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Enigma 3: Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!

EnigmaAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 26, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: November 26, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B000000WC1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,153 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is absolutely spellbinding :) November 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
From my guess, Michael Cretu stated that Enigma's third album is like a combination of the dark and Gothic feel of MCMXC, and of the brighter feel of Enigma 2: The Cross Of Changes. While yes, I can see a point in his description of this album, it has the Gregorian chanting that was present on the first album and the brighter, earthier sounds of The Cross Of Changes, but from my perspective, this third album from Enigma has a more of an aquatic atmosphere and in my opinion, sounds totally different from the previous two albums. I especially love the album cover and it's transparent album jacket.
The first track entitled "Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi" starts off the album with the trademark chord structure that made the musical backbone of the intros of the previous two albums except unlike the eeriness of the first albums intro or the more Mayan sounds of the second albums intro, the third albums intro has a more of a futuristic and aquatic feel to it. The track gets more intense until a recording snippet of a NASA space shuttle launch blasts in the next track "Morphing Through Time". Morphing starts off with a voice effect of someone ranting about a biosphere and a life supporting system before it mellows down and a very mellow yet strange minor note melody begins and the Gregorian Chants come in(How we missed those so much on Cross Of Changes). Some bizarre Middle Eastern instruments and Cretus vocals are also present too. The song is a very ambient, slow-paced, daytime-Gothic sounding track with echoing "ya-ya-ya-ya" voices for a blissful aural experience.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended January 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I found this cd an absolute joy to listen to when I first bought it, and it never left my CD player for a good 3 months. Enigma retained much of the contemplative ambiance that made it's music famous with it's 1990 release MCMXC A.D., yet still managed to further vary it's influences from Gregorian chants to Mideastern and even Asian influences. It's a comfortable departure from MCMXC A.D. and Cross of Changes, but not such a drastic change as to warrant a totally new audience.
To merely classify this as good background music for easy listeners doesn't really give the album ,or Enigma, for that matter, justice. Such a statement amounts to stating Beethoven's 5th symphony would make a good theme for a sit- com.
The tone and mood of the songs ranges from the seductive yet fast paced "T.N.T. for the Brain" to the slow flowing, contemplative "Morphing through Time", to the nostalgic, almost eulogic and beutifully performed "Child Within Us." "Child Within Us." is my personal favorite and makes me shed a tear with it's nostalgic style. It can best be described as a eulogy for the lost innocence of childhood. That song alone is worth the entire cost of the album.
There is no song on this album that I dislike. Each one is expertly performed and mixed, and there are a great many gems on this album.
But then, what else can one expect from the man who thrust New Age into the spotlight with a commentary about the Marquis de Sade sung entirely in French which he sold to an American audience?
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars T.N.T. For The Brain December 11, 2003
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Aside from hearing someone else's copy of 'The Screen Behind The Mirror', 'Love Sensuality Devotion' was my first album by Enigma. My actual introduction, however, was through the "Sadness" single. At the time I had never heard anything quite like it and I was simply blown-away with the Gregorian chanting amidst some infectious dance beats. By no means is Enigma considered mainstream but I have heard them on the radio before. Just like Delerium, they'll never receive top 40 airplay but they're more well-known than, say, B-Tribe or Sacred Spirit because of club-friendly remixes and the successful Pure Moods series, which caught the attention of some unlikely listeners.
Their greatest hits compilation came out just as I was trying to decide which record of theirs to start with, and it turned out to be the perfect preface before launching my intent to gather their entire catalogue of works. Since I had a good feeling about it, I finally made up my mind and bought their third release, 'Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!' first and do not regret having done so. The eight new tracks (to me) that weren't included on 'LSD' are absolutely breathtaking and I'm astounded by how well the CD holds up as a whole. It must have been a difficult process to hand select their so-called 'best' songs because they're all amazing! I thought I had the best of the best already but now I'm more determined than ever to someday own everything Enigma's produced. This album flows at a beautiful pace and while the songs are hardly subtle, they're not quite as upbeat as some of their previous material. "Why! ..." is probably my favorite cut as Michael Cretu screams, but in a non-abrasive way, "I'm asking why!" amidst a lush, moody soundscape. I also love "The Roundabout", which is very Deep Forest-esque, as well as some old favorites, "Beyond The Invisible" and "T.N.T. For The Brain". They're truly all gems, though, and this is definitely worth your time and money so don't just settle with their singles.
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Published 27 days ago by Chuck St. Louis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very good. Feels like a return to their first album.
Published 29 days ago by David T. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Enigma fan!
Love this album so much.. i have purchased 3 times on cd and finally added to amazonmp3 so ill never lose it again. Enigma is one of my top 5 groups! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Aaron
5.0 out of 5 stars but I love it, even a decade after its release
Absolutely stunning mix, standing on the success of both the previous albums, but fresh new transcendental music, paying homage to oriental ways of thoughts and music. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Arnab Banerjee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by CairoJoe1
2.0 out of 5 stars Way, WAY overrated and boring! Does nothing for me!
I love electronic music. I liked Enigma's first release a good deal. I love Kraftwerk, Larry Fast (Synergy), Wendy Carlos, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream, Eddie Jobson, Patrick... Read more
Published 5 months ago by CQ DX
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite cds
Seriously, one of my favorite cds ever. It is great to listen to when you are winding down from the day, or stuck in traffic and need to remain calm and get to your destination. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Manya R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must buy!
This is my third Enigma CD purchase! This is an absolute must for the bedroom! I never would have thought I would like Enigma's music, simply because I had never listened to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by suniday
5.0 out of 5 stars great purchase.
Loved it....Perfect for relaxation... meditation.... back ground music....easy to sleep to.... easy to work to....oh, and did I mention.... I loved it.
Published 10 months ago by Camie Raymond
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Enigma
I've always liked the music and sound of Enigma, anything they seem to do is good for us to listen to!
Published 11 months ago by Denise Hunter-Tuminello
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