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Reviews: Paul Van Dyk: Reflections

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Review by Marc P December 23, 2003 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Paul van Dyk has been a major player as a DJ in the European dance scene for years now. And like many DJís he has also been a recording artist for quiet a while. And this album is exactly what you would expect to get when a DJ records his own music. Itís electronically driven dance/trance music with some minor talented female vocalists.
The album is filled with heavy bass driven tunes, which are all great tunes for going to a dance party, but arenít really inspired. Compared to other dance SACDís like the albums by Kinobe and Groove Armada, this album is quiet dull. There is nothing really going on, Groove Armada and Kinobe did their best to make every tune something different. All Paul van Dyk seems to have done is take the same bass track and throw some stuff on top off that, with the knowledge that dance is hot and everything he does will sell anyway .
If you enjoy European/German dance than this is a great choice for you. If you donít keep well clear from this one.
Sound quality is nothing to get exited about either, sounds like an average CD.

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Review by emilsjr March 24, 2004
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Paul Van Dyk is a well known DJ from Europe who excels at fast beat, dance mixes. He takes on a more pop sensibility with "Reflections". Widely critized by most "hard core" fans as being too mellow and lacking focus. However, this disc is an interesting journey. It can have moments of repetition, like most of the music of this genre. When it is at a high point, it can be great. "Time of our lives" is the highest high. Great energy, good lyrics and great hook. "Crush", "Nothing but you" and "Connected" are other highlights. The one song that does not belong is "Knowledge".

As for the multi-channel mix, just great. Very engaging and agressive. Gives the sub a good workout as well. Most choices make sense for this kind of music. Sound quality is on par with other artists of this genre (like Kinobe and Groove Armada). If you are looking for some more modern music to give your system a workout, you can do much worse.

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