The fifth album from the Euro-visionaries who brought Gregorian chant into the pop charts with the 1991 hit Sadness Part 1. On this 2003 voyage they continue to blend genres like techno, new age and world music into one heady brew.
Enigma, aka Michael Crétu, turns out more light electronic ambience on Voyageur
, mixing in an occasional twist but sticking pretty close to his successful, easily digested formula. Since Enigmas massively popular debut MDMXC A.D.
, Crétu has moved toward a more New Age/adult contemporary sound, culminating with 2000s bland The Screen Behind The Mirror
. As with that record, Voyageur
s weakest moments happen when Crétu puts his mediocre vocals front and center on tracks like "Total Eclipse of the Moon." Better are more beat-oriented songs like "Boum-Boum" that concentrate on seedier, sexier material and stay away from Crétus sappier instincts. While overall, Voyageur
counts as an improvement over Mirror
, Enigma still hasnt found a replacement for the Gregorian chants and whispery techno that made MDMXC A.D.
such a groovy sensation. --Matthew Cooke