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ENIGMA - A POSTERIORI - EMI
Record Rating: ****

ENIGMA - A POSTERIORI Enigma’s astounding success includes going to #1 on four continents, garnering over a hundred and fifty platinum awards and being a permanent fixture on the US Billboard Top 200 album charts for almost a decade. Front man Michael Cretu's formula of weaving old and new world sounds through new age atmospherics and dance rhythms resulted in the group putting out music that has been sui generis, sounding like nothing around for its the time. Their first release in three years, A Posteriori proves to be a delightful return to form for the new age pioneers. Without rehashing the billowy tunes of the previous effort Voyageur, Cretu combines and reinterprets the elements of his previous five albums, and there's a distinct pop sense that makes it accessible and damn near irresistible. The twelve tracks seamlessly merge together into a flowing river of music, and the result is a fascinating, sometimes intriguing listen, especially for listeners already attuned to Cretu’s idiosyncratic take on new age. Classical music and new age beats permeate the record from start to finish, and the lush textures and precision arrangements on tracks like Hello And Welcome, Feel Me Heaven and Invisible Love are exactly what earned Enigma so many fans in the first place. Other standouts include The Alchemist and the instrumental Eppur Si Muoveas, their waves of gurgling synths beneath the spacious, colourful chords and melodies giving off the impression that the music is floating in space. But as sassy and irresistible as A Posteriori is, it’s missing the genre-spanning flair and red-line sexual energy that made MCMXC a.D. the best dance album of the '90s. Cretu is more concerned with his own artistic development than with revolutionizing dance music yet again, and the result is a solid middle ground between previous records.

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