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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

679 Ratings

Honest Review from a diehard AvB fan


1. Intense - interesting, diverse track. tries a little to hard though. a little too hectic, song lacks an identity. enjoyable to listen to but not something I would ecstatically share with friends 7/10

2. This Is What It Feels Like - a song that will probably get a lot of flack for its "sell-out" feel. Look at "Going Wrong" off of 'Imagine', you'll notice similarities. Without the new house movement the song probably wouldn't get hated on so much, but still lacks a lot of individuality . 7/10

3. Beautiful Life - first song I would describe as "strong" on the album, stronger vocals would push it over the edge but enjoyable nonetheless. 8.5/10

4. Waiting For The Night - Beat Service remix is great, the regular version is good. 7.5/10 remix is 8.5/10

5. Pulsar - love the crunchy synth. kind of progressive house-ish but I like it a lot. 8.5/10

6. Sound of the Drums - possibly the worst Armin song I've ever heard. 5/10

7. Alone - Wouldn't even consider it a Trance song. but actually really like it. Lyrics are surprisingly relevant. 8.5/10

8. Turn This Love Around - started off very generic, but after he threw in the violins it got more interesting. Feel like there's a lot of potential for a remix to come in and kill it. 8/10

9. Won't Let You Go - refreshingly trancy on this record. Got excited from the minute the song started. 9/10

10. Last Stop Before Heaven - promising buildup sort of disappoints. has to be more complex to impress me. 7/10

11. Forever Is Ours - saw the name Emma Hewitt and got exactly what I expected. 8.5/10

12. Love Never Came - borrowing Richard Bedford from A&B was a great idea. Might be the best song on the album. Literally the only thing wrong with it is at 3:50 Bedford's voice kind of fades out awkwardly with an extra "eeee" sound. you'll understand what I'm saying. 9.5/10

13. Who's Afraid of 138?! - a refreshingly non-vocal trance track on the album. Fails to blow me away but wouldn't skip over it necesarily. 8/10

14. Reprise - didn't see that coming. Could see this at the end of a movie. Not necesarily a fan of the rock instrumental but actually a really cool way to end an album. If I was doing trance for 20 years I'd wanna have the freedom to throw some drums in one song. 7.5/10

Overall: Not going to say disappointing. Album had it's good moments. If it had one perfect song that I could give a 10/10 that really blew me away it would do the album wonders. Still have a few good new songs that i'll look forward to listening too and I have a feeling some remixes will come out and put some songs (Won't Let You Go, Turn This Love Around, Forever is Ours) over the top. 8.5/10

Armin does not disappoint


Just when I though the EDM world was becoming overly saturated with young DJs with more or less the same sound, Armin van Buuren saves the day by delivering elegant, bold and original music. Once again, he proves to be the #1 DJ. Trance out.

About Armin van Buuren

A progressive trance DJ and producer whose cinematic sound is influenced by synth pioneers like Klaus Schulze and Jean Michel Jarre, Armin van Buuren enjoys worldwide recognition and a frantic schedule that takes him all over the globe. Born on December 25, 1976 in Leiden, Holland, Armin became interested in music at an early age (his father was an avid record buyer). A close friend introduced him to the world of dance music, and the Dutch DJ and remixer Ben Liebrand quickly became his main inspiration. It led van Buuren to investigate the roots of the electronic music he was becoming fond of, and numerous Jarre and Schulze CDs were acquired. Computers and turntables were also purchased, and creating his own music became a priority.

In 1995, van Buuren attended Leiden University, and a local student club provided the venue for his first DJ gigs. The same year he was fortunate enough to have some demos included on compilations, and when the money came in, it was rolled back into producing 12"s. Cyber Records released his first hit, "Blue Fear," in 1995, and by 1999 his "Communication" was successful enough to get him signed to AM:PM. He also formed his own label, Armind, in 1999 and met Dave Lewis, a man responsible for jump-starting the careers of DJ Tiësto and Ferry Corsten. A collaboration with Tiësto yielded his biggest hit yet on Armind, "Eternity," and marathon five-hour sets brought him more attention. High-profile remixes of Madison Avenue's "Don't Call Me Baby" and Wamdue Project's "King of My Castle" followed, and numerous mix CDs were released on United Recordings.

By 2002 he'd placed number five in DJ Magazine's Top 100 and was hosting his own weekly show on the Dutch ID&T radio station. By the end of 2003 he found time to set the worldwide record for longest DJ set (12 and a half hours at a club in The Hague), finish his law degree, and release his first non-mix CD, 76. Shivers followed in 2005, with Imagine arriving in 2008. His 2010 effort, Mirage, featured singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor along with fellow producers BT and Ferry Corsten. Van Buuren returned in 2013 -- after numerous mix albums, including his annual additions to the A State of Trance series -- with his fifth studio album, Intense. The album was expanded in 2015 as Intense: The Most Intense Edition, a set that turned the original LP into a four-CD/one-DVD box featuring remixes and recordings of live gigs. His collaboration with Cosmic Gate, "Embargo," landed that same year. The track would appear on Van Buuren's sixth studio album, the Dutch chart-topping Embrace, which also featured Gavin DeGraw, Hardwell, and Mr. Probz.

In 2016, he continued his State of Trance series with the 13th installment, A State of Trance 2016. ~ David Jeffries

    Leiden, The Netherlands
  • BORN
    December 25, 1976

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