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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • ASIN: B001DUJNGS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,558 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Seven Lives
3. Touchness
4. The Same Parents
5. Fata Morgana
6. Hell's Heaven
7. La Puerta Del Cielo
8. Distorted Love
9. Je T'aime Till My Dying Day
10. Déjà vu
11. Between Generations
12. The Language of Sound

Editorial Reviews

Seven Lives Many Faces is Enigma's seventh album. This album expands the sound catalogue of previous releases and it is expected to lead to a new Omni-Cultural wave. The lead single "Seven Lives" is a powerful fusion of modern and classical elements. Enigma is an Electronic musical project founded by Michael Cretu, David Fairstein and Frank Peterson in 1990. Cretu is both the composer and the producer; his former wife Sandra often provided vocals on Enigma tracks. Jens Gad co-produced and played guitar on three of the Enigma albums.17 tracks.

Customer Reviews

Michael Cretu is the true alchemist of music.
S. A. S. L.
I highly recommend this CD to any Enigma fan who is looking for a refreshingly new Enigma album.
C. M. Cotton
Seven Lives Many Faces by Enigma is an excellent CD/album.
Glenn

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Oleg Kharitonov on June 8, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you're not well-acquainted with Enigma, then here's what you need to realize before purchasing this album. The main magic of Enigma, the essense of the project, are albums 1-4. They belong in their own category--they *form* their own category--but they represent a finished chapter in a book.

Albums 5, 6, and 7 are independent of them. Each of the albums explores a new, more-or-less impossible to describe, genre of music. In this particular album there's more hip-hop, more lyrics, and more of Cretu's scratchy voice; but those are just the general descriptions. Overall, it's good, addictive. I probably listened to the entire disk 10 times in the past week; every once in a while a random song from the album would pop into my head. I like some songs more than others, but all of them are good.

The only thing missing, though, is the emotional impact that I've come to love about the first 4 (and the 6th) albums. Unlike the earlier albums, this one did not become forever entwined with a set of memories that associated with the music; it did not summon the chills along my spine by piercing my soul. Hence, only four stars this round.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cordes on October 1, 2008
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Enigma is back with their seventh foray into the pop ambient movement that began with their pioneering 1990 debut album aptly titled MCMXC A.D. which artistically infused Gregorian chant into neo-classical dance electronica with the hit singles Sadeness, Pt. 1 and Mea Culpa, Pt. 2 and instantly became internationally recognized trademarks spawning an entire Chant subculture movement whose motifs were further explored with ethnic cultural chant mixing on their brilliant follow-up album, 1993's The Cross of Changes and by 1996's Enigma 3: Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!, it seemed Enigma could do no wrong having dominated the 90's with their trendsetting ambient style continuing into the turn of the millennium with The Screen Behind the Mirror whose thematic operatic sampling of Carl Orff: Carmina Burana seemed destined to be integrated with Enigma's signature breakbeats which were already beginning to diminish. By 2003's ...Read more ›
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Brian Martin on January 17, 2009
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I'll be honest, when I first heard the single off this album, my first thought was WTF. It was a very stark contrast to the music I heard previoulsy from enigma. The guys voice was very jarring to me, and I didn't really like it.

I had bought it for a gift and ended up ripping it and gave it a few more listens. The single started to grow on me and the rest of the music was more in line to what enigma had done before. The single Seven Lives started to grow on me and I actually really like it now. It's defintely very different but has some connections to how he usually sounds.

I wouldn't have minded hearing a version with a girl singing. Not every song is a gem, but none of the songs are bad, and all offer something unique. I guess it's good he tried something different. It really was jarring at first to expect one thing and get another. The beatbox thing sounded cheesy at first, but it kinda grew on me and flowed with the song.

Overall, keep in mind that the main single is the most different thing on the album. The other songs are pretty in line with how Enigma usually sounds. With that being said I can see the mixed reviews, but if you really go in with an open mind, you'll be surprised.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. A. Williams on November 15, 2008
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Michael Cretu's seventh album is a smoother mix of sounds and less eclectic than previous albums. It retains a chilled euro-pop feel and I've had to listen to it several times to develop some favourite tunes because nothing struck me immediately.

There's the familiar musical and vocal introductory track and some songs have non-english-singing vocalists, like many previous Enigma albums. The Same Parents, La Puerta Del Cielo, and We Are Nature have an earthy, emotive and 'typical' Enigma feel to them.

Seven Lives Many Faces is more subdued, less punchy than Cretu's previous offerings, yet with repeated listening it'll grow on you. The additional tracks are well-worth downloading.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Boff on September 30, 2008
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I am a longtime Enigma fan and a composer by training. While the production values and many signature Enigma sound artifacts are very present, I simply did not enjoy this offering as much as previous efforts.

The compositions seemed, to me, to be overly repetitive. Two words kept coming into my mind: "House Trance". I found myself clicking through the songs before they finished. I didn't find enough melodic or harmonic development to keep me interested. It's unfortunate for me, but I am sure this offering will please many others, regardless.
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