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MCMXC A.D.

MCMXC A.D.

October 18, 2005

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 11, 2004
  • Release Date: October 11, 2004
  • Label: VIRGIN
  • Copyright: (C) 1991 Virgin Music, A Division Of EMI Music Germany GmbH & Co. KG. This Labelcopy Information Is The Subject Of Copyright Protection. All Rights Reserved. (C) 1991 Virgin Music, A Division Of EMI M
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  • Total Length: 40:13
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  • ASIN: B001LKQDCM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,212 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Very soothing and relaxing music.
G. Esler
I bought yesterday the limited edition CD with 4 extra tracks that are worth having.
Patrice Camilleri
Go out and buy this cd..you will love it!
Shannon Portwood

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Armando M. Mesa on April 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is by far the best Enigma album ( the other two left something to be desired- can't quite put my finger on it, though)! Yes, it does have that late 80's early 90's Soul II Soul sound. However, where the group Soul II Soul mixed in Jamaican, Reggae, club house rhythms Enigma was able to blend in European and Gregorian chant sounds with great finesse and seamless skill. MCMXCa.D. will stand the test of time whether it be on a global or cult status,in a dance club or at home. The limited edition with the remixes is EXCELLENT ! The maxi-singles are very interesting as well. Who would have thought that a group like Enigma could combine New-Age, dance, ambient, global and Gregorian chants to produce something very familiar, yet unique in its own right. Twenty years ago such a concept would have been laughed at by the masses (people, not the church service). To the world it would have been like crossing country music with disco music and Middle-Eastern religious incantations (Hmmm...an interesting concept). After becoming interested and fascinated by the group's musical offerings I found out about the individual artists that make up Enigma: Michael Cretu and his wife Sandra. They, too, have had previous hits in Europe back in the 80's. This led me to collect their import albums. The sound of their albums range anywhere from pop-rock, dance, r&b to pre-Enigma styles . I recommend some of these solo efforts (under the names Cretu, Cretu and Thiers, Sandra) It will give listeners a chance to hear how some of these earlier projects evolved into Enigma. Enigma MCMXC a.D. is a definite keeper for anyone's avid or diverse music collection. Put aside any misconceptions or reservations you may have due to its religious and sexual overtones and accept it for what it is; An artistic concept excellently carried out !
Forever Enigmatized
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69 of 72 people found the following review helpful By David Girod TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 20, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I picked up this CD way back when it was first released because I liked the CD cover. I was hoping I stumbled across some cool new goth metal like "King Diamond" or maybe another "Alice Cooper". I popped in the CD and the first thing I hear is "The Voice of Enigma". I knew right away that this was going to be different than anything else I was currently listening to. There was no screaming guitar, or blistering drum and bass combos. This was simply a beautiful experience. I was swept away on the audial experience of language, song, music and sound effects that make up "Enigma". By now you have most likely heard "Sadness" or one of Enigma's other songs on a compilation CD like "Pure Moods". But, don't be satisfied with the single song, pick up the album. Enjoy the Enigma experience from start to finish. This CD is never far from my car stereo, and when I have a particularly bad day, "Enigma" is one of the first things I turn to. I can't explain it but, this music makes you feel better after listening, more at peace I guess. I know that sounds corny, but give it a try. "Enigma" is the best mistake I ever made.
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81 of 86 people found the following review helpful By J. Derek Reardon on April 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Enigma is probably best known as the band that introduced Gregorian chants to dance music (though, in actuality, many bands had been doing this for several years in Europe). I must admit, that is one of the key things I remembered about this release. But after listening again to MCMXC a.D., I remember much more. For those people who understand and appreciate the power of music to enhance mood, this release is an experience in sensuality. Layered with religious symbolism, lush female vocals, spoken word (often in French), sounds from nature, and sensual beats, Enigma takes the listener (or listeners, as this release is also enjoyable with a companion) on a journey of self actualization, inner peace, and outward passion.
The release begins with "Voice of Enigma", a soothing intro to the album. Not really a song, this short piece places the listener in a relaxed state of mind which helps one best enjoy the remaining 40+ minutes.
The next song, "Principles of Lust," allows one to slip into deep relaxation and sensual exploration. Clocking in at over 11:30, this is actually a combination of three songs that flow together. a. "Sadeness" is Enigma's classic and first big hit. It is very sensual and relaxing, however at the same time it is stimulating and encourages one to be tactile. b. "Find Love" starts off as a sensual, atmospheric piece that floats all around the listener. Then it moves to a funky beat that is very assertive and more active. Also known as "The Principles of Lust." c. "Sadeness (Reprise)" returns the listener to the feelings in "Sadeness." However, the additional piano is very deep and stimulates one to be reflective.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Alan Caylow on July 15, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"MCMXC A.D." by the one-man studio group known as Enigma (aka Michael Cretu) is a timeless blend of ambient new age sounds & beats, chanting monks, sultry female vocals (supplied by Cretu's wife, Sandra Cretu), and washes & washes of beautifully lush, atmospheric keyboards. It's the *perfect* disc for playing late at night with the lights out. When "MCMXC A.D." first came out 12 years ago, I couldn't stop playing it. I was so taken by it's sheer beauty, and how listening to it could just transport me to another place & time. 12 years later, the album still holds up marvelously. Everybody knows the hit "Sadness Part 1," with it's chanting monks over an ambient dance beat, but there are many more delights to be found here, including "Callas Went Away, "Mea Culpa," "Knocking On Forbidden Doors," and "The Rivers Of Belief." From start to finish, this album is simply intoxicating.Just looking at the classic album cover (with a monk on a mountaintop staring into a bright ray of light) always makes me smile. I've been a diehard Enigma fan ever since "MCMXC A.D." came out, and I've thoroughly enjoyed the three albums so far that have followed it. But "MCMXC A.D." remains Enigma's signature piece, a truly unique album that no music collection is complete without. Turn off the light, take a deep breath, and let the rhythm be your guiding light. :-)
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