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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.

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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 Enigma’s massively popular debut MDMXC A.D., Crétu has moved toward a more New Age/adult contemporary sound, culminating with 2000’s 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 Crétu’s sappier instincts. While overall, Voyageur counts as an improvement over Mirror, Enigma still hasn’t found a replacement for the Gregorian chants and whispery techno that made MDMXC A.D. such a groovy sensation. --Matthew Cooke

1. From East To West
2. Voyageur
3. Incognito
4. Page Of Cups
5. Boum-Boum
6. Total Eclipse Of The Moon
7. Look Of Today
8. In The Shadow, In The Light
9. Weightless
10. The Piano
11. Following The Sun

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B0000C7PQK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mars Velvet on October 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have always been a devout fan of Enigma as I tend to favor music styles such as ambient, new age, world, and music of the avant-guarde. Enigma seems to be able to straddle both the edge of music while still allowing itself to be accessed by random listerners looking for something fresh and new.
So about VOYAGEUR, there are many mixed reactions so I decided to let the album grow on me for a week or so before writing anything. Here are my thoughts:
Enigma has grown and moved away from silky ambient sampled themes and is marching toward a world beat mixed with an edgier rhythm and more diverse vocals. A fantastic leap into something new for such an established project like Enigma.
The album opens up with a warm muted piano laced under soft sounds rushing suddenly with an urgent beat. "From East to West", the intro, may be the announcement that Enigma is about to move forward into the future. Then in "Voyageur" a guitar plays while a strange meloncholy baseline meaders from nowhere. Quivering sampled voices bring an eerie feel to the song.
"Incognito" comes on with a looped vocal with a steady beat and a far off male voice singing. Next is an ode to a tarot card in "The Page of Cups" with sounds of birds and perhaps a far off boombox which is drowned away by slow beats of trance music.
"Boum-Boum" is most likely to be a single. A sorta Euro-dance/outer space boogie with a female voice singing about longing so much her heart goes "boum"! Suddenly a male voice responds and the beat is carried deeper. A great track! This song is begging to be remixed!!
"Total Eclipse of the Moon" brings some synth strings and classical tones and a beautiful song.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Leonardo Nascimento on October 5, 2003
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Since 1990 I've been a fan of Cretu's ENIGMA. I have to confess that each release surprises me in a way that only his geniality could do. "Voyageur" is everything a fan would expect from a long journey that started over a decade ago. I see "The Screen Behind the Mirror" and "Turn Around" as traces of the metamorphoses process ENIGMA was going through and it was obvious that it would arrive where it is now. Is that why the cover art of "Voyageur" is filled with moth representations? ENIGMA evoluted, but the old elements are still there after all. This is definately one of ENIGMA's 5 best albums. (could you pick one to be the worst?) Once again I was touched by the beautiful sound, perfect arrangements, powerfull drumbeats, sexy rythims, even distorced voices which I have always been sceptic about are unquestionably used with great mastery in this work. I love the gregorian and ethnic chants but there is no space for them here. "Look of Today", "Incognito", "From East to West", "Boum-Boum", "Following the Sun" are my favorite. Very modern, far from cheap New Age sound, and completely ENIGMA. Thanks Cretu. I can't wait for the next one!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Armando M. Mesa on October 1, 2003
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Enigma's Voyageur is very different from their previous projects in sound and atmosphere...This new body of work has been criticized for not having the Gregorian or dark-symphonic heavy laden sounds as before. Get over it ! Cretu,wife Sandra, Ruth Anne, and Andru Donalds are on a new and different path...Listen to the opening track and this time only a very faint hint of the usual "Enigmatic horn theme opening" is used and by the end of the cd there may or may not be any trace of it left.Could this indicate that in the next Enigma future titles to follow the opening theme has been scrapped for a new one or none at all? This my fellow listeners is part of the re-invention or change into a new direction (probably hence the title Voyageur)...What I particularly noticed in some of the tracks is a more of a techno-funk sound while other tracks such as The Piano and Total Eclipse of the Moon add a classical flavor to the mix. The category New Age may be a misnomer for this cd since it has a more sophisticated pop and uplifting feel in some of the tracks that this time around should make Enigma radio-friendly. Has Enigma sold out ? Definitely not. Though the phrase "radio-friendly" or term would shock the most devoted of fans since Enigma assumed by many is suppose to only produce real cerebral music not for the masses but for a select understanding few. In comparing the very first release which debuted in 1990 against this one, the two are worlds apart and for all the right reasons (and the reasons are too many to go over);the most obvious is that the hip-hop Gregorian sampling days are over and done with (outdated) ! In sum, listening to the new Engima title is like actually listening to them for the first time, again. Clear the mind and forget what you remember. That is the reason why so many listeners and critics have to hear this several times before they get it. I heard it once and was happily satisfied!
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Karlberg on October 1, 2003
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During the first few listens, it was difficult for me to suppress the question, "This is what I waited three years for?" And indeed, Michael Cretu, the self-proclaimed perfectionist-genius, certainly took his time nursing this project along for the past few years.
However, it misses where some of his previous CD's scored big, particularly in the category of phonic revelation. For those well-versed in Enigma music, I won't need to explain where this CD excels (it's part of the Enigma formula). But here's why it's only worth my four stars.
"Voyageur" doesn't make any real acheivements towards Cretu's famed electronic porgression, but rather appears to enjoy some degree of complacency in the sound of 2000's "The Screen Behind the Mirror." Because of Enigma's previous milestones, "Voyageur" comes off as remarkably intelligent, yet unexpectedly anticlimactic. After reading some of Cretu's pre-release interviews, I was convinced this latest CD would be spilling over with foreign sounds and an intriguing, new direction. Not so.
The sound is strongly reminiscent of "The Screen..." with sparse, obscure hints of 1996's devastatingly genius "Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi." This is not to say that I was expecting a duplication of Cretu's past accomplishments. To be sure, there will never be another "The Child In Us." But I was hoping for more embellishment and expansion of that same vein which was expertly tapped on Enigma's previous two albums. Perhaps the only clear standout on "Voyageur" is the radio-ready "Following The Sun" with its creative marriage of Sandra's and Michael's vocals.
And speaking of vocals.
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