with no diversity whatsoever. Whether this is a good thing or not just depends on the context in which one hears the music. Darude's debut album Before the Storm may work well on the dancefloor, but it is virtually impossible to listen to the whole album at home. ~ Antti J. Ravelin, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Darude is better than the review says.

Screw the iTunes review. This is gold for people who like driving melodic dance music. If you like D.H.T or Pulser or Styles & Breeze this is great. The catchy melodies in Sandstorm and Out of Control are as good as rhythm and feelings in Touch Me Feel Me and Drums of New York. So please, don't listen to the iTunes review. Listen to it for yourself.

There IS a god! *bows*

I still can't get over the fact how Darude's music is finally here on iTunes! The complete album is here this time too! In fact, don't spend any more time reading this review, just go and buy the album. You won't regret it!


finally th e best trance techno is here


Formed: July 17, 1975

Genre: Dance

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

Finnish DJ/Producer Darude (born Ville Virtanen) started experimenting with music and DJing while still attending school, adopting the nickname of "the Rude" (later...
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