12 Songs, 59 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The London DJ/production trio Above & Beyond have checked off pretty much every box on your average EDM supergroup's bucket list: run a successful label (Anjunabeats); crush a Vegas residency; release countless singles, remixes, and studio albums; win awards for all of it. So what's next? How about hiring a 15-piece orchestra to perform acoustic versions of some of their biggest songs? Forget beats and bombast—there's not a lick of what would commonly be recognized as trance music here. The A&B signature track "Sun and Moon" starts slow and meditative before launching a lighter-waving chorus befitting a Bon Jovi concert. Harps, synths, and percussion come together for "Love Is Not Enough," achieving a sleek downtempo vibe, while "Alone Tonight" evokes Portishead. None of this is trance, but its languid melodies and atmospheric production is certainly trance-inducing.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

The London DJ/production trio Above & Beyond have checked off pretty much every box on your average EDM supergroup's bucket list: run a successful label (Anjunabeats); crush a Vegas residency; release countless singles, remixes, and studio albums; win awards for all of it. So what's next? How about hiring a 15-piece orchestra to perform acoustic versions of some of their biggest songs? Forget beats and bombast—there's not a lick of what would commonly be recognized as trance music here. The A&B signature track "Sun and Moon" starts slow and meditative before launching a lighter-waving chorus befitting a Bon Jovi concert. Harps, synths, and percussion come together for "Love Is Not Enough," achieving a sleek downtempo vibe, while "Alone Tonight" evokes Portishead. None of this is trance, but its languid melodies and atmospheric production is certainly trance-inducing.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
305 Ratings
305 Ratings
Led_Zepelin_Lad ,

Wish all their albums were acoustic

Not a huge fan of the "Standard" electronic above and beyond, but this is some seriously good music. Actual people playing instruments gives the music so much life and warmth.

SteveOzuki ,

Absolutely Amazing

It is amazing how ini the world of electronic music Above and Beyond is able to pull something like this off and it sounds absolutely amazing! Cannot wait to see the Acoustic Show in LA this year and I will be buying the Vol 2 as well.

JohnP.Kimbler ,

WOW

this is far more satisfying than ANY of the trance stuff…imo

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