on September 8, 2012
Markus stated on his website (in a response to fans on his message boards) that he purposely made this album mainstream and club friendly. His reasons were basically because DJs get booked nowadays based off their radio singles... So he needed a lot of songs that would do well on the radio. I guess this is what you would call a sell out in the music industry, but all things considered, I enjoy this album quite a bit. It feels much more like a collection of singles and not a fluid album experience like Do You Dream... But after what I just mentioned above that should come to no surprise. I would rather have Markus producing commercial trance then no trance at all.
on March 31, 2013
While this is a competent collection of dance tracks by any measure, no tracks stand out as major hits.
Markus Schulz is one of the best DJs today and all his albums are carefully produced and slick sounding works in the vocal trance genre. But this one just doesn't have the same impact as "Do You Dream", "Progression" or "Without You Near".
Don't get me wrong, there are several quite pleasant tracks and it's a worthwhile buy for vocal trance fans but don't expect to be blown away this time.
Perhaps the best track is "Love Rain Down" which has a big sound and is slightly catchy but it just doesn't measure up against tracks from Schulz's previous albums.
Pretty much every track from "Do You Dream" was a classic. Progression had some excellent tracks such as "I Am", "On A Wave" and "Daydream". "Without You Near" blessed us with dance anthems such as "Clear Blue", the title track, "Red Eye to Miami", and "Ballymena".
The problem, it seems, is that Markus has set himself such a hard act to follow with each of his three previous albums achieving such a standard of excellence. He's fallen a little short of the mark this time but if this album had come from anybody else, we would have to conclude that it is a good effort anyway.
on February 16, 2013
I've been listening to Trance for a long time, Markus Schulz has been a long time favorite of mine. Lot's of good vocal trance songs on there (which I like), if you are fan of Trance Music, you should check out his CD, you won't be disappointed.